Minor League Roundup - 7/5

A trio of former first-round picks––Luke Jackson, Jake Skole, and Kellin Deglan––had interesting performances for Single-A Hickory on Tuesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – (@) Albuquerque 13
L - Feldman (2-1)
HR - Kata (5)
50-35, 6.0 GU

The Isotopes blew by the Express in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings on Tuesday, scoring nine runs in the three frames.

Starting pitcher Scott Feldman (4.29 ERA/.277 BAA) settled down after a rough first inning to retire 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced. But he scuffled once again in the fifth, giving up three more runs, including back-to-back solo homers from Jerry Sands and John Lindsey.

In the end, Feldman yielded six runs on seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out five. He threw 110 pitches, including 67 strikes.

Recently optioned left-hander Michael Kirkman coughed up six runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings of work, striking out three. Kirkman was ejected from the game after he was called for a balk in the middle of a long seventh inning.

The 24-year-old Kirkman was named PCL Pitcher of the Year in 2010 after he went 13-3 with a 3.09 earned-run average and 130 strikeouts in 131 innings. This year in the PCL, Kirkman has a 6.52 ERA with 60 hits allowed in 38.2 frames.

While the Round Rock offense didn't do much on Tuesday, second baseman Matt Kata (.275/.354/.407) shined by going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and three RBI. The veteran utility man now has 10-game hitting streak.

Third baseman Esteban German singled, walked, and stole two bases. He has 20 swipes in 23 attempts this season.

Catcher Kevin Cash went 2-for-4, raising his average to .216.

Player of the Game: 2B Matt Kata
4 1 3 1 1 3 0 0 .275

AA: Frisco 3 – Arkansas 8
L - Snyder (6-2)
HR - Bianucci (18)
6-6, 3.0 GB

Frisco starter Ben Snyder began his outing with two clean innings, but he struggled over the next three frames. The southpaw surrendered six runs on nine hits (including two homers) in 4.2 innings of work. He fanned five and walked two.

Sinkerballing lefty Richard Bleier followed Snyder and allowed two runs on six hits in 3.1 frames. Tyler Tufts (1.78 ERA/.259 BAA) fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth, throwing 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes.

The 24-year-old Tufts hasn't allowed a run in his last six appearances, spanning 7.2 innings. He has also walked only three while punching out 29 in 30.1 Double-A frames this year.

Left fielder Mike Bianucci (.266/.321/.497) provided some of Frisco's only offense with a two-run homer in the first inning. It would be his lone hit in four trips.

Renny Osuna (2/4) and Jonathan Greene (2/4) had two singles apiece.

DH Davis Stoneburner (0/4, 3 K) and third baseman Tommy Mendonca (0/4, 3 K) both went hitless and took home a hat trick. While Mendonca is hitting .323 on the season, he has also whiffed 87 times in 72 contests.

Leonys Martin got the day off.

Player of the Game: LF Mike Bianucci
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 2 .266

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – (@) Lynchburg 4
W - Loux (8-3)
SV - Yan (9)
6-7, 2.5 GB

Barret Loux' (3.20 ERA/.242 BAA) night was summed up by his first-inning performance. After allowing two singles to leadoff the game, he recorded three consecutive swinging strikes to get out of the jam.

Loux ended up scattering nine hits over five innings but limited the damage to just two runs. He walked one and fanned five. The 22-year-old has the following line in his last six starts with the Pelicans––34 ip, 36 h, 8 bb, 41 k for a 2.38 ERA.

DH David Paisano hasn't shown much punch with the bat since coming down from Double-A Frisco, but he went 2-for-4 with two doubles on Tuesday.

Leury Garcia (3/5, 2B) and Jared Hoying (2/4, 2B) also added one two-bagger apiece.

Jared Prince was 2-for-4, which raised his batting average to .277. He also walked.

The only Myrtle Beach starter that didn't reach base safely was first baseman Chris McGuiness, who went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The 23-year-old former Red Sox farmhand is hitting just .214/.328/.286 in 45 games this year.

Joe Ortiz worked a perfect inning out of the bullpen. Trevor Hurley (2 IP) and Johan Yan (1 IP) both allowed one unearned run.

Player of the Game: DH David Paisano
4 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 .229

A: Hickory 5 – Delmarva 2
W - Rowen (1-2)
SV - Rodebaugh (14)
8-5, 0.0 GU

Right-hander Luke Jackson had an interesting start in Tuesday. He worked 3.2 innings, striking out seven and giving up just an unearned run on two hits. But he also walked six.

The 19-year-old prospect has had the occasional trouble with walks since being assigned to Hickory in late-May. He has walked 23 while fanning 49 in 37.1 innings.

The trio of Crawdads relievers that entered after Jackson worked 5.1 innings of walkless ball.

Sidearmer Ben Rowen picked up the win after he yielded one run and scattered five hits in 2.1 innings. Jorge Marban (2 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) worked shutout ball. Rodebaugh struck out the side in his inning, lowering his ERA to 0.41.

DH Jake Skole went 3-for-4 with two doubles, giving him nine all the season. Third baseman Alejandro Selen (1/4, 2B) also doubled while catcher Kellin Deglan (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked once. Deglan had a rough night behind the plate with two throwing errors and three passed balls.

Player of the Game: DH Jake Skole
4 2 3 2 0 1 0 1 .265

SSA: Spokane 10 – Tri-City 7
W - Grullon (5-0)
11-8, 0.0 GU

Although the Indians gave up seven runs as a whole on Tuesday, Richard Alvarez pitched perhaps the best game of his young career.

The 18-year-old Venezuelan allowed a solo home run to the second batter he faced. Then after a two-out walk in the first inning, Alvarez went on to retire 13 of the final 14 hitters he faced. Overall, he allowed one run on one hit in five frames, walking two and striking out five.

Lefty reliever Juan Grullon improved to 5-0 on the season despite allowing five runs in 2.1 innings.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro (.286/.340/.469) was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Through his first 12 games at Spokane, Alfaro is 14-for-49 with a double, a triple, two homers, two walks, and 11 strikeouts.

Brett Nicholas went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Guillermo Pimentel (3/4) singled three times in four trips, raising his average to .391.

Leadoff man Hirotoshi Onaka was 0-for-2 but walked twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Richard Alvarez
5.0 1 1 1 2 5 1 8.59

RK: AZL Rangers 1 – (@) AZL Indians 3 (Suspended – Dust storm)
8-4, 0.5 GB

Tuesday's game between the AZL Rangers and AZL Indians in Goodyear was suspended in the top of the fifth––just one out away from being an official game––due to a large dust and thunderstorm.

Before the game was suspended, left-hander Luis Parra got the start and yielded two runs in 2.1 innings. Though he allowed only one hit and fanned two, he also walked three.

Tall right-hander K.C. Wiser, making his pro debut, struggled with control. The 22-year-old got one out (a strikeout) but yielded a run on two walks and a hit.

Shortstop Nick Urbanus, who was 1-for-2 with a walk, singled for the club's only hit before the game was called. Second baseman Luis Mendez walked and stole two bases.

DSL: DSL Rangers – DSL Phillies – PPD (Rain)
20-9, 1.5 GU

For the second consecutive day, the Dominican Rangers' game was called due to rain.

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