*** Texas Rangers Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
OKLAHOMA REDHAWKS - Once the top team in the Pacific Coast League's East Division, the RedHawks took it on the chin this past weekend, losing three straight games. Friday's 7-5 defeat to Iowa was the team's third in four outings against the Cubs (last week), while Saturday and Sunday's setbacks came at the hands of the host Nashville Sounds. Outfielder Jason Conti had two hits in both Friday and Sunday's games, while OF Gary Matthews has six hits in his last 16 at-bats. Despite their recent struggles, Oklahoma is just a half game back of first-place Memphis in the PCL East, and the RedHawks will get a crack at the Redbirds when the two meet in Memphis for four games starting this Thursday.
FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS - Frisco has played a lot of baseball the last couple of days, as Friday's game with Wichita was postponed and rescheduled as part of a double-header on Sunday. The RoughRiders split the twin bill, with their 5-4 win over the Wranglers in the first game snapping the team's recent three-game losing streak. Still, Frisco is just 5-13 on the year and in the basement of the Texas League's West Division, eight games back of first-place Round Rock. The RoughRiders managed just 11 hits combined in Sunday's double-header, although SS Drew Meyer and C Josh McKinley each had a pair of hits in the club's win in game one. Outfielder Will Smith clubbed a two-run home run in the contest, and raised his batting average to a lofty .429 in the process. Starting pitcher Sam Narron moved to 2-0 on the year despite giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings of work. His ERA is still a solid 2.87 for the season.
STOCKTON PORTS - The Ports had a tough time of it this past weekend, losing three straight to Modesto. As a result, Stockton is now just 7-10 on the year and in last place in the California League's North Division. Despite the squad's recent struggles, OF Vincent Sinisi continues to shine as he is hitting .348 for the year and is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak. He has two home runs and 13 RBI to his credit and has been held wihout a hit in just two of the team's 17 games this season. Fellow OF Cameron Coughlan has had a decent campaign as well, hitting .308, which includes hits in each of his last three games. He has six multiple hit outings, but isn't exactly a run-producing machine, having tallied just four RBI to this point.
CLINTON LUMBERKINGS - The Lumberkings have climbed into the race for the Midwest League's Western Division title by winning their last three games, including two in a row over first-pace Cedar Rapids. At present, Clinton is 9-7 on the year, just a 1/2 game back of both Cedar Rapids and Kane County. The Lumberkings got superb pitching efforts from starter Edison Volquez and relievers Craig Frydendall and Matt Farnum in Sunday's 3-0 win over Burlington. The trio combined for a four-hit shutout, with Frydendall picking up his second win of the season. Farnum notched his first save in going four innings, and as a result lowered his ERA to an impressive 1.80. Starters Jesse Chavez and John Danks pitched extremely well in the Lumberkings' wins over Cedar Rapids on Thursday and Friday, respectively, going a combined nine innings and allowing just one run on six hits with 10 strikeouts.