Minor League Roundup - 7/7

The rookie-level Surprise Rangers slugged their way to a 21-1 victory over the AZL Padres on Thursday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 6 – Memphis 4
W - Hurley (2-0)
SV - Strop (5)
51-36, 5.0 GU

Right-hander Eric Hurley worked his strongest outing since returning from the disabled list. The 25-year-old threw 81 pitches over six innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while walking and striking out three. The two runs came on back-to-back homers to lead off the second inning.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon (.297/.377/.438) stayed red-hot, going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases. Over his last 10 games, the speedster is 18-for-42 (.429) with two doubles, three triples, six walks, and five strikeouts.

Esteban German also stole two bases, giving him 22 on the season. He notched three singles and walked once in five plate appearances.

Cleanup man and first baseman Chris Tracy doubled twice in five trips, giving him 20 on the season.

Corner infielders Brad Nelson (2/4) and Joey Butler (2/4) both singled twice. Catcher Taylor Teagarden, in his return to Triple-A, went 1-for-4 with two punchouts.

Zach Phillips (4.43 ERA/.282 BAA) fanned two in a scoreless innings. After a rough start to the season, the southpaw reliever has yielded only four runs in 15.2 innings during June and July.

Fireballing righty Pedro Strop closed it out with a scoreless frame, throwing nine of his 13 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: CF Julio Borbon
4 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 .297

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Springfield 3
L - Pimentel (3-6)
6-7, 3.0 GB

Frisco starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (4.91 ERA/.277 BAA) worked scoreless ball through four innings before scuffling in the fifth. The 6-foot-3 hurler worked 4.1 innings and allowed three runs, all of which came in the fifth. He gave up five hits, and walked five while fanning three. Pimentel threw just 42 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

The RoughRiders did a decent job of working Shelby Miller's pitch count up to 83 in 4.2 innings, but he allowed just one run on four hits.

Centerfielder Leonys Martin (.339/.421/.560) was the only Frisco hitter to have much success on Thursday, as he was 2-for-4 with his eighth double and 24th RBI in 28 games.

Corner infielders Tom Mendonca (1/3, BB) and Jose Ruiz (1/3, BB) both singled and walked once.

Top prospect Martin Perez worked a scoreless inning of relief on 13 pitches (11 strikes), working around a double and getting a strikeout. Perez was working in relief because he is scheduled to pitch in Sunday's MLB All-Star Futures Game.

Jake Brigham (5.53 ERA/.262 BAA) finished it off with his best outing since moving to the bullpen. Brigham threw just 11 pitches (eight strikes) in two shutout innings. He allowed one hit.

Player of the Game: CF Leonys Martin
4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .339

A+: Myrtle Beach 8 – (@) Winston-Salem 2
W - de los Santos (1-1)
7-8, 3.0 GB

The Pelicans zoomed out to a 7-0 lead through three innings on Thursday and didn't look back.

Miguel de los Santos limited Winston-Salem to two hits and three walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out eight and allowed only one runner to advance past first base in the five frames.

In 42 innings this season––most of which have come at Double-A Frisco and High-A Myrtle Beach––de los Santos has permitted 38 hits while walking 24 and striking out 62.

Jared Prince (2/5, 2B), Ryan Strausborger (1/5, 2B), Santiago Chirino (1/4, 2B) and Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Mitch Hilligoss, Travis Adair, and Jared Hoying all singled and walked. Hilligoss was also hit by a pitch.

Lefty reliever Chad Bell has been near perfect lately, but he did scuffle a bit on Thursday. Bell gave up two runs in two innings, coming on a two-run homer in the seventh. He walked three.

Kasey Kiker worked around two walks while fanning two in a blank eighth inning. Sinkerballer Zach Osborne closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel de los Santos
5.0 2 0 0 3 8 0 3.27

A: Hickory – Lexington – PPD (Rain)
8-6, 0.5 GB

The Crawdads and Legends were postponed due to rain on Thursday. They'll play a doubleheader on Friday, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

SSA: Spokane 4 – Vancouver 3 (10 innings)
W - Hendricks (1-1)
HR - Cone (1)
12-9, 1.0 GB

Spokane took home the extra-inning victory on the always thrilling walkoff sacrifice fly.

