Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/6
Stars of the Day
AAA: Jared Hoying
AA: Carlos Pimentel / Tomas Telis
Lo-A: Luis Parra / Nick Vickerson, Ryan Rua, Joey Gallo, Nick Williams, Lewis Brinson
Short-A: Travis Dean / Chris Garia, Ryan Cordell, Kevin Torres, Marcus Greene
Rookie: Joe Palumbo, Brett Anderson / Travis Demeritte, Jairo Beras, Jose Cardona, Oliver Caraballo
AAA: at Round Rock 3, Omaha (KC) 9
Record: 50-40, tied for 1st
Alexi Ogando looked like someone who hadn't thrown in a real game in a month. In two innings and 41 pitches, Ogando allowed three runs on two homers, two other hits and a walk. Ogando's fastball topped at 94, and the other pitches were at standard velocity. His changeup worked best, while the slider often lacked bite. I have video.
With one out in the 8th, Wilmer Font entered with the bases loaded and gave up a single; some egregious defense, mostly by Leury Garcia, resulted in the batter on second and the bases clear. (Incidentally, a taken 0-2 pitch had batter Paulo Orlando stepping toward his dugout and removing his batting gloves, but the ump ruled it outside). Font threw fastballs on 19 of 20 pitches (all 96-98 except one at 94), the one offspeed being a change that skittered to the backstop and brought in the runner from third. He retired two hitters, walked one and struck out one.
Jared Hoying tripled past an immobile Ben Broussard (just signed by KC out of the indy Atlantic League) and walked. Mike Olt drew a walk.
AA: at Frisco 6, NW Arkansas (KC) 1
Record: 7-9, -2.0
Early-season Carlos Pimentel made a triumphant return, striking out eight and allowing just an unearned run in six innings. Pimentel (4.26 ERA) had been knocked around in six of his previous seven starts. Lisalverto Bonilla tossed two nominally scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking three.
3B Alex Buchholz hit his eighth homer, walked and singled. SS Hanser Alberto's injury wasn't serious; he returned to action Friday and was 0-4 last night. High-A: rain
Low-A: at Hickory 6, Kannapolis (CHW) 3 (7 innings)
Record: 10-6, -0.5
Hickory received homers from Joey Gallo (26), Ryan Rua (25) and Nick Vickerson (4). Rua (.253/.357/.606) also singled twice. Nick Williams (.306/.337/.629) and Lewis Brinson (.240/.320/.443) did not homer but provided two singles and two steals.
Hickory batters have 900 strikeouts, two more than the entire season from the 2011 squad. The Crawdads remain on pace to break the league's home run and strikeout records.
While not as scintillating as his eight scoreless innings on Monday, Luis Parra (1.13 ERA) got the job done, holding Kannapolis to two runs on two hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Short-A: at Spokane 8, Eugene (SDG) 9
Record: 12-11, -4.0
Spokane scored four in the 9th and had two in scoring position with one out but couldn't bring any more home. Draftee Marcus Greene (.275/.422/.333) doubled twice and walked, and Ryan Cordell (.247/.337/.346) was 2-3 with two walks. DH Chris Garia hit a solo homer (his fourth) and singled, while veteran Kevin Torres was 3-5 with his second homer.
Kyle Castro has entered what is now a six-man rotation. In his first start, Castro (8.31 ERA) was touched four five runs on a homer and five other hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Castro also hit a batter and unleashed three wild pitches. Travis Dean (3 IP, 1 R, 4 SO) pitched well overall, but the one run allowed in the 9th proved meaningful. Rookie: at Rangers 11, Cubs 4
Record: 9-5, +1.5
Jairo Beras has two hits as a professional, both opposite-field triples that plated Travis Demeritte. Beras (.133/.235/.400) also walked. Demeritte (.302/.393/.528) walked, singled and tripled. CF Jose Cardona (.268/.328/.446) was 3-5, and 1B Oliver Caraballo had two singles and a double.
Starter Derek Thompson (1.13 ERA) surrendered his first two runs on the year, one unearned. In three innings, he struck out two and gave up two walks and two singles. Brett Anderson (2.08 ERA) retired six straight to close out the game.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
I noted that Tommy Hunter was the third-youngest pitcher in the Pacific Coast League behind Nick Adenhart (rest in peace) and Jaime Garcia. Matt Harrison ranked eighth. Adenhart had already pitched in the Majors, while the other three would reach within a month. Today's Starters
AAA: Jake Brigham
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Alec Asher / Paul Schwendel
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: Yohander Mendez
Rookie: Nick Gardewine