The Farm Report -- 8/3/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/3

Neftali Feliz walked one and struck out two in a scoreless inning with the rookies.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Miller / Ramirez
AA: Tufts, Claudio / Chiang
Hi-A: Lamb, Dennis
Lo-A: Ege, Wolff / Mazara, Garia
Short-A: de los Santos / Schiller
Rookie: Gardewine / Demeritte, Kiner-Falefa, Lantigua, Johnson

AAA: Round Rock 1, at Sacramento (OAK) 3

Record: 62-52, -2.0

Michael Kirkman pitched five rehab innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts.  Kirkman is out of options, but the Rangers can extend his rehab assignment into September and call him up when rosters expand, if they so desire. 

Justin Miller pitched two scoreless innings.  Manny Ramirez singled twice and walked.

AA: at Frisco 1, San Antonio (SDG) 3
Record: 17-25, -8.0

2B Rougned Odor singled and walked, and SS Luis Sardinas walked in four trips to the plate.  DH Chih-Hsien Chiang hit his eighth homer.  Tyler Tufts (3.05 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks and three strikeouts.  Alex Claudio stranded a couple of runners and retired four straight with one strikeout.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 1, at Potomac (WAS) 11
Record: 23-17, +0.5

Welcome to the Carolina League, Cody Kendall.  In his high-A debut, the Fresno State alum faced six Nationals, all of whom reached and scored during a 10-run 6th.  Starter Jerad Eickhoff was pulled after two scoreless innings.  He's only ten innings behind last year's total, with a full month and playoffs to come (presuming he's a Pelican for the duration).  Will Lamb (5.16 ERA)  fanned two and gave up a run in three innings, and Taylor Dennis closed out with 2.1 scoreless innings.

Myrtle Beach mustered five singles; 3B Drew Robinson (.242/.360/.367) had two.

Low-A: at Hickory 4, Asheville (COL) 3
Record: 23-18, -3.5

Hickory scored four in the 1st on a Ryan Rua single and a three-run homer (10th overall) by Nomar Mazara (.238/.316/.381).  Chris Garia singled, tripled and stole his third base in four games.  Hickory Daily Record correspondent and Crawdads scorekeeper Mark Parker featured Mazara recently.

Staked to a one-run lead in the 5th, 2013 draftees Cody Ege and Sam Wolff combined for 13 strikeouts and fanned nine consecutive hitters between them.  Ege, who fools hitters with a slow slider, gave up two hits and struck out eight in three innings.  Wolff, who touched 96 MPH, allowed a singled and whiffed five.  Starter Ryan Bores (4.61 ERA) gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in four innings.

1B Ronald Guzman was DL'ed with a hand injury.  The well-traveled Kevin Torres hopped up from Spokane to replace him.

Short-A: at Spokane 2, Salem-Keizer (SFO) 5

Record: 24-25, -3.0

Collin Wiles (3.77 ERA) permitted four runs in five innings on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts.  Abel de los Santos (4.00 ERA) fanned five and allowed a run in 2.2 innings. Mike Zouzalik (1.42 ERA) retired four straight, two via strikeout.

23-year-old, 2008 pick Kevin Torres was the ringer in Spokane's offense.  Without him, Spokane managed a solo homer from Cam Schiller (his first) and eight singles.  2B Evan Van Hoosier (.256/.330/.390) singled twice.

Rookie: Rangers 9, at Brewers 5

Record: 5-2, +1.0

Rehabbing Joey Gallo was 0-5 with four strikeouts, while CF Royce Bollinger went 2-4 with a walk.

2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa (.299/.369/.325) and 1B Smerling Lantigua (.232/.290/.404) led with three hits; Lantigua included a double.  SS Travis Demeritte (.277/.411/.429) hit his third homer and singled.  All three committed errors and have ten for the season.  Recently demoted LF Saquan Johnson doubled twice and walked.

Akeem Bostick (5.06 ERA) fanned four in four innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk.  Nick Gardewine (3.38 ERA) didn't whiff anyone but limited the damage to a run in four innings on two walks and a hit.

Five Years Ago Yesterday and Day Before Yesterday
Texas DL'ed RHP Eric Hurley with shoulder inflammation.  As I wrote not long ago, this was the beginning of the end of his career.  Texas purchased the contract of Tommy Hunter, drafted only 14 months ago.

15 players and both managers shared 125 games in suspensions and several thousand dollars in fines for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl between Peoria and Dayton [neither a Texas affiliate] on July 24th. Amusingly, Peoria manager Ryne Sandberg, who was out of town for that game, threw his coaches under the bus with: “I would say if I was there it would not have happened. That's what I would hope.” Sandberg had been ejected seven times in under two years as Peoria manager and served two suspensions: one for bumping an umpire, one for initiating a fracas after taking offense that Engel Beltre attempted a bunt with a six-run lead. But, sure, Sandberg would’ve stopped the fight.

Today's Starters
AAA: Josh Lindblom or Scott Richmond
AA: Colby Lewis
Hi-A: Kevin Pucetas
Lo-A: Luis Parra
Short-A: David Ledbetter
Rookie: Jose Samayoa

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