Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/22

The Triple-A Round Rock Express played an all-around solid game in Albuquerque on Saturday, socking four home runs while getting good work from starter Jake Brigham. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – (@) Albuquerque 5
W - Brigham (1-1)
SV - Rodebaugh (1)
HR - Solarte (9), Cunningham (5), Hoying (3), Garcia (2)

Pitching in the unfriendly confines of Isotopes Park, Express starter Jake Brigham turned in his best Triple-A outing yet.

Brigham permitted just an unearned run in seven innings, throwing 82 pitches. He allowed five hits and struck out a season-high nine batters without issuing a walk.

At the plate, leadoff man Leury Garcia was 2-for-5 with a triple and a home run. Yangervis Solarte (2/5, 2B, HR) and Aaron Cunningham (2/5, 2B, HR) both doubled and homered in five trips.

DH Jared Hoying, who batted third, was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer––already his third in Triple-A.

Playing his last Triple-A game before he would earn his first big-league call-up, centerfielder Engel Beltre raised his batting average to .300 by going 3-for-4 with his 17th two-bagger.

Albuquerque got back into the game by plating four runs off sidearming reliever Johan Yan in 1.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked one, and fanned three.

But reliever Ryan Rodebaugh put out the fire, striking out the game's final batter on three pitches to earn his first Triple-A save.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
7.0 5 1 0 0 9 0 5.87

AA: Frisco 1 – Corpus Christi 5
L - McBride (1-3)
3-2 (42-33)

Frisco was unable to string much together against six Hooks pitchers on Saturday, going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranding seven aboard.

Meanwhile, ‘Riders starting pitcher Nick McBride needed 84 pitches to work four innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and four walks, striking out a pair.

Second baseman Odubel Herrera was 1-for-3 with his ninth double and a walk. Tomas Telis (2/3) and Chih-Hsien Chiang (2/3) both singled twice.

After Phil Klein gave up three runs in two innings, righty Randy Henry (1 IP) and lefty Richard Bleier (2 IP) combined for three shutout frames.

Henry was particularly impressive in his inning, throwing eight of his 11 pitches for strikes while fanning a pair.

Player of the Game: 2B Odubel Herrera
3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 .257

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – (@) Frederick 13
L - Payano (5-4)
1-1 (41-30)

The Keys teed off against four Myrtle Beach pitchers on Saturday, plating 13 runs on 12 hits and seven walks. They also clubbed three home runs.

Left-hander Victor Payano lasted only one inning, as he threw 14 strikes out of 34 pitches. He gave up just one hit––a home run––but allowed four runs on three walks.

Joe Van Meter was then tagged for five runs on five hits in two innings. Taylor Dennis permitted three runs in 3.2 frames, and Francisco Mendoza gave up a run in 1.1 innings.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans had only one extra-base hit––a double off the bat of centerfielder Chris Grayson, who was 1-for-4.

Rougned Odor was 2-for-4 with a free pass. Edwin Garcia (2/4) also singled twice.

Player of the Game: 2B Rougned Odor
4 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 .284

A: Hickory 6 – Greensboro 7
L - Lopez (2-1)
HR - Mazara (7)
2-1 (41-32)

After trailing 7-0 through five innings, the Crawdads plated six total runs between the sixth and eighth. But their comeback attempt fell just short.

Right fielder Nomar Mazara played a key role in the sudden offensive outburst, going 2-for-4 with his seventh home run and three RBI. Third baseman Nick Urbanus was 1-for-4 with his second double.

Hickory starting pitcher Aliangel Lopez struck out seven batters but was tagged for seven runs on eight hits over five innings.

Left-hander Sam Stafford helped keep the Crawdads in the game with three scoreless frames of long relief. The native Texan allowed one hit and struck out three.
,br> Jose Leclerc punched out two in a blank ninth.

Player of the Game: RF Nomar Mazara
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .241

SSA: Spokane 3 – Boise 2 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Wiles (1-1)
SV - McElwee (1)

Indians starting pitcher Collin Wiles dealt one of the best outings of his young pro career on Saturday. The Kansas native tossed five innings of one-run ball, scattering five hits. He struck out four.

Third baseman Janluis Castro went 1-for-2 with his third double, a walk, and a run batted in.

Evan Van Hoosier (1/2), Ryan Cordell (1/3), Alberto Triunfel (1/2), Marcus Greene (1/3), and Gabriel Roa (1/2, BB) all singled once.

After Alex de la Cruz failed to retire a batter in the sixth inning––giving up two hits and walking a man––Josh McElwee put out the fire.

McElwee earned the save after striking out five hitters in two innings, giving up one run.

Player of the Game: RHP Collin Wiles
5.0 5 1 1 0 4 1 3.48

SSA: Spokane 4 – Boise 3 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Brooks (1-0)
SV - Zouzalik (1)

The Indians took home a doubleheader sweep, improving to 3-6 on the campaign.

Left-hander Ryne Slack struck out six hitters in 3.2 innings, giving up two runs. He allowed three hits and walked three.

After Slack left the game, righty Eric Brooks allowed a run in 1.2 frames. Austin native Mike Zouzalik closed it out with 1.2 hitless, scoreless innings.

First baseman Cam Schiller (1/3, 2B) and shortstop Alberto Triunfel (1/3, 2B) both doubled once.

Left fielder Hirotoshi Onaka singled and walked in three trips. He also drove home two runs and stole his second base.

Player of the Game: LF Hirotoshi Onaka
2 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 .182

RK: Surprise Rangers 4 – (@) Surprise Padres 5
L - Perez (0-1)

Making his professional debut, Rangers second-round pick Akeem Bostick didn't escape the first inning. The South Carolina high school product permitted two runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning, striking out one.

Also making pro debuts were righties Easton Napiontek (2.1 IP) and Nick Gardewine (2 IP). Both kept the Padres off the scoreboard. Gardewine was particularly impressive, striking out four.

Right fielder Diego Cedeno went 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls. Luis Mendez (2/4), Jose Cardona (0/3, 2 BB), and Travis Demeritte (1/3, BB) all reached base multiple times. Cardona stole his first base.

Lefty Zach Brill gave up two runs on three walks while working the sixth inning. Santo Perez then surrendered a run in two frames, getting stuck with the loss.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Gardewine
2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00

DSL: DSL Rangers 5 – DSL Marlins 1
W - Jurado (3-0)

The Dominican Rangers returned to their winning ways on Saturday, as three pitchers combined to struck out 11 Marlins hitters without issuing a walk.

Young right-hander Ariel Jurado tossed seven strong innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

Relievers Dario Beltre (1 IP) and Felix Carvallo (1 IP) each fanned two while working a scoreless inning.

At the plate, right fielder Carlos Arroyo raised his batting average to .316 by going 2-for-4 with his seventh double. Brallan Perez (2/3), Jesus Gonzalez (1/2), Juremi Profar (1/4), and Luis Terrero (1/3, BB) singled for the club's other hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Ariel Jurado
7.0 4 1 0 0 7 0 3.00

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