David Perez (5.79 ERA/.229 BAA) got the game off to an excellent start, as he worked five innings of one-hit, shutout ball while walking three and fanning five.

The 18-year-old Perez now has 29 strikeouts in 18.2 innings with Spokane this season.

Former University of Miami lefty Sam Robinson kept the Indians ahead by yielding only an unearned run in three frames of long relief. He gave up two hits and fanned four without issuing a walk.

Three-hole hitting centerfielder Zach Cone (.281/.343/.453) had just one hit in the game, but it was his first professional home run––a solo shot in the fifth inning.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro raised his impressive early-season slash line to .315/.362/.500 after he went 3-for-5 with a double. Brett Nicholas (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Nick Vickerson (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) also added one two-bagger apiece.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto went 2-for-4 with the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th.

Vancouver knotted the game at three with a two-run homer off closer Matt West in the ninth inning. West allowed those two runs on two hits. He also struck out two.

Kyle Hendricks (2.25 ERA/.143 BAA) picked up his first professional victory with a perfect 10th that included a pair of strikeouts.

Player of the Game: RHP David Perez
5.0 1 0 0 3 5 0 5.79

RK: AZL Rangers 21 – AZL Padres 1
W - Claudio (2-0)
HR - Williams (1)
9-4, 0.5 GU

The Surprise Rangers beat the AZL Padres by a 21-1 score on Thursday evening. They out-hit their opponents 23-8.

The Rangers were 16-for-30 with runners in scoring position during the game, stranding 14 runners on base in the nine innings. Those are perhaps the most ridiculous stats from an overall ridiculous game.

Lost in the offensive dominance was the performance of starter Nick Martinez, who fanned seven batters in four shutout innings. The Fordham product gave up two hits and didn't walk a batter.

Martinez, the Rangers' 18th round pick in this year's MLB Draft, was primarily a second baseman in college but did get some work out of the Rams' bullpen this season.

In a night with plenty of strong offensive performances, right fielder Chris Grayson may have been the most impressive. He was a perfect 4-for-4 with a triple, five runs batted in, and three runs scored.

Left fielder Jeremy Williams had the game's only home run. He was 2-for-5 with a two-run bomb in the fifth inning.

Second baseman Nick Urbanus fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with his second double, his first triple, and his second stolen base.

Third baseman Ryan Rua singled five times and walked once in seven trips. Centerfielder Jordan Akins (3/3, HBP) and his replacement Rashad Harlin (2/2, HBP) teamed up to reach base in all seven of their plate appearances.

Carlos Oropeza had two singles, three walks, and scored four runs.

Left-hander Alexander Claudio (1 IP) and righty Shawn Blackwell (2 IP) were both unscored upon out of the bullpen. Paul Strong finished the game by giving up a run in two innings.

Player of the Game: RF Chris Grayson
4 3 4 0 0 5 0 0 .250

DSL: DSL Rangers 11 – (@) DSL Giants 5
W - Tirado (3-0)
SV - Montero (1)
HR - Urias (1)
21-10, 1.5 GU

Lefty Pedro Tirado (2.08 ERA/.202 BAA) posted another dominating effort on Thursday, hurling six innings of one-hit, shutout ball. He walked two and struck out two.

In his last four starts, the 20-year-old Tirado has logged 22 innings and allowed just 12 hits.

The Dominican Rangers' pitching staff carried a shutout into the seventh inning––thanks to Tirado––before righty Dario Beltre permitted three unearned runs in the seventh.

Offensively, talented second baseman Luis Marte (.343/.367/.495) went 3-for-5 with two doubles, giving him 10 in 27 games this season. The 17-year-old is currently seventh in the Dominican Summer League with a .343 batting average and 11th with a .495 slugging percentage.

There are 33 teams in the DSL, as the Cubs, Mets, and Yankees all have two clubs. The Rangers had two teams as recently as 2009 but went back to just one club last season.

Centerfielder Jose Gonzalez had two singles, a triple, and two walks in five plate appearances. First baseman Elio Castillo (2/5, 2B) singled, doubled, and stole a base.

DH Ramon Urias had the game's big blast with his three-run homer––the first of his professional career––in the fourth inning. He also singled.

Nine-hole hitting left fielder Diego Cedeno was 1-for-1 with three walks.

Player of the Game: LHP Pedro Tirado
6.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 2.08

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