Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/16

The Triple-A Round Rock Express plated eight runs in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, getting two home runs in the frame from third baseman Mike Olt. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – (@) Oklahoma City 4
W - Ortiz (1-0)
HR - Olt (5, 6), Beltre (4), Whiteside (4)
39-32, 1.0 GU

Down 4-1 entering the ninth inning, the Express busted out for eight runs, including seven against OKC closer Jose Valdez.

Valdez entered the outing with a 2.17 ERA. After getting three outs and coughing up seven earned runs, it jumped to 4.20.

Round Rock hit three home runs in that ninth inning, including two from third baseman Mike Olt, who was 2-for-5 with two round-trippers and three RBI overall.

Catcher Eli Whiteside added a three-run homer in the ninth inning, as well.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, his fourth. DH Robinson Chirinos (2/4, 2B, BB) had a single, a double, and a walk in five plate appearances.

Yangervis Solarte (2/5) raised his batting average to .302 with two singles in five at-bats.

Express starting pitcher Brad Mills allowed three solo home runs for the only damage against him in six innings. He scattered nine hits overall, walking one and striking out four.

After Johan Yan gave up a run in the seventh inning, lefty reliever Joseph Ortiz tossed two shutout frames.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
5 2 2 0 2 3 0 0 .185

AA: Frisco 4 – Midland 16
L - Pucetas (7-6)
HR - Buchholz (6)

Frisco was battered for 16 runs in an all-around ugly game that included 10 walks by RoughRiders pitchers. They also coughed up six home runs, including back-to-back-to-back shots in the fifth inning.

‘Riders starting pitcher Kevin Pucetas was tagged for eight runs––only three earned––on seven hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out one. Righty Arlett Mavare threw more gas on the fire by yielding six runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Third baseman Alex Buchholz was perhaps the lone bright spot for Frisco. He went 1-for-2 with a solo home run––his sixth––and two walks. Chih-Hsien Chiang (2/4, 2B) singled and belted his 15th double.

Reliever Randy Henry, making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list, fanned one in a scoreless eighth inning.

Utility infielder Guilder Rodriguez worked the ninth inning and allowed a solo home run.

Player of the Game: 3B Alex Buchholz
2 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 .274

A+: Myrtle Beach 7 – Carolina 5
W - Harvey (6-1)
HR - Maloney (1)

One day after clinching a first-half division title, the Pelicans finished their first-half slate with 40 wins.

Cleanup-hitting first baseman Joe Maloney led the way for Myrtle Beach, falling a triple short of the cycle. He was 3-for-5 with his third double, his first home run, and three RBI.

The Pelicans also got doubles from right fielder Preston Beck (1/3, 2B) and centerfielder Jake Skole (1/2, 2B, 2 BB). Third baseman Drew Robinson added two singles and two walks in five trips.

Tall left-hander Victor Payano lasted only three innings in his start, as he yielded two runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out a pair.

Will Lamb (2 IP) and Ryan Harvey (1 IP) both posted scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: 1B Joe Maloney
5 2 3 1 1 3 0 2 .319

A: Hickory 2 – Delmarva 4
L - Faulkner (2-1)

Hickory fell short of a first-half division title on Sunday, as the Crawdads lost 4-2 while Hagerstown won their game.

The Crawdads were limited to just two runs in the nine innings and struck out 11 times against Delmarva pitchers Parker Birdwell and Dennis Torres.

Meanwhile, Hickory starting pitcher Andrew Faulkner gave up three runs on six hits in five innings, walking one and fanning two.

DH Nick Williams (1/4, 3B) hit his sixth triple while third baseman Joey Gallo (1/4, 2B) pounded his 16th double.

Ronald Guzman (1/3) singled once in three at-bats, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Sidearming lefty Alex Claudio finished his first half with a 1.15 ERA after he retired all eight batters he faced in 2.2 perfect innings, fanning three.

Player of the Game: DH Nick Williams
4 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .294

SSA: Spokane 3 – Everett 4
L - Wiles (0-1)

The Indians fell short of Everett once again, getting swept at home in their season-opening series.

Despite suffering the loss, Spokane got solid work out of starting pitcher Collin Wiles. The former first-round pick allowed three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings, walking two and striking out two. He also induced eight ground-ball outs.

Speedy leadoff man Chris Garia went 2-for-4 with a double. DH Hirotoshi Onaka (1/3, 2B) also added a two-bagger.

Spokane's only other hits were singles from Alberto Triunfel (1/3), Charles Moorman (1/3), and Jamie Jarmon (1/4).

After Wiles exited the game, he was relieved by a pair of hurlers who opened this season at Single-A Hickory––Eric Brooks and Josh McElwee. Brooks allowed a run in 2.2 frames while McElwee worked a scoreless ninth.

Player of the Game: CF Chris Garia
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 .250

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF
12-1, 4.0 GU

As usual, the Dominican Rangers didn't play on Sunday.

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