Class AAA Round Rock Express: The Express are coming off a 6-5 loss last night to the New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami Marlins). In the conclusion of this series Randy Wells be on the mound for the Express. In his 3 previous starts Wells has had some issues. Going 5 innings exactly in all of his starts this season he has a 0-3 record and a 6.6 ERA. He is averaging nearly 4 runs in 5 innings of work and over a hit an inning. The veteran joined the Rangers organization in the off season and it would be good for him to get his season turned around.
Class AA Frisco RoughRiders: After another poor start by Cody Buckel the ‘Riders dropped yesterday’s game 5-1 to San Antonio. To try and turn things around in game 2 of the series is Neil Ramirez. In his 4th start of the season he is putting his 1-0 record and 1.88 ERA on the line. In 14.1 innings of work so far he has only allowed 4 hits, 3 runs and given 9 walks. He has limited opposing batters to a .089 batting average and chalked up 18 strikeouts.
Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans: The Pelicans won game one of the series against the Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles) in a nail bitter as a 9th inning rally was stopped. In his 4th start of the year LHP Victor Payano is on the mound again. He brings a 1-1 record and a 1.88 ERA after 14.1 innings of work. Payano has allowed only 7 hits, 3 runs and 4 walks. At the same time he has recorded 22 strikeouts and held the opposition to a collective batting average of .143.
Class A Hickory Crawdads: Hickory is opening up a road series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami Marlins). The ‘Dads swept the Charleston Riverdogs and now sport a record of 11-7 for the season. Sam Stafford is getting the start for the Crawdads in tonight’s match. He is bringing his 0-2 record for the season into play with the hopes to improve that and his 7.50 ERA. He has been limited to 6 innings pitched so far this season.
Class AAA Round Rock Express: Game 2 of the set against the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Houston Astros). Game 1 was an 8-6 Express win. RHP Randy Wells is going for his 3rd start of the year. The off season pick up from the Cubs organization has had two 5 innings pitched games. His ERA is sitting at 6.30 for the season and had allowed a .293 batting average. The Express are 8-5 on the season and tied for first in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.
Class AA Friso RoughRiders.: Fresh off of a sweep of the North West Arkansas Naturals; the ‘Riders open a series against the Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros). Tonight on the bump will be RHP Neil Ramirez. In his last start he was able to bounce back in a big way against the Arkansas Travelers. The shutout 5.2 innings e pitched pushed his ERA to 1.93 for the season. He tallied 5 strikeouts and gave up 2 hits and a 2 walks. The Riders are 8-4 on the season and in first place in the Texas League North Division.
Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans: The Pelicans are looking to sweep the Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox). LHP Victor Payano is on the mound tonight for the Pelicans. During his last start on April 12th against Salem Payano had a solid with performance over 4.0 innings that saw 3 hits and 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately one of the hits was a homerun and ended with 2 earned runs. The Pelicans are 6-5 for the season and are in first place in the Carolina League North Division.
Class A Hickory Crawdads: The Crawdads are going for the series sweep over the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies). Last night featured an offensive display that led to 11 runs. Tonight will see if the Crawdads are going to go with LHP Sam Stafford on the mound again after 2 very rough starts. His last outing was on April 12th against the Kannapolis Intimidators. He lasted .2 of the first inning and he allowed 1 earned run and 4 walks. He is sitting on an ERA of 10.80 for the season. The Crawdads are 6-7 and are 2.0 games out of first in the South Atlantic League Northern Division.
Texas Rangers: Justin Grimm will be starting against the Chicago Cubs.
Class AAA Round Rock Express: Yesterday the Express downed the Iowa Cubs 2-1 to win the series. Tonight the Express open a series against the New Orleans Zephyrs. For his second start of the year RHP Randy Wells will be on the mound. The former Cubs prospect went against Omaha on April 7th. In 5 innings pitches he allowed 4 hits, 2 walks and 4 earned runs. His 7.20 ERA after the game was only ameliorated by his 5 strikeouts.
Class AA Frisco RoughRiders: In action yesterday the Riders dropped game one to Arkansas 6-3. In today’s game 2 of the series against the Arkansas Travelers (LA Angels) RHP Neil Ramirez is on the mound. He earned a no decision in his first start of the year on April 6th against Arkansas. Ramirez went 3.2 innings pitched before being pulled. He allowed 1 hit and 2 earned runs as well as 4 walks. Yet he also had 6 strikeouts and sports an opponent’s batting average of .100.
Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans: Yesterday the Pelicans beat the the Lynchburg Hillcats 2-0. The Pelicans will be starting a series against the Salem Red Sox (Boston Red Sox). LHP Victor Payano will be on for the second start of the year for him. His first start was a 5.1 inning peach against Wilmington on April 6th. He allowed 3 walks and 2 hits and recorded 8 strikeouts. He is sporting a 0.00 ERA for now.
Class A Hickory Crawdads: The Crawdads won yesterday’s game against the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-1. Today is game 2 of the road series against Kannapolis (Chicago White Sox). On the hill for the Crawdads will be LHP Sam Stafford. His first start of the season was April 7 against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He lasted only 2.2 innings in which he allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs. He owns an ERA of 10.12 after that start and a hitters’ batting average of .385.