The Farm Report -- 7/5/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/4

Alexi Ogando will start for Round Rock Saturday.

Joakim Soria retired three consecutive batters in Frisco.  Techinically, he has fulfilled his task of pitching on consecutive days, albeit with nearly as few pitches as possible: six on Wednesday and eight last night.  Soria has retired 21 of 22 batters faced in live action, eight via strikeout.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Ben Rowen
AA: Kevin Pucetas / Teodoro Martinez, Tomas Telis
Hi-A: Jake Skole, Rougned Odor
Short-A: Sam Wolff, Abel de los Santos / Alberto Triunfel, Janluis Castro, Chris Garia, Kevin Torres

AAA: at Round Rock 0, Omaha (KC) 3
Record: 49-39, +1.0

Ben Rowen (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) and Cory Burns (1 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) held fast in relief of Evan Meek (5.1 IP, 3 R).  Offense consisted of a handful of singles and walks plus Jared Hoying's double.  Mike Olt (0-4) is 2-20 with three walks in his last six games.

AA: at Frisco 2, Arkansas (LAA) 3
Record: 6-8, -2.0

Teodoro Martinez (280/.321/.413) and Tomas Telis (.293/.318/.413) doubled and singled.  Justin Miller fanned one in a scoreless 9th, and Kevin Pucetas (4.45 ERA) allowed two unearned runs in 6.2 innings.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 8, at  Winston-Salem (CHA) 5 (11 innings)
Record: 8-4, +1.0

The Pelicans won in extras after losing leads of 4-0 and 5-4.  Luke Jackson (2.48 ERA) faced the minimum through four, allowing a walk and promptly picking him off.  In the next two innings, he gave up three runs on four hits, a walk and HBP; all told, he struck out eight.  Will Lamb fanned four in two innings but surrendered the tying run in the 7th on two hits. 

Jake Skole belted his third homer and singled twice.  He's hitting .269/.363/.487 in 23 games since the end of May.  Rougned Odor (.295/.365/.455) reached on a single, walked and HBP and stole his 23rd base.

Low-A: suspended

With Hickory down a run in the 7th, David Lyon's single plus a Kannapolis error brought home Lewis Brinson just before rain suspended the contest.  They'll finish Friday, and I'll recap it Saturday. 

Short-A: at Spokane 10, Eugene (SDG) 3
Record: 11-10, -4.5

Spokane received scoreless, two-strikeout performances from Abel de los Santos, Sam Wolff and Josh McElwee; the first two lasted two innings, while McElwee handled the 9th.  Wolff has reached 9.1 innings with his 0.00 ERA intact.  Kelvin Vasquez yielded three runs in four innings with seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts, easily his roughest US outing.

Also: "Vasquez," not "Vazquez." I spelled his name correctly until the season began, when I
switched to Vazquez for a reason that has escaped me. 

Offensively, Spokane again produced a sizable proportion of its baserunners on walks and errors.  SS Alberto Triunfel (.233/.329/.350) walked twice and tripled.  2B Janluis Castro (.240/.310/.293) was 2-4 with a walk, and catcher Kevin Torres went 3-5 with a double.  CF Chris Garia (.280/.330/.500) stole another two bases -- his 10th and 11th -- and reached on a double and single.

Rookie: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
20-year-old Neftali Feliz jumped from low-A Clinton to AA Frisco.  For several reasons (well, at least two), Texas tended to minimize its better starters' stays in Bakersfield.  Here's the number of starts in Bako by selected pitchers:

Eric Hurley: 18
Blake Beavan: 12
Robbie Erlin: 11
Joe Wieland: 10
Tommy Hunter: 9
Derek Holland: 5
Neftali Feliz: 0
Martin Perez: 0

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A: CJ Edwards
Short-A: Chi-Chi Gonzalez
Rookie: Kevin Sosa

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