Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/5

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders and High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans both earned a series-opening victory in their respective postseasons on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock – Season Over
69-75, 11.0 GB

Although the Express played their best baseball of the season in August, the club finished with a 69-75 mark, 11 games behind the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division champion Albuquerque.

AA: Frisco 6 – Corpus Christi 5
W - Mendez (1-0)
HR - Majewski (1)
Frisco leads 1-0 (best of five)

Wednesday's Texas League South Division playoff series opener between Frisco and Corpus Christi could be best described as a tug-of-war affair.

The RoughRiders and Hooks each scored single runs in both the first and second innings. After Frisco plated a three-spot in the third, Corpus Christi tied the game with one run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth.

But the ‘Riders struck last, winning the game in walkoff fashion on Chris McGuiness' ninth-inning double. McGuiness' double scored second baseman Leury Garcia, who slid in safely under the tag on the play at the plate.

Frisco right-hander Barret Loux––the Texas League's Pitcher of the Year––began the game by throwing 94 pitches (61 strikes) in 5.2 innings. He surrendered three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four.

Reliever Ryan Rodebaugh recorded the final out of the sixth inning to keep the Corpus Christi rally at bay, but the Hooks plated a run against both Wilmer Font (1 IP) and Richard Bleier (0.2 IP).

Font needed 31 pitches (19 strikes) to finish his inning, as he allowed a run on two hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Hard-throwing righty Roman Mendez closed out the game with 1.1 shutout frames to earn the victory. He allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out one.

McGuiness, who had Frisco's big hit, went 2-for-5 with that double and two runs batted in. Engel Beltre (1/4, 2B, BB), Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 2B) and Jared Hoying (1/4, 2B) also doubled once.

Veteran DH Val Majewski was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a base on balls.

Frisco will play the second game of its best-of-five set with Corpus Christi on Thursday. While the first two games will be in Frisco, the series will shift to Corpus Christi on Friday.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris McGuiness
5 0 2 1 0 2 0 2 .400

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – (@) Winston-Salem 1
W - Jackson (1-0)
SV - Rowen (1)
Myrtle Beach leads 1-0 (best of three)

The Pelicans earned a big game-one victory in the best-of-three series. All three games in the Carolina League Southern Division series will be played in Winston-Salem. However, if Myrtle Beach wins the series, they will host the Carolina League Championship series against either Wilmington or Lynchburg.

Lynchburg defeated Wilmington 8-0 on Wednesday, out-hitting the BlueClaws 15-3.

In Winston-Salem, the Dash struck first with left fielder Courtney Hawkins' solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. A Corpus Christi native, Hawkins was the White Sox's first-round pick in this summer's MLB Draft.

Dash starting pitcher Erik Johnson actually held the Pelicans hitless through 5.2 innings. But with two outs in the sixth––and Myrtle Beach trailing 1-0––the bats came alive.

The Birds plated their four runs with the following rally––single, stolen base, triple, walk, walk, triple.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto, who was 1-for-4, brought home the game-tying run with his three-bagger. After Brett Nicholas and Vin DiFazio both walked to load the bases, catcher Tomas Telis cleared the sacks with his three-run triple. The knock put Myrtle Beach ahead 4-1, where they would remain for the rest of the game.

Overall, Telis was 1-for-3 with that triple, three RBI, and a base on balls.

Pelicans starting pitcher Luke Jackson yielded that one run on three hits in five innings, walking three and striking out eight.

After Jackson exited, the Pelicans' strong bullpen took over. Right-hander Phil Klein followed with two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Left-hander Jimmy Reyes then pitched around a single in a scoreless eighth, and submarining closer Ben Rowen fanned one in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.

The victory puts Myrtle Beach one win away from earning a berth in the Carolina League Championship Series. They'll return to action on Thursday evening with Joe Van Meter slated to toe the rubber.

Player of the Game: RHP Luke Jackson
5.0 3 1 1 3 8 1 1.80

A: Hickory – Season Over
38-32, 3.0 GB

The Crawdads didn't qualify for the South Atlantic League postseason after finishing the first half in third place (36-33) and the second half tied for second (38-32).

SSA: Spokane – Season Over
16-22, 8.0 GB

With a 28-48 overall record this summer, the Spokane Indians didn't qualify for the Northwest League playoffs. The club went 12-26 in the first half before finishing with a 16-22 second-half mark.

RK: Surprise Rangers – Season Over
34-22, 3.0 GU

The rookie-level Surprise Rangers claimed the 2012 Arizona League crown. The Rangers' AZL club won the circuit's West Division with a 34-22 regular-season mark. They defeated the Glendale Dodgers in the playoff semifinals before topping the Phoenix Athletics in the championship game.

DSL: DSL Rangers – Season Over
42-28, 2.0 GB

The Dominican Rangers finished their season in third place with a 42-28 record, two games out of a Dominican Summer League playoff berth.

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