Down on the farm:
In AAA action the Round Rock Express are in action against the New Orleans Zephyrs again. The Express lost against the Express last night 5-3. On the hill tonight will be LHP Michael Kirkman. Kirkman is looking for his first win since regaining his place as starter. His first outing was a 3 inning affair that was uneventful. His second outing was more adventurous was 2.1 innings giving up 7 hits and 8 runs with 3 walks. Kirkman needs a great outing tonight to turn his season around. He is 0-1 with no saves and an ERA of 11.45. The Express are 10-15 for the season and the month. Tonight is game 26.
The Frisco RoughRiders are starting a series tonight against the San Antonio Missions. Another lefthander in Tim Murphy will be starting for the ‘Riders tonight where he will face off former Texas Ranger prospect Robbie Erlin. Murphy had a less then spectacular April at 0-2 and a 6.60 ERA. His last start was also against the Missions on April 26 where he went 5.0 innings with only one hit and one walk as compared to 4 strikeouts. His 0.00 ERA of that game has done well to cancel some of the 19.29 ERA after his 3rd start of the year. The ‘Riders are 15-9 on the year. Tonight will be game 27.
Advanced A Myrtle Beach Pelicans are needing to right their ship after three consecutive losses. On the hill will be Kyle Hendricks. The Dartmouth College alum has started this year at 0-2 with an ERA of 3.09. He has not received a decision in the past two starts he has made. The last start he had was also against the Frederick Keys that he will face tonight. In that start he went 8.0 innings allowing 7 hits and 2 runs, which was good for his best start of the year. The Pelicans are 12-11 for the year and in danger of being .500 tonight if they cannot secure a win. It will be game 24 of the year.
The Class A Hickory Crawdads are off today. The 16-8 ‘Dads will start a road trip tomorrow against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Good luck tonight to all the Rangers.