Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/19

Rehabbing first baseman Mitch Moreland turned in another strong performance at Double-A Frisco on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – Memphis 9
L - Richmond (2-2)
HR - Olt (7)
41-33, 0.0 GU

The Redbirds teed off against Express starter Scott Richmond on Wednesday, battering him for nine runs in one-plus innings. Richmond allowed eight hits––including three home runs––while walking three and striking out one.

Third baseman Mike Olt was one of Round Rock's few bright spots in the game, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI. He bumped his batting average up to .199.

Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 with a double while Jim Adduci (2/4) added two singles in four at-bats.

Out of the bullpen, right-handers Yoshinori Tateyama (3 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (3 IP) each worked three scoreless innings. Nate Robertson and Johan Yan combined to retire the game's final six batters.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
4 1 3 1 1 3 0 0 .199

AA: Frisco 9 – Midland 5
W - Klein (3-0)
HR - Martinez (8), Moreland (1)
1-1, 0.0 GU

Making his final rehab appearance with the RoughRiders, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland helped carry the Double-A club to victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Moreland capped off a strong rehab stint by going 3-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer. In three games with Frisco, he went 6-for-12 with three doubles and that home run.

On the mound, sinkerballing righty Tyler Tufts surrendered three runs on five hits in 4.2 innings, walking two and striking out one. Phil Klein, who earned the victory, allowed two runs in 2.1 frames. He worked around three hits and three walks.

Frisco leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez continued to flash some pop, as he went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and three RBI. The round-tripper was his career-best eighth, and he also stole his 16th base.

Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2-for-4 with his 16th double. Alex Buchholz (2/5), Odubel Herrera (2/5), and Hanser Alberto (1/2, BB, HBP) also reached base multiple times.

Player of the Game: 1B Mitch Moreland
5 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 .500

A+: Myrtle Beach – All-Star Break

The Pelicans were off following Tuesday's Carolina League vs. California League All-Star Game. They'll return to action on Friday.

A: Hickory – All-Star Break

The Single-A Crawdads will begin the South Atlantic League's second half on Thursday.

SSA: Spokane 3 – (@) Vancouver 8
L - Gonzalez (0-2)
1-5, 4.0 GB

Spokane fell to just 1-5 on the young season after dropping yet another game on Wednesday.

Rangers first-round pick Alex Gonzalez dropped to 0-2 through to starts after he permitted three unearned runs in two innings. Gonzalez gave up four hits––all singles––and struck out one.

At the plate, Spokane got one double apiece from first baseman Cam Schiller (1/4, 2B) and DH Brandon Garcia (1/3, 2B, BB).

Leadoff man Chris Garia singled twice in four at-bats, and he also drew a walk. Ryan Cordell (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Native Texan Eric Brooks was the game's top performer out of the bullpen, hurling two shutout innings. Brooks gave up a hit, walked one, and fanned two.

Player of the Game: RHP Eric Brooks
2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.93

DSL: DSL Rangers 10 – DSL Phillies 9 (11 innings)
W - Leal (1-0)
HR - Ayarza (1), Lacrus (1)
14-2, 4.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers got back to their winning ways on Wednesday, and once again, they did it with a heavy dose of offense. The Rangers pounded out 12 hits, drew 12 walks, and struck out only four times.

Appearing in his second professional game, right fielder Sherman Lacrus––the Rangers' 27th-round pick in this year's draft––went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer nad a walk.

Second baseman Rodrigo Ayarza was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two walks. The two round-trippers on Wednesday were the Dominican Rangers' first two home runs this season.

Catcher Jesus Gonzalez (3/5, 2B) and DH Ronny Carvajal (1/1, 2B, BB) also doubled.

On the mound, starting pitcher Argenis Rodriguez yielded five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings. Although three relievers allowed three total runs, the Rangers got scoreless work from Christopher Garcia (1 IP), Jonathan Hernandez (2 IP), and Werner Leal (1 IP).

Player of the Game: 2B Rodrigo Ayarza
4 3 2 1 1 2 2 0 .625

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