Minor League Roundup - 7/4

Frisco left-hander Robbie Erlin turned in another strong performance, giving up just one unearned run over six innings on Monday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 13 – (@) Albuquerque 10
W - Delcarmen (3-2)
SV - Eppley (7)
HR - Davis (20), Tracy (18), Butler (5)
50-34, 7.0 GU

The Express got the full Albuquerque experience on Monday, playing a game that included 23 total runs and 36 hits, including 14 extra-base knocks.

Shortstop Omar Quintanilla set a Round Rock franchise record with six hits in the contest. The University of Texas product was a perfect 6-for-6 with a double, four RBI, and a stolen base––bringing his batting average up to .306.

Cleanup hitter Chad Tracy had two doubles and a homer in five official at-bats. He was also hit by a pitch.

Chris Davis (3/6, 2B, HR) and Joey Butler (1/5, HR) joined Davis in going yard.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon bumped his Triple-A average to .291 by going 4-for-5 with his ninth double. Catcher Kevin Cash (3/5, 2B) added a two-bagger of his own.

Round Rock starter Brett Tomko was knocked around for seven runs on seven hits (including two homers) in five innings, walking four and striking out three.

Reliever Manny Delcarmen picked up the victory despite yielding three runs in two frames.

Cody Eppley (1.95 ERA/.214 BAA) ended the madness with a pair of scoreless innings, working around a hit and a walk.

Player of the Game: SS Omar Quintanilla
6 3 6 1 0 4 0 0 .306

AA: Frisco 6 – Arkansas 3
W - Erlin (5-0)
SV - Miller (6)
HR - Mendonca (16)
6-5, 2.0 GB

Left-hander Robbie Erlin (4.10 ERA/.267 BAA), who is still only 20 years of age, improved to 5-0 in the Texas League on Monday. Erlin allowed only an unearned run in six innings, scattering five hits and fanning six without issuing a walk. Erlin threw 59 of his 79 pitches for strikes.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer––his 16th of the season––and a base on balls.

Jose Ruiz (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice and Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) added a two-bagger of his own in four trips.

Catcher Elio Sarmiento went 2-for-3 with his third triple and a walk.

Renny Osuna (3/5), Engel Beltre (2/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) all had multiple singles.

Overall, the RoughRiders peppered the Arkansas pitching staff for 15 hits in the game.

Hard-throwing righty Tanner Scheppers allowed two runs (one earned) in two innings of relief work, giving up four hits. He struck out one.

Justin Miller tossed a blank ninth, working around a walk and dropping his earned-run average to 2.30.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
6.0 5 1 0 0 6 0 4.10

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Lynchburg 4
L - Grimm (2-2)
5-7, 3.0 GB

The Pelicans and Hillcats played a game that lasted only two hours and fifteen minutes on Monday evening. Myrtle Beach starter Justin Grimm worked seven innings, scattering four runs on nine hits. He fanned eight while walking only one.

Grimm (3.40 ERA/.259 BAA) has pitched 42.1 innings in High-A ball, striking out 34 and walking 16. He has yet to surrender a home run with Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach's offense scattered seven singles and one double through the game. Second baseman Santiago Chirino's (1/4, 2B) eighth double of the season was the lone extra-base knock.

Left fielder Travis Adair, who moved back into the three-hole, singled twice in four trips.

Another hitless day dropped centerfielder Ryan Strausborger's average to .284 on the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Justin Grimm
7.0 9 4 4 1 8 0 3.40

A: Hickory 9 – Delmarva 2
W - Tepesch (4-3)
SV - Henry (1)
7-5, 0.0 GU

The Crawdads got an excellent all-around performance on Monday night. Starting pitcher Nick Tepesch (3.28 ERA/.263 BAA) worked his way in and out of trouble. The 22-year-old scattered eight hits and a walk over six innings, giving up two runs. He struck out two.

Righty reliever Ben Henry (1.90 ERA/.165 BAA) then shut down the Shorebirds' offense for three innings. The 6-foot-4 hurler tossed three frames of no-hit, scoreless ball, fanning three and walking one.

Henry, 22, has the following line in his last five appearances––7.1 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 10 k.

Catcher Kellin Deglan continued to heat up by belting two doubles and walking once in four plate appearances. Odubel Herrera (2/4, 2B), Christian Villanueva (1/4, 2B) and Josh Richmond (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Leadoff man Jurickson Profar logged two singles and two walks in five plate appearances. He also stole his 10th base.

Player of the Game: C Kellin Deglan
3 3 2 2 0 0 1 0 .238

SSA: Spokane 6 – Tri-City 4
W - S. Perez (3-0)
SV - Hanna (1)
HR - Alfaro (2)
10-8, 0.0 GU

Tall righty Santo Perez picked up his third victory of the young short season on Monday, although he was knocked around a little more than in previous outings. He allowed four runs in five innings, giving up eight hits. Perez also fanned three without a walk.

Reliever Chris Hanna, who has been excellent at times and poor at others early on, slammed the door shut with four frames of one-hit, shutout relief. He struck out four.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro launched his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Drew Robinson (1/3, 2B, BB) and Guillermo Pimentel (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Left fielder Braxton Lane went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts and his third stolen base. Through nine games, the 20-year-old speedster is 10-for-32 (.313) with two doubles, a triple, two walks, and 14 strikeouts.

Player of the Game: LHP Chris Hanna
3.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 4.80

RK: AZL Rangers 1 – AZL Angels 2
L - Mavare (0-1)
8-4, 0.0 GU

The Surprise Rangers' collection of five pitchers were all strong on Monday, but the offense wasn't able to get much going at all.

First baseman Kevin Torres, who went 3-for-4 and raised his average to .385, had half of the club's hits. Ryan Rua (1/4, 2B) doubled while Jordan Akins (1/3) and Guy Edmonds (1/3) both singled.

DH Matt Leeds (0/3) and left fielder Jeremy Williams (0/4) both fanned three times.

Right-hander Taylor Dennis started the game and permitted a run on three hits in three innings. He fanned four without walking a batter.

All five of the pitchers threw strikes consistently––they combined to punch out 11 and didn't have a walk.

Hurlers Andrew Faulkner, Jared Eickhoff, and Kyle DeVore all tossed a 1-2-3 inning apiece in making their professional debut.

Righty Arlett Mavare was the hard-luck loser. Although he yielded just a run on one hit in three innings––while striking out six––he allowed the deciding run.

Player of the Game: RHP Arlett Mavare
3.0 1 1 1 0 6 0 0.75

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF
20-9, 1.5 GU

The Rangers and Mets1 were postponed due to rain on Monday afternoon.

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