Minor League Roundup - 7/4

Clinton pitchers Blake Beavan and Chris Dennis combined on a three-hit shutout of the Beloit Snappers on Friday while Mike Ballard nearly got a shutout of his own. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 5 – Iowa 11
L – Kometani (4-4)
HR – Gold (12), Teagarden (6)
48-41, 6.5 GU


Dustin Nippert was pulled from his Triple-A start at the last second, likely because he is about to get his second stint with the Rangers.

Brian Gordon made the emergency spot-start instead and surrendered three runs – one earned – on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out one.

Japanese lefty Yukinaga Maeda (4.55 ERA/.261 BAA) helped keep OKC in the game for the time being with 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Maeda gave up just three singles and struck out one without walking a batter.

Nate Gold (.239/.328/.435) and Taylor Teagarden (.241/.357/.428) both went 2-for-4 with a home run.

Joaquin Arias (2/5, 2B) and Drew Meyer (2/4, 2B) had a single and a double.

The game was blown wide open when Kea Kometani coughed up seven runs – five earned – in one inning of work. The right-hander gave up seven hits, including two home runs, in the inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Yukinaga Maeda
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.2 3 0 0 0 1 0 4.55


AA: Frisco 8 – Springfield 1
W – Ballard (8-3)
11-3, 1.0 GU


Mike Ballard (3.97 ERA/.304 BAA) has been one of the hottest pitchers in the system of late, and that didn't change on Friday.

The southpaw went 8 1/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits. He struck out six without issuing a walk. Of the 112 pitches that Ballard threw, 80 – or 71% -- went for strikes.

Jose Vallejo (1/4, 2B), Ben Harrison (1/4, 2B), Adam Fox (2/4, 2B) and Tim Gradoville (2/3, 2B) all doubled.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus (.290/.354/.349) singled and walked three times.

Reliever Brennan Garr fanned one in two-thirds of an inning to close out the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.1 6 1 1 0 6 0 3.97


A+: Bakersfield 1 – (@) Lake Elsinore 3
L – Hyatt (6-5)
4-11, 8.0 GB


Jared Hyatt broke out of a bit of a slump with six strong innings on Friday night.

The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Second baseman Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B) had a double for the team's only extra-base hit.

Grant Gerrard (1/2, 2 BB) reached base two times while Manny Pina (1/3) had the team's lone run batted in.

Player of the Game: RHP Jared Hyatt
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 2 1 1 3 0 3.92


A: Clinton 4 – (@) Beloit 0
W – Beavan (5-5)
HR – Alfonzo (3)
6-10, 5.0 GB


Clinton pitchers Blake Beavan and Chris Dennis were magnificent on Friday night, as they allowed only three total baserunners in the shutout.

Beavan gave up the three hits – all singles – in his seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue a free pass.

Right fielder Miguel Alfonzo has struggled this season, but he displayed his raw power by going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run.

Engel Beltre (2/5, 2B) and Mitch Moreland (2/3, BB) also had two hits.

Reliever Chris Dennis (1.16 ERA/.235 BAA) struck out two while retiring all six batters he faced in two perfect innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 3 0 0 0 5 0 2.84


SSA: Spokane 5 – Eugene 3
W – Bleier (1-0)
SV – Peralta (1)
HR – Fry (4)
13-5, 2.0 GU


Richard Bleier (2.65 ERA/.180 BAA) gave up three runs in the third inning, but he settled down to post a quality start.

The southpaw allowed just those three runs in six innings. He gave up five hits and struck out two without walking a batter.

Right fielder Eric Fry (.278/.344/.537) hit a solo home run for his only hit of the game.

Jared Bolden (1/4, 2B) and Tim Rodriguez (2/3, 2B, BB) both doubled.

Bolden now has an extra-base hit in six consecutive games.

Yoon-Hee Nam (2.38 ERA/.200 BAA) gave up two hits and walked two in two innings, but he didn't allow a run.

Right-hander Juan Peralta struck out three batters in one inning to earn the save.

Player of the Game: LF Tim Rodriguez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 .400


RK: AZL Rangers 1 – (@) AZL Mariners 2 (10 innings)
L – Tufts (0-1)
7-4, 0.5 GB


Michael Main may be nearing a promotion to a full-season team fairly soon. The fireballing righty hurled six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. He struck out seven batters.

Adam Cobb (2/5, 2B) and Alejandro Selen (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Kyle Ocampo pitched for the second time in three days and allowed one run on three hits in two innings. He struck out one batter.

Player of the Game: RHP Michael Main
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 0 0 2 7 0 3.38


DSL: DSL Rangers1 1 – DSL Angels 2 (10 innings)
L – Rosario (0-3)
18-11, 1.0 GB


Ezequiel Rijo (0.53 ERA/.171 BAA) was outstanding as usual, pitching six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out five.

Rijo has given up just two earned runs in 34 innings this season.

Second baseman Roan Salas (.287/.357/.448) led the team with three hits – including a double – and a walk in five plate appearances.

Ariel Ventura (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled and walked.

Relief pitcher Denny Peralta gave up one run in three innings. He punched out four.

Player of the Game: RHP Ezequiel Rijo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 0 0 3 5 0 0.53


DSL: DSL Rangers2 6 – (@) DSL Pirates 7
L – Urbina (0-2)
HR – Guarucano (1)
13-16, 6.0 GB


Young switch-hitting catcher Gilberto Guarucano belted his first professional home run on Saturday afternoon. He was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel (.302/.516/.397) was 3-for-4 with a double, his third of the year.

Starter Melvin Bryan yielded two runs on five hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Player of the Game: C Gilberto Guarucano
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 2 0 1 3 1 1 .220


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