Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/5

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads belted four home runs en route to a 12-4 victory over Lakewood on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock – OFF
33-26, 0.0 GU

The Express had Wednesday off. The club travels to Des Moines to begin a five-game weekend series (Saturday doubleheader) against Iowa on Thursday.

AA: Frisco 7 – (@) San Antonio 3
W - Ramirez (6-2)
HR - Alberto (3)
33-25, 3.0 GB

Three San Antonio errors led to six unearned Frisco runs en route to the RoughRiders' victory on Wednesday. Frisco out-hit the Missions 14-5 and outscored them 7-3.

On the mound, right-hander Neil Ramirez (3.38 ERA/.174 BAA) earned his third win in four starts against the Missions this season. The 24-year-old hurler allowed one run on three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out seven.

Ramirez now leads the Texas League with 78 strikeouts in 64 innings. He also ranks third with 30 walks issued.

Cody Buckel, who worked only 9.1 innings, ranks fourth in the Texas League work 28 walks. He made his last appearance for Frisco on May 1.

The ‘Riders offense got doubles from first baseman Brett Nicholas (2/4, 2B, BB), second baseman Guilder Rodriguez (2/5, 2B), catcher Tomas Telis (2/5, 2B), and centerfielder Ryan Strausborger (1/5, 2B).

DH Odubel Herrera raised his batting average to .251 with three singles in five at-bats. Alex Buchholz (2/5) singled twice in five trips.

Scuffling shortstop Hanser Alberto went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his third of the season. He is batting just .218 on the year.

After righty Ryan Rodebaugh allowed two runs in two innings––striking out four––left-hander Jimmy Reyes closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
6.0 3 1 1 1 7 0 3.38

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – Potomac 5
L - Martinez (4-3)
30-28, 0.5 GU

The scuffling Pelicans were shut out on Wednesday and held to just four singles in the game, drawing one walk and whiffing 11 times. Myrtle Beach was stymied by P-Nats starting pitcher Robbie Ray, who tossed 6.2 scoreless frames and fanned seven.

Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Nick Martinez pitched relatively well in the losing effort, giving up three runs––two earned––in six innings. He scattered seven hits, walked two, and struck out eight.

Lefty Will Lamb (2 IP) and righty Ryan Harvey (1 IP) each allowed one run out of the bullpen.

The Pelicans' only hits were singles from catcher Pat Cantwell (1/4), right fielder Trever Adams (1/3, BB), DH Joe Maloney (1/3), and third baseman Edwin Garcia (1/3).

The recent struggles have included the Myrtle Beach offense. Of the nine hitters in Wednesday's lineup, only Luis Sardinas (.278) and Rougned Odor (.282) were batting over .244.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Martinez
6.0 7 3 2 2 8 0 2.73

A: Hickory 12 – Lakewood 4
W - Bores (2-1)
HR - Rua (15), Williams (9), Vickerson (2), Guzman (1)
32-25, 0.5 GU

The Crawdads got back to their hard-hitting ways and claimed sole possession of first place with Wednesday's 12-4 thrashing of Lakewood.

Left fielder Nick Williams led the way by going 3-for-5 with a double, his ninth home run, and three RBI.

Hickory also got round-trippers from first baseman Ronald Guzman (2/4, HR), second baseman Ryan Rua (2/5, HR), and DH Nick Vickerson (1/3, HR, 2 BB). Guzman's home run was his first in Low-A––it was just his second game with the Crawdads.

The only Hickory batter who didn't log a hit on Wednesday was third baseman Joey Gallo, who was 0-for-5 and struck out three times.

Right fielder Nomar Mazara reached base in all four of his plate appearances, getting three singles and a walk. Lewis Brinson (2/4) and Luis Marte (2/4) both added a pair of knocks.

All the offense made things easier for sinkerballing righty Ryan Bores, who permitted four runs on seven hits in five innings.

Relievers Cody Kendall (1 IP), Joe Burns (2 IP), and Keone Kela (1 IP) finished the game with four total shutout frames. Kela was particularly impressive in his inning, giving up a hit but striking out two.

Player of the Game: LF Nick Williams
5 3 3 1 1 3 0 0 .308

DSL: DSL Rangers 5 – (@) DSL Pirates1 4
W - Jurado (1-0)
SV - Rodriguez (3)
4-0, 1.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers remained undefeated on the young season with a one-run triumph over the Pirates1.

Cleanup-hitting first baseman Elio Castillo, playing his third season in the Dominican Summer League, paced the Rangers' offense with three singles in four at-bats. He also drove home two runs.

Leadoff man Carlos Arroyo went 1-for-4 with his second double and a walk. Luis Terrero (1/3, 2 BB) and Jesus Gonzalez (2/4) also reached base multiple times.

Starting pitcher Ariel Jurado permitted three runs on seven hits in five innings, walking one and striking out four.

Felix Carvallo provided strong relief out of the bullpen, as he fanned three in 1.1 shutout frames. Ricardo Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Player of the Game: 1B Elio Castillo
4 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 .545

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