Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 6 September Box Scores High-A: wet
An ordinary rainstorm unrelated to Irma doused the Carolinas Wednesday. But anticipation of Irma has prompted the powers that be to shorten the semifinals to a best-of-three. Down East will host Myrtle Beach tonight, and on Friday they'll conclude the series in Myrtle with either one game or a doubleheader.
As of now, the Carolina League finals are still on. The Florida State and Southern Leagues have already cancelled their championship rounds. The winners of the semifinals will be declared co-champions. Short-A: Spokane 0, at Vancouver (TOR) 2
Spokane trails best-of-three semifinal 0-1
SP Tai Tiedemann: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 1 SO
RP Joe Kuzia: 3 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 2 R, 1 BB, 3 SO
RP Alex Eubanks: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 3 SO
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-5, double
RF Pedro Gonzalez: 2-3, triple
Spokane got the desired outcome from starter Tai Tiedemann, who traded zeroes with 28nd-overall pick Nate Pearson for four-plus innings. Unfortunately, reliever Joe Kuzia surrendered a two-run homer to Logan Warmoth (picked six spots ahead of Pearson) in the 8th, and the Indians couldn't take advantage of its opportunities. Spokane stranded 11, including five in scoring position.
For three innings, Pearson was nearly untouchable. After Miguel Aparicio led off the 1st by reaching on an error, Pearson fanned the next three on nine pitches. He recorded 10 of 12 outs on strikeouts, and 25 Spokane swings resulted in 13 swinging strikes. Pearson touched 100 on the stadium gun several times. With two out in the 4th, he lost his map, walking Pedro Gonzalez, Kole Enright and Cristian Inoa on 12 pitches. Then, CF Miguel Aparicio swung at and fouled off Pearson's next pitch (which may have been a strike for all I know, but still, ugh), took the next two for balls and grounded out to Pearson himself.
In the 9th, Pedro Gonzalez singled and scored on a two-out Aparicio single. Tyler Ratliff, 0-4 at that point, blooped a single to left to put the tying run at second. Matt Whatley then grounded out to end it. The run was the first allowed by Vancouver in 40 innings dating back to August 30th.
Kuzia took the loss but pitched well for the most part, in particular coming into a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 5th and getting an inning-ending double play. Gonzalez, hitless in 17 at-bats with Spokane during the regular season, reached three times. Today's Starters
High-A: Jonathan Hernandez
Short-A: Cole Ragans Five Years Ago Yesterday
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo updated his Top 100 prospect list: 1) SS Jurickson Profar, 17) 3B Mike Olt, 50) LHP Martin Perez, 96) RHP Cody Buckel.
In front of a sparse crowd that included me, podpast partner Michael Tepid, and Jon Daniels, Frisco took a 2-0 lead over Corpus on a walk-off homer by Leury Garcia. Daniels pumped his fist. I kind of half-nodded. I should permit myself to be more emotional at games.
After beating the Carolina League's best team 4-1 the day before, Myrtle Beach couldn't hold a 2-1 6th-inning lead against Winston-Salem, falling 5-3.