TEXAS RANGERS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021
Organizational Record: 319-282 (.531)
ROUND ROCK EXPRESS – OFF DAY
Triple-A West, East Division (57-56, 3rd, -8.5 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: LHP Jake Latz
Round Rock enjoyed a scheduled off day on Wednesday. Club is scheduled to begin a six-game road series tonight against the Oklahoma City Dodgers
FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS – L, 10-9 / L, 3-0 AT AMARILLO
Double-A Central, South Division (62-53, 1st, +5.5 GA)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Cole Winn
Frisco was swept in a doubleheader in Amarillo on Wednesday, dropping them 0.5 GB in the playoff race with 4 games to play. In Game One, the ‘Riders lost a 5-run lead, ultimately losing in walk-off fashion after allowing 2 runs in the 7th. A trio of home runs by 2B Justin Foscue (4 RBI), DH Melvin Novoa, and 1B Blaine Crim were not enough. Foscue went deep for a 2nd straight game, his first 2 HR at Double-A. Crim (3-for-3, BB, 3 R) – the organizational leader with 28 HR – was on base in all 4 PA’s. He is slashing .297/.362/.546/.907 in a breakout season split between Frisco and Hickory. In Game Two, Frisco was shut out despite out-hitting the home team by an 8-to-3 margin, going just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. SS Davis Wendzel went 2-for-3 with a BB, the only player with multiple hits in the game. RHP Noah Bremer took the loss despite a season high 8 K’s (5.0 IP, 3 R-ER).
HICKORY CRAWDADS – POSTPONED
High-A East, South Division (45-67, 6th, -32.5 GB)
Today’s Probable Starters: RHP Jesus Linarez, RHP Seth Nordlin
Wednesday’s road contest against the Rome Braves was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. Clubs will play a DH today starting at 5 p.m. ET.
DOWN EAST WOOD DUCKS – L, 8-2 VS. CHARLESTON
Low-A East, Central Division (69-47, 1st, +2.0 GA)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP John Matthews
The Down East Wood Ducks dropped an 8-2 decision on Wednesday night, remaining 1.0 GB of Salem (70-46) for the final playoff spot with 4 games to play. 1B Cristian Inoa went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Inoa is batting .285/.346/.460/.805 with 10 HR and 53 RBI for Down East this year, by far the best marks of the 22-year-old’s pro career. 2B Luisangel Acuna hit a solo home run in the 6th inning, his 12th of the season. The 19-year-old has gone deep in consecutive games for the 2nd time this season. RHP Mason Cole struck out all 6 batters he faced over 2.0 scoreless innings.
ACL RANGERS – CAMP DAY
Arizona Complex League West (29-27, 3rd, –10.5 GB)
Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Damian Mendoza
The ACL Rangers were off on Wednesday and are set to return to action tonight against the ACL Cubs.