The Farm Report -- 8/18/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/17

Neftali Feliz allowed a Robinzon Diaz infield single and struck out Hunter Morris in a scoreless 8th with AAA Round Rock.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Buchholz
AA: Reyes, Edwards / Nicholas, Sams
Hi-A: McBride, Lamb / Alberto, Garcia
Lo-A: Faulkner, Ege/ Alfaro, Williams
Short-A: Straka, Alvarez / Greene
Rookie: Gardewine, Bostick / Cardona

AAA: Round Rock 3, at Nashville (MIL) 4
Record: 66-62, -6.0

Alex Buchholz (.298/.333/.519) had Round Rock's only extra-base hit (a double), walked and stole his second base.  Scott Richmond (5.78 ERA) allowed four runs in six innings.

AA: at Frisco 5, Tulsa (COL) 4
Record: 22-33, -12.0, elimination number 4

For the second night in a row, Rougned Odor (1-5) hit a walk-off single.  Down 4-3 in the 9th with two out and none on, Teodoro Martinez reached on an error, after which Tomas Telis, Luis Sardinas and Odor singled in order.  Brett Nicholas (2-4) hit a two-out, two-run single in the 8th.  Kalian Sams homered and singled. 

The umpire issued a warning to both benches after Tulsa reliever Juan Gonzalez threw inside to Odor on his first pitch.  Frisco and Tulsa don't fancy each other much.  Gonzalez had words for Odor in their previous series, and Odor backs down to no one.  As noted by weekend announcer and Baseball Prospectus writer Jason Cole, Odor had "the entire Tulsa team wanting to fight him" after the walk-off.

Jon Edwards (1 BB, 2 SO) and Jimmy Reyes (1 H, 1 SO) both pitched two scoreless innings.  Starter Jerad Eickhoff (7.80 ERA) was touched for five runs in four innings on seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 4, Lynchburg (ATL) 5 (7 innings, completion of 6/30 game)
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 0, Lynchburg (ATL) 2 (7 innings)
Record: 33-22, +3.0

Infielders Luis Sardinas walked and Rougned Odor singled back in June, and Edwin Garcia hit his second homer.  Replacing the since-released Joe Van Meter, Will Lamb (4.62 ERA) yielded a solo homer in three innings and fanned two.

Hanser Alberto was 3-3 and Odubel Herrera walked twice in the regularly scheduled game.  Nick McBride (2.06 ERA) allowed nine hits and three walks in a complete-game effort.

Low-A: Hickory 4, at West Virginia (PIT) 1

Record: 70-55, -1.5

The Crawdads gained three games on West Virginia with one win because Hagerstown overtook West Virginia atop the second-half standings.  Since Hagerstown won the first-half, too, what matters at present is overall record, where Hickory trails West Virginia by a much smaller margin.  Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams hit back-to-back homers, their 12th and 17th respectively.  Alfaro (.261/.345/.439) also walked.   Joey Gallo walked twice and stole his 11th base.

Andrew Faulkner (3.02 ERA) held the Power to a solo homer  and three other hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out seven.  Cody Ege handled the rest in order.

Short-A: at Spokane 5, Hillsboro (ARI) 7 (10 innings)

Record: 12-11, +2.0

Spokane mounted a furious rally in the 9th only to succumb in 10.  Down three with two out and none on, Joe Jackson, Cam Schiller and Janluis Castro singled to pull within two.  Will Locante then uncorked two run-scoring wild pitches to tie the contest.  Unfortunately, Ricardo Rodriguez surrendered two 10th-inning runs on two hits and a Jackson error.

Richard Alvarez (4 SO) and John Straka (3 SO) threw two scoreless innings.  Hillsboro connected for 12 hits against starter Ryne Slack (2.09 ERA), including four doubles and a homer, and scored five in five innings.  Marcus Greene hit a solo homer, his second. 

Rookie: Rangers 7, at Mariners 1
Record: 13-6, +2.5

The Rangers scored seven off Ugueth Urbina, son of Ugueth Urbina, in 4.2 innings with assistance from four errors.  Jose Cardona (.283/.346/.361) singled twice and walked.  Nick Gardewine (3.49 ERA) allowed a run in five innings on two hits, two walks and five strikeouts, and Akeem Bostick (3.41 ERA) permitted five runners and whiffed one in four scoreless frames.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Elvis Andrus (.287/.344/.362) reached three times on a single, double and walk; he also stole his 48th base and soon after was caught for the 15th time.  Clinton's Mitch Moreland hit his 32nd double and his 16th and 17th homers.  2008 3rd-rounder Tim Murphy allowed two runs in a five-inning full-season debut.  Texas released Murphy this spring, and he's not pitched anywhere else, to my knowledge.

Today's Starters
AAA: Josh Lindblom
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Chi-Chi Gonzalez
Lo-A: Jose Monegro
Short-A: Kelvin Vasquez
Rookie: Jose Samayoa

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