Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/10

The Texas Rangers' 2011 minor league season officially came to an end on Saturday, as all three of the system's remaining affiliates in the postseason were knocked out. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – (@) Omaha 4 (10 innings)
L - Scheppers (0-1)
HR - Cruz (1)
Omaha wins 3-1 (best of 5)

Storm Chasers starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan retired the first 18 batters he faced on Saturday, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning. Guilder Rodriguez broke up that bid with a one-out walk.

O'Sullivan carried his no-hit bid into the top of the eighth inning, but third baseman Luis Cruz ended it with his two-run homer, knotting the game at two.

Cruz's round-tripper got starting pitcher Brett Tomko off the hook after a strong start. The veteran right-hander threw 107 pitches in seven innings, yielding two runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four.

The shortstop Rodriguez (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice and stole a base while Robinzon Diaz (1/4) had Round Rock's only other hit of the game.

Hard-throwing reliever Tanner Scheppers worked scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth. After getting the first out of the 10th inning, he walked Clint Robinson and served up a walkoff two-run homer to slugging first baseman Kila Ka'aihue.

Overall, Scheppers gave up two runs in 2.1 innings, walking one and striking out one.

Although Round Rock finished the regular season with the second-best record in the Pacific Coast League, the club was eliminated from the playoffs after just four games.

Player of the Game: 3B Luis Cruz
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 .235

AA: Frisco 3 – San Antonio 11
L - Flores (0-1)
HR - Bianucci (1)
San Antonio wins 3-1 (best of 5)

When ‘Riders starter Adalberto Flores failed to get out of the first inning on Saturday, the game––and series––was over pretty quickly.

Flores surrendered six runs––though just one earned––in two-thirds of an inning. He allowed two hits and walked three. The Missions plated seven total runs in the first inning.

San Antonio starting pitcher Robbie Erlin, who was sent to the Padres in the Mike Adams trade, scattered nine hits and gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings. The southpaw struck out five without issuing a walk.

DH Mike Bianucci went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. The round-tripper came in the eighth inning, cutting the San Antonio lead to 10-3 at the time.

Elio Sarmiento (2/4, 2B) and Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) both doubled while Renny Osuna (2/5) and Jared Bolden (2/4) each singled twice.

The only Frisco hurler to go unscored upon was righty Tyler Tufts, who retired all seven batters he faced––striking out six––over 2.1 perfect relief innings.

Kyle Hendricks finished the game by surrendering three runs on five hits in two innings of work.

While Missions DH Cody Decker hit a pair of home runs on Friday, it was left fielder Jaff Decker––unrelated to Cody––with a two-homer game on Saturday.

Player of the Game: RHP Tyler Tufts
2.1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0.00

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Kinston 9
L - Gomez (0-1)
Kinston wins 3-1 (best of 5)

Round Rock, Frisco and Myrtle Beach all fell in four games, and they were all eliminated on Saturday.

The Pelicans actually carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning––until starting pitcher Kenny Gomez served up a three-run homer, and that would be Myrtle Beach's last advantage of the season.

The 23-year-old Gomez ended up surrendering four runs––three earned––in six innings. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out five. Gomez also induced eight groundouts against just two flyouts.

DH Travis Adair (1/4, 3B) tripled for his club's only extra-base hit of the game. Ryan Strausborger (2/4), Leury Garcia (2/4) and Santiago Chirino (1/4) logged the only other hits.

Catcher Zach Zaneski whiffed in each of his four plate appearances. First baseman Chris McGuiness had one walk, but he also struck out three times.

The K-Tribe pulled away against diminutive lefty Joe Ortiz, getting five runs––all unearned––off him in 1.2 innings. Ortiz allowed five hits and struck out three.

Ryan Rodebaugh recorded the final out of the eighth for the Pelicans, but the damage had long since been done.

Player of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger
4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .316

A: Hickory – Season Over
79-58, 1.0 GU

The Hickory Crawdads won their division in the first half and tied with Greensboro for the second-half title. Despite the regular-season success, Hickory was swept by the Grasshoppers in the best-of-three divisional playoff series.

SSA: Spokane – Season Over
35-41, 9.0 GB

The Indians finished their regular season in third place in the Northwest League's East Division. The club didn't qualify for the postseason, as they were one game behind Boise for the division's wild card spot.

RK: AZL Rangers – Season Over
38-18, 13.0 GU

For the second consecutive season, the rookie-level Surprise Rangers won the Arizona League's West Division title but fell in the league's semifinal game.

DSL: DSL Rangers – Season Over
41-30, 5.5 GB

The Dominican Rangers failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs despite posting a strong 41-30 record. The club finished in second place, 5.5 games behind the DSL Cubs2.

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