Minor League Roundup - 6/18

Martin Perez made his debut for Spokane less than one year after signing with the Rangers as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of Wednesday's action in the minor leagues.

AAA: Oklahoma 13 – (@) Nashville 9
W – Maeda (2-3)
HR – Cruz (21), Gold (10), Davis (8, 9), Teagarden (5), Meyer (2)
40-34, 3.0 GU

The bad news on Wednesday was that Elizardo Ramirez served up eight runs on 10 hits in only 2.1 innings.

The good news is that the RedHawks combined to hit six home runs in the game.

Davis added two more home runs.
First baseman Chris Davis (.356/.410/.733) launched a pair of home runs in the game's first three innings. He finished the game 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Davis now has five home runs in his last five games to go along with a 14-game hitting streak.

Nelson Cruz (.348/.451/.704) was just as good. The right fielder was 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs batted in.

Taylor Teagarden (1/4, HR, BB), Nate Gold (2/4, HR) and Drew Meyer (2/4, HR) also added homers from the 7-8-9 spots in the lineup.

Left-hander Bill White (5.53 ERA/.271 BAA) fanned three batters in 1.2 perfect innings of relief.

Wes Littleton finished it off with two punchouts in a scoreless inning.

Oklahoma's pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters in the game.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris Davis
5 2 2 0 2 4 0 1 .356

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Midland 5
W – Puffer (5-0)
HR – Berkery (3, 4)
44-27, 5.0 GU

Thomas Diamond had a rough first inning. In that frame, the hurler gave up four hits and walked two batters, leading to three earned runs.

Berkery wasn't going to be topped by Chris Davis.
After the initial inning, Diamond settled down to throw four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.

In all, Diamond surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings pitched. He walked three and struck out four.

Infielder Thomas Berkery (.256/.333/.463) socked a pair of solo home runs, including the game-winning shot in the top of the ninth inning.

Steve Murphy (2/4, BB), Ben Harrison (2/2, 2 BB) and Casey Benjamin (2/3, BB) all singled twice.

Brandon Puffer earned his fifth victory of the season – against no losses – with two shutout frames. He fanned two.

Player of the Game: 2B-1B Thomas Berkery
4 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 .256

A+: Bakersfield 5 – Inland Empire 3
W – Giles (1-1)
SV – Jones (1)
HR – Gerrard (6), Gomez (4)
1-2, 1.0 GB

Gomez won the game with a long ball.
First baseman Mauro Gomez put the Blaze ahead for good with his two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. Gomez also had a single and knocked in three total runs on the evening.

Grant Gerrard (2/3, HR, BB) belted his sixth home run of the year.

Left fielder K.C. Herren tripled and walked. The three-bagger was just Herren's fourth extra-base hit of the season.

Starter Evan Reed surrendered three runs in five innings. He allowed four hits, walked four, and struck out four.

Josh Giles and Beau Jones each pitched two scoreless innings. Giles recorded three punchouts while Jones fanned two.

Player of the Game: 1B Mauro Gomez
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 1 .237

A: Clinton – OFF
41-26, 2.5 GU

The LumberKings begin their season's second half on Thursday evening.

SSA: Spokane 1 – Everett 4
L – Perez (0-1)
HR – Fry (1)
1-1, 0.0 GU

Martin Perez turned 17-years-old in April, but that didn't stop him from pitching well in the college-product heavy Northwest League on Wednesday night.

Fry provided Spokane's only run.
The left-hander went five innings, giving up three runs [one earned] on three hits, all of which were singles. Perez struck out five without walking a batter and recorded nine outs on the ground against only one in the air.

Perez also struck out the side in his second ever professional inning. He fanned a pair of 22-year-olds and a 21-year-old.

Hard-throwing righty Matt Nevarez pitched in his first game outside of the AZL since being taken by the Rangers in the 10th round of the 2005 MLB Draft.

Nevarez walked three batters and uncorked a pair of wild pitches in 1.1 innings. He gave up one run on one hit, striking out two.

Right fielder Eric Fry supplied Spokane's lone run with a solo homer. He also singled.

Ryan Schlecht walked two, but didn't allow a run or a hit in 1.2 innings.

Left-handed reliever Yoon-Hee Nam punched out two in a shutout frame.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
5.0 3 3 1 0 5 0 1.80

DSL: DSL Rangers1 9 – (@) DSL Astros 0
W – Mendoza (1-0)
10-6, 1.0 GU

Anyenil Mendoza (0.93 ERA/.250 BAA) hurled five scoreless innings in his start against the DSL Astros, holding them to only two hits. He walked one and struck out six.

Juan Polanco (3/5, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit with his third double of the year.

Backstop Tomas Telis (.314/.383/.451) was 1-for-2 with a walk. Telis has drawn seven walks while striking out just one time in 51 official at-bats this season.

Johan Barboza and Jonathan Rojas both threw two innings to complete the shutout.

Player of the Game: RHP Anyenil Mendoza
5.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 0.93

DSL: DSL Rangers2 7 – DSL Braves 16
L – De La Cruz (1-2)
8-8, 2.0 GB

The Rangers were touched up for 16 runs on 20 hits – including three home runs – on Wednesday morning.

Starting pitcher Michael De La Cruz gave up six runs in four innings, but the bullpen didn't fare much better.

DH Alison Perez (1/5, 2B) and C Gilberto Guarucano (1/3, 2B, BB) each added their first double of the season.

Player of the Game: C Gilberto Guarucano
3 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 .160


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