Minor League Roundup - 9/8

All three of the Rangers' full-season affiliates opened their playoff series with losses on Wednesday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - (@) Memphis 7
L - Moscoso (0-1)
HR - Davis (1), Ramirez (1)
Redbirds lead 1-0 (best of five)

Starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso threw 102 pitches and failed to get out of the fifth inning. Needless to say––he had some struggles. The righty permitted seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over 4.2 innings.

Moscoso surrendered three home runs in the outing. Five of his seven runs allowed came on the long ball.

Cleanup hitter and third baseman Chris Davis fell a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and three runs scored.

Catcher Max Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. The sixth-inning round-tripper got the RedHawks back to within two runs, but that was the last time they'd score.

Ryan Garko (2/4, 2B) and Gregorio Petit (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and his third error in three Triple-A contests.

Reliever Tanner Scheppers hurled two hitless, scoreless frames. He threw 33 pitches, walking one, hitting one, and striking out one.

Oklahoma City and Memphis will play game two of their best-of-five set on Thursday evening.

Player of the Game: 3B Chris Davis
4 3 3 1 1 1 0 0 .750

AA: Frisco 3 - Midland 4 (10 innings)
L - Tufts (0-1)
RockHounds lead 1-0 (best of five)

Frisco dropped the first of its five-game set with Midland in extra innings.

The ‘Riders fell behind early as the offense scuffled and starter Richard Bleier yielded three runs in 5.2 innings. Bleier scattered seven hits, walked two, and struck out two.

The bats came storming back to tie the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, powered by a triple and two doubles.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon was perfect at the plate, as he was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a base on balls.

John Whittleman (1/3, 2B, BB) had the other double of the frame while Renny Osuna (2/5, 3B) knocked in one with his triple.

First baseman Chris McGuiness, who was promoted from Bakersfield earlier in the day, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Double-A debut.

Relief pitchers Adalberto Flores (1.1 IP) and Beau Jones (2 IP) held Midland's offense at bay by combining for 3.1 shutout innings. Lefty Shane Zegarac issued a four-pitch walk to the only man he faced in his first game with the ‘Riders.

Tyler Tufts struggled through a 37-pitch inning and eventually allowed the game-winning run. He gave up two hits, walked one, and plunked one.

Getting the win for Midland was right-handed reliever Daniel Sattler, who pitched two scoreless innings. Sattler was originally drafted by the Rangers and pitched for Bakersfield in 2008.

Player of the Game: LF Marcus Lemon
4 1 4 2 0 1 1 0 1.000

A+: Bakersfield – Season Completed

Bakersfield rebounded from a rough start to post a 38-32 second-half record, but the club finished five games behind first-place Stockton and failed to qualify for the Cal League playoffs.

A: Hickory 0 - Lakewood 7
L - Ramirez (0-1)
BlueClaws lead 1-0 (best of three)

The Crawdads were flat-out beaten in their only home game of the three-game set against Lakewood.

Hickory starter Neil Ramirez was knocked around for seven runs (five earned) in five innings. He gave up six hits–-three of which left the yard––and fanned seven without issuing a walk.

Meanwhile, BlueClaws starter Trevor May struck out 13 and walked just one over 6.2 shutout frames.

The Hickory offense managed only six hits while getting shut out.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia was 2-for-4 with a double and right fielder Jared Prince singled three times in four trips.

Zach Zaneski, who was 1-for-4, had the only other knock.

Third baseman Matt West struck out in all four of his plate appearances.

Though it was too little, too late, righties Joe Van Meter and Braden Tullis hurled two scoreless innings apiece.

The two teams have a travel day on Thursday, as they make the long trip to New Jersey for games two and three on Friday and Saturday.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Prince
4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .750

SSA: Spokane - OFF
Game one Thursday

The Indians and AquaSox took a day of rest on Wednesday. They'll kick off the best-of-three Northwest League Championship Series on Thursday evening at Spokane's Avista Stadium.

RK: AZL Rangers - Season Completed

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

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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