Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/21

The Triple-A Round Rock Express busted out for 13 runs on 20 hits against Memphis on Friday, getting five runs batted in from second baseman Yangervis Solarte. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 13 – Memphis 2
W - Mills (7-1)
HR - Olt (8)

The Express pounded out 13 runs on 20 hits while taking Friday's series finale. All nine hitters in the Round Rock order had at least one hit. Each of the first four hitters had at least three knocks.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre led the way by singling four times in five at-bats. Joey Butler (3/5, 2B), Yangervis Solarte (3/5, 2B), Leury Garcia (3/5), and Jared Hoying (3/5) all had three hits.

Solarte drove home five runs, giving him 46 on the season.

Round Rock plated seven of its runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by third baseman Mike Olt's three-run homer. He was 1-for-5 on the evening.

On the mound, left-hander Brad Mills tossed seven innings of two-run ball, giving up four hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Making his Triple-A debut, submarining righty Ben Rowen fanned three in two scoreless frames. Rowen, who threw 16 of his 23 pitches for strikes, gave up a hit and induced two groundouts.

Player of the Game: 2B Yangervis Solarte
5 2 3 1 0 5 0 1 .301

AA: Frisco 6 – Corpus Christi 5
W - Pucetas (8-6)
SV - Miller (2)
HR - Nicholas (14)
3-1 (42-32)

First baseman Brett Nicholas and catcher Tomas Telis helped the ‘Riders inch past the Hooks on Friday evening.

The switch-hitting Telis had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. He also stole his fifth base. Nicholas, who batted third, was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer––his career-high 14th of the year.

Frisco starting pitcher Kevin Pucetas earned the victory despite giving up four runs on 10 hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked one.

The veteran Pucetas began experimenting with a knuckleball on Friday. He threw eight in the game, and he's expected to throw it more often going forward.

After Arlett Mavare gave up one run in 1.1 innings, lefty Alex Claudio (1.2 IP) and Justin Miller (1 IP) both tossed scoreless ball.

Claudio, who was making his Double-A debut, fanned three batters and gave up one hit. Miller punched out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.

Player of the Game: C Tomas Telis
3 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 .271

A+: Myrtle Beach 7 – (@) Frederick 3
W - Eickhoff (6-3)
1-0 (41-29)

Myrtle Beach began its second half with a 7-3 victory over the Keys.

Big right-hander Jerad Eickhoff moved to 6-3 on the season by pitching well enough for the ‘W.' Eickhoff worked six innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He fanned four and walked two.

Eickhoff, who induced eight ground-ball outs, threw 54 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

Third baseman Drew Robinson went 2-for-3 with his 14th double and two walks. He also drove home two runs.

Centerfielder Jake Skole was 2-for-4 with his ninth double. Luis Sardinas (1/4, BB), Rougned Odor (2/5), Trever Adams (1/4, BB), Kellin Deglan (1/4, BB), and Joe Maloney (2/4, BB) all reached base multiple times.

Relievers Will Lamb (1 IP) and Randol Rojas (2 IP) combined to hurl three shutout frames to finish the game.

Player of the Game: 3B Drew Robinson
3 0 2 1 0 2 2 1 .243

A: Hickory 5 – Greensboro 0
W - Sadzeck (6-2)
HR - Rua (23), Williams (14), Akins (5)
2-0 (41-31)

Typically known more for their bats than arms, the Crawdads tossed their second consecutive shutout to kick off the second half.

Connor Sadzeck induced 13 ground-ball outs and just one flyout over six scoreless innings. The Illinois native allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out one.

Lefty Joe Burns (2 IP) and righty Cody Kendall (1 IP) finished off the shutout.

Cleanup-hitting second baseman Ryan Rua provided some sock by going 2-for-4 with his 21st double and his 23rd home run. Nick Williams (2/4, HR) and Jordan Akins (2/4, HR) also went yard.

The Crawdads turned four double plays in the contest.

Player of the Game: 2B Ryan Rua
4 2 2 1 1 2 0 1 .255

SSA: Spokane 1 – Boise 4
L - Sprenger (0-1)

Despite a strong effort from starting pitcher Yohander Mendez, the Indians dropped to 1-6 on the young Northwest League campaign.

The 18-year-old Mendez worked 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five. He induced eight ground-ball outs with two flyouts.

After Abel de los Santos yielded a run in 2.1 innings, Boise jumped into the lead by plating three against righty Justin Sprenger in one inning.

Spokane's offense had only four hits in the game. DH Evan Van Hoosier went 1-for-3 with a double, the club's only extra-base hit. Alberto Triunfel (1/3, BB), Janluis Castro (1/4), and Gabriel Roa (1/3) all singled once.

Left fielder Jamie Jarmon struck out in all three of his plate appearances.

Hard-throwing righty Sam Wolff struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth.

Player of the Game: LHP Yohander Mendez
4.2 3 0 0 1 5 0 1.17

RK: Surprise Rangers 5 – Surprise Royals 7 (11 innings)
L - Rodriguez (0-1)
HR - Mendez (1)

The Rookie Rangers opened Friday's contest with a 3-0 lead, as Royals starting pitcher Austin Fairchild walked the game's first four batters before being lifted.

Third baseman Luis Mendez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his first in the AZL this season. Shortstop Travis Demeritte (2/4, BB) and catcher Charles Moorman (2/4) both singled twice.

On the mound, righty Anyelo Leclerc gave up three runs in 4.1 innings. He yielded five hits, walked one, and struck out five.

Making his professional debut, righty Ryan Ledbetter permitted a run––a solo homer––in 1.2 innings. He fanned three.

Former infielder Brett Anderson then tossed two shutout frames before Ricardo Rodriguez allowed three runs in three innings. Rodriguez gave up three hits and struck out five.

Todd McDonald (1/4, BB), Isiah Kiner-Falefa (1/4, BB), and Barrett Serrato (1/4, BB) all singled once and walked once.

Player of the Game: 3B Luis Mendez
5 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 .300

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 – (@) DSL Pirates1 12
L - Garcia (0-1)

The Dominican Rangers were blown away by the DSL Pirates1 for the second consecutive day, falling 12-4 on Friday.

Rangers starting pitcher Richelson Pena surrendered four runs on seven hits over five innings, keeping his club in the game. But the bullpen then blew up.

Chris Garcia allowed two runs without recording an out. After Albert Decena gave up a run in one inning, righty Werner Leal was tagged for five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

At the plate, DH Ronny Carvajal went 2-for-4 with his second double and two RBI. The two-bagger was his club's only extra-base hit of the game.

Carlos Arroyo (2/5) and Sherman Lacrus (2/4, HBP) both singled twice. Leadoff man Jesus Martinez had a single and three walks in five plate appearances.

Player of the Game: DH Ronny Carvajal
4 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 .227

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