C.D. Pelham, Texas Rangers lefthanded relief pitcher, started the season with AAA Nashville, but after a very rough first six weeks, the Rangers have opted to move him down to AA Frisco. Pelham had allowed 15 runs in 10.2 IP in 13 games for Nashville so far, with 11 walks and 2 HBPs against 7 strikeouts. Pelham pitched an inning for Frisco tonight, allowing 1 run in 1 IP with 3 walks in a game against Corpus Christi that the Roughriders lost in extra innings when Locke St. John gave up a walk-off home run.
On a more positive note regarding hard-throwing minor league relievers, Joe Barlow pitched another scoreless inning today, allowing a hit while striking out 2, and lowering his ERA on the season to 0.43 for Down East. Barlow, a righthander, seems destined to be in Frisco later this summer.
Hickory lost today, but saw Sherten Apostel and Pedro Gonzalez each pick up two hits. Gonzalez has his OPS on the year up to 749, which is encouraging.
And for Nashville, righty reliever Reed Garrett made his first appearance since returning to the Rangers organization from the Detroit Tigers, where he had started the season on the major league roster as a Rule 5 pick before being waived and returned to Texas earlier this week. Garrett struck out 1 in a hitless, walkless inning of work. Matt Davidson hit a double and his 15th home run of the year, while Zach Granite, of all people, hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th for what was the walking runs for Nashville. Scott Heineman, working his way back from offseason surgery, also had two hits.