ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Manny Ramirez was 0-for-3 in his second game as he attempts a comeback with the Texas Rangers organization, narrowly missing a home run in his final at-bat Monday night for Triple-A Round Rock.
Ramirez flied out to the base of the left-field wall in the bottom of the eighth, a towering drive that was held up in the thick Central Texas air. It rained for more than an hour in the Round Rock-Austin area Monday morning.
Ramirez and his Express teammates were overwhelmed by Oklahoma City pitching all night, coming up with one hit in a 5-0 loss at Dell Diamond.
Ramirez popped out in foul ground to third base in the second inning and flew out to center field in the fifth inning. He is 1-for-7 with a single in two games for Round Rock.
Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, who was in town and came out to see Ramirez play, said it's good that Ramirez has faced quality pitchers in his first two games. Ramirez has been facing lesser pitching playing in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
"You have to let him get adjusted to the pitching back in the States before you can make an evaluation," Ryan said. "The last two nights he's faced good pitching. He needs to face good pitchers."
Round Rock third baseman Mike Olt, the Rangers' top hitting prospect in the minors, had the Express' lone hit, a single to start the sixth inning. He thought Ramirez had gone deep.
"It looked like it was out," Olt said.
Ramirez declined to talk to reporters after the game. His uncle, Carlos Ferrera, who is traveling with Ramirez and has been helping him train in Taiwan and now Texas, said Ramirez just missed a change-up for his first home run.
"Don't worry, it's coming," Ferrera said. "He's working hard."
Todd Willis covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.