Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/2
Jairo Beras's long-delayed professional career began with a double-play grounder for the rookie-league Rangers. Beras then plated Travis Demeritte on an opposite-field triple and walked. He handled three balls hit to him in right field without issue. Stars of the Day
AAA: Jake Brigham / Mike Bianucci
Hi-A: Francisco Mendoza, Jon Edwards, Ryan Harvey / Pat Cantwell
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck / Joey Gallo, Nick Williams, Nick Vickerson, Lewis Brinson
Short-A: Ryne Slack / Chris Garia, Kevin Torres, Marcus Greene
Rookie: Nick Gardewine, Joe Palumbo, John Niggli / Jairo Beras, Diego Cedeno AAA: Round Rock 6, at Nashville (MIL) 3
Record: 49-37, +1.0
Jake Brigham (4.88 ERA) pitched admirably in place of a just-recalled Martin Perez a couple of weeks ago and did the same for Josh Lindblom last night. Brigham fanned four in 6.2 innings and allowed a run on three hits.
Not one to hit for high average, Mike Bianucci hit his fifth homer and singled to extend his hitting streak to ten games, raising his OPS from .612 to .925 in the process. He drove in four. RF Joey Butler (.328/.409/.492) reached on a double, walk and HBP. AA: off
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 1, Salem (BOS) 0
Record: 7-3, tied for 1st
Rain halted the contest in the top of the 2nd, forcing out Jerad Eickhoff after just 1.2 innings. Staked to a 1-0 lead, Francisco Mendoza (3.1 IP, 5 SO), Jon Edwards (2 IP, 4 SO) and Ryan Harvey (2 IP, 2 SO) combined to spread out seven runners and keep them from scoring. Catcher Pat Cantwell (.219/.285/.285) doubled and scored on a Trever Adams single. Cantwell also singled.
In the 9th, CF Jake Skole teamed with 2B Rougned Odor and Cantwell to gun down Stefan Welch, who had walked and attempted to score on Brandon Jacobs' double off the batter's eye.
Low-A: Hickory 9, at Savannah (NYM) 2
Record: 8-4, +0.5
Joey Gallo erased an 0-for-23 tailspin with consecutive homers, the first a grand slam. With 25, Gallo (.233/.322/.558) again leads the minors in homers, one ahead of Ryan Rua (currently nursing sore ribs) and ex-Ranger Mauro Gomez. Lewis Brinson (.239/.318/.449) singled and clubbed his 15th homer. LF Nick Williams (.301/.332/.630) missed the cycle by a homer and gunned down a runner at the plate.
2B Nick Vickerson (.242/.420/.379) drew three walks and singled. Vickerson spent two years in Spokane, where he didn't hit much at all, and he turns 24 in a few days. That said, he's become quite valuable to the Crawdads, capable of playing anywhere on the diamond. Vickerson subbed for the injured Rua last night, is backing up David Lyon behind the plate in Jorge Alfaro's absence, and will take the mound when Hickory expends its relief staff.
An increasingly impressive Connor Sadzeck (2.40 ERA) allowed a run on three hits and three walks in five innings and struck out five. Sadzeck has surrendered only two homers all season while pitching half the time in a park very amenable to them. Short-A: Spokane 6, at Tri-City (COL) 4
Record: 9-10, -6.0
Spokane fell behind early, as it often did earlier in the season, but this time the recently respectable offense put some crooked numbers on the board. CF Chris Garia (.254/.315/.478) tripled and singled, and catcher Marcus Greene (.268/.400/.293) was 2-3 with a walk.
Collin Wiles (5.12 ERA) started well but gave up three runs on four hits in his fifth and final inning. All told, he walked one, struck out one and gave up nine hits. Ryne Slack (1.80 ERA) held the Dust Devils scoreless for three innings with four strikeouts.
Rookie: at Rangers 6, Dodgers 1
Record: 6-5, tied for 1st
The Rangers had only six hits, mostly taking advantage of wildness among Dodger pitchers and fielders. Diego Cedeno (.306/.409/.417) was 3-4, and Demeritte (.317/.417/.537) walked twice and scored two runs.
Akeem Bostick (5.79 ERA) yielded a run on four hits and a walk in two innings while fanning one. As in Myrtle Beach, albeit with a greater cushion, three relievers combined to shut out the opposition for the duration. Nick Gardewine (2 IP) and Joe Palumbo (2) and John Niggli (3) all struck out two batters. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Jason Botts hit a walk-off two-run homer in his Japanese debut for Nippon Ham's farm club. Tommy Hunter whiffed four in six AAA innings. Clinton's Neftali Feliz (2.52 ERA) faced one over the minimum in three innings, striking out five and hitting a batter. Joe Wieland pitched four perfect innings and struck out three in rookie league.
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Nick McBride
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Frank Lopez
Short-A: David Ledbetter
Rookie: Jose Samayoa