Minor League Roundup - 5/7

Tracy is heating up in Round Rock

The Triple-A Round Rock Express earned a walkoff victory for the second consecutive night while High-A Myrtle Beach dropped its third straight one-run game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at Saturday's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – Nashville 8
W - Miller (1-0)
HR - Tracy (4)
19-10, 1.5 GU


For the second consecutive night, Round Rock and Nashville played a high-scoring back-and-forth contest that ended in an Express walkoff victory.

Round Rock entered the eighth inning with an 8-5 deficit but came back with three in the eighth followed by one in the ninth.

Shortstop Omar Quintanilla––playing in his first official game of the season––had the game-winning single. He singled twice and walked once in five trips overall.

Quintailla, 29, had been at the club's minor league complex in Arizona, playing in extended spring training games while he served the remainder of his 50-game performance enhancing drug suspension.

Starting pitcher Derek Hankins scuffled through 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits and raising his earned-run average to 6.04.

The offense did plenty of damage in the game, though, plating nine runs on 10 hits.

Hot-hitting designated hitter Chad Tracy (.278/.365/.435) was 3-for-5 with a homer––his fourth–-and four RBI. Tracy, who now has 27 RBI in 27 contests this season, belted a long three-run blast in the sixth inning.

Esteban German (1/4, 3B, BB) tripled and walked while Brian Barden (2/4, 2B, BB) and Brad Nelson (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled and walked.

The 30-year-old Barden has appeared in 24 games this year, hitting 34-for-94 (.362) with six extra-base hits and 10 walks. His batting average currently ranks eighth in the Pacific Coast League.

Defensive-minded backstop Kevin Cash was only 1-for-4, but the lone knock was a three-run double off the wall in the eighth inning.

Recently acquired reliever Justin Miller (0.71 ERA/.143 BAA) picked up the victory after he worked two hitless, scoreless innings. Miller worked around a walk and a hit batsman.

Video highlights from the game––including a shot of Tracy's tape-measure homer––can be found at this link.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 0 1 4 0 0 .278




AA: Frisco 9 – (@) Midland 8
W - Perconte (3-0)
SV - Miller (2)
HR - Bianucci (9), Mendonca (8), Osuna (2)
13-16, 6.0 GB


After hitting a recent rough patch that included a five-game losing streak, Frisco is suddenly 7-3 in its last 10 contests.

While Frisco's pitching has certainly improved during the recent stretch, the offense continues to score runs in bunches on certain nights. And that was the case on Saturday.

The RoughRiders bats hammered six extra-base hits in the contest, including three home runs.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.312/.333/.578) helped break out of a slump by going 2-for-5 with his eighth long ball of the year. DH Mike Bianucci (.310/.360/.584), who was 1-for-4 with a walk, hit his ninth home run.

Left fielder Travis Adair got off to a slow start in Double-A but appears to be adjusting to the higher level. On Saturday, the South Carolina native was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk, and three RBI.

And last, but certainly not least, second baseman Renny Osuna (.339/.369/.508) had a double and a home run in five trips. The 26-year-old's career-high in homers is four (done twice), but he now has two in his last five games.

Left-hander Miguel de los Santos (8.04 ERA/.265 BAA) continued to miss bats at a high rate but struggled on the whole. In five innings, he yielded four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out nine. He also uncorked three wild pitches.

The 22-year-old prospect has 38 strikeouts in 28 innings at Double-A––but he has also permitted 25 earned runs over that span.

Reliever Ramon Aguero, who was recently outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster, threw only nine of 23 pitches for strikes in his outing. He walked three, plunked one, and gave up one hit in two-thirds of an inning. The damage led to three runs and a blown save.

Justin Miller (2.16 ERA/.190 BAA) punched out two in a shutout ninth to earn his second save. Over his last six appearances, Miller has posted the following line––8.1 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 9 k.

Player of the Game: LF Travis Adair
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 1 0 3 1 0 .270




A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Salem 3
L - Loux (2-2)
HR - Olt (4), McGuiness (1)
17-12, 4.0 GB


The Pelicans dropped a one-run decision to the first-place Salem Red Sox for the third consecutive night.

Myrtle Beach starter Barret Loux (3.19 ERA/.225 BAA) was excellent outside of the fourth inning––when he allowed three runs––but the one frame was all the Red Sox would need to earn the victory.

The 22-year-old Loux allowed three runs in six innings, scattering seven hits and striking out seven. He now has 38 strikeouts against only six walks in 31 innings this year.

The Myrtle Beach starting trio of Loux, Robbie Erlin, and Joe Wieland have combined for a 119:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 98 innings. They're three pitches that should see Double-A Frisco at some point this season.

The Pelicans' only runs came on a pair of solo homers from the corner infield prospects––first baseman Chris McGuiness and third baseman Mike Olt. For both players, the homer was their only knock of the night.

McGuiness tagged his first home run of the season while Olt got his first since April 17.

Vin DiFazio (1/3, 2B), Jared Prince (1/2, HBP) and Ryan Strausborger (1/4) had the team's only other hits.

Big righty Kenny Gomez worked around a single and a base on balls to hurl two shutout frames, lowering his ERA to 3.00.

Player of the Game: RHP Barret Loux
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 7 3 3 0 7 0 3.19




A: Hickory 4 – (@) Greensboro 5
L - Perez-Lobo (0-1)
19-9, 0.5 GU


Throughout Justin Grimm's (3.44 ERA/.200 BAA) start on Saturday, he was decent but never quite at his best. The University of Georgia product permitted four runs on six hits over six innings, walking two and fanning six. He also plunked two batters and had two wild pitches.

The Crawdads scored only four runs despite getting 10 hits––thanks in large part to a 2-for-14 mark with men in scoring position. They stranded 11.

Left fielder Jonathan Roof was the most effective hitter, as he was 3-for-4 with his third double. Right fielder Josh Richmond, who was 1-for-5, added his eighth two-bagger of the year.

Tomas Telis (2/5) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) both singled twice.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar went 0-for-3 with two walks. Since returning from the disabled list on April 25, Profar is hitting .256/.400/.436 with nine walks in 11 contests.

Player of the Game: LF Jonathan Roof
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 .271




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