Minor League Roundup - 6/28

The Round Rock Express belted three consecutive home runs in the first inning on Tuesday, and they continued to sock the ball throughout the game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 12 – Oklahoma City 4
W - Tomko (4-3)
HR - Davis (18, 19), Barden (7), German (5, 6)
45-34, 3.0 GU

The Express wasted no time showing their power on Tuesday, as they belted back-to-back-to-back homers with two outs in the first inning.

The consecutive round-trippers came from Chris Davis, Brian Barden, and Esteban German.

Davis (.374/.421/.878) went 3-for-5 in the game with two more homers and four RBI. He now has 17 round-trippers in 23 games at Dell Diamond this season and 52 RBI in 33 total Triple-A contests.

German (.299/.377/.443) had an even better game, going 4-for-5 with a double, two long balls, and five RBI. He also stole his 18th base in 20 attempts.

Barden (.360/.405/.557), who batted cleanup, was 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and a walk.

Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez (3.80 ERA/.233 BAA) worked two shutout innings. It was a scheduled short appearance because the club had a number of pitchers that needed work. The 22-year-old gave up one hit, walked two, and struck out two.

Rehabbing sidearmer Darren O'Day threw 15 of his 20 pitches for strikes in 1.1 innings. He kept the RedHawks off the board while yielding a hit and striking out two.

Shortstop Omar Quintanilla reached base four times, getting a single, a double, and walking twice. Matt Kata (1/4, 2B) also doubled while Julio Borbon (2/6) and Brad Nelson (2/5) had two singles apiece.

Former Rangers farmhand and current OKC catcher Emerson Frostad finished the game for the RedHawks by pitching two-thirds of an inning. He induced two fly ball outs to the only hitters he faced.

Player of the Game: 2B Esteban German
5 2 4 1 2 5 0 0 .299

AA: Frisco – All-Star break
2-4, 2.0 GB

The Texas League began its All-Star break on Tuesday. A number of RoughRiders will participate in the circuit's All-Star Game in San Antonio on Wednesday evening, and Frisco will return to action against Springfield on Thursday.

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – (@) Salem 7
L - Boscan (2-4)
4-2, 1.0 GB

The Pelicans had an all-around forgettable game on Tuesday afternoon. They lost 7-0, were held to only four hits, and committed three errors.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan began the game with four shutout innings, but the wheels fell off in the fifth when Myrtle Beach had a three-error frame.

Overall, the Venezuela native gave up four runs (just one earned) in five-plus innings. He surrendered five hits and walked four without getting a strikeout.

DH David Paisano (1/4, 2B) hit his second double with Myrtle Beach. Jared Prince was 1-for-2 and got hit by a pitch twice. Ryan Strausborger posted the exact same line.

Catcher Zach Zaneski (1/3, BB) also singled.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Prince
2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275

A: Hickory – (@) Kannapolis – PPD (Rain)
3-2, 0.5 GB

Tuesday's game in Kannapolis was postponed due to rain. The Crawdads and Intimidators will play a doubleheader on Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:05 p.m. local time.

SSA: Spokane 5 – Yakima 7
L - Payano (0-1)
6-6, 2.0 GB

The young Spokane Indians dropped their fourth consecutive game on Tuesday evening. Starter Victor Payano went three innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits, including three homers. He walked two and fanned four.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro had an overall rough night at the office. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout offensively and committed three errors behind the plate. Two of the errors were catcher interference, and one was a throw.

Leadoff man Hirotoshi Onaka (2/5, 2 3B) tripled twice in five trips while Trever Adams (3/4, 2B) singled twice and doubled once.

Nick Vickerson (1/5, 2B) also doubled.

Third baseman Drew Robinson, who was promoted from the rookie-level Arizona League earlier in the day, batted third and singled once in five at-bats.

Player of the Game: CF Hirotoshi Onaka
5 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .167

RK: AZL Rangers 7 – AZL Padres 2
W - A. de los Santos (1-0)
6-1, 3.0 GU

Surprise Rangers starting pitcher Abel de los Santos picked up his first state-side victory on Tuesday, as he tossed a career-high five innings. The righty held the Padres to a run on three hits, striking out six without issuing a walk. He finished the outing by retiring 12 of 13 hitters.

Second baseman Luis Mendez, an 18-year-old switch-hitter who played last season in the Dominican Summer League, was 3-for-4 with a double and a base on balls.

Kevin Torres (2/5, 2B) and Jordan Akins (1/4, 2B) also doubled. Through seven games, the 19-year-old Akins is 8-for-31 (.258) with five doubles and a triple.

Corner infielders Matt Leeds (2/5) and Jimmy Swift (2/4) both singled twice.

Tall left-hander Kevin Johnson followed de los Santos with three frames of one-run ball, scattering five hits and striking out three.

Steven McKinnon worked around a pair of hits while fanning two in a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Abel de los Santos
5.0 3 1 1 0 6 0 3.38

DSL: DSL Rangers 9 – (@) DSL Cubs2 16
L - Beltre (0-1)
16-9, 0.0 GU

The Rangers gave up a 12-spot in the first inning and, well––that was pretty much the end of the game record-wise. But the offense still inflected some damage, scoring nine runs on 18 hits.

Seventeen of the Dominican Rangers' 18 hits were singles. The only extra-base hit came from Mexico native and outfielder Jose Gonzalez, who batted third and went 3-for-5 with a double.

Second baseman Alex Gonzalez (3/5) had three singles while Gabriel Larrazabal (2/5), Aneudy Feliz (2/3, BB), Odwaldo Pirela (2/3, 2 BB) and Diego Cedeno (2/4, BB) all singled twice.

Designated hitter Esdras Abreu (.182/.289/.303) went 1-for-5 with four punchouts. The 19-year-old outfielder signed for a reported $550,000 in the summer of 2008, but things haven't panned out for him. After attending fall instructional league in Arizona that same year, he hasn't seen the U.S. since. Abreu has struggled in each of his three Dominican Summer League campaigns.

Pitchers Dario Beltre and Luis Morel combined to surrender the 12 first-inning runs, and they got just one out apiece.

Tall left-hander Geuris Grullon was the only Rangers pitcher that didn't allow a run on Tuesday. He worked around two hits in a scoreless sixth inning.

Player of the Game: RF-CF Jose Gonzalez
5 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 .333

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