Minor League Roundup - 6/11

Right-handed pitchers Luke Jackson, Joe Van Meter, and Nick McBride helped combine on a two-hitter for the Hickory Crawdads on Saturday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 11 – (@) Iowa 2
W - Hamburger (1-3)
HR - Tracy (11)
34-26, 0.0 GU

The Express and I-Cubs were finally able to finish Thursday's contest, which was suspended due to rain. Tommy Hunter threw three scoreless innings on 45 pitches, completing his scheduled rehab workload, back on Thursday.

On Saturday, righty Mark Hamburger came up big for Round Rock. The reliever worked a season-high 3.1 innings, giving up a run on two hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Zach Phillips finished off the blowout victory with two hitless, scoreless innings.

The Round Rock offense scored 13 runs on 15 hits, including a homer, a triple, and seven doubles.

Julio Borbon (2/6, 2 2B), Brad Nelson (2/5, 2 2B) and Joey Butler (2/5, 2 2B) all doubled twice.

Second baseman Luis Cruz was 1-for-2 with his 12th double of the season.

DH Chad Tracy was just 1-for-4, but he gave the Express a sizable early lead when he jacked a three-run homer in the first.

Doug Deeds (1/5, 3B) tripled while Esteban German (2/3) and Brian Barden (2/4) singled twice. Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-2 with three walks.

Player of the Game: 1B Chad Tracy
4 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 .275

AAA: Round Rock 2 – (@) Iowa 3 (7 innings)
L - Eppley (1-1)
HR - Tracy (12)
35-27, 0.5 GB

Express cleanup hitter Chad Tracy (.279/.364/.518) gave his club an early lead with a three-run homer in Thursday's game––the contest that was just completed on Saturday night.

Then, in the first inning of Saturday's regularly scheduled game, Tracy launched a two-run homer to put his team on top. Unfortunately, that was the last time Round Rock would score in the seven innings.

Tracy went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer in the game.

Neil Ramirez (3.49 ERA/.230 BAA) has battled with his command at times lately, and he threw nearly as many balls (45) as strikes (47) in the start. Ramirez limited the overall damage to just two runs in 4.1 innings, though he allowed five hits, walked four, and plunked one. He also struck out four.

Aside from Tracy, right fielder Joey Butler (1/2) had Round Rock's only other hit. Butler is now batting .328 in Triple-A.

Hard-throwing righty Ryan Tucker got out of Ramirez's jam by getting the final two outs of the fifth before working a shutout sixth.

Tucker then turned it over to Cody Eppley, who surrendered the walkoff victory to Iowa. After allowing a leadoff double, Eppley uncorked a wild pitch that sent the runner to third. He then intentionally walked the next two batters before surrendering a game-winning single to center.

The box score shows that Eppley threw only four of his 16 pitches for strikes, but it's a little skewed by his eight consecutive balls on the intentional walks.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
3 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 .279

AA: Frisco 8 – San Antonio 9
L - Castillo (1-3)
HR - Mendonca (13)
33-27, 8.0 GB

The Missions and RoughRiders played a back-and-forth game the entire night. Frisco took a lead in the bottom of the seventh before San Antonio came back with two in the ninth to win it.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.297/.342/.550) launched the three-run homer in the seventh that gave the RoughRiders a late lead. Overall, the 23-year-old was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and four RBI.

Jose Ruiz (2/4, 2B), Elio Sarmiento (1/4, 2B) and Engel Beltre (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Rehabbing starting pitcher Scott Feldman threw 56 pitches in his scheduled four-inning outing, allowing two runs on three hits. He fanned four without issuing a walk.

Left-hander Richard Bleier followed and gave up five runs in 3.1 innings. He also struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Closer Fabio Castillo, who had been lights-out of late, permitted two runs (one earned) in the ninth inning.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
5 1 2 1 1 4 0 1 .297

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – (@) Kinston 5
W - Boscan (1-2)
SV - Yan (5)
HR - DiFazio (3)
36-26, 4.0 GU

Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz has been excellent this season, posting a 2.01 ERA and losing just twice in his 11 starts. Both of those losses have come at the hands of the Pelicans.

