The Farm Report -- 9/2/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 1 September
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 5, OKC (LAD) 6
Record: 63-72, eliminated

SP James Dykstra: 5.1 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 4 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 7.33 ERA
RP Cody Palmquist: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
SS Jurickson Profar: 2-5
DH Willie Calhoun: 2-5, double
1B Ronald Guzman: 1-3, walk

Cody Palmquist made a successful AAA debut. Also joining the Express are OF Jose Cardona (0-4, BB), RHP Xavier Paul and C Shaq Matta. Cardona batted .277/.316/.385 with seven homers and 14 steals at Frisco. Paul is the former MLB outfielder resurrecting his career on the mound.

Willie Calhoun is batting .275/.315/.500 with the Express. He doesn't have to be added to the 40-man roster this winter.

The Express are guaranteed to finish 2017 with the worst record by a Texas-affiliated AAA club since 1997.

AA: at Frisco 3, Corpus Christi (HOU) 9
Record: 59-78, eliminated

SP Richelson Pena: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3.24 ERA
RP Nick Gardewine: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 2.21 ERA
C Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 1-3, 2 walks
RF Luke Tendler: 1-3, double, walk

Luke Tendler put the Riders ahead 3-0 in the 1st with a bases-clearing double, but the Hooks answered with four in the 3rd and would never trail again.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa didn't double yesterday but could use one or two over the last three games. He's tied with Tulsa's Matt Beatty for the league lead with 31. All this from a guy who had 33 in his previous four seasons.

High-A: wet

Two today. Down East needs to win three of four from Buies Creek to take the division.

Down East's Grainger Stadium was named the Carolina League field of the year.

Low-A: suspended

Rain tried to postpone the contest altogether and settled for suspending it in the 3rd with Hickory ahead 2-0. They'll complete this one in full, followed by a seven-inning nightcap. West Virginia won its game against Delmarva to gain a half-game advantage over Hickory and Greensboro. 

IF Anderson Tejeda was DL'ed and replaced on the roster by IF Ryan Dorow, Texas's 30th-round pick in this year's draft. The 22-year-old batted .296/.382/.384 with the rookies.

Short-A: at Spokane 4,Everett (SEA) 5 (12)
Record: 21-15, +1 G

SP Demarcus Evans: 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 2.59 ERA
LF Austin O'Banion: 2-6, double
2B Kole Enright: 2-4, double, walk

Spokane twice rallied from deficits but couldn't manage a third. Down 4-2 in the 9th, Kole Enright doubled in Pedro Gonzalez, and Miguel Aparicio singled Enright home with two out. Gonzalez is 0-for-17 with two walks since joining the Rangers.

Demarcus Evans saved his best for last, hurling a career-high eight innings on just 87 pitches. Both runs came on two hits after a two-out error. Split between Spokane and Hickory, Evans posted a 4.53 ERA with an opposing line of .195/.333/.281, a scary-bad combined walk/HBP rate of 17%, and a terrific strikeout rate of 28%.

Spokane's result based on number of wins in remaining two games:

0: eliminated
1: division champion if Tri-City and Vancouver split their final two games
2: division champion, period

Rookie: at Rangers 2, Indians 6
Record: 16-11, +0.5 G

SP Dylan Bice: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 4.58 ERA
RP Xavier Moore: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 SO, 3.60 ERA
RP Wes Robertson: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 4.50 ERA
2B Justin Jacobs: 1-2, 2 walks, SB (7)
1B Tyreque Reed: 1-3, walk

Cleveland's rookie squad is 2-1 against the Rangers and 13-39 versus everyone else. The Rangers drew seven walks but managed only three hits (all singles) and struck out 14 times. Rehabbing Tim Cooney walked Justin Jacobs, Tyreque Reed and Bubba Thompson to begin the game, but only one would score. Obie Ricumstrict, a shortstop in high school, threw out two runners from center field. The Rangers need a victory or a loss by the "Padres 2" squad to win the second-half division title.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Good days from three RoughRiders who would reach MLB in 2013. CF Engel Beltre (.262/.308/.422) doubled, singled and walked. 2B Leury Garcia was 3-5 with his 31st stolen base and 1B Chris McGuiness walked twice and singled.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Tyler Wagner
AA: Ariel Jurado
High-A: Emerson Martinez / Brett Martin
Low-A: Reiver Sanmartin (2nd game)
Short-A: Tyler Phillips
Rookie: TBA

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