Minor League Roundup - 6/17

The Spokane Indians began their 2008 season with a bang on Tuesday evening by scoring a whopping 15 runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – (@) Nashville 0
W – Rowe (3-2)
39-34, 2.0 GU

Steven Rowe (4.02 ERA/.314 BAA) continued to do a solid job of starting when needed for the RedHawks this season. The Texas Tech product pitched six innings without allowing a run. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Joaquin Arias (.292/.313/.389) was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. Arias now has six triples on the season and three in his last nine games.

First baseman Chris Davis (.353/.411/.682) extended his hitting streak to 13 games by going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He now has 23 RBI in 24 Triple-A contests.

Travis Metcalf (3/5) singled three times while Nelson Cruz (2/4) singled twice and stole a base.

Left fielder John Mayberry (.320/.379/.552) singled and walked.

Relief pitchers Kaz Fukumori (2 IP) and Brian Gordon (1 IP) finished off the shutout for Oklahoma.

Player of the Game: RHP Steve Rowe
6.0 4 0 0 3 3 0 4.02

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Midland 6
L – Parker (1-1)
HR – Harrison (13), Murphy (11)
43-27, 4.0 GU

Mike Ballard typically doesn't walk many batters and he typically doesn't rack up many strikeouts. On Tuesday, he walked five and struck out seven in 4.2 innings. Unfortunately, he also gave up 10 hits, leading to four runs allowed.

Ben Harrison (.311/.399/.571) hit his third homer in two days. He also singled twice – giving him three hits in two consecutive games.

Right fielder Steve Murphy (.291/.323/.531) was 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. He extended his rather modest hitting streak to 10 games.

Elvis Andrus singled twice and stole his 24th base.

One night after he was the only Frisco hitter without an extra-base hit, second baseman Corey Ragsdale hit his second triple of the season.

Andrew Laughter (3.86 ERA/.206 BAA) punched out two in two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: LF Ben Harrison
4 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 .311

A+: Bakersfield 8 – Inland Empire 14
L – Sattler (0-1)
0-2, 1.0 GB

Zach Phillips' turbulent 2008 season continued on Tuesday, as he gave up four runs – three earned – on eight hits in 3.1 innings. He struck out three while walking one hitter.

Grant Gerrard (.280/.326/.465) was 3-for-5 with his 18th double in 200 at-bats this season.

Centerfielder Julio Borbon (2/5, 2B) drove home three runs and stole his 35th base of the season.

J.T. Restko (1/4, 2B, BB) and Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon (.290/.415/.402) was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Player of the Game: CF Julio Borbon
5 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 .318

A: West All-Stars 5 – (@) East All-Stars 4 (10 innings)

Derek Holland was impressive in his one inning, throwing his fastball between 89-94 mph. The left-hander struck out two in a scoreless inning. He gave up one hit.

Neftali Feliz pitched to one batter, throwing five pitches, and recorded a groundout.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland and first baseman Ian Gac each went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (1/2, 2B) and catcher Jose Felix (1/2) also went had one hit in two at-bats.

Shortstop Renny Osuna was hitless in three trips to the plate.

Left fielder Tim Smith was 1-for-2 in the game. He came through with the game's biggest hit, a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning. The bomb won the game for the Midwest League's West All-Stars.

SSA: Spokane 15 – Everett 3
W – Boscan (1-0)
HR – Pickett (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU

Neil Ramirez had four balks in three innings pitched. He even balked in a run in the top of the seventh inning. The right-hander also walked four batters.

Outside of what appeared to be some first game jitters, Ramirez pitched fairly well. He gave up two runs in those three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four.

DH Justin Pickett, who has spent time with Clinton this season, was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer [he had four RBI on the night] and a walk.

Eric Fry (2/5, 2B) and Donnie Ecker (1/3, 2B, BB) each doubled.

Young hurler Wilfredo Boscan, who entered the game having never pitched above the DSL, allowed a run on three hits in two innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

Jake Kaase (2/4), Jared Bolden (2/5) and Matt West (2/5) all singled twice.

Relievers Carlos Pimentel (1 IP), Cliff Springston (2 IP) and Trevor Hurley (1 IP) combined for four innings of scoreless ball to close out the blowout victory.

Player of the Game: DH Justin Pickett
4 2 1 0 1 4 1 1 .250

DSL: DSL Rangers1 1 – DSL Rangers2 7
L – Grullon (0-1)
9-6, 0.0 GU

Starter Juan Grullon was knocked around a bit for five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings. Grullon did struck out eight batters, giving him 15 in 7.1 innings this season.

DH Tomas Telis (.306/.368/.449) singled and walked three times. He has six walks versus just one strikeout in 49 official at-bats this season.

Relief pitchers Ysidro Garcia (2.2 IP) and Orlando Caraballo (1 IP) didn't allow a hit in their outings.

Player of the Game: DH Tomas Telis
1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 .306

DSL: DSL Rangers2 7 – (@) DSL Rangers1 1
W – Borjas (1-1)
8-7, 1.0 GB

Kelvin Borjas gave out five free passes in five innings, but he was able to limit the damage to one earned run by giving up just three singles. Borjas struck out one batter, but had a 10:3 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

First baseman and cleanup hitter Alison Perez went 3-for-4 with a walk, raising his average to .429 in four starts.

Relievers Miguel Munoz (1 IP), Jose Monegro (2 IP) and Yeiser Marinez (1 IP) all hurled shutout ball.

Player of the Game: RHP Kelvin Borjas
5.0 3 1 1 5 1 0 4.91


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