The ultimate deciding run came on a Vin DiFazio (.224/.394/.412) solo home run in the top of the eighth. Overall, he was 3-for-4 with that homer and two RBI.

Even though the 25-year-old DiFazio isn't hitting for much average, he has 10 extra-base hits and 19 walks in 27 contests––giving him an OPS north of .800.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan was good enough to get the victory, working five innings and giving up four runs, two of which were earned. He walked one and struck out five.

The bullpen shut the Indians down for the remaining five innings.

Lefty Joe Ortiz held the opposition to one run in three innings while sidearming right-hander Johan Yan struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth, earning his fifth save.

In addition to his 2.17 ERA on the year, Yan has 33 strikeouts in 29 innings with Myrtle Beach.

Right fielder Jared Prince (.395/.435/.512 in June) extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. The Washington State product has been red-hot since batting .156 in 20 April games.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia singled twice, was caught stealing, and committed two errors. He already has 18 errors on the season at short.

Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger singled, walked, struck out twice, and stole his 21st base.

Player of the Game: C Vin DiFazio
4 1 3 0 1 2 0 1 .224

A: Hickory 8 – (@) Lexington 1
W - Jackson (1-1)
34-27, 3.0 GB

The Hickory offense made the most of its eight hits on Saturday, and the pitching staff tossed a two-hitter.

After starting pitcher Luke Jackson allowed a leadoff home run to Delino DeShields Jr., he gave up just an infield single in the remainder of his outing.

The Florida native earned his first professional victory, working five innings and giving up a run on two hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Relievers Joe Van Meter and Nick McBride kept Lexington scoreless and hitless for two innings apiece, finishing off the victory.

Second baseman Jonathan Roof (.226/.248/.328) broke the game wide open with his bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth, giving the Crawdads a 7-1 advantage. Roof has four doubles in his last five contests.

Jurickson Profar (1/5, 2B) added his 16th two-bagger.

Jake Skole (1/3, 2 BB), Alejandro Selen (3/5) and Kellin Deglan (2/3, BB) all reached base three times. Skole swiped his ninth base of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Luke Jackson
5.0 2 1 1 3 6 1 3.54

DSL: DSL Rangers 9 – (@) DSL Cubs2 11
L - Gil (0-2)
7-4, 0.5 GU

A rare slugfest broke out in the Dominican Summer League on Saturday, as the Rangers and Cubs2 combined for 20 runs on 28 hits. There were also 11 total errors committed between the two clubs.

While the Rangers logged plenty of hits and runs in the game, they still went just 4-for-20 with men scoring position and stranded 15 runners on base.

Talented second baseman Luis Marte raised his average to .297 with four singles in six at-bats. He also stole three bags, giving him four on the season.

Right fielder Anderson Jesus provided the power, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Shortstop Alberto Triunfel, who was 2-for-5, belted his second double.

DH Smerling Lantigua (3/6) had three knocks while third baseman Ramon Urias (2/5) singled twice. The 17-year-old Lantigua is hitting .378 through his first 10 professional games.

Catcher Fernando Vivili was 0-for-3, but he also drew a pair of walks.

The DSL Rangers' pitchers combined to issue nine walks in the game, but left-handed reliever Leonel Gil was particularly wild. In 1.1 innings, he gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits. Gil walked give and unleashed two wild pitches.

The loss of control was strange for Gil, who walked only seven in 36 innings with the DSL Rangers last summer.

Starer Jose Leclerc was knocked around for six runs (three earned) on six hits in 3.2 innings.

Ricardo Rodriguez was the most effective reliever of the afternoon. He tossed 2.1 shutout frames, walking one and fanning a pair.

Player of the Game: 2B Luis Marte
6 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 .297

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