Minor League Roundup - 7/15

With the efforts of Eric Hurley, Armando Galarraga, Kendy Batista, and Zach Phillips, Sunday was chock full of strong pitching performances in the Rangers organization. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – Round Rock 6
L – Feldman (1-1)
45-48, 3.0 GB

Eric Hurley (3.97 ERA/.250 BAA) got by on Sunday, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Through his first four starts at the Triple-A level, Hurley has surrendered 21 hits in 22 2/3 innings. He has walked eight and struck out 19.

Left fielder Jason Botts (.324/.439/.563) reached base in all five plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with three walks.

DH Victor Diaz, who walked just once in 104 big league at bats, drew a pair of walks on Sunday. He also added a single.

Just as it seemed Scott Feldman was beginning to turn it around, he coughed up three runs in 1 1/3 innings and was stuck with the loss.

Player of the game: LF Jason Botts
2 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 .324

AA: Frisco 4 – San Antonio 3
W – Herrera (5-0)
SV – Ingram (20)
HR – Mayberry (7)
14-9, 0.5 GU

Armando Galarraga (4.33 ERA/.261 BAA) didn't factor in the decision, but he certainly deserved to.

The 25-year-old yielded only one run on three hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out nine.

Over his last four starts, Galarraga has given up just five earned runs in 28 innings pitched. He has allowed 17 hits, walked five, and struck out 30.

Leadoff man Anthony Webster (.290/.337/.423) was 2-for-4 with a double. He is hitting 17-for-42 (.405) in July.

Second baseman German Duran (.308/.363/.538) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Right fielder John Mayberry hit his seventh home run in 28 Double-A games. Combined with Bakersfield, it was his 23rd long ball.

Danny Herrera got the win despite giving up two runs in one inning. He did strike out the side.

The red-hot Jesse Ingram (4.78 ERA/.178 BAA) struck out two in one inning. Ingram has not allowed a hit in his last seven outings, spanning eight innings.

Ingram has had a strange season in general. Though his ERA is near 5.00 – and has been higher than that for most of the season – he has yet to blow a save, going 20-for-20. He did lose a four run lead earlier in the year, but that does not count as a blown save.

The Cal Berkeley product has a 4.78 ERA despite yielding just 27 base hits in 43.1 innings. He has walked 22 while striking out 53.

Player of the game: RHP Armando Galarraga
7.0 3 1 1 2 9 1 4.33

A+: Bakersfield 6 – Visalia 2
W – Batista (4-2)
HR – Davis (21)
9-15, 5.5 GB

Chris Davis now has a 33-game hitting streak.

The third baseman had just one hit, but it was a grand slam, his 21st home run of the season. Davis also added a walk.

Hit-or-miss starter Kendy Batista was solid, tossing six scoreless frames. The Venezuelan allowed five hits while walking two and fanning five.

Shortstop Matt Smith singled twice in three at-bats.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Reliever Brennan Garr, who was promoted from Single-A Clinton earlier in the day, yielded two runs on two hits in two innings in his Bakersfield debut. He walked one and struck out one.

Player of the game: 3B Chris Davis
3 1 1 0 1 4 1 1 .314

A: Clinton 2 – (@) Dayton 3
L – Dennis (0-1)
HR – Gomez (9)
9-13, 3.5 GB

Southpaw Zach Phillips (2.58 ERA/.231 BAA) scattered four hits in seven shutout innings. He walked one and struck out six. Phillips retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced on Sunday. He also picked off a pair of former Longhorns – Drew Stubbs and Carson Kainer – at first base.

DH Mauro Gomez (.251/.311/.379) was 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

Speedy second baseman Jose Vallejo (.271/.319/.322) singled, walked twice, and stole his 28th base of the season.

John Whittleman (.278/.391/.505) was hitless in four at-bats. He is 4-for-41 in July.

Closer Chris Dennis lost a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning and eventually lost the game. He surrendered three runs, two earned, in one inning. He struck out three.

Player of the game: LHP Zach Phillips
7.0 4 0 0 1 6 0 2.58

SSA: Spokane 8 – Yakima 10
L – Stewart (1-2)
HR – Greene (5)
10-16, 1.0 GB

Scuffling starting pitcher Fabio Castillo saw his ERA jump above 7.00 on Sunday, as he gave up three runs in 3.2 innings. Castillo gave up six hits, walked four, and struck out one.

Catcher Jonathan Greene was 2-for-3 with a grand slam and two walks.

Left fielder Steven Marquardt doubled and walked three times.

Second baseman Renny Osuna (1/3, 2 BB) reached base three times.

Player of the game: C Jonathan Greene
3 1 2 0 1 5 2 0 .295

RK: AZL Rangers – OFF
8-11, 5.5 GB

The Arizona Rangers were off on Sunday. They'll go back to work on Monday morning.

DSL: San Pedro Rangers – OFF

There were some DSL games in San Pedro de Macoris on Sunday, but the Rangers were not involved in one of them.

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