Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 12 August
AAA: Nashville 3, at Sacramento (SFO) 2
Record: 52-66, 12 GB
SP Seth Maness: 5 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 2 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 5.85 ERA
RP Ian Gibaut: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 12.27 ERA
RP Reed Garrett: 1 IP, 0 R, 3 SO, 5.67 ERA
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-3, walk, ..278/.381/.500
2B Nick Solak: 3-4, double, HR (9), .337/.367/.685
Nick Solak's ninth homer in 24 games with the Rangers broke a deadlock in the 9th. The victim was Dan Winkler, who's having a tough summer: demoted to AAA in June, traded from the division-leading Braves to the Giants at the deadline, immediately DFA'ed and outrighted. Solak's walk rate has plunged from 11% to 4% since joining the Rangers, but he's slugging .779 in his last 20 games, so we'll let that slide.
The oft beleaguered pitching staff has allowed only three runs per game on the western trip.
Texas selected the contract of reliever David Carpenter to replace Jesse Chavez, IL'ed with an elbow impingement. Carpenter pitched briefly with the Rangers earlier this season and was outrighted back to AAA.
AA: Frisco 5, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 7
Record: 25-24, 3 GB, 58-60 overall
SP Ronald Herrera: 5.2 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 4 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, 5.85 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 3-5, .266/.323/.356
LF Brendon Davis: 1-2, HR (3), 2 walks, .199/.301/.273
Brendon Davis's grand slam added drama to what had been a blowout. Leody Taveras singled three times and reached on an error. Taveras has eight hits in his last three games.
On to record the final out of an inning, as he's often been used lately, CD Pelham didn't retire any of three batters faced. Two inherited runners scored as did two of his own.
Corpus Christi already has the second-most strikeouts (1,204) in Texas League history, trailing only last year's squad (1,319). Frisco is an easily attainable 95 Ks behind its 2014 record.
Low-A: Hickory 6, at Lexington (KAN) 8
Record: 28-21, 3 GB, 69-46 overall
SP Abdiel Mendoza: 6 IP, 5 H (2 HR), 5 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, 3.18 ERA
SS Jonathsan Ornelas: 2-5, double, SB (11), .256/.323/.379
3B Josh Jung: 2-4, double, walk, .299/.378/.414
1B Tyreque Reed: 2-5, double, HR (13), .263/.383/.563
C Matt Whatley: 1-3, double, walk, SB (24), .222/.342/.305
"If they don't make the postseason, they'll regret this loss." I'd avoided writing this phrase, because it's a long season and every team has its rough patches, but I've certainly been thinking it frequently in August. The Crawdads fell to 3-8 this month with every loss by one or two runs. In the last two losses, they've squandered six-run leads.
In the 2nd, Josh Jung hit a towering double off the wall, and Tyreque Reed one-upped him with a blast about 30 feet to the right and 15 feet higher. That and more put Hickory up 6-0, but Abdiel Mendoza surrendered his own homer in a four-run 2nd. Jung and Reed batted in the 9th with Jonathan Ornelas aboard but couldn't deliver.
Matt Whatley isn't slow and stole his share of bases at Oral Roberts, but I'd have thought that in the pros he'd steal around 24 bases in his entire career, not a single season.
Short-A: Spokane 6, at Boise (COL) 5
Record: 10-8, +1 G
Next report: Wednesday
Rookie: Rangers 2, Indians Blue 3
Record: 8-9, tied for 1st
Next report: Friday
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Ben Rowen, Alex Claudio, Corey Knebel, Spencer Patton and Michael Kirkman combined for eight scoreless innings in a 4-3 win for Round Rock.
AAA: Brock Burke
AA: Tyler Phillips
High-A: Sal Mendez
Low-A: Hans Crouse
Short-A: Ricky Vanasco