Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/12
Lefty Martin Perez was optioned to AA Frisco. Per at least one local report, he'll be in Round Rock soon.
Stars of the Day
AAA: Josh Lindblom / Chris McGuiness, Yangervis Solarte
AA: Carlos Pimentel / Brett Nicholas, Ryan Strausborger
Hi-A: Alec Asher, Francisco Mendoza / Drew Robinson
Lo-A: Joe Burns / Ryan Rua, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Vickerson
AAA: Round Rock 6, at Tucson (SDG) 7
Record: 20-17, -2.5
Up 6-2 in the 9th, Jake Brigham and Cory Burns combined to retire just one batter. After Brigham allowed a single and walked two, the heretofore 0.00 ERA-holding Burns issued a bases-loaded walk, and a Brandon Allen single scored two more. Burns then balked in the tying run. A single, intentional walk and another single completed the meltdown. Burns' ERA jumped to 1.38 in 13 innings.
Starter Josh Lindblom (2.08 ERA) had no trouble in the desert conditions, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes and allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two.
Engel Beltre (.288/.335/.353) was 2-5 but ran into outs both times he reached safely, once caught stealing and once attempting to stretch out a triple. 1B Chris McGuiness (.277/.407/.504) doubled and singled, as did Yangervis Solarte (.252/.311/.363). Playing second base, Jurickson Profar (.244/.350/.374) singled and walked.
AA: Frisco 5, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 2
Record: 19-17, -2.0
Nine strikeouts raised Carlos Pimentel's total to 51, most in the Texas League and the Rangers' minor-league system. In five innings, Pimentel (3.07 ERA) gave up a two-run homer, one other hit and two walks. He also allowed a homer, his fifth in 41 innings. Outside of 2012, Pimentel has always been homer-prone. His strikeouts and control are without precedent.
Wilmer Font earned his sixth save and struck out two in the 9th. 1B Brett Nicholas (.286/.348/.540) was 3-4 with a three-run homer, his eighth, and Ryan Strausborger (.182/.250/.339) singled and hit his fourth homer. High-A: at Myrtle Beach 4, Salem (BOS) 3
Record: 23-13, +6.5, 6-game win streak
Despite two homers, Alec Asher (3.10 ERA) gave up just three runs in seven innings, walking two and striking out five. Francisco Mendoza (7.50 ERA) took care of the 8th and 9th with three strikeouts. He's pitched capably in three of four outings.
Drew Robinson (.308/.349/.487 in May) tripled and singled, the former plating the tying and go-ahead runs in the 7th. LF Royce Bolinger and 2B Edwin Garcia singled twice.
In Houston-affiliated high-A Lancaster, Kyle Hallock and Luis Cruz combined on a no-hitter. Lancaster is among the most hostile parks to pitchers in the US.
Low-A: Hickory 8, at Charleston (NYY) 9
Record: 19-16, -2.0
Hickory's bats awakened after a three-day slumber. 2B Ryan Rua (.220/.326/.508) homered twice, giving him eight on the season, already a career-high. Unlike most of his teammates, the 23-year-old spent two summers in short-season ball and is older than the league-average hitter by about 18 months. In the 9th, Jorge Alfaro (.250/.309/.532) clubbed his ninth homer. RF Nomar Mazara (.195/.256/.341) doubled and singled, and the sparingly used Nick Vickerson doubled twice.
Like Sam Stafford on Saturday, Tyler Smith (4.50 ERA) sailed through only slightly turbulent waters for two innings before running aground in the 3rd. Five hits and a hit-by-pitch ended his night at 2.2 innings and 67 pitches, and a three-run homer off Coby Cowgill brought home two bequeathed runners. All told, Smith allowed six runs. He walked and struck out two. Joe Burns (2.45 ERA) tossed a couple of scoreless innings.
In the four-game series, Hickory scored ten runs, drew eight walks and struck out 55 times. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Warner Madrigal earned his first AAA save and struck out three. Taylor Teagarden was steadily catching two of every three games in Oklahoma. Teagarden had undergone Tommy John surgery in 2006 and caught only sparingly during 2007. Bakersfield's Marcus Lemon reached on a throwing error by the pitcher and came all the way around to score when no one could retrieve the ball from the bullpen, which is in play. Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez