Minor League Roundup - 9/1

Bakersfield kept its playoff hopes alive by coming back with seven runs in the final three innings on Wednesday while Hickory clinched a playoff berth. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Nashville 9 (7 innings - Game 1)
L - Beltre (3-9)
HR - Teagarden (1)

Starting pitcher Omar Beltre (2.65 ERA/.229 BAA) had his outing cut short when he left the game with a leg injury. The right-hander worked 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He threw just 38 of his 66 pitches for strikes.

Top prospect Tanner Scheppers (5.45 ERA/.297 BAA) was torched for seven runs on eight hits in one inning. He walked zero and struck out zero.

The 23-year-old Fresno State product has maintained his upper-90s velocity through his recent struggles, but he has been unable to locate his fastball down in the zone. Over his last six outings, he has surrendered 16 runs on 20 hits in eight innings.

Catcher and nine-hole hitter Taylor Teagarden provided a solo home run for his only hit in three trips.

Willy Taveras (2/4, 2B), Hernan Iribarren (2/4, 2B) and Matt Brown (1/3, 2B) all doubled once.

First baseman Ryan Garko raised his average to .242 with a pair of singles in three trips.

Righties Willie Eyre and Warner Madrigal finished out the contest with one scoreless frame apiece.

Player of the Game: C Taylor Teagarden
3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .152

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - Nashville 2 (10 innings - Game 2)
W - Eppley (2-1)
HR - Richardson (7)
72-65, 3.5 GU

The RedHawks won the game on a walkoff walk in the bottom of the 10th inning. After the doubleheader split, they have a 3.5-game lead on second-place Albuquerque with five contests remaining.

Rehabbing hurler Dustin Nippert began the game with three shutout innings (34 pitches/23 strikes). The 6-foot-8 hurler yielded one hit and struck out three without issuing a walk.

Another rehabber, Scott Feldman, followed by permitting two runs on five hits over four innings. He fanned three and walked zero. Both of the runs came on solo homers from Nashville right fielder Brendan Katin.

Catcher Kevin Richardson (.238/.273/.459) was 2-for-4 with a single and a solo home run, his 11th overall round-tripper in 60 games this season.

Leadoff hitter Esteban German was 3-for-5 with his fifth triple.

Chris Davis (2/4, 2B, BB) and James Tomlin (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled and walked. Tomlin played right field and gunned down a runner at home plate.

Oklahoma City won the game despite going 0-for-10 with men in scoring position and leaving 12 runners on base.

Relief pitchers Clay Rapada (1.2 IP) and Cody Eppley (1.1 IP) finished it out with three innings of shutout ball.

The RedHawks won the game without a benefit of a hit in the 10th. Chris Davis and Ryan Garko walked, then Hernan Iribarren was plunked, and Matt Brown drew the bases-loaded free pass.

Player of the Game: RHP Dustin Nippert
3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 0 - (@) Corpus Christi 9
L - Perez (5-8)
30-35, 2.0 GB

Frisco dropped its third consecutive game in a rather forgettable affair on Wednesday. The pitching surrendered nine runs and the offense mustered only three singles.

Starter Martin Perez needed 90 pitches (48 strikes) to complete five innings. The young southpaw allowed five runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four. He gave up a pair of home runs.

Arizona Fall League-bound reliever Adalberto Flores was knocked around for three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning, spiking his ERA to 4.40.

Left fielder Marcus Lemon (.268/.318/.353) picked up a pair of singles in four at-bats.

DH Emerson Frostad, who was 1-for-4, had the only other knock.

Sinkerballing relief pitcher Tyler Tufts (3.00 ERA/.250 BAA) hurled a blank eighth inning. Though 15 innings, Tufts is posting better numbers with Frisco than he did at Single-A Hickory or High-A Bakersfield this season.

