Sam Huff was the lone Texas Rangers representative in the Futures Game tonight, but he made his presence known. In the 7th inning of the 7th inning game, with the American League trailing 2-0 and two outs away from being shut out, Huff hit a monster 418 foot home run to tie the game. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, and Huff was named Futures Game MVP.
Cole Winn started for Hickory today, after two straight scoreless starts, and today didn’t go quite so well. Winn gave up a run in the first, threw a scoreless second and third inning, and then was pulled after the first three batters of the fourth inning reached. End line was 3 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 Ks and 1 walk. Hever Bueno continued to miss bats, striking out 4 in 2 IP while allowing a run. Pedro Gonzalez and Sherten Apostel each went 2 for 5 with a homer.
Down East also saw a strong relief outing from a big hard throwing righty — in this case it was Cole Uvila, throwing 3 shutout, no hit innings, with 4 Ks and 2 walks. Curtis Terry had 2 home runs, raising his OPS at Down East to 988, and Diosbel Arias has 2 hits.
For Frisco tonight, Leody Taveras went 2 for 4 with a walk, a single and a double. Brendan Davis, who has been hitting better after a poor first half, went 3 for 4 with a homer, and Charles Leblanc had 2 hits and a walk.
Peter Fairbanks had a rough outing for Nashville, giving up 4 runs in 1.1 IP, but Kyle Bird had a scoreless inning and lowered his ERA to 1.57. Scott Heineman had two more hits and, intriguingly, played first base for the first time in his professional career.
Joshua Javier, the PTBNL in the Jake Diekman deal, threw 4 scoreless IP for Spokane, striking out 6, walking 1 and allowing 1 hit, lowering his ERA to 1.15. David Garcia had a single and a double, and Obie Ricumstrict had a double.
As I type this, Alexander Ovalles has 3 more hits for the AZL Rangers, raising his average on the season to .365. The game is still going on so that will probably change, but I’m not staying up to make sure the AZL info is updated.