TEXAS RANGERS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021
Organizational Record: 125-117 (.517)
Yesterday’s Transactions: RHP Cole Winn placed on Temporary Inactive List – Futures Game (Frisco)…LHP Cole Ragans placed on Temporary Inactive List – Futures Game (Hickory)…INF Justin Foscue returned from rehab and reinstated of Injured List (Hickory)…LHP Josh Smith transferred from Down East to Hickory…RHP Nick Yoder transferred from Arizona to Down East.
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS – L, 8-6 VS. ALBUQUERQUE
Triple-A West, East Division (28-29, 3rd, -5.0 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Tyler Phillips
Round Rock fell 8-6 on Saturday night against the opposing Albuquerque Isotopes at Dell Diamond, dropping below .500 for the first time this season. 1B Curtis Terry (2-for-4, 2 R, BB) belted two HR and had a game-high 4 RBI. In the past 9 G, Terry has boosted his BA to .317 and currently ranks among league leaders in RBI (T3rd, 46) and HR (T5th, 15). DH Yohel Pozo (3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R) connected for his 10th home run to match his single-season career high (10 HR w/ Low-A Hickory in 2018). The relief trio of RHP Demarcus Evans, RHP Scott Engler, and RHP Joe Gatto combined to finish the game with 5.0 shutout innings on 6 strikeouts.
FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS – L, 4-3 AT ARKANSAS
Double-A Central, South Division (37-22, 1st, +8.0 GA)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP A.J. Alexy
The RoughRiders suffered a 4-3 loss in walk-off fashion on Saturday night at Arkansas. DH Josh Stowers once again powered the Frisco offense, going 2-for-4 with a 2B and 2 RBI. His 29 RBI (in just 38 G) are 2nd-most on the club behind Steele Walker (33 RBI). 3B Josh Jung (1-for-3, R) has at least one hit in 6 of 7 G to begin the month of July. C Matt Whatley went 2-for-4 with a 2B out of the 9-hole. Starter RHP Yerry Rodriguez (5.0 IP, 3 R-ER) took no decision despite matching his season high with 7 strikeouts.
HICKORY CRAWDADS – L, 9-6 / W, 8-7 AT WINSTON-SALEM
High-A East, South Division (25-34, T7th, -13.0 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: LHP Grant Wolfram
The Crawdads split a doubleheader matchup against the Winston-Salem Dash on Saturday. LF/DH Miguel Aparicio (3-for-7) dazzled offensively in both games for the ‘Dads, collecting a HR, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R, and a BB. Over the past nine games, Aparicio has slashed .462/.576/1.154. In Game 1, Aparicio’s leadoff HR was the first of 4 Hickory home runs, as DH Blaine Crim (team-high 12 HR) went deep for the 4th straight game. Crim during current 12-G hit streak: .417/.453/.875/1.328 (20-48) with 6 HR and 20 RBI. In Game 2, the ‘Dads scored 3 times in the 8th for an extra-innings win.
DOWN EAST WOOD DUCKS – L, 5-4 AT FAYETTEVILLE
Low-A East, Central Division (32-26, 2nd, -2.0 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Mason Englert
Despite a 9th inning rally, the Woodies lost 5-4 to Fayetteville on Saturday night. DH Dustin Harris hit a solo HR in the 1st inning, his 3rd HR of July. SS Luisangel Acuna was 1-for-5 with 2 RBI, as he has 10 RBI in his last 6 G at .435 (10-23). LF Angel Aponte (2-for-4, 2B, 2R) and 1B Cristian Inoa (2- for-4) both logged a multi-hit outing. In relief, RHP Marc Church struck out 3 of 6 batters faced over 1.2 scoreless innings.
ACL RANGERS – W, 10-9 VS ACL ANGELS
Arizona Complex League West (3-6, 5th, -4.5 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: Off Day
The ACL Rangers edged the ACL Angels 10-9 on Saturday, rallying to score 4 runs in the top of the 9th. The Rookie Rangers drew 14 walks, including 6 straight to begin the 9th inning, as the club scored 4 runs without a hit in that inning. 3B Alisson Del Orbe (3-for-5, 3B, 2B, RBI, R) had 3 of the team’s 4 hits, and he is batting .412 (7-17) to open his campaign. CF Zion Bannister doubled and scored 2 runs. RHP Connor Sechler (2.0 IP, 0 R, 4 SO) has struck out 14 of 20 batters faced over his first 3 G/5.2 IP of the season.