An emailed question from several of you: Does Hickory's home park favor hitters? Yes, especially for homers. Using three years of data weighted toward the present, I estimate that playing in Hickory increases runs by 5% and home runs by 20%. So, for example, a Crawdad with 24 homers might be expected to have only 20 in a neutral park. That's a significant difference; however, it doesn't come close to accounting for Hickory's amazing power. Even after adjusting for park, Hickory is hitting homers at more than double the league-average rate. Their assault on the league record of 173 is no fluke.
Other factors (1.00 meaning neutral):
Round Rock: 0.97 for runs, 1.03 for HR (weighed toward eastern-half teams to account for the extremely unbalanced schedule)
Frisco: 1.02 for runs, 1.16 for HR
Myrtle Beach: 1.00 for runs, 0.96 for homers Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/24
Stars of the Day
AAA: Mike Bianucci, Aaron Cunningham, Yangervis Solarte
Hi-A: Nick Martinez, Jon Edwards / Rougned Odor, Jake Skole
Lo-A: CJ Edwards, Tyler Smith / Nick Williams, Nomar Mazara
Short-A: Kelvin Vazquez, Travis Dean, Abel de los Santos / Chris Garia, Cam Schiller
AAA: Round Rock 9, at Albuquerque (LAD) 10
Record: 45-34, +2.0
Round Rock lost on the dreaded walk-off walk. Tied at nine in the 9th, Nate Robertson hit two of three batters, then Ryan Rodebaugh issued consecutive walks. After the third ball to the final batter, catcher Jose Felix was ejected for arguing the pitch (which even the Albuquerque announcer believed was a strike), and manager Bobby Jones quickly followed. Eli Whiteside had to catch what would be the final two pitches, a called strike and a full-count, game-ending walk.
Round Rock squandered leads of 2-0, 3-2, 6-3 and 9-6. Scott Richmond (7.68 ERA) allowed six runs in six innings.
DH Mike Bianucci doubled and hit his second homer. LF Aaron Cunningham tripled and walked twice, and Yangervis Solarte (.310/.349/.461) was 2-4 with a walk.
Mike Olt doubled and walked. Leury Garcia did the same but was pulled in the 6th for a pinch-runner. He ran awkwardly through first on a fielder's choice and departed after Greg Miclat singled him to second.
Today: the Texas League All-Star Game in Springdale, Arkansas. Frisco's contingent is starting 2B Odubel Herrera and DH Brett Nicholas, reserve catcher Tomas Telis, IF Guilder Rodriguez, OF Teodoro Martinez (a late addition), and pitchers Carlos Pimentel, Neil Ramirez and Ben Rowen, who is now with Round Rock. High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Potomac (WAS) 2
Record: 3-1, tied for 1st
Rougned Odor (.293/.365/.452) collected two singles and a double. He also stole another two bases, giving him 21 for the season and setting a career high with nearly half the season ahead. Jake Skole (.198/.302/.292) hit his second homer.
Nick Martinez (2.85 ERA) lasted six innings and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight. Martinez ranks third in the league in ERA behind Cleveland/Carolina's Cody Anderson and teammate Luke Jackson. Jon Edwards (3.77 ERA) offered perhaps his finest performance, holding the Nationals hitless for three innings and striking out five. Edwards is the very definition of erratic but has a live arm.
Washington's Bryce Harper will rehab with Potomac tonight. Low-A: at Hickory 2, Lexington (KC) 3
Record: 3-2, -1.0
Perhaps because of lingering blister or fingernail issues, CJ Edwards (2.03 ERA) didn't have his normal velocity. No matter, as Edwards struck out six , walked none and allowed a run on four hits in five innings. Tyler Smith (6.67 ERA) tossed a scoreless 6th and 7th. Single runs in the 8th and 9th off Cody Kendall reversed Hickory's one-run advantage.
CF Nick Williams walked twice, singled and tripled. Williams (.296/.328/.634) hadn't walked in June and raised his total to six in 46 games. RF Nomar Mazara (.245/.327/.398) doubled twice. Short-A: at Spokane 5, Boise (CHC) 3 (11 innings)
Record: 5-6, -4.0
Whatever else Chris Garia accomplishes, he won't forget this four-game sweep of Boise. Garia hit a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th two days after going deep twice. In his previous 177 games, he had two homers, and he remains only Indian to homer this season. Garia (.289/.333/.622) also doubled and singled.
Abel de los Santos blew the save in the 9th but retired nine straight and struck out three. Travis Dean (26th round) also fanned three in two scoreless, one-hit innings. Starter Kelvin Vazquez (3.52 ERA) whiffed four , walked one and allowed a lone run on five hits in four innings.
1B Cam Schiller (.237/.356/.421) was 2-3 with a double. Spokane had lost 13 consecutive extra-inning games.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's Nelson Cruz hit his 23rd homer. Clinton's Blake Beavan (2.97 ERA) completed six innings and allowed one unearned run. Mitch Moreland drove in four with a single and two triples. Catcher Carlos Dominguez endured an absolute nightmare of a game: four errors, two passed balls, 0-4 throwing out potential base stealers. Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: All-Star Game
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Luis Parra
Short-A: Chi-Chi Gonzalez
Rookie: Kelvin Sosa