Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/18

Although the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders dropped their first game of the second half on Tuesday, rehabbing first baseman Mitch Moreland went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – Memphis 2
W - Meek (1-3)
SV - Brigham (1)
HR - Garcia (1)
41-32, 0.5 GU

The Express busted out for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to ensure a series-opening victory over Memphis.

Facing recently optioned Redbirds starter Michael Wacha, Round Rock plated three runs on eight hits over the first five innings. Wacha fanned six without walking a batter.

Meanwhile, career reliever Evan Meek threw 107 pitches while getting through six strong innings. Meek yielded two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out six.

Right-handed reliever Jake Brigham (7.18 ERA/.276 BAA) followed with perhaps his best outing in Triple-A, as he hurled three shutout frames on just 40 pitches. Brigham gave up one hit and struck out five.

At the plate, leadoff man Leury Garcia went 2-for-5 with his first Triple-A home run, a two-run shot off Wacha in the fifth inning.

Right fielder Jared Hoying doubled once and tripled once in four at-bats. Mike Bianucci (2/2, 2B), Joey Butler (2/4, 2B, BB), and Aaron Cunningham (2/4, 2B) also doubled.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre singled in each of his three at-bats before being ejected for arguing a call in the fifth inning. He raised his batting average to .285.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Hoying
4 2 2 1 0 1 0 2 .323

AA: Frisco 4 – Midland 9
L - Pimentel (7-4)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Although Carlos Pimentel began Tuesday's game by tossing four scoreless innings, he failed to escape the fifth. Pimentel yielded six runs on four hits in 4.2 innings, walking three and striking out three.

At the plate, rehabbing Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland––making his second appearance with Frisco––went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run batted in.

Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez raised his batting average to .280 with three singles in five at-bats. He also stole his 15th base of the year.

Catcher Tomas Telis, who is now batting .266, was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Lefty Richard Bleier (2.1 IP) and righty Ben Rowen (0.2 IP) both worked scoreless ball out of the Frisco pen, but in between them, righty Justin Miller was knocked around.

Miller gave up three runs in 1.1 innings, yielding two hits, walking two, plunking one, and striking out a pair.

Player of the Game: 1B Mitch Moreland
4 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 .429

A+: Carolina League All-Stars 12 – (@) California League All-Stars 2

The Carolina League mashed its way past the California League on Tuesday and San Jose, getting out to a 12-1 lead through five innings and ultimately holding on for the victory.

Rangers prospect Luke Jackson got the start for the Carolina League and tossed a scoreless first inning. He walked one, struck out one, and threw 10 of his 18 pitches for strikes.

Nick Martinez worked a blank fifth inning, also walking a batter and striking out one. He threw seven of 15 for strikes. Right-hander Alec Asher yielded a run on two hits in the seventh, striking out one.

At the plate, second baseman Rougned Odor got the start and played the entire game. He singled once in five at-bats. Shortstop Luis Sardinas entered in the fifth and went 1-for-2 with two RBI.

A: SAL North All-Stars 2 – SAL South All-Stars 1 (7 innings)

The South Atlantic League's North Division squeaked by the South, 2-1, in a rain-shortened All-Star Game in Lakewood, New Jersey, on Tuesday.

Rangers prospects Lewis Brinson (CF) and Joey Gallo (3B) played the entire game, batting second and third in the batting order, respectively. Brinson went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Gallo singled once in three at-bats.

Second baseman Ryan Rua and catcher Jorge Alfaro both went 0-for-1.

On the mound, sidearming closer Alex Claudio earned the save by tossing a scoreless seventh inning. He gave up two hits and fanned one, throwing 11 of 16 pitches for strikes.

SSA: Spokane 4 – (@) Vancouver 5 (12 innings)
L - Alvarez (0-1)

The Indians fell in 12 innings on Tuesday.

Making his first start with Spokane, hard-throwing righty Kelvin Vasquez yielded three runs––only one earned––in 2.2 innings. He gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out four.

After Vasquez left the game, John Straka (2.1 IP), Alex de la Cruz (2 IP), and Mike Zouzalik (1 IP) combined for 5.1 innings of two-hit shutout ball.

Although reliever Josh McElwee fanned seven batters––yes, seven––in two innings, he surrendered an unearned run and was stuck with a blown save.

Indians leadoff hitter Chris Garia went 2-for-5 with his second triple and two stolen bases, giving him three on the young season. Second baseman Evan Van Hoosier was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Josh McElwee
2.0 0 1 0 1 7 0 0.00

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 – (@) DSL Phillies 2 (12 innings)
L - Beltre (1-1)
13-2, 4.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers suffered a rare defeat on Tuesday, falling in 12 innings to the DSL Phillies.

The Rangers got an excellent effort from newly signed righty Omarlin Lopez, who tossed six innings of one-run ball. The tall hurler gave up three hits while walking one and striking out one. He also induced nine ground-ball outs to four flyouts.

Left fielder Carlos Arroyo (2/5) and shortstop Luis Terrero (2/5, BB) both singled twice. Arroyo stole his sixth base while Terrero swiped his second and third.

Albert Decena kept his ERA at a perfect 0.00 with four shutout innings out of the bullpen. He yielded a hit and struck out four without walking a batter.

Player of the Game: RHP Omarlin Lopez
6.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 1.64

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