Minor League Roundup - 7/12

Saturday was a night of pitching in the Rangers' system, as Tommy Hunter, Neftali Feliz, Michael Kirkman, and Wilfredo Boscan all threw the ball exceptionally well. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 7 – (@) Round Rock 1
W – Hunter (1-1)
HR – Roberts (6), Frostad (1)
54-43, 9.0 GU


Tommy Hunter (2.01 ERA/.241 BAA) cruised through seven innings on Saturday, giving up just four singles. He struck out five without issuing a walk.

Emerson Frostad, who is filling in while catcher Taylor Teagarden is at the Futures Game, was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. The home run came in his first Triple-A at-bat off Express hurler Runelvys Hernandez.

Third baseman Ryan Roberts (2/4, 2B, HR) doubled and homered.

Drew Meyer (1/4, 3B) tripled while Chris Shelton singled twice in four at-bats.

Reliever Kiko Calero closed the game out with three strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. He needed just 14 pitches to strike out the side.

Player of the Game: RHP Tommy Hunter
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 0 0 0 5 0 2.01


AA: Frisco 7 – (@) Corpus Christi 2
W – Feliz (1-0)
15-6, 3.0 GU


Neftali Feliz posted a quality start, tossing six innings of two-run ball. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Ben Harrison (1/3, 2B, BB) and Julio Borbon (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled and walked while shortstop Corey Ragsdale was 1-for-2 with his fourth triple of the season. He also walked twice.

Third baseman Adam Fox singled twice in four at-bats.

Relievers J.B. Diaz (2 IP) and Brennan Garr (1 IP) both tossed shutout ball.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 2 2 3 3 0 4.09


A+: Bakersfield 6 – (@) Visalia 4
W – Bannister (3-6)
SV – Stewart (5)
HR – Lemon (5), Herren (2)
9-14, 5.5 GB


Leadoff man Marcus Lemon (.304/.408/.448) continued to show solid power, as he was 3-for-5 with a double and a home run on Saturday. Lemon has eight extra-base hits in 11 July games.

Starting pitcher Evan Reed gave up three runs – two earned – on four hits in 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Grant Gerrard (.281/.332/.446) was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

K.C. Herren (1/4, HR) hit a solo homer while Ian Gac (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) doubled and walked twice.

Renny Osuna (2/5) and Chad Tracy (2/4, BB) both singled twice.

Jordan Stewart earned his fifth save with a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: SS Marcus Lemon
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 .304


A: Clinton 4 – Quad Cities 1
W – Kirkman (3-0)
SV – Dennis (2)
HR – Beltre (6)
11-12, 5.0 GB


At this point, Michael Kirkman looks like the comeback player of the year in the Rangers' system, if there were such an award.

The 21-year-old lefty remained perfect with Clinton this season, tossing 6 2/3 strong innings. He gave up one unearned run on four hits, walking none and fanning five.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.346/.358/.577 in 11 July games) was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. He now has 19 doubles and six homers on the year.

Mitch Moreland (1/3, 2B) hit his 28th double of the year.

DH Miguel Alfonzo (1/4, 2B) also doubled while catcher Jose Felix singled twice in three at-bats.

Reliever Chris Dennis retired all seven hitters he faced in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 .285


SSA: Spokane 4 – (@) Vancouver 2
W – Boscan (6-0)
SV – Peralta (2)
19-6, 3.0 GU


Wilfredo Boscan (1.82 ERA/.225 BAA) picked up his sixth victory in six appearances this season. He went six innings, yielding one run on five hits. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

David Paisano (.283/.343/.414) was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

First baseman Dennis Guinn (2/4, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Right fielder Eric Fry (.292/.376/.500) singled and walked twice.

Right-handed relievers Dustin Brader and Juan Peralta both pitched scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 5 1 1 0 7 0 1.82


RK: AZL Rangers 4 – AZL Royals 6
L – Swanson (0-1)
8-8, 3.0 GB


Brandon McCarthy returned to the mound and pitched two innings on Saturday afternoon. He allowed one run and recorded two strikeouts.

Glenn Swanson took over from there and went five innings, surrendering four runs – three earned – on six hits.

Right fielder Erik Morrison (1/4, 2B, BB) had the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the day.

Jairo Valdez (3/5), Alejandro Selen (2/4) and Leonel De Los Santos (2/4, BB) all had multiple singles.

Joe Wieland allowed one run in two innings of work to finish the game.

Player of the Game: LF Jairo Valdez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 .313


DSL: DSL Rangers1 8 – (@) DSL Astros 4
W – Grullon (3-1)
HR – Payano (1)
22-14, 3.0 GB


Starter Juan Grullon (3.10 ERA/.232 BAA) matched his season high with six innings pitched. He permitted one run on four hits and three walks. The left-hander fanned five.

Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) and Alison Perez (2/4, 2B) both doubled.

1B Jhonny Gomez (2/3), RF Ariel Ventura (2/4, BB), and 2B Edwin Garcia (2/4) all singled twice.

Shortstop Junior Payano was 2-for-5 with a solo home run. It was his first round-tripper of the season.

Player of the Game: LHP Juan Grullon
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 1 1 3 5 0 3.10


DSL: DSL Rangers2 0 – DSL Braves 8
L – Borjas (2-4)
15-21, 10.0 GB


Kelvin Borjas yielded six runs [three earned] in five innings on Saturday.

Shortstop Alfredo Chalas was 1-for-3 with his fourth triple of the season. He had one of the three Rangers hits in the game.

Right-hander Yeiser Marinez didn't give up a run, a hit, or a walk in 2 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out four.

Player of the Game: RHP Yeiser Marinez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.1 0 0 0 0 4 0 4.80


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