The Farm Report -- 8/24/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/23

Stars of the Day
AAA: none
AA: Eickhoff / Nicholas
Hi-A: Gonzalez / Grayson, Alberto
Lo-A: Stafford / Alfaro, Gallo, Mazara
Short-A: Straka / Castro, Greene
Rookie: Ledbetter

AAA: at Round Rock 2, Oklahoma City (HOU) 4

Record: 70-64, -7.0, elimination number 4

 Josh Lindblom stormed through five innings, retiring his first 13 and striking out seven.  In the 6th, homers by Trevor Crowe (about 420 feet to the roof of the warehouse beyond CF) and George Springer (350 to left, 700 in height) quickly placed the Redhawks ahead.  Lindblom (2.85 ERA) completed six innings with no walks and nine strikeouts.  Both Joseph Ortiz and Ben Rowen fanned one in a scoreless inning.  Engel Beltre and Aaron Cunningham singled twice.  Game-time humidity: 300%.

AA: Frisco 4, at San Antonio (SDG) 2
Record: 64-66 overall, eliminated

Jerad Eickhoff (6.75 ERA) struggled through his first two innings but allowed just two runs and settled down thereafter, lasting five innings with two walks and one strikeout.  Indeed, he and four relievers (Claudio, Klein, Mendoza, Bonilla) combined to retire 20 of San Antonio's last 23.  Catcher Brett Nicholas singled, doubled and stole his second base of the year.  SS Luis Sardinas (.247/.278/.280) singled twice and stole his second base in Frisco and 29th overall.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 5, Salem (BOS) 18
Record: 34-27, -0.5

Chi-Chi Gonzalez (3.60 ERA) pitched four scoreless innings with two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.  Opponents are hitting .236/.333/.309 in four starts in Myrtle Beach.

After him, the deluge: Salem scored 16 runs in four innings against Will Lamb, Mike Zouzalik and Ryan Harvey.  The plate umpire sent off pitching coach Steve Mintz during a mound visit, and infielder Edwin Garcia pitched the 9th, mixing a mid-80s heavy fastball, quasi-slider and quasi-change.  He allowed two runs, both on homers.

Chris Grayson (.202/.296/.295) hit his third homer, and Kellin Deglan (.234/.332/.405) mashed his 12th and walked.  SS Hanser Alberto (.246/.288/.304) was 3-4 with a double.  RF Royce Bolinger (1-4) threw out two runners on the bases.

Low-A: at Hickory 9, Augusta (SFO) 10

Record: 73-58, -1.5

A most disheartening loss, as Hickory recovered from an early 4-1 deficit only to squander leads of 6-4 and 8-6.  Semi-permanent spot starter Jose Monegro (4.70 ERA) allowed eight runs in 5.1 innings on 11 hits and a walk.  Joe Burns couldn't strand either of two bequeathed Monegro runners and allowed two of his own.  Sam Stafford (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO) was effective. 

3B Joey Gallo (.237/.327/.567) reached on a triple, single and walk.  Catcher Jorge Alfaro (.265/.345/.453) doubled twice.  RF Nomar Mazara (.238/.314/.375) was 2-3 with a double and HBP.

Short-A: at Spokane 6, Tri-City (COL) 5 (10 innings)
Record: 34-33, tied for 1st

Joe Jackson singled home Marcus Greene (who had doubled) in the 10th.  The previous inning, Gabriel Roa drove in Ryan Cordell to tie the game.  Roa was 2-4 with a double, and Greene (.226/.360/.322) also tripled.  3B Janluis Castro (.260/.319/.372) walked twice and singled.  Starter Ryne Slack (2.47 ERA) allowed four runs in five innings but did strike out eight versus a single walk.  John Straka (4.80 ERA) pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th.

Rookie: Rangers 4, at Giants 7
Record: 14-10, tied for 1st

David Perez's second outing didn't match the first: he retired one of five batters (and another on a pickoff), walking two and hitting one more.  Jose Samayoa (3.88 ERA) fanned eight in four innings but allowed four runs on nine baserunners.  Ryan Ledbetter (4.67 ERA) sent down five straight, two via strikeout. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Derek Holland gave up a run and fanned five in six innings, while his offense cranked out 20 hits including four by Elvis Andrus (.293/.348/.370).  Clinton's Justin Smoak clubbed his first professional homer.  AAA Oklahoma won 10-8 after falling behind 7-1 and clinched the division. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Evan Meek
AA: Arlett Mavare
Hi-A: Luis Parra
Lo-A: Paul Schwendel
Short-A: Kelvin Vasquez
Rookie: off

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