Minor League Roundup - 6/15

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads moved into a tie for first place on Wednesday even though they didn't play a game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – (@) Nashville 3 (10 innings)
W - Eppley (2-1)
HR - Barden (5), Cash (3)
37-29, 0.0 GU

The Express and Sounds went 10 innings for the second consecutive night, but this time it was Round Rock picking up the one-run victory.

Both teams played scoreless ball into the sixth inning, and Round Rock starter Seth McClung (4.97 ERA/.289 BAA) retired 10 of the game's first 12 batters, facing only one over the minimum to that point.

McClung threw 99 pitches in 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out one.

Right fielder Joey Butler (.340/.387/.533) extended his hitting streak to 16 games by going 2-for-4 with two doubles. He now has six doubles and a homer in his last six contests.

Chris Davis––who played in left field––was having a rough night until he brought home the winning run with a single in the top of the 10th. He was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Wednesday's contest marked just the fifth game in which Davis has played left field since his debut with short-season Spokane in 2006. Davis played four consecutive games in left for Triple-A Oklahoma City in August last year.

Kevin Cash (1/4, HR) and Brian Barden (1/4, HR) both hit solo home runs off Nashville starter and former Rangers prospect Sam Narron.

Luis Cruz (1/4, 2B) doubled while Julio Borbon (2/5) singled twice and stole his ninth base in 10 attempts.

Lefty reliever Zach Phillips tossed a scoreless frame, throwing seven of his 10 pitches for strikes. Cody Eppley picked up the victory after he fanned four in 1.2 hitless, scoreless innings. Eppley walked two, though one was intentional.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
4 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 .340

AA: Frisco 14 – (@) Midland 7
W - Erlin (3-0)
36-28, 9.0 GB

On a 109 degree night in Midland, the RoughRiders' offense stayed––wait for it––scorching hot.

Frisco plated 10 runs for the third consecutive night, and they combined for 54 hits in the final three games of their series against the RockHounds.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.329/.378/.583) was a key contributer in all the games, and he went 3-for-4 with a triple, two walks, and three RBI on Wednesday.

In his last six games, Mendonca is 18-for-27 with five doubles, a triple, a homer, and 13 RBI. He has also drawn two free passes in each of the last two nights, giving him 16 on the season.

Right fielder Jonathan Greene (.317/.392/.498) has been nearly as hot. He was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI on Wednesday, making him 9-for-14 with a walk over the last three games.

Left-hander Robbie Erlin didn't have a banner night, but the support––which included 10 Frisco runs through four innings––was plenty to give him the victory.

Erlin threw 96 pitches (61 strikes) in five innings. The 20-year-old surrendered six runs on 10 hits––including back-to-back homers at one point––while walking two and striking out five.

Guilder Rodriguez (3/5, 2B) and Jose Felix (2/5, 2B) both hit their seventh double of the season.

Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2 BB), Renny Osuna (2/6) and Jose Ruiz (2/6) all singled twice.

Mike Bianucci, who was 0-for-5, was the only hitless RoughRider, although he brought home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Frisco certainly crushed the ball on Wednesday, but they were also helped out by five Midland errors. Four of the miscues came from shortstop Grant Green, who is arguably the A's top prospect.

Green is regarded as a player with an advanced bat, though he has some issues defensively. The Southern Cal product has now committed 18 errors on the season.

Relievers Ben Snyder (1.1 IP) and Fabio Castillo (1 IP) closed out the game with scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
4 2 3 0 0 3 2 0 .329

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – (@) Potomac 5 (10 innings)
L - Hurley (0-3)
37-29, 1.5 GU

After Wednesday's extra-innings defeat, the Pelicans return home clinging to a 1.5-game lead with four games remaining in the first half. They won't be an easy four games, as they'll face the Frederick Keys––the club with the Carolina League's best record at 41-25.

Robbie Ross (2.87 ERA/.244 BAA) worked in and out of jams early on, but he began his outing with four scoreless innings. Things got out of hand in the fifth, though, and the southpaw ended up yielding four runs in five innings. He gave up eight hits, walked one, and struck out four.

The Pelicans faced rehabbing big leaguer Chad Gaudin for one inning. The veteran righty retired Leury Garcia, Mitch Hilligoss, and Ryan Strausborger in order, getting two groundouts and a popout.

Strausborger (.303/.362/.485) still had an excellent day at the plate, extending his hitting streak to 15 games and his on-base streak to 26 games. He was 3-for-5 with his league-leading seventh triple and three runs batted in.

The 23-year-old Strausborger is one of just three players in the Carolina League with a .300 batting average right now.

DH Jared Bolden (2/3, 2B, BB) and 1B Chris McGuiness (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Sinkerballing reliever Kenny Gomez (2.25 ERA/.254 BAA) worked around three singles and a free pass in two shutout innings. He struck out four.

Trevor Hurley kept the P-Nats off the board in the eighth and ninth innings, but he coughed up a walkoff home run to former Kansas State teammate Justin Bloxom to lead off the 10th inning.

Player of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger
5 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 .303

A: Hickory – (@) Asheville – Canceled (Rain)
37-27, 0.0 GU

Wednesday's series finale at Asheville was canceled due to rain. With only four games remaining in the Sally League's first half, it won't be made up.

After Greensboro lost and Hagerstown was swept in a doubleheader on Wednesday, the Crawdads are now tied with Greensboro for first place in the Northern Division. Hagerstown is one-half game back. Hickory began this month placing sixth in the seven-team division, sitting 4.5 games out.

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – (@) DSL Marlins 4
W - Nunez (1-0)
SV - A. Leclerc (2)
9-5, 0.5 GB

The Dominican Rangers came storming back with five runs in their final two at-bats to pick up the victory over the Marlins on Wednesday morning.

Speedy leadoff hitter Chris Garia had perhaps the best game of his career, as he was 4-for-5 with a double and his fourth stolen base. The switch-hitter raised his average to .275.

Shortstop Alberto Triunfel (1/4, 2B) and centerfielder Anderson Jesus (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Ramon Urias (1/4), Diego Cedeno (1/4), and Alex Gonzalez (1/1) had the team's only other hits.

Left-handed starting pitcher Aliangel Lopez (0.00 ERA/.111 BAA in 11 innings) began the game with four innings of no-hit, shutout ball. He walked two and struck out four.

The 17-year-old Lopez, who hails from Venezuela, has tossed 11 shutout innings to begin his professional career. He has allowed four hits, walked seven, and fanned 11.

After reliever Ricardo Rodriguez carried the no-hitter through five innings, he was battered in the sixth. The righty permitted three runs on five hits while recording just two outs in that frame.

Player of the Game: RF Chris Garia
5 2 4 1 0 1 0 0 .275

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