Minor League Roundup - 7/20

Sunday was full of strong pitching performances, starting with the Triple-A debut of left-hander Mike Ballard. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – Memphis 5
W – Ballard (1-0)
SV – Littleton (4)
HR – Cruz (31)
58-44, 9.0 GU

Mike Ballard posted a quality start in his first Triple-A outing.

Ballard cruised after a rough first inning.
The left-hander went six innings, giving up three runs – two earned – on six hits. He walked one and struck out five.

In the first inning, Ballard surrendered three runs on three hits [including a home run] and a walk. He threw up zeroes in his final five innings, allowing only three hits.

Right fielder Nelson Cruz was 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. It was Cruz's fifth home run in his last three games.

Second baseman Drew Meyer (3/4, 3B) hit his fifth triple of the season.

Chris Shelton (2/3, BB) and Ryan Roberts (2/4) both singled twice while catcher Kevin Richardson (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Wes Littleton got his fourth save after tossing 1.1 innings of shutout relief. He struck out two.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
6.0 6 3 2 1 5 1 3.00

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Corpus Christi 2
W – Gonzalez (5-1)
SV – Laughter (7)
HR – Harrison (17), Murphy (15)
19-10, 4.0 GU

Diamond's curveball was sharp on Sunday.
Thomas Diamond (6.42 ERA/.255 BAA) was limited to 76 pitches in return from a foot injury, but he was effective. The right-hander hurled four scoreless innings, recording five strikeouts. He gave up two hits and issued two walks.

Right fielder Steve Murphy (.233/.277/.533 in July) was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Left fielder Ben Harrison (2/4, HR) hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning. He also singled.

Elvis Andrus (1/5, 2B), Jose Vallejo (2/4, 2B) and Emerson Frostad (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Big righty Andrew Laughter earned his seventh Double-A save with a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed one hit.

Player of the Game: RHP Thomas Diamond
4.0 2 0 0 2 5 0 6.42

A+: Bakersfield 9 – Visalia 0
W – Falcon (5-2)
HR – Gac (3)
12-18, 6.0 GB

Ryan Falcon (3.58 ERA/.235 BAA) was impressive in the spot-start, as he didn't allow a run in five innings of work. He yielded just three singles, walked one, and struck out six.

Falcon carried the Blaze to a shutout.
Although he was a starting pitcher at UNC Greensboro, Sunday's start was the first of Falcon's professional career.

First baseman Ian Gac (.326/.392/.483) was 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI.

Renny Osuna singled twice and drove in three runs.

Second baseman Jake Kaase had three singles in four at-bats. He has six hits in his last two games.

Relief pitchers Josh Lueke (5.22 ERA/.272 BAA) and Josh Giles (4.31 ERA/.269 BAA) both pitched two shutout innings to finish Bakersfield's third shutout of the season.

Player of the Game: LHP Ryan Falcon
5.0 3 0 0 1 6 0 3.58

A: Clinton 2 – Fort Wayne 1 (15 innings/Game 1)
W – Turner (5-1)

Felix had three hits.
The L-Kings and Wizards finished off Saturday night's game, which was suspended when a thunderstorm hit in the 12th inning.

Starting pitcher Ryan Tatusko (0.93 ERA/.217 BAA in 19.1 July innings) tossed seven shutout innings. He allowed three hits and struck out five without issuing a walk.

Catcher Jose Felix (3/6, 2B) and DH Tim Smith (3/7) both had three hits.

Matt Lawson (2/5, 2 BB) and Jonathan Greene (2/6) singled twice.

Southpaw reliever Ryan Turner (2.54 ERA/.279 BAA) scattered four hits through four scoreless frames to earn his fifth win. He struck out two batters.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
7.0 3 0 0 0 5 0 3.88

A: Clinton 4 – Dayton 13
L – Quintero (4-5)
HR – Smith (6), Dominguez (3)
14-16, 6.0 GB

Moreland was impressive on the mound.
Starting pitcher Jorge Quintero was knocked around for four runs in four innings. He walked three and struck out just one.

Tim Smith and Carlos Dominguez provided two of Clinton's runs with a pair of solo round-trippers.

Mitch Moreland (3/4, 2B), Miguel Alfonzo (1/4, 2B) and Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2B) all doubled.

Moreland, who doubled as a left-handed reliever at Mississippi State, was the highlight of the game for Clinton, as he took the mound in the ninth inning. Moreland gave up one hit between three strikeouts in the frame. His fastball was impressive, topping out at 93 mph.

Player of the Game: 1B-P Mitch Moreland
4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 .322

SSA: Spokane 2 – Salem-Keizer 14
L – Bleier (3-1)
25-8, 5.0 GU

Left-hander Richard Bleier gave up eight runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, but he wasn't helped by his defense. The Spokane defenders committed five errors behind him, leading to six unearned runs.

The Indians were held to just four hits. They came from Dennis Guinn (2/3, 2B), Eric Fry (1/4) and Kyle Higgins (1/2, BB).

Dustin Brader (2 IP) and Yoon-Hee Nam (1 IP) both pitched scoreless ball in relief.

Player of the Game: 1B Dennis Guinn
3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 .273

RK: AZL Rangers – OFF
13-9, 2.5 GB

The Rangers were off on Sunday.

DSL: DSL Rangers1 – OFF
26-16, 3.0 GB

As usual, the DSL's San Pedro Division was off on Sunday.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 – OFF
17-25, 12.0 GB


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