Iowa Cubs pummel Sounds 10-4, and other Rangers minor league action

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The Iowa Cubs got the better of the Nashville Sounds 10-4 in Triple-A play Saturday at First Tennessee Park, dropping the Sounds to 1-2 and a game behind.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS Pacific Coast League (AAA) 1-2 4th Place 1.0 GB

Yesterday: L, 10-4 vs. Iowa Pitcher of Record: L – Benjamin (0-1, 3.38)

The Sounds lost a 10-4 decision to the Iowa Cubs on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at First Tennessee Park…the visitors scored 7 runs in the 3rd inning…LHP Wes Benjamin took the loss in his 1st career Triple-A start (2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R-1 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 74 pitches/40 strikes)…the left-hander exited in the 3rd inning with the bases loaded, as 3 runs would score after he left the game…3B Patrick Wisdom hit a 3-run home run in the 4th inning, his 1st of the season, after DH Willie Calhoun and 1B Matt Davidson drew walks to begin the frame…CF Eli White added an RBI single in the 9th inning…White has hits in all 3 games this season at 4-for-10 with one 3B and 2 RBI.

Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Phillips Valdez (1st start) vs. Iowa, 2:05 CT. Probable Rotation: 4/8 Pena vs. IOW; 4/9: Hearn at RR; 4/10: Jurado at RR

FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS Texas League (AA) 2-1 T1st Place — GB

Yesterday: W, 4-3 vs. Midland Pitcher of Record: W – Martinez (1-0, 4.76)

The RoughRiders earned a come-from-behind victory on Saturday night, edging the RockHounds 4-3 to win their 2nd straight…2B Christian Lopes hit a game-tying single in the 5th inning and scored on a dropped third strike later in the frame to put Frisco in front…RHP Emerson Martinez earned the win (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R-ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 84 pitches/51 strikes)…he was followed by 3.1 shutout innings from the bullpen…SS Michael De Leon finished 2 for-3 with a 2-run single in the 2nd inning, and has gone 3-for-8 in 3 games this season.

Today’s Probable Starter: LHP Joe Palumbo (1st start) vs. Midland, 4:05 CT. Probable Rotation: 4/8: Arredondo vs. CC; 4/9: Payano vs. CC; 4/10: Burke vs. CC; 4/11: Hernandez at MID

DOWN EAST WOOD DUCKS Carolina League (A+) 1-2 T3rd Place 2.0 GB

Yesterday: L, 2-1 vs. Carolina Pitcher of Record: L – Alexy (0-1, 5.40)

The Woodies were edged, 2-1, by the Carolina Mudcats on Saturday despite holding the visitors to 2 hits…all the scoring took place in the 1st inning, as the Mudcats plated 2 runs without recording a hit (2 BB, HBP)…RHP A.J. Alexy was saddled with the loss (3.1, IP, 1 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 66 pitches/42 strikes)…SS Anderson Tejeda delivered an RBI single to score CF Leody Taveras in the bottom of the 1st…Taveras went 2-for-4 and has multiple hits in all 3 games to begin 2019 at 8-for-12…LHP Francisco Villegas (3.0 SHO IP, 5 SO) and RHP Demarcus Evans (1.0 SHO IP, 3 SO) delivered strong performances in relief.

Today’s Probable Starter: RHP Reid Anderson (1st start) vs. Carolina, 12:00 CT. Probable Rotation: 4/7: Anderson vs. CAR; 4/8: Bremer vs. MB; 4/9: Bahr vs. MB; 4/10: Phillips vs. MB; 4/11: Thomas vs. LYN

HICKORY CRAWDADS South Atlantic League (A) 3-0 1st Place — GB

Yesterday: W, 9-1 at Lakewood Pitcher of Record: W – Wolfram (1-0, 0.00)

The Crawdads won their 3rd straight game to begin 2019, defeating the BlueClaws 9-1 on Saturday…Hickory has outscored Lakewood 25-6 through 3 games…C Sam Huff hit his 1st home run of the season, a solo shot in the 6th inning…CF J.P. Martinez reached safely in 4 of 5 plate appearances with a single, triple, 2 walks, and 3 runs scored…1B Curtis Terry recorded his 2nd straight multi-hit game and had 2 RBI, giving him 8 RBI in his last 2 games…DH Chris Seise extended his season-opening hit streak to 3 games…RHP Jean Casanova took no decision in his season debut (4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 63 pitches/43 strikes)…LHP Grant Wolfram recorded 3 strikeouts over 3.0 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.

Today’s Probable Starter: LHP John King (1st start) at Lakewood, 12:05 CT. Probable Rotation: 4/8: Brennan at GBO; 4/9: Rodriguez at GBO; 4/10: Crouse at GBO; 4/11: Latz vs. KAN

From Rangers PR staff reports