The Farm Report -- 8/4/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/3

In five innings and 86 pitches, Colby Lewis gave up two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out three.  Lewis matched his previous start in terms of production and velocity, giving up a 1st-inning homer and settling in thereafter. 

Stars of the Day
AAA: Pimentel
AA: Bleier, Bonilla / Nicholas
Hi-A: Harvey / Herrera
Lo-A: Mazara, Lyon
Short-A: Ledbetter
Rookie: Samayoa / Lantigua

AAA: Round Rock 3, at Sacramento (OAK) 5
Record: 62-53, -3.0

Carlos Pimentel made his AAA debut, throwing two scoreless innings with two hits.  Josh Lindblom (2.39 ERA) gave up three runs in 5.2 innings.  Joseph Ortiz (4.24 ERA) had no control, walking three of five batters, unleashing a wild pitch, and letting two inherited runners score plus two of his own.  CF Engel Beltre singled twice.

AA: at Frisco 3, San Antonio (SDG) 2 (11 innings)

Record: 18-25, -7.0

Lisalverto Bonilla (4 SO) and Richard Bleier (2 SO) worked two scoreless innings.  2B Rougned Odor and CF Joe Benson doubled and walked.  1B Brett Nicholas walked twice and doubled, and SS Luis Sardinas was 2-5. 

Tomas Telis's sac fly brought home Nicholas with the game-winning run in the 11th.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Potomac (BAL) 6

Record: 23-18, +0.5

Kevin Pucetas was tagged for two homers, eight other hits and six runs in five innings.  Ryan Harvey (1.91 ERA) followed with three scoreless frames and a strikeout.  Odubel Herrera was 2-3 with a walk but was picked off once. 

Low-A: at Hickory 6, Asheville (COL) 12

Record: 23-19, -4.5

Nomar Mazara (1-3, BB) hit his third homer in three games and 11th overall.  DH David Lyon homered twice, giving him six.  Asheville pummeled starter Luis Parra (5 IP, 9 runners, 5 runs, 2.34 ERA) and Jose Monegro (1.2 IP, 6 runners, 6 runs, 3.97 ERA).

Short-A: at Spokane 5, Salem-Keizer (SFO) 6

Record: 24-26, -4.0

Spokane scored five in the 7th but immediately lost the lead in Salem-Keizer's four-run 8th.  Keone Kela (0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 BB) bore the damage.  Starter David Ledbetter (2.18 ERA) gave up twos in hits, walks and runs in five innings, and he fanned five.  Five of Spokane's eight hits came in the 7th.  Catcher Joe Jackson (.205/.293/.247) singled twice.

Rookie: Rangers 10, Brewers 8
Record: 6-2, +1.0

Rehabbers led the way.  DH Joey Gallo was 4-5 with two homers and a double, and RF Royce Bolinger doubled twice in his final rehab performance. 

3B Smerling Lantigua hit his third homer.  

Jose Samayoa (3.06 ERA) allowed a run in five innings on two hits, a walk and three strikeouts.  John Niggli (1 IP, 4 R) and Joe Palumbo (1 IP, 2 R) were less fortunate.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Jared Hyatt threw eight scoreless innings for Frisco.  The 2007 33rd rounder reached high-A a month after his pro debut and AAA after just one season.  I mainly remember him as perhaps the most fly-prone pitcher I've ever seen.  72% of balls in play against him in 2008 were airborne, although many were harmless popups, and he allowed just 12 homers in 141 innings.  The homers increased in 2009, and he never returned from a muscle injury suffered in late July.

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: Matt Harrison
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: Kelvin Vasquez
Rookie: off

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