No trades by the Rangers this afternoon. The non-waiver deadline has passed.
In Frisco, Derek Holland pitched two hitless innings with ease and his usual velocity, walking a couple but striking out four. Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 30 July
Stars of the Day
AAA: Klein / Hoying, Nicholas
AA: Gonzalez / Adams, Alberto
Hi-A: Bores, Buckel, McElwee / Alfaro, Bostick, Beck, Williams, Brinson
Short-A: Cardona AAA: at Round Rock 4, Oklahoma City (HOU) 5
Record: 56-54, -3.0
SP Phil Irwin: 3 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts, 3.78 ERA
RP Phil Klein: 2.2 scoreless innings, 2 runners, 3 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA
CF Jared Hoying: 2-5, triple, 13th steal, .247/.305/.470
1B Brett Nicholas: 2-4, double, .279/.331/.396
Klein, Texas's 30th-round pick from 2011, last allowed a run on May 8 and has faced 328 batters without giving up an extra-base hit last August. Opponents are hitting .139/.244/.139 against him in that span.
AA: at Frisco 3, Midland (OAK) 0
Record: 23-17, -1.0
SP Derek Holland (rehab): 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 33 pitches
"RP" Chi Chi Gonzalez: 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 2.44 ERA
SS Hanser Alberto: 2-3, 3 steals (3), .222/.267/.259
1B Trever Adams: 1-4, 12th homer, .281/.322/.455
Gonzalez had a career day (to date), retiring 17 of 20 batters and fanning seven, including the last batter of the game
. Since a three-start span in which he was unusually hittable, Gonzalez has a 1.27 ERA, opposing line of .155/.265/.186 and good-but-not-great 21% strikeout rate in 28.1 innings. The superlative movement on Gonzalez's fastball tends to generate weak contact more than outright misses.
Adams hit an inside-the-park homer
deserving of an asterisk or two: his tailing liner skipped past RF Jesse Barfield to the wall, and Barfield compounded his misfortune with a vague return throw.
High-A: Myrtle Beach 10, at Potomac (WAS) 6 (16)
Record: 22-19, tied for first
SP Ryan Bores: 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 2.64 ERA
RP Cody Buckel: 4 scoreless innings, 4 runners, 3 strikeouts, 6.91 ERA
RP Josh McElwee: 3 perfect innings, 3 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA
DH Jorge Alfaro: 4-9, .257/.315/.427
2B Christopher Bostick: 4-8, 3 doubles, .258/.326/.406
1B Preston Beck: 2-6, 2 doubles, 2 walks, .260/.378/.427
CF Lewis Brinson: 4-8, 2nd homer, .271/.311/.376
Brinson hit a grand slam in the 16th off infielder Khayyan Norfork, who to his credit retired the side in order in the 15th. The homer was his first extra-base hit in nine games, a span in which he batted .161.
Down 6-1 in the 8th, the Nationals scored three off Justin Sprenger and a two more on a 9th-inning homer off Jose Leclerc. In extras, Cody Buckel produced one of his most controlled outings, walking just one of 15 batters. Splitting his season roughly in half, Buckel has a 12% walk rate in his last 12 games compared to 33% in his first 13. Buckel, like seemingly half the system, will be Rule 5 eligible if unprotected. I'll have to review my old reports to make sure, but I'm inclined to say that Texas is facing its most challenging set of 40-man decisions in many years.
The seven innings were a career high for Bores, whom Texas redrafted in the 27th round of 2012 after he declined to sign as a 26th rounder in 2011. Low-A: off
Short-A: at Spokane 1, Hillsboro (ARI) 9
Record: 3-6, -3.0
SP Richelson Pena: 6 innings, 6 hits (1 HR), 5 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts, 3.40 ERA
RP Kevin Matthews: 1 scoreless inning, 1 runner, 1 strikeout, 3.84 ERA
CF Jose Cardona: 2-4, double, .318/.400/.500 in six games
Spokane is 14-17 since a 14-2 start. Unlike the walk-prone Pelicans I mentioned the other day, Spokane leads the league in fewest BBs by a healthy margin. The Indians have walked or hit 8.2% of opponents compared to 11.2% for the rest of the league. That's a difference of 30 points of OBP, which is huge. Rookie: off
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas' AAA affiliate Oklahoma City lost 23-6, a franchise-worst margin and a franchise-high in runs for opposing Albuquerque. Justin Smoak was 3-5 with a homer. Frisco lost 10-9 to Midland via six errors including three by 2B Marcus Lemon and two by 3B Johnny Whittleman. Today's Starters
AAA: Edwar Cabrera
AA: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Tyler Smith
Short-A: Derek Thompson