Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/4

On Tuesday, the Triple-A Round Rock Express got another home run from switch-hitting infielder Yangervis Solarte, his third in seven games. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 6 – Nashville 2
W - Feierabend (3-1)
HR - Solarte (7), Olt (2)
33-26, 0.0 GU

The Express battered Brewers rehab starter Chris Narveson for six runs on eight hits in two innings. Narveson gave up a pair of home runs––one to shortstop Yangervis Solarte, and one to third baseman Mike Olt.

Solarte (.303/.346/.443), who had his 14-game hitting streak snapped on Monday, went 2-for-4 with that solo home run, his seventh of the season.

Olt, appearing in his second game with Round Rock since returning from vision issues, was 1-for-3 with that homer, a walk, and two strikeouts.

The 24-year-old Olt returned to action at extended spring training last week, playing in two games. He then appeared in three games for Frisco before moving on to Round Rock. Since going 0-for-3 with a walk in that first extended spring game, Olt is 12-for-25 with four doubles and three home runs.

On the mound for Round Rock, left-hander Ryan Feierabend (4.02 ERA/.280 BAA) worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Right-handed relievers Jake Brigham (1 IP), Kyle McClellan (1 IP), Evan Meek (1 IP), and Johan Yan (1 IP) all worked a scoreless inning to close out the victory.

After throwing all nine of his pitches for strikes in a perfect inning on Monday, McClellan tossed seven strikes out of eight pitches in his frame on Tuesday. He gave up a double and struck out a batter.

Robinson Chirinos (1/4, 2B), Chris McGuiness (1/4, 2B), Aaron Cunningham (2/4, 2B), and Mike Bianucci (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once for the Express.

McGuiness' two-bagger was his 19th of the season. He's now sporting a .275/.382/.477 slash line through 55 contests this year.

Player of the Game: SS Yangervis Solarte
4 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 .303

AA: Frisco 1 – (@) San Antonio 2
L - Bleier (0-2)
HR - Telis (1)
32-25, 4.0 GB

The RoughRiders and Missions had an old-fashioned pitchers' duel on Tuesday, combining for three runs on 10 hits.

Frisco got outstanding work out of reliever-turned-starter Tyler Tufts, who tossed five innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Tufts, who threw only 58 pitches, issued one walk and struck out one while inducing nine ground-ball outs.

Meanwhile, the ‘Riders got just one run on three hits in six innings against 20-year-old Padres prospect Matt Wisler.

Frisco's lone run was a solo homer off the bat of catcher Tomas Telis––his first of the year. He also singled once in four at-bats.

Teodoro Martinez (1/4), Guilder Rodriguez (1/4), and Chih-Hsien Chiang (1/3, BB) all singled once for the club's only other knocks.

It was a tough day at the office for shortstop Hanser Alberto (.217/.256/.280), who whiffed in all three of his plate appearances and committed his 10th error.

Reliever Phil Klein tip-toed his way around three walks and a hit while working a scoreless sixth inning.

After Richard Bleier permitted two unearned runs in the seventh, Justin Miller hurled a 1-2-3 eighth on just 10 pitches.

Miller, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, has the following stat-line in six post-surgery appearances––5.2 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 3 bb, 7 k.

Player of the Game: RHP Tyler Tufts
5.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.08

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – Potomac 9
L - Asher (4-4)
30-27, 0.5 GU

The fast-fading Pelicans held the Carolina League's best record not long ago. Now 1-11 in their last 12 contests, they're clinging on to a half-game lead as the first half winds down.

Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Alec Asher opened Tuesday's game with three scoreless innings. But after recording a strikeout to lead off the fourth, things quickly unwound.

When the dust had settled, Asher gave up four runs––only one earned––on five hits in 3.2 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Through 12 appearances (11 starts) this season, the 21-year-old righty has yielded 53 hits in 60.1 frames, walking 17 and striking out 60.

Drew Robinson (.217/.300/.328) went 2-for-4 with a double, the Pelicans' only extra-base hit. Chris Grayson (2/4) singled twice. Luis Sardinas (1/4), Jake Skole (1/3, BB), and Rougned Odor (1/4) had the team's other knocks.

Sardinas was also caught stealing and committed two errors, giving him 13 on the year.

DH Joe Maloney, making his Carolina League debut after being promoted from Hickory on Monday, was 0-for-3 with a HBP, striking out twice.

The P-Nats busted the game wide open against sinkerballing righty Paul Schwendel, who was clobbered for five runs––four earned––in 1.1 innings. He gave up five hits and walked two.

Francisco Mendoza walked three and fanned five in 2.1 scoreless innings. Jon Edwards worked around two hits in 1.2 blank frames.

The hard-throwing Edwards has done his part in filling up the box score this season. In 21.1 innings, he has walked 22 and struck out 24.

Player of the Game: 3B Drew Robinson
4 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 .217

A: Hickory 4 – Lakewood 1
W - Lopez (1-0)
SV - Claudio (9)
HR - Alfaro (10)
31-25, 1.0 GB

Three Crawdads pitchers limited the BlueClaws to two hits in their victory on Tuesday.

Making his first start outside of the complex league, left-hander Aliangel Lopez––who also goes by ‘Frank'––tossed 5.1 innings, yielding one unearned run on one hit. He walked two and struck out six.

The 19-year-old Lopez pitched last season in the rookie Arizona League, where he posted a 5.19 ERA in 14 appearances (11 starts). Over 52 innings, he allowed 50 hits, walked 14, and struck out 53.

At the plate, catcher Jorge Alfaro did most of the damage with his three-run homer––his 10th of the season––in the third inning. Alfaro was 1-for-4.

Left fielder Nick Williams went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Nick Vickerson (0/2, 2 BB), Ryan Rua (0/2, 2 BB), and Lewis Brinson (1/2, BB) all reached twice. Brinson stole two bases, giving him 10 on the year.

Appearing in his first game with Hickory, first baseman Ronald Guzman batted seventh and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Hard-throwing righty Jose Leclerc tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, walking two and striking out two. Alex Claudio finished the game with two hitless, scoreless frames.

Player of the Game: LHP Aliangel Lopez
5.0 1 1 0 2 6 0 0.00

DSL: DSL Rangers 11 – DSL Pirates1 9
W - Pena (1-0)
SV - Rodriguez (3)
3-0, 0.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers tallied 11 runs on 15 hits, including four doubles in their victory over the Pirates1 on Tuesday morning in Boca Chica.

Shortstop Luis Terrero, an international free agent from last year, led the way by going 3-for-5 with a double and a walk. The club also got two-baggers from LF Carlos Arroyo (2/5, 2B), 1B Elio Castillo (2/4, 2B, 2 BB), and CF Jesus Gonzalez (1/4, 2B).

Starting pitcher Nerfy Nunez was roughed up in his first outing of the year, surrendering six runs on seven hits in just three innings. After Raul Beaton gave up three runs––two earned––while recording only one out, the bullpen shut the Pirates1 down.

Richelson Pena struck out five batters over 3.2 scoreless innings. Feliz Carvallo (1 IP) and Ricardo Rodriguez (1 IP) each worked a clean frame to finish the game.

Third baseman Juremi Profar (2/5, BB) and catcher Kevin Mendoza (2/4, BB) both singled twice and walked.

Through three professional games, the 17-year-old Profar is 4-for-13 with three walks and a strikeout.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Terrero
5 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 .462

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