Minor League Roundup - 8/26

Rangers pitching prospects Edinson Volquez, Luis Mendoza, and Zach Phillips all turned in outstanding performances on Sunday while the Arizona Rangers bats put on a show in Peoria. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 0 – (@) Nashville 1
L – Hackman (1-3)
69-66, 1.5 GB


Edinson Volquez (1.41 ERA/.146 BAA) allowed four hits and two walks in six scoreless innings on Sunday night. He struck out eight batters.

While Volquez has thrown just 56.6% strikes in his last two games, he has issued only five walks in 13 innings.

First baseman Nate Gold (2/4) and catcher Guillermo Quiroz (2/3, 2B) each had two hits.

Reliever Luther Hackman was beaten by his former team, as he gave up one run in one-third of an inning. Randy Williams (4.28 ERA/.248 BAA) struck out two in 1 2/3 perfect innings.

Player of the game: RHP Edinson Volquez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 0 0 2 8 0 1.41


AA: Frisco 6 – Midland 0
W – Mendoza (15-3)
HR – Boggs (17), Davis (11)
34-27, 1.5 GB


Luis Mendoza (3.88 ERA/.254 BAA) earned his 15th win of the season with six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. The native of Mexico walked one and struck out five.

Brandon Boggs (.266/.385/.508) continued to ease out of a long slump with three hits – including a home run – in four at bats.

Third baseman Chris Davis doubled, homered, and drove in three runs. The round-tripper was Davis' 35th of the season. He is averaging one home run per every 7.8 at-bats at the Double-A level.

Brennan Garr, Kea Kometani, and Jorge Vasquez each hurled a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the victory.

Player of the game: RHP Luis Mendoza
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 3.88


A+: Bakersfield 4 – Visalia 5 (7 innings/Game 1)
L – Touchet (4-5)
HR – Ramirez (4)


Mike Ballard (4.81 ERA/.274 BAA) had a rare bout with control on Sunday, as he issued four walks in 5 1/3 innings. The southpaw allowed four runs on four hits, striking out three.

Backstop Max Ramirez was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Leadoff man Craig Gentry reached base three times. He singled, doubled, and walked.

Truan Mehl doubled and drove in one run.

Player of the game: C Max Ramirez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 1 3 1 0 .329


A+: Bakersfield 2 – Visalia 5 (7 innings/Game 2)
L – Knippschild (3-6)
26-37, 13.0 GB


Kevin Altman (4.70 ERA/.302 BAA) was solid in a spot-start, as he gave up only two unearned runs in five innings of work. The right-hander surrendered five hits while walking one and striking out two.

Altman has not allowed a home run in 32 appearances this season. The feat is quite an accomplishment for the hitter-friendly California League.

Freddie Thon (.287/.304/.426) singled twice and walked.

Max Ramirez (.330/.439/.557) doubled and drove in one run.

Craig Gentry extended his modest hitting streak to five games with a single and a run batted in.

The Blaze finished up their home schedule for the season on Sunday afternoon.

Player of the game: RHP Kevin Altman
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 5 2 0 1 2 0 4.70


A: Clinton 0 – (@) Kane County 2
L – Phillips (11-6)
25-37, 13.5 GB


Clinton dropped their fifth consecutive game despite an outstanding outing from Zach Phillips.

Phillips (2.78 ERA/.240 BAA) allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out 12 without issuing a walk.

Phillips is now tied for the Midwest League lead in punchouts with 152.

The L-Kings had just four hits, with two of them being doubles from Chad Tracy and Mauro Gomez.

TCU product and former Rangers draftee Sam Demel earned his third save with two perfect innings. Demel has not allowed an earned run in 7 1/3 Midwest League innings.

Player of the game: LHP Zach Phillips
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 5 1 1 0 12 0 2.78


SSA: Spokane 4 – Tri-City 5 (11 innings)
L – Ueno (0-2)
HR – Gac (16)
30-35, 0.5 GB


Derek Holland (3.38 ERA/.217 BAA) gave up three runs in six innings, but did not factor in on the decision on Sunday. The Wallace State product allowed four hits, walked one, and fanned six.

Ian Gac (.242/.325/.525) singled and homered. His home run was a solo shot in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.306/.373/.404) tripled for his only hit of the game. He also drove in two runs.

Julio Borbon singled and walked.

Reliever Andrew Laughter (1.91 ERA/.269 BAA) struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning. He has not permitted an earned run in 10 appearances this month.

Player of the game: DH Ian Gac
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 .242


RK: AZL Rangers 6 – (@) AZL Padres 5
W – Gomez (2-1)
SV – Hoben (1)
HR – Yan (1)
12-13, 4.0 GB


Josh Rupe started the game and threw a scoreless inning for the AZL Rangers. The 25-year-old allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.

Red hot centerfielder Engel Beltre (.313/.392/.590) led of the game with a triple for the second consecutive night. He would add a single in his next at bat and go 2-for-4 on the evening.

Cristian Santana (2/5), Miguel Alfonzo (2/5, 3B), and Johan Yan (2/4, HR) also had two hits.

Shortstop Jake Kaase went just 5-for-58 (.086) with one extra base hit in the month of July, but he has posted a .328/.400/.463 line in 67 August at bats. Kaase was 3-for-4 with a double on Sunday.

Kennil Gomez (3.15 ERA/.231 BAA) surrendered just one hit in four scoreless innings to earn his second victory of the season.

Player of the game: 3B Johan Yan
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .234


DSL: San Pedro Rangers – Season Over
35-34, 17.0 GB



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