Minor League Roundup - 7/28

Neftali Feliz made an abbreviated start in Frisco on Monday while Blake Beavan turned in yet another gem. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 9 – (@) Colorado Springs 12
L – Calero (2-2)
HR – Gold (18, 19, 20)
62-48, 10.0 GU

First baseman Nate Gold pulled his best Nelson Cruz impression on Monday, hitting three home runs off Sky Sox starter Jason Hirsh. Gold added a single and drove in four total runs on the night. He has nine home runs in the month of July.

Cruz didn't hit a homer in the game, but he did single twice and drive in three runs, giving him 96 in 95 games this season.

Jason Ellison (2/5), Drew Meyer (2/5) and Kevin Richardson (2/3, BB) also had two base hits.

First baseman Chris Shelton doubled twice in five plate appearances.

Starting pitcher Elizardo Ramirez allowed six runs – four earned – on nine hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Kiko Calero entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead, but he surrendered a pair of three-run homers in the inning. He gave up four walks and six hits in one-third of an inning. Former Oakland A's batterymate Adam Melhuse had the walkoff bomb.

Player of the Game: 1B Nate Gold
5 3 4 0 3 4 0 0 .242

AA: Frisco 3 – San Antonio 2
W – Laughter (2-1)
HR – Murphy (17)
23-14, 2.5 GU

Neftali Feliz didn't allow a run in 3 1/3 innings against the Missions. He allowed one hit, walked one, and fanned four.

Feliz, who threw 57 pitches, will likely be on a similar pitch count for the remainder of the season. The 20-year-old has racked up 102.1 innings this season after throwing just 42.1 frames in 2007.

Relief pitcher J