Minor League Roundup - 7/24

Spokane left-hander Martin Perez continued to show that he's up for the challenge of the Northwest League despite being just 17-years-old. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of Thursday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 8 – (@) Salt Lake 9
L – Fukumori (0-4)
60-46, 9.0 GU


Nelson Cruz didn't hit another home run on Thursday, but he did have two singles in five at-bats.

Starting pitcher Brian Gordon yielded six runs – five earned – on seven hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out five. The hurler was burned by three Salt Lake home runs.

First baseman Chris Shelton (2/5, 3B) and shortstop Joaquin Arias (1/4, 3B) both tripled. The three-bagger was Arias' ninth of the season.

Ryan Roberts singled three times in four at-bats.

DH Nate Gold was 1-for-4 with a double.

Catcher Gerald Laird played the entire game for the first time in his three rehab appearances. He was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris Shelton
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 .333


AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Midland 2
W – Hyatt (1-1)
SV – Laughter (8)
21-12, 2.5 GU


Jared Hyatt out-dueled A's prospect James Simmons on Thursday, as he allowed only two runs in seven innings. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out six while walking two.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.284/.345/.422) was 2-for-5 with a triple and three runs batted in.

Right fielder Steve Murphy (1/4, 2B) and catcher Emerson Frostad (2/4, 2B) both doubled.

Closer Andrew Laughter (3.30 ERA/.232 BAA) struck out one in two perfect innings of relief. He has issued just one walk in 19 innings pitched since the beginning of June.

Player of the Game: RHP Jared Hyatt
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 2 2 2 6 0 4.15


A+: Bakersfield 1 – (@) San Jose 5
L – Holland (2-1)
15-19, 6.5 GB


Derek Holland gave up three runs in six innings on Thursday evening. He struck out 10 while walking one.

Marcus Lemon (1/4, 2B) doubled for Bakersfield's only extra-base hit while centerfielder Truan Mehl had a pair of infield singles in three at-bats. He also walked.

Lemon now has 15 extra-base hits in 22 July games. He has posted a .551 slugging percentage this month.

Reliever Josh Lueke yielded two runs – one earned – in two innings. He struck out three.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 3 3 1 10 1 2.70


A: Clinton 4 – (@) Great Lakes 2
W – Castillo (2-3)
SV – Ortiz (1)
HR – Moreland (12)
16-17, 5.0 GB


Michael Kirkman tossed his fourth consecutive quality start on Thursday, giving the L-Kings six strong innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, walking one and fanning three.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (.321/.397/.542) hit his seventh home run of the month and his 12th of the year. He also walked.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (2/4, 2B, BB) doubled and walked while shortstop Davis Stoneburner (2/4) singled twice.

Fabio Castillo earned the victory by striking out three batters in two perfect innings.

Left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz (1.93 ERA/.170 BAA) struck out one in a hitless inning to earn his second professional save.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 2 2 1 3 1 3.05


SSA: Spokane 0 – Salem-Keizer 1 (10 innings)
L – Peralta (1-1)
28-9, 4.0 GU


Young Martin Perez (3.38 ERA/.280 BAA) dealt the best start of his professional career on Thursday. He went five innings, allowing no runs. The 17-year-old gave up only two hits while fanning five and walking none.

Relief pitchers Trevor Hurley (3.20 ERA/.243 BAA) and Corey Young (2.81 ERA/.172 BAA) both pitched two hitless innings, walking two batters.

Joey Butler (1/4), Mike Bianucci (1/3, BB) and Dennis Guinn (1/4) all singled for Spokane's only three hits of the night.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 3.38


RK: AZL Rangers 8 – (@) AZL Mariners 4
W – Evans (2-1)
HR – Hill (3)
17-9, 1.5 GB


Miguel De Los Santos surrendered two runs in four innings of work. He walked one and punched out five.

Right fielder Lejuan Hill (.250/.333/.568) was 1-for-4 with a home run.

DH Aja Barto (.278/.400/.519) walked four times. He didn't have any official at-bats in the contest.

Cody Podraza (2/4) singled twice while Michael Ortiz (1/3, BB) singled once and walked once.

Geuris Grullon (2.79 ERA/.161 BAA) gave up a hit in a shutout inning of relief. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel De Los Santos
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 5 2 2 1 5 0 2.25


DSL: DSL Rangers1 7 – (@) DSL Astros 0
W – Caraballo (2-1)
HR – Gonzalez (1)
29-17, 4.0 GB


Starting pitcher Orlando Caraballo (4.15 ERA/.256 BAA) went five shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks. He punched out five batters.

Backstop Mervin Gonzalez (.132/.298/.220) was 1-for-3 with a home run, his first of the season.

Infielders Junior Payano (1/3, 3B, BB) and Stanly Vizcaino (1/5, 3B) both tripled. Vizcaino drove in three runs.

CF Ariel Ventura (2/4, 2B), LF Guillermo Pimentel (1/4, 2B) and RF Juan Polanco (3/4, 2B) all doubled.

Pitchers Miguel Munoz (3 IP) and Pepe Sibid (1 IP) helped to finish off the shutout for the DSL Rangers1.

Player of the Game: RHP Orlando Caraballo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 5 0 0 2 5 0 4.15


DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 – DSL Braves 0
W – Urbina (2-2)
SV – Alvarez (4)
19-27, 14.0 GB


Shortstop Alfredo Chalas (.252/.342/.339) singled twice and drove in two runs in four at-bats.

Third baseman Miguel Moreno was 1-for-4 with his fifth double of the season.

Pitcher Jose Urbina pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three batters.

Reynaldo Alvarez hurled three hitless frames, striking out three batters.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Urbina
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 5.40


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