Minor League Roundup - 6/22

The Spokane Indians won their fifth consecutive game on Wednesday, but not before they had to endure a 16-inning marathon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock – (@) New Orleans – Suspended (Rain)
40-31, 1.0 GB

For the second day in a row, the Express and Zephyrs were suspended due to rain in Metairie, La. The game was suspended in the bottom of the second inning.

Before it was called, a pair of rehabbers pitched for Round Rock. Sidearming reliever Darren O'Day threw 16 strikes in a scoreless first inning, walking one and striking out one. Tommy Hunter, who was working a scheduled one-inning relief appearance, coughed up three runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning before the game was suspended.

The two clubs will finish Tuesday's game on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. before playing the regularly scheduled game. They'll now do the same on Friday.

AA: Frisco 1 – Midland 3
L - Perez (4-2)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Although the All-Star break isn't until next week, the Texas League kicked off its second-half schedule on Wednesday evening.

It was a rough night for Frisco, as the ‘Riders were held to only one hit––a Jonathan Greene single to lead off the fifth inning.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca, who was 0-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by pitch, drove in Frisco's only run of the game with an RBI groundout. He had his hitting streak snapped at 13 games.

Left-hander Martin Perez (3.28 ERA/.252 BAA) turned in an overall solid effort despite getting stuck with the loss. The 20-year-old prospect threw 99 pitches over six innings, yielding three runs––two of which were earned––on three hits. He struck out five while walking two.

Perez is having an intriguing month. He entered June having yielded just one home run all season but has surrendered five in 28.2 innings this month. However, he has walked only seven––by far his lowest total.

Tyler Tufts (1 IP), Tanner Scheppers (0.2 IP) and Corey Young (1.1 IP) all worked hitless, scoreless relief ball.

Scheppers' second outing wasn't as smooth as his first, though. The fireballing prospect threw just 12 of his 28 pitches for strikes. While he fanned two, he also issued two walks and plunked a batter.

Midland pitching retired the final 12 batters of the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
6.0 3 3 2 2 5 1 3.28

A+: Myrtle Beach – All-Star break
0-0, GU

The first-half division champion Pelicans return to action against the Potomac Nationals on Thursday evening.

A: Hickory – All-Star break
0-0, GU

The Hickory Crawdads, also first-half division champions, begin a four-game series against the West Virginia Power on Thursday.

SSA: Spokane 9 – (@) Yakima 5 (16 innings)
W - J. Grullon (3-0)
HR - Odor (1)
5-1, 2.0 GU

Spokane has five wins on the season, and after Wednesday's 16-inning marathon, lefty reliever Juan Grullon has been credited with three of them.

Leadoff hitter and second baseman Rougned Odor socked a two-run homer in the top of the 16th, giving the Indians a two-run lead. They tacked on two more runs of the inning with the help of doubles from Hanser Alberto and Zach Cone. The last two runs of the frame came off infielder Jimmy Comerota, who had entered the game on the mound.

Odor was 3-for-8 with that homer––the first of his professional career–-and two stolen bases on the night. Alberto (1/2, 2B) and Cone (3/8, 2 2B) also had solid efforts.

Starting pitcher David Perez pitched well, but he ended up exiting the game 13 frames before it ended. The 18-year-old worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He fanned six without issuing a walk.

Third baseman Nick Vickerson went 3-for-8 with two doubles and a triple. DH Guillermo Pimentel was 2-for-7 with his first double.

In any 16-inning game, you're going to get at least a couple ugly batting lines. That was the case for left fielder Ruben Sierra, who singled once but struck out seven––yes, seven––times in the game. While he is 8-for-26 with three doubles, he has also fanned 12 times without drawing a walk.

Yakima centerfielder Justin Hilt wasn't far behind Sierra's pace, going 0-for-7 with six punchouts.

The bullpen trio of Matt West (2 IP), Chris Hanna (4 IP) and Juan Grullon (3 IP) held the Bears scoreless through the game's final nine innings.

West struck out four in his two innings, Hanna fanned four while giving up one hit in four frames, and Grullon struck out three in three innings.

Player of the Game: 2B Rougned Odor
8 1 3 0 1 2 0 1 .333

RK: AZL Rangers 5 – (@) AZL Dodgers 6
L - Haase (0-1)
HR - Torres (1)
1-1, 0.0 GU

The Rookie Rangers scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 5-2 lead. But the AZL Dodgers came storming back with a four-run output in the bottom of the frame for the walkoff victory.

Perhaps the biggest news of the night was the presence of Luis Sardinas, who started at shortstop and batted second. Though he was 0-for-3 with a throwing error, the 18-year-old prospect was playing in his first official game since undergoing shoulder surgery during fall instructional league last October.

Starting pitcher Shawn Blackwell gave his club five strong innings, surrendering one run while scattering five hits. He induced nine groundouts against one flyout and fanned two without issuing a walk.

Toolsy leadoff hitter and centerfielder Jordan Akins was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. He also struck out twice.

Catcher Kevin Torres, who entered in the sixth inning, went 2-for-2 with a solo home run.

Matt Leeds (2/5) and Nick Urbanus (2/4) had two singles apiece.

Making his professional debut, right-hander Nick Martinez allowed an unearned run in two innings of relief. The Fordham product was mostly a middle infielder in college, although he got a little time on the mound. He is becoming a full-time pitcher with the Rangers.

Paul Strong punched out a pair in a perfect eighth inning.

Sinkerballing righty Anthony Haase coughed up the lead in the ninth, as he recorded only one out while the Dodgers tagged him for four runs.

Player of the Game: RHP Shawn Blackwell
5.0 5 1 1 0 2 0 1.80

DSL: DSL Rangers 5 – (@) DSL Nationals 0
W - Lopez (1-0)
13-6, 0.5 GU

Dominican Summer League stats and results are far from being the end-all, be-all of prospect analysis. But through four professional starts, 17-year-old southpaw Aliangel Lopez is certainly doing his most to be noticed.

Before Lopez went to work, the DSL Rangers' offense batted around in the top of the first inning, scoring all five of the game's runs. And then Lopez and his teammates carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. They gave up one total hit (a double) and faced two batters over the minimum for the game.

Lopez, a native of Venezuela, hurled five innings of no-hit ball, walking two and striking out five. He has yet to yield a run in his first 16 professional innings, giving up four hits, walking nine, and striking out 16.

Luis Moreno (2 IP), Nerfy Nunez (1 IP) and Dennys Montero (1 IP) teamed up to keep the Nats off the board for the final four innings.

Right fielder Anderson Jesus, who was 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls, had the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the afternoon.

Chris Garia (1/3, BB, HBP), Christefer Obispo (0/2, 2 BB) and Oswaldo Pirela (2/4) also reached multiple times.

A speedy switch-hitter, the 18-year-old Garia has 12 walks and 13 strikeouts in his first 17 games this season.

Player of the Game: LHP Aliangel Lopez
5.0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0.00

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