Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/2

DiFazio hit two home runs

The rookie-level Surprise Rangers continued raking on Tuesday while Myrtle Beach catcher Vin DiFazio belted a pair of home runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 0 – (@) Nashville 7
L - Tomko (5-4)
65-46, 8.0 GU


The Sounds chipped away at Round Rock in Tuesday's series finale, scoring at least one run in six of their eight times at-bat.

Express starter Brett Tomko worked six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits, walking four and striking out four.

Shortstop Nick Green went 2-for-4 with his fourth double for Round Rock. Since joining the Express from the Orioles' organization, Green is 16-for-48 (.333) with four doubles and a home run.

Guilder Rodriguez (2/3), Matt Kata (1/4) and Joey Butler (1/4) had the team's only other hits.

Righty Pedro Strop yielded a solo home run in one inning of work. Darren O'Day followed by allowing two runs in one frame.

Player of the Game: SS Nick Green
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 .333




AA: Frisco 8 – (@) Midland 13
L - Pimentel (4-8)
HR - Greene (16)
20-18, 3.0 GB


Carlos Pimentel's recent control issues continued on Tuesday, as he threw just 49 of 101 pitches for strikes and walked six batters in 3.2 innings. He also allowed 10 hits, leading to 10 runs.

The 21-year-old Pimentel has walked at least five batters in four of his last six starts.

Right fielder Jonathan Greene (.299/.363/.495) went 3-for-4 with a home run––his 16th of the season––and two RBI. Greene now has 81 career home runs in parts of five professional seasons.

Davis Stoneburner (3/5, 2 2B), Mike Bianucci (2/5, 2 2B) and Jose Ruiz (2/4, 2 2B) all doubled twice. Renny Osuna had a double for his lone hit in five trips. And third baseman Tom Mendonca singled twice and walked once in five at-bats.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre was the only Frisco player to go without a hit. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while also committing his third error of the season.

Talented right-hander Jake Brigham yielded a run on one hit in two innings, striking out two without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: RF Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 0 1 2 0 1 .299




A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – (@) Kinston 3
W - Boscan (4-8)
SV - Ortiz (5)
HR - DiFazio (5, 6)
19-18, 2.5 GB


The Pelicans were carried to victory behind a pair of home runs from catcher Vin DiFazio (.218/.386/.382), who went 3-for-4 with two bombs and four total runs batted in.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan (4.18 ERA/.273 BAA) retired the game's first 12 batters and took a perfect game into the fifth inning. Overall, the Venezuelan right-hander permitted two unearned runs in 5.1 innings, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out six.

Third baseman Santiago Chirino (2/4, 2B) hit his 14th double while Leury Garcia (1/5, 3B) added his fourth triple and his 24th stolen base.

Jared Prince singled three in three at-bats, raising his average to .272.

Left-hander Joe Ortiz (2.21 ERA/.207 BAA) earned his fifth save of the season with two shutout innings. He gave up one hit and struck out three.

Player of the Game: C Vin DiFazio
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 0 2 4 0 1 .218




A: Hickory 2 – Hagerstown 3
L - Jackson (4-3)
23-15, 1.5 GU


Hickory starter Luke Jackson worked five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking three and fanning two.

Right-handed relievers Ben henry (1 IP), Jorge Marban (1 IP) and Francisco Mendoza (2 IP) combined for four scoreless innings to finish the game and keep the Crawdads' offense in the game.

Hickory's offense spread six singles through the game. They came from Tomas Telis (2/4), Andrew Clark (1/2, 2 BB), Odubel Herrera (1/3), Kellin Deglan (1/3) and Jurickson Profar (1/4).

Player of the Game: RHP Francisco Mendoza
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.35




SSA: Spokane 1 - (@) Vancouver 3
L - Perez-Lobo (1-2)
3-4, 2.0 GB


The Indians lost despite getting an excellent start from tall righty Nick McBride. The North Carolina native limited Vancouver to a run on three hits in seven innings. He fanned four without issuing a walk and induced eight groundouts against two flyouts.

Second baseman Rougned Odor raised his average to .306 with two singles in four at-bats. He was the only Spokane player with multiple knocks.

Hirotoshi Onaka (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice while Jorge Alfaro (1/3), Drew Robinson (1/3) and Hanser Alberto (1/3) all singled once.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 3 1 1 0 4 0 5.32




RK: AZL Rangers 18 – (@) AZL Royals 9
W - Blackwell (3-0)
HR - Edmonds (4)
24-10, 6.5 GU


The Rookie Rangers went across the Surprise Recreation Campus to face the Royals on Tuesday, and the dominant offense pounded out 18 runs on 22 hits, including 11 extra-base knocks.

Leadoff hitter and shortstop Nick Urbanus (.303/.367/.379) had seven runs batted in. The 19-year-old from the Netherlands was 3-for-5 with his third triple and a base on balls.

Second baseman Jimmy Swift saw his average jump to .474 with two doubles and a triple in four at-bats.

Jeremy Williams (2/3, 3B, 2 BB) scored five runs and tripled. Chris Grayson (3/5, 2B), Kendall Radcliffe (1/2, 2B), Matt Leeds (1/5, 2B, 2 BB) and Ryan Rua (3/7, 2B) all doubled.

Catcher Guy Edmonds was 2-for-5 with his eighth double and his fourth home run.

Left-hander Andrew Faulkner got the start and worked three innings while yielding two runs (one earned). He also struck out three.

Player of the Game: SS Nick Urbanus
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 0 0 7 1 1 .303




DSL: DSL Rangers 7 – DSL Giants 2 (8 innings)
W - J. Leclerc (3-1)
32-22, 1.0 GB


Tuesday's game was called in the middle of the eighth inning due to rain, as Tropical Storm Emily began making its way into the Dominican Republic.

The Rangers picked up a 7-2 victory despite issuing a whopping 12 walks in the eight innings, although they also allowed just three hits.

Starting pitcher Nerfy Nunez walked six over 2.1 innings, giving up a run on two hits. Jose Leclerc followed with three free passes in 2.2 hitless frames, striking out five.

Right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez struck out four of the six batters he faced in two perfect innings. Kelvin Vasquez, who finished it off for the Rangers, gave up a run on three walks and a hit in the eighth inning.

Shortstop Luis Marte (.286/.305/.402) continued to break out of his slump by going 3-for-3 with two doubles, giving him 16 two-baggers in 50 games this season.

DH Fernando Vivili doubled, walked three times, and stole his third base. Belarmino Campos (2/3, BB) and Diego Cedeno (2/4) both singled twice.

In 33 games this season, the 17-year-old Vivili has a .173/.289/.245 slash line with 14 walks and 42 strikeouts.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Marte
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 .286




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