Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/27

Dominican Summer League Rangers right-hander Richelson Pena took a perfect game into the eighth inning on Thursday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 6 – New Orleans 1
W - Lindblom (7-0)
SV - Brigham (2)
HR - Solarte (10)
46-35, 2.0 GU

The Express plated six runs in the game's first two innings and cruised to victory, as Josh Lindblom turned in another strong start.

Lindblom (1.99 ERA/.197 BAA) improved to 7-0 in 10 Triple-A starts after yielding one run in six innings. He scattered seven hits, walked two, and struck out two while throwing 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

The 26-year-old righty has the following stat-line in Triple-A––63.1 ip, 45 h, 14 r, 17 bb, 45 k.

At the plate, hot-hitting second baseman Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 10th of the season. He's now hitting .324 in June after batting .381 in May.

First baseman Jim Adduci (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled. Joey Butler (2/4) and Eli Whiteside (2/4) both singled twice.

Third baseman Mike Olt raised his average to .207 by going 1-for-3, and he also drew a walk.

Right-hander Jake Brigham, another Rangers prospect who has performed well of late in Round Rock, tossed three innings of one-hit shutout ball to finish the game. He threw only 35 pitches and fanned three.

Brigham struggled mightily to begin his Triple-A career but has pitched brilliantly in his last three outings––13.0 ip, 7 h, 0 er, 0 bb, 17 k.

Player of the Game: 2B Yangervis Solarte
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 .311

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) Arkansas 2
W - Bleier (1-2)
SV - Font (10)
4-4, 0.0 GU (43-35)

Teodoro Martinez's ninth-inning RBI single helped push the ‘Riders to victory over Arkansas on Thursday.

Righty starter Nick McBride dealt his best outing since joining the RoughRiders, working six innings of one-run ball. The North Carolina native yielded four hits and struck out one without walking a batter.

McBride threw strikes (53 out of 73 pitches) and induced ground-ball outs (11 to three flyouts).

Right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled twice in four at-bats, giving him 18 two-baggers on the year. Alejandro Selen was 2-for-4 with his fifth double.

Lefty sinkerballer Richard Bleier followed McBride by giving up one run in two innings. Hard-throwing closer Wilmer Font then punched out the side in a blank ninth.

Font now has 45 strikeouts––though with 24 walks––in 32 innings. He has also yielded just 14 hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
6.0 4 1 1 0 1 0 5.14

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Potomac 0 – Suspended (Rain)
3-3, 0.5 GB (43-32)

The Pelicans and P-Pats were suspended due to rain in the bottom of the third inning on Thursday. Myrtle Beach led 1-0, getting a double from Luis Sardinas and singles from Joe Maloney and Kellin Deglan. Meanwhile, lefty Victor Payano had tossed two-plus scoreless frames, giving up two hits and walking a pair.

The game will be completed on August 1, which is the next time Myrtle Beach returns to Northern Virginia.

A: Hickory 7 – (@) Charleston 6
W - Valdespina (2-1)
SV - Kendall (7)
HR - Alfaro (11)
6-2, 0.0 GU (45-33)

The Crawdads held on for the 7-6 victory on Thursday behind catcher Jorge Alfaro's powerful bat.

Alfaro went 2-for-3 with his 16th double, his 11th home run, and a whopping five runs batted in. He also brought home a run on a sacrifice fly.

Leadoff man Nick Williams raised his average to .302 by going 3-for-5 with his ninth double and two RBI. He stole his fourth base.

Ryan Rua (2/4) and Luis Marte (2/4) both singled twice in fourtrips. Marte swiped his 13th bag while Rua got his eighth.

On the mound, starting pitcher Aliangel Lopez permitted four runs––two earned––in four innings. He gave up five hits, walked three, and fanned three.

Jose Valdespina (2 IP) and Cody Kendall (1 IP) allowed one run apiece out of the bullpen. Sam Stafford tossed two shutout frames, giving up a hit, walking one, and striking out one.

Stafford threw only 15 of his 30 pitches for strikes on Thursday, but he has been better in his last three outings––6.2 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 5 k.

Player of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro
3 1 2 1 1 5 0 0 .265

SSA: Spokane 2 – Vancouver 5
L - Wiles (1-2)
6-8, 6.0 GB

The Indians' offense didn't get much going in their 5-2 loss on Thursday, plating only two runs on six hits while striking out 12 times.

DH Cam Schiller, who was 1-for-4, doubled for the club's only extra-base hit. He also drove home both runs.

Shortstop Alberto Triunfel raised his batting average to .244 with two singles in four at-bats.

Starter Collin Wiles allowed three runs on seven hits in four innings, walking two and striking out one.

Right-hander John Straka was Spokane's most impressive hurler out of the bullpen, as he tossed two shutout innings. Straka walked one and fanned a pair.

Player of the Game: DH Cam Schiller
4 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 .200

RK: Surprise Rangers 4 – (@) Phoenix Brewers 5
L - Anderson (0-1)
HR - Lantigua (1)
3-4, 1.0 GB

On a 108-degree night in Phoenix, the Rookie Rangers fell by one run late in the contest.

Nick Gardewine got the start and surrendered just a solo home run in two innings. Second-round pick Akeem Bostick followed with a pair of shutout frames, giving up a hit.

Things came unraveled when reliever John Kukuruda failed to retire any of the five batters he faced. The sinkerballer walked three, gave up a hit, and plunked a batter. Two of the runs scored.

Third baseman Smerling Lantigua flashed his raw power by going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI.

Middle infielders Isiah Kiner-Falefa (2/4) and Luis Mendez (1/3, 2 BB) both reached base multiple times.

Player of the Game: 3B Smerling Lantigua
4 1 2 1 1 3 0 2 .214

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – (@) DSL Yankees2 0
W - Pena (3-0)
18-5, 4.0 GU

Right-hander Richelson Pena turned in the best start for a Rangers minor-league pitcher this season, as a took a perfect game into the eighth inning.

Pena retired the game's first 22 batters before giving up an infield single to second base. He retired the next two and finished with eight innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight without issuing a walk.

The 19-year-old Pena (1.52 ERA/.188 BAA) is a Dominican Republic native who's playing his third season in the Dominican Summer League. He's off to a career-best start thus far, however, giving up only four runs on 15 hits in 23.2 innings, walking four and striking out 23.

The Rangers' offense provided Pena with six runs on seven hits.

Leadoff man and centerfielder Carlos Arroyo (.326/.400/.467) extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 2-for-4 with his third triple, a walk, and an RBI.

Arroyo, 20, is playing his first DSL season. He has been plenty solid, socking seven doubles and three triples while drawing nine walks and striking out just seven times over 22 games. Arroyo has also stolen nine bases without being caught.

Shortstop Luis Terrero (1/4, 2B) added his fourth double while first baseman Elio Castillo (2/5) singled twice.

Left fielder Sherman Lacrus, the Rangers' 27th-round pick in this year's draft, had a single, two walks, and a hit-by pitch in five trips. He also stole his second base.

After Pena exited the game, reliever Juan Marte finished off the shutout by fanning one in a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Richelson Pena
8.0 1 0 0 0 8 0 1.52

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