Player of the Game: LF Marcus Lemon
4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .268

A+: Bakersfield 7 - (@) Visalia 6
W - Miller (4-3)
SV - Hurley (3)
HR - Stoneburner (14)
36-29, 4.0 GB

The Blaze technically control their own destiny––they just have to win the remaining five games to reach the playoffs.

They got off to a nice start on Wednesday, scoring all seven runs in the final three innings and coming back from a late 6-0 deficit to pick up the victory.

Second baseman and leadoff hitter Davis Stoneburner (.289/.362/.487) was the star, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, and three runs batted in.

With 29 doubles, five triples and 14 home runs in 113 games this season, the 25-year-old infielder is showing a bit of pop.

Third baseman Erik Morrison was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and two runs batted in. His last two-bagger was the eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth.

Chris McGuiness (1/4, 2B) doubled one while David Paisano (2/5) and Andres James (2/4) both singled twice.

The club fell behind early when starter Wilfredo Boscan permitted five runs on seven hits over five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

The bullpen helped hold the Rawhide at bay while the offense came to life in the late innings. Bakersfield native Justin Miller (3.38 ERA/.212 BAA) retired all six batters he faced, striking out three.

Closer Trevor Hurley punched out the side in the ninth inning to secure his third save with the Blaze.

Player of the Game: 2B Davis Stoneburner
4 2 2 1 1 3 1 0 .289

A: Hickory 10 - (@) Asheville 3
W - Brigham (5-5)
HR - Pimentel (2)
32-32, 6.0 GB

Hickory clinched the wild card playoff spot on Wednesday night. They did it through their victory plus a Lakewood win and a Greensboro loss.

The Crawdads are the fifth of the Rangers' seven minor league affiliates to clinch a playoff berth. The other two clubs (OKC and Bakersfield) are still alive, though the Blaze face difficult odds.

Jake Brigham (3.51 ERA/.220 BAA) set the tone with another solid start. The 22-year-old hurler limited his opponent to two runs on five hits over six innings. He fanned six and walked none.

Nine-hole hitter Guillermo Pimentel (.215/.285/.300) broke out of a slump by going 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run.

Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B, 2 BB) and Jared Prince (2/3, 2B, 2 BB) both reached base four times in the game, getting a single, a double, and two walks.

Third baseman Travis Adair had two singles, three walks, and two RBI.

Zach Zaneski (2/5, BB) and Yefry Castillo (2/5) also added a couple singles.

Overall, the Hickory offense plated 10 runs on 16 hits.

Riverside native Kyle Ocampo worked two shutout innings, dropping his ERA to 4.15.

Joe Van Meter, who was recently promoted from the rookie Arizona League, made his Hickory debut by giving up an unearned run on one hit in one inning. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: RF Guillermo Pimentel
5 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 .215

SSA: Spokane 2 - (@) Boise 11
L - Henry (4-4)
HR - Selen (2)
19-15, 3.0 GB

Ben Henry's struggles continued on Wednesday, as he was knocked out of the game after permitting five runs on seven hits over three innings.

Henry pitched well in Extended Spring Training and got out to a strong start in Spokane. But he has a 9.75 ERA in 24 innings over his last six outings.

Left fielder Alejandro Selen (.330/.390/.473) remained hot with a single and a home run in three trips. The 21-year-old is just 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, but he has some surprising pop.

Mike Olt, who was 1-for-4, belted his 16th double of the summer.

Arizona League promotions Jhonny Gomez (1/4) and Oduber Herrera (0/3) made their Spokane debut in the contest.

Catcher Kellin Deglan went hitless in three trips, and he is now 12-for-70 with three extra-base hits for the Indians.

Player of the Game: LF Alejandro Selen
3 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 .330

RK: AZL Rangers - Season Completed
31-24, 0.5 GU

The Surprise Rangers won the Arizona League's West Division but lost to the AZL Brewers in the league's semifinals.

DSL: DSL Rangers - Season Completed
42-23, 5.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers won the San Pedro Division for the third consecutive season, but they lost to the DSL Reds in the first round of the playoffs.

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