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Quality start for Tyler Phillips, 4 hits for Leody Taveras

The Rangers minor league performances tonight were highlighted by two prospects doing good work for Frisco

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Tyler Phillips got the start for the Frisco Roughriders today, and the 21 year old righthander came into the game with an ERA north of 7, having struggled a fair amount in six starts at AA since being promoted to the Texas League. Phillips had a quality start tonight, however, giving up just 2 runs in 6 innings, allowing 4 hits (including a home run) and a walk while striking out 6. C.D. Pelham faced two batters and retired them both, one via the K, while Emmanuel Clase allowed a run on 2 hits in his inning of work, striking out a batter.

Leody Taveras, meanwhile, making just his second start for Frisco, had a huge game, picking up his first 4 Texas League in a 4 for 5 effort that included 3 singles and a double. Leody is still just 20 years old and is a top notch defender in center field...if he shows he can hit in AA, he will move up the top 100 lists.

Down East finished a game today that was suspended yesterday after just one inning, meaning John King’s outing from yesterday was cut short yesterday after he struck out 2 of the 3 hitters he faced, and then played a second game after that. J.P. Martinez combined for 3 hits in the two games,

Bubba Thompson left the first game for Down East with what reportedly appeared to be an ankle injury. He had just this week been re-activated after missing time with a broken hamate bone in his hand.

For Hickory, Miguel Aparicio had a pair of hits tonight, and Kole Enright and the white hot Sherten Apostel each homered. Apostel, after his homer, apparently trotted down the first base line with his bat, then tossed it towards the opposing dugout, resulting in the benches clearing. Apostel and Melvin Novoa were ejected, and because the Crawdads were short on bench players due to Jose Almonte leaving with an injury earlier in the game, they ended up having to give up their DH after that and let the pitcher bat.

Have y’all been missing Tocci Time? Carlos Tocci went 2 for 4 for Nashville tonight, including a home run, pushing his OPS on the season to 672.

Finally, for Spokane, righthander Ricky Vanasco got the start. The hard throwing 20 year old couldn’t duplicate his first start, when he threw 4 shutout innings while striking out 7, but he did go 5 innings today, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. The very excitingly named Obie Ricumstrict, a toolsy 2017 draftee who hasn’t done much the past two seasons, has gotten off to a hot start for Spokane, including a home run and a single tonight. 19 year old catcher David Garcia also homered and doubled tonight.