TEXAS RANGERS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2021
Organizational Record: 235-208 (.530)
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS – OFF DAY
Triple-A West, East Division (42-47, 3rd, -7.0 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Yerry Rodriguez
The Express had a scheduled off day on Wednesday and will return to action tonight for the start of a 6-game home series with El Paso.
FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS – W, 8-0 VS ARKANSAS
Double-A Central, South Division (53-37, 1st, +9.0 GA)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Noah Bremer
The RoughRiders blanked Arkansas 8-0 last night in the opener of a 6-G series in Frisco. Starting LHP Cody Bradford earned his 1st Double-A win after firing 7.0 scoreless frames with 9 strikeouts (4 H, 1 BB). The 23-year-old southpaw has gone 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA (2 ER/17.1 IP) through his first 3 starts for the ‘Riders, striking out 25 batters while issuing just one walk. DH Blaine Crim (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and LF Jax Biggers (1-for-3, RBI, BB) each connected for solo home runs, with Crim’s blast being his organization-leading 24th of the campaign. Crim has hits in 10 straight G at .405 (15-37), and has slashed .364/.417/.705/1.121 (16-44) through his first 12 G with Frisco following a mid-season promotion from High-A Hickory. CF Bubba Thompson (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) and RF Miguel Aparicio (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) combined for 5 hits, as Thompson matched his season high (3, 8x, last 7/17 vs. SPR).
HICKORY CRAWDADS – L, 13-2 VS WINSTON-SALEM
High-A East, South Division (40-49, 4th, -23.5 GB)
Today’s Probable Starters: RHP Seth Nordlin, RHP Jesus Linarez
The Crawdads were defeated 13-2 last night by the visiting Winston-Salem Dash, allowing an 8-run 9th inning to put the game out of reach. 1B Dustin Harris (2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB) led Hickory offensively, plating both of the team’s runs on a 2-run HR (14) in the 5th inning. Harris in 12 G with the Crawdads since promotion from Low-A Down East (8/3): .480/.500/.840/1.340 (24-50) with 8 XBH (5 HR, 3 2B) and 13 RBI. Starter RHP Justin Slaten took the loss, surrendering 3 R-ER on 7 H (2 HR) over 5.0 IP (0 BB, 7 SO). DH-P Trey Hair went 1-for-3 with a double and walk, and retired both batters faced in a 0.2- inning mound appearance in the 9th.
DOWN EAST WOOD DUCKS – W, 4-3 AT KANNAPOLIS
Low-A East, Central Division (53-38, 2nd, -1.5 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Nick Lockhart
A 3-run, 2nd-inn. HR by RF Alejandro Osuna powered Down East to a 4-3 road win at Kannapolis last night. Starter RHP John Matthews earned his 3rd win of the season, fanning 9 batters while walking none over 5.0 IP (10 H, 3 R-ER, 1 HR). RHP Connor Sechler (2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) and RHP Eudrys Manon (2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 SO) closed things out with a combined 4.0 SHO IP in relief. SS Keyber Rodriguez (2-for-3, BB) and 3B Cristian Inoa (3 BB, SB) reached base a total of 6 times, working 4 walks. Rodriguez has tallied hits in 11 of 13 G in August at .400 (20-50). LF Jayce Easley (0- for-4, 2 SB) stole 2nd and 3rd base in the 5th inning, as his 53 SB this season lead all of minor league baseball.
ACL RANGERS – OFF DAY
Arizona Complex League West (15-18, 2nd, -10.0 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: LHP Dylan MacLean
The ACL Rangers enjoyed an off day yesterday, but will return tonight for a matchup against the ACL Mariners.