Because Chris Davis is day-to-day with an injury and Brian Barden exercised the July 1 out-clause in his contract, sidearming righty Cody Eppley was the only Rangers farmhand to appear in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game.
Eppley worked a perfect seventh inning, getting three groundouts and throwing six of his eight pitches for strikes. The PCL squad was full of former Rangers like Luis Mendoza, Sam Narron, Josh Lueke, and Willie Eyre.
11-7, 2.0 GB
The RoughRiders were off on Wednesday.
W - de los Santos (2-1)
HR - Bolden (4)
The Pelicans got back into the win column in their return home from a 10-game road trip.
Left-hander Miguel de los Santos hurled five innings of one-hit, shutout ball. He walked four and struck out six.
In his first four appearances with Myrtle Beach, de los Santos is pitching to his scouting report––he has been difficult to hit, he is having trouble with walks, and he is missing plenty of bats. Through 16 innings, he has yielded eight hits while walking 10 and fanning 23.
First baseman Jared Bolden provided some power, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a walk, and three RBI. Bolden fell just a triple shy of the cycle and raised his average to .272.
Ryan Strausborger (1/2, 2B, BB, HBP), Travis Adair (1/5, 2B), Santiago Chirino (2/4, 2B, HBP) and Jared Hoying (2/5, 2B) all doubled once.
Strausborger left the game after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.
Leadoff man Leury Garcia had a single and two walks over five plate appearances.
Lefty Chad Bell, whose velocity and overall stuff has ticked up as the season progresses, worked two shutout innings in relief of de los Santos. He gave up one hit and struck out one.
Pitching in his second High-A game, Ryan Rodebaugh surrendered three runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Rodebaugh had allowed only two total earned runs in 43.2 innings at Single-A Hickory this season. The outing pushed his overall season ERA up to 0.99.
W - Mendez (7-1)
SV - Van Meter (5)
HR - Clark (7)
Hickory first baseman Andrew Clark has been an on-base machine for much of the season, but he hasn't shown much power. That has changed over the last few days, as Clark has been the Crawdads' best power producer early in the second half.
On Wednesday, the University of Louisville product belted a double and a homer while driving in four runs. He raised his average to an even .300.
Starting pitcher Roman Mendez (4.09 ERA/.273 BAA) improved to 7-1 on the year after he worked six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He fanned eight while walking one.
The 20-year-old righty has the following line in his last three starts––16 ip, 13 h, 4 r, 5 bb, 22 k.
Left fielder Jake Skole (1/4, 3B) hit his third triple while shortstop Jurickson Profar (1/3, 2B, BB) socked his 21st double. Profar also worked a walk and struck out twice.
Reliever Joe Van Meter (2.44 ERA/.188 BAA) fanned four batters in three innings of one-hit, shutout ball en route to earning his fifth save of the season.
Van Meter's line in his last 12 outings––20.2 ip, 10 h, 1 r, 7 bb, 14 k.
W - Mendoza (2-1)
SV - Hendricks (1)
HR - Nicholas (5), Garcia (1)
Spokane starter David Perez worked around a rough second inning in which he yielded three runs. Overall, the young righty gave up those three runs in 4.1 innings, surrendering four hits, walking two, and fanning five.
The two teams combined for 23 strikeouts in the game.
Hard-throwing reliever Francisco Mendoza turned in his best outing of the season, as he tossed 3.2 innings of shutout ball. The Dominican Republic native allowed two hits and struck out three without walking a batter.
Dartmouth product Kyle Hendricks struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to get his first professional save.
The Indians were held hitless until the top of the fifth inning. The club busted out for three runs in the sixth to tie the game before jumping ahead in the seventh and eighth.
First baseman Brett Nicholas was 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer. Shortstop Edwin Garcia added a solo jack––his first of the season––in the seventh inning.
Trever Adams (2/4, 2B) and Zach Cone (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.
L - Eickhoff (0-1)
HR - Edmonds (2)
The Rangers lost on a 10th-inning walkoff double despite an overall strong pitching performance that included 15 total strikeouts.
Nick Martinez got the start and fanned three in 3.2 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks.
Righty Arlett Mavare (0.98 ERA/.138 BAA) gave up a run in 2.1 frames but recorded all seven of his outs on strikes. The 21-year-old Venezuela native has logged 18.1 innings this season, striking out 31 and walking five.
Mavare doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he shows plus command of an upper-80s, low-90s fastball to go along with a sharp late-breaking curveball.
Shawn Blackwell followed with three shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out four without walking a batter.
Catcher Guy Edmonds had just one hit in four trips, but the lone knock was his second home run of the summer.
Luis Sardinas (1/5, 3B) belted his first triple while Chris Grayson (2/4, 2B) singled and hit his second double. Grayson stole his eighth base.
Catcher Kevin Torres raised his average to .391 with three singles in three official at-bats. He also walked and was hit by a pitch.
W - Cedeno (1-0)
The Dominican Rangers knotted the game at four by scoring a single run in the top of the ninth, and both clubs played scoreless ball until the top of the 16th, when the Rangers scored on a Jose Gonzalez (2/6) single.
Gonzalez's hit plated Smerling Lantigua, who had tripled to lead off the inning. Lantigua was 2-for-4 with four walks in the contest.
The club got some clutch relief work from outfielder Diego Cedeno in the 14th, 15th, and 16th frames. Cedeno came in and worked three shutout innings, allowing two hits and fanning three without walking a batter. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts at the plate.
Starter Aliangel Lopez, long before the game ended, yielded two runs (one earned) in four innings pitched.
Before Cedeno entered, Jesus Fandino twirled three innings of hitless, scoreless ball.
Elio Castillo (2/6, 2B, 2 BB) and Alex Gonzalez (1/7, 2B, BB) both doubled.
The Rangers, as a team, were 4-for-31 with runners in scoring position and stranded 19 men on base. The Phillies were 1-for-15 in the same situation.
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