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Minor league update for 5/22/21

Some strong performances and some drama today in the minors

Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

It was an entertaining night on the farm for the Rangers affiliates.

That Nick Krauth guy started for the Wood Ducks and went 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 8. I keep assuming he’s some 24 year old but he’s just 21, having signed out of the University of Connecticut as an undrafted free agent last summer. I don’t know what the story is here but Krauth has now struck out 16 and walked 2 while allowing 2 runs in 14.2 IP over his first three starts of the 2021 season.

Down East went into the 9th down 2-0. Evan Carter reached on an error to start the inning, then after a pop out, Dustin Harris reached on an infield single, with both runners then advancing on a bad throw on the play. Carter scored on a sac fly by Keyber Rodriguez, which brought Cody Freeman to the plate as the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth. Freeman went deep, smacking a two run home run that provided the winning margin for the DEWDs.

Hickory took a no hitter into the seventh, and allowed just two hits in a 7-2 win. Avery Weems faced the minimum nine batters in three innings, striking out five and walking one batter — the lead off man in the first — who he picked off. Seth Nordlin struck out 8 in 4 innings of work, walking one and allowing one hit. Ty Thomas allowed 2 runs in 2 IP, walking 2 and striking out 4.

Frainyer Chavez had a single, a double and a walk for the Crawdads. Blaine Crim had a single and a double. Jonathan Ornelas and David Garcia each had a hit, and Jake Guenther had three walks.

Hans Crouse started for Frisco and retired all six batters he faced, one via strike out. Hever Bueno struck out 3 in 2 IP, with 3 hits allowed and one walk. Alex Speas walked three of the five batters he faced while striking out one. Fernery Ozuna struck out three and walked one in 1.1 IP. Joe Gatto threw a scoreless inning, and Cole Uvila threw two scoreless with 2 Ks.

Offensively, Bubba Thompson had two singles and a triple, Davis Wendzel had a hit and two walks, and Sherten Apostel had two hits and a walk.

Round Rock saw Jake Lemoine throw a scoreless inning. Offensively, Leody Taveras, Andy Ibanez, Eli White and Carl Chester all homered.