Texas' Arizona Fall League participants: RHPs Ryan Harvey, Will Lamb and Nick McBride, catcher Jorge Alfaro, 1B/C Brett Nicholas and 2B/3B Ryan Rua.
Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/27
Rehabbing Nick Tepesch threw 41 pitches in AA, lasting two innings and allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out none.
Just over a year removed from Tommy John surgery, Matt West pitched in a real game. Out in Surprise, West walked two, allowed two hits, issued two wild pitches and failed to retire a batter. Doesn't matter. He's pitching. Drafted 80th overall in 2007, West failed as a batter but rejuvenated his career as a hard-throwing reliever in 2011. Fellow TJ rehabber David Perez replaced West and retired three straight, two via strikeout.
Stars of the Day
AAA: Beltre, Cunningham
AA: Martinez / Odor, Rua
Lo-A: Lopez / Williams, Gallo, Brinson
Rookie: Gardewine, Bostick
AAA: Round Rock 8, at Albuquerque (LAD) 5
Record: 72-66, -7.0, eliminated
Engel Beltre (3-5) and LF Aaron Cunningham (2-4, double, walk) reached three times. Scott Richmond (5.65 ERA) gave up four runs in 6.1 innings.
Houston's AAA affiliate also won, clinching its first division title since 2006 in Round Rock.
Brad Mills, who left Round Rock for Japan's Orix Buffaloes at the All-Star break, has pitched eight innings for the farm club and none for the primary team, as best as I can tell.
AA: at Frisco 5, Corpus Christi (HOU) 1
Record: 66-68, eliminated
Following Tepesch, Nick Martinez threw seven no-hit, no-run innings with a walk and six strikeouts. Martinez (1.04 ERA) retired his final 19 in order, five days after opening at San Antonio with 13 consecutive outs.
Ryan Rua (.203/.261/.328) hit his first AA homer
. Rougned Odor (.290/.339/.523) was 4-4 with a double and fourth stolen base, and Luis Sardinas (.259/.284/.295) singled twice and stole his fourth. Ryan Strausborger (.213/.282/.342) singled, walked and was hit by a pitch. High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at Wilmington (KC) 5
Record: 34-31, -4.0, first-half champ
The Pelicans have lost 10 of 11 by an aggregate score of 70-27. Nick McBride allowed five runs in 6.1 innings. Royce Bolinger (.255/.307/.392) singled twice. Low-A: Hickory 5, at Greensboro (MIA) 9
Record: 34-30, -6.0, elimination number 3
On the whole, the Crawdads have adequately maintained early leads over the course of the season, but during their current five-game losing streak, they've squandered four leads. Last night, Sam Stafford (1 IP, 3 R) and Joe Burns (2 IP, 4 R) were the victims. Frank Lopez (4.87 ERA) walked three and allowed six hits in five innings but struck out seven and limited permanent damage to two runs.
Joey Gallo and Lewis Brinson homered in the 1st, their 32nd and 21st in the league, respectively. Both also walked, and Brinson added a single and his 23rd stolen base. Baseball America has rare video of both homers
. Nick Williams (.301/.347/.566) tripled and singled.
The Crawdads are six games out in the second-half standings with six to play, but because of the split-season format and records of other teams, they could still sneak in without a perfect finish. Odds are exceedingly slim, though. Short-A: off
Record: 35-35, -1.0, elimination number 6
Spokane closes with five straight against 41-29 Everett, while playoff rival Vancouver faces 31-39 Tri-City. Rookie: at Rangers 0, Angels 3
Record: 31-23, first-half champ
In their final regular-season appearances, Akeem Bostick (drafted 62nd overall) retired six straight and fanned four, and Nick Gardewine allowed a run in five innings on three hits two walks and four strikeouts. In 42 innings, Bostick posted a 2.83 ERA and opposing line of .264/.318/.340. Gardewine, a 7th rounder, has a 3.14 ERA in 48.2 innings and an opposing line of .193/.279/.244. Both struck out 19% of opposing batters. Easton Napiontek (1.25 ERA) tossed a scoreless 9th.
A tepid offense received two singles apiece from CF Todd McDonald (.241/.310/.316), RF Diego Cedeno (.213/.331/.270) and LF Hirotoshi Onaka.
Regular-season play concludes today. The Rangers have the league's third-best record and won't earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Rumored for months, league owners and management officially nixed relocation of Texas-affiliated Bakersfield and High Desert from the California League to the Carolina League. Blaze owner D.G. Elmore announced: “I am pleased to have the team remain in Bakersfield for the 2009 season.” This was decidedly untrue. Later, the team stated it would move after 2009. Also untrue. Texas, having signed a four-year contract after 2006 in the hope of playing in a shiny new stadium at some point, grudgingly abided two more seasons in Bako and then bolted to Myrtle Beach. Now affiliated with the Reds, the Blaze announced a site for a new stadium to replace beyond-decrepit Sam Lynn Park last offseason, but its opening was recently delayed until 2015. Today's Starters
AAA: Josh Lindblom
AA: Jerad Eickhoff
Hi-A: Alex Gonzalez
Lo-A: Andrew Faulkner
Short-A: Collin Wiles
Rookie: Jose Samayoa