Minor League Roundup - 6/7

For the second consecutive day, all four of the Rangers' stateside affiliates lost while the two DSL clubs earned victories. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of Saturday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – (@) New Orleans 3 (10 innings)
L – Rowe (1-2)
32-30, 1.0 GU


The RedHawks dropped Saturday night's game, but Eric Hurley turned in his fourth consecutive strong start.

Hurley, who threw seven scoreless innings against New Orleans on May 22, surrendered two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

First baseman Chris Davis (.267/.327/.444 in 45 Triple-A at-bats) drove home both of Oklahoma's runs with a two-RBI single in the top of the first inning. He added another single later to go 2-for-4 on the day.

Wes Littleton (4.10 ERA/.235 BAA) retired all seven batters he faced in relief, striking out three.

Leadoff man Jason Ellison (1/5, 2B) had OKC's only extra-base knock.

Player of the Game: RHP Eric Hurley
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.2 7 2 2 2 7 1 5.30


AA: Frisco 5 – (@) San Antonio 6
L – Laughter (0-1)
HR – Gentry (2)
36-24, 4.0 GU


Starter Mike Ballard (4.71 ERA/.329 BAA) was strong, scattering nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs, but only one was earned. The lefty walked two and struck out three.

Ballard kept the ball down in the zone and was able to get in on the hands of hitters – while breaking a few bats – with his developing slider. He recorded 11 outs on the ground and two in the air.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry (.262/.322/.355) hit his second home run of the season. He also singled in the game.

Dustin Majewski (2/4, 2B), Ben Harrison (1/4, 2B) and Corey Ragsdale (1/4, 2B) all doubled.

Right-hander Brian Gordon (0.39 ERA/.141 BAA) didn't allow a run in 1 1/3 innings. He gave up a hit, walked one, and struck out two.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.2 9 2 1 2 3 0 4.71


A+: Bakersfield 6 – (@) San Jose 8
L – Lueke (2-2)
HR – Gradoville (2)
34-28, 6.0 GB


After hitting .228 in April, Chad Tracy now has his average over the .270 mark. The left fielder (.271/.349/.410) extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Catcher Chris Gradoville was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer.

Starter Zach Phillips yielded six runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out two without walking a batter.

Player of the Game: C Chris Gradoville
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 3 0 1 3 0 0 .246


A: Clinton 5 – (@) Peoria 7
L – Quintero (4-2)
39-19, 4.5 GU


For the second consecutive day, all four of the Rangers' stateside farm teams lost.

Michael Kirkman made his first start of the season and had trouble in the first inning. The lefty gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in the first frame.

He settled down in the second in third, allowing only one hit and one walk total.

But Kirkman ended up surrendering three runs on six hits in three innings of work. He walked two and struck out one.

Engel Beltre (.276/.301/.401) and Renny Osuna (.357/.429/.512) each went 3-for-5 with a double.

DH Mitch Moreland (.318/.374/.503) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Austin native Jake Kaase singled twice in four at-bats.

Relief pitchers Ryan Turner (2 IP) and Adalberto Flores (1 IP) didn't surrender a run in their outings.

Player of the Game: 3B Renny Osuna
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 .357


DSL: DSL Rangers1 7 – DSL Pirates 6 (12 innings)
W – Peralta (1-1)
5-2, 1.0 GU


Starting pitcher Kelvin De Leon went five innings (giving up four runs), but he wasn't the Rangers' game leader in innings pitched on Saturday.

Right-hander Francisco Mendoza lasted six frames in relief, permitting only one run. He allowed three hits, walked two, and fanned seven.

Ariel Ventura (2/5, 2B), Tomas Telis (1/5, 2B) and Roan Salas (1/5, 2B) all hit two-baggers.

Third baseman Emmanuel Solis singled twice and drove in one run.

Player of the Game: RHP Francisco Mendoza
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 1 1 2 7 0 1.04


DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 – (@) DSL Astros 4
W – Soto (1-0)
SV – Alvarez (1)
HR – Gonzalez (1)
3-4, 2.0 GB


Leadoff hitter and first baseman Julio Gonzalez led the way, going 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in the second inning.

The 20-year-old Gonzalez is 13 for his first 32 on the DSL this season. He appeared in 27 games for the AZL Rangers last summer, batting .253 with four doubles.

Starter Eleno Soto allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out one. Soto has struck out three total batters in 9.1 innings this season.

Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel singled and doubled in four trips to the plate.

Reliever Reynaldo Alvarez earned the save after punching out two batters in 1.1 shutout frames.

Player of the Game: 1B Julio Gonzalez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 0 1 3 0 0 .406


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