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Fairbanks debuts in AAA, Barlow and Evans in AA

The Rangers newly promoted relievers all got their first taste of their new levels today, and John King continued to shine

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Hickory and Frisco each had doubleheaders today, so we had six scheduled games for the four affiliates. Down East, however, had their game suspended in the fourth inning, to be resumed at a later date.

John King continued his exemplary work for the Wood Ducks, giving up 1 run in 2 hits in 4 innings before the game was suspended. He and Jason Bahr are both making a case to move to the Frisco rotation this summer.

Game One for Frisco saw Joe Barlow make his AA debut, needing 13 pitches (9 strikes) to retire the side in order, one via strikeout. C.D. Pelham struck out a batter in an inning of work while allowing a run on 2 hits. Game Two for Frisco featured the AA debut of Demarcus Evans, who needed 10 pitches (9 strikes) to retire all three batters he faced. Emmanuel Clase also had a scoreless inning in Game Two, striking out one.

Evans and Barlow’s former Wood Duck teammate Peter Fairbanks made his AAA debut for Nashville, striking out a pair of batters and allowing a single in an inning of work.

Hickory in Game One saw Miguel Aparicio continue his recent surge, going 3 for 4 with a homer, and Sherten Apostel had a pair of doubles. Jonathan Ornelas had two hits, and Curtis Terry hit a home run. In Game Two, Pedro Gonzalez went 3 for 3 with a single, a triple and a home run, and Ornelas had a hit and a walk.