The Farm Report -- 7/4/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/3

Manny Ramirez will be a teammate of Leury Garcia, who was born the March of Manny's senior year in high school.

Stars of the Day

AAA: Leury Garcia
AA: Nick McBride
Hi-A: Paul Schwendel, Taylor Dennis /Edwin Garcia, Drew Robinson
Lo-A: Frank Lopez, Sam Stafford / Nick Williams, Nomar Mazara
Short-A: David Ledbetter, Richard Alvarez / Alberto Triunfel, Barrett Serrato, Chris Garia
Rookie: Jose Samayoa / Jose Cardona, Isiah Kiner-Falefa

AAA: Round Rock 1, at  Nashville (MIL) 10

Record: 49-38, +1.0

Aside from Leury Garcia (double, 2 walks, fifth steal), the offense took the day off.  Brad Mills (5.2 IP, 5 R) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1.1 IP, 5 R) were roughed up, while Wilmer Font worked around a walk and single in a scoreless 9th.

AA: at Frisco 1, Arkansas (LAA) 2

Record: 6-7, -1.0

Nick McBride (4.76 ERA) gave up two runs in six innings, walking three and striking out two.  Rehabbing Joakim Soria threw only six pitches and broke the bat of every opposing hitter (so I'm told) in a clean 8th.  Alex Claudio and Lisalverto Bonilla struck out two in perfect frames.  Brett Nicholas and Tomas Telis singled twice.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 6, Salem (BOS) 14

Record: 7-4, +1.0

Like last year, Victor Payano (4.85 ERA) has encountered trouble after the season's first two months.  Payano has more walks (16) than innings (15.1) in his last five starts.  Yesterday, he walked three of 10 batters, allowed three hits and four runs, and lasted only 1.1 innings.  Paul Schwendel (3.2 IP, 1 R, 3 SO) and Taylor Dennis (2 IP, 0 R, 1 SO) took the Pelicans into the 8th, but Randol Rojas endured perhaps his worst outing ever, surrendering eight runs (six earned) in one inning plus four batters.  14 runs is a season-worst for Myrtle Beach.

3B Drew Robinson hit a three-run bomb in the 1st (his third) and singled.  Rougned Odor (.296/.363/.458) singled, doubled and stole his 22nd base.  SS Edwin Garcia (.237/.345/.356) was 3-4 with two doubles and a walk.  Luis Sardinas (.282/.336/.347) reached safely three times but was caught stealing twice.

Low-A: Hickory 1, at  Savannah (NYM) 3

Record: 8-5, -0.5

Frank Lopez (4.44 ERA) struck out five in five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk.  Sam Stafford (7.11 ERA) has four consecutive scoreless appearances including yesterday's three innings.  Nick Williams (.305/.335/.632) and Nomar Mazara (.248/.333/.397) doubled and singled.

Short-A: Spokane 11, at  Tri-City (COL) 0

Record: 10-10, -5.0

Spokane scored 11 with only eight hits plus 11 freebies in the form of walks, errors and a hit-by-pitch.  2B Alberto Triunfel (.228/.308/.316) hit his first homer.  DH Barrett Serrato walked twice, singled and earned the HBP, while CF Chris Garia (.273/.325/.494) singled twice and stole his eighth and ninth bases.

David Ledbetter (0.53 ERA) yielded three hits and a walk and fanned six in five innings.  Richard Alvarez (6.14 ERA) whiffed five in three frames.

Rookie: Rangers 4, at  Dodgers 3

Record: 7-5, +0.5

A Jose Cardona (.234/.309/.426) two-run homer in the 9th reversed a one-run deficit.  Isiah Kiner-Falefa (.275/.341/.275) was 3-3 with an HBP, and Jairo Beras went 0-4.  Jose Samayoa lasted the longest of six pitchers, striking out six and allowing two hits in three scoreless frames.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Matt Harrison: a run in six innings, five strikeouts for Oklahoma.
Derek Holland: a run in six innings, career-high 11 strikeouts for Clinton.
Martin Perez: a run in four innings, four strikeouts for Spokane.

Today's Starters
AAA: Evan Meek
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Luke Jackson
Lo-A: Andrew Faulkner
Short-A: Kelvin Vazquez
Rookie: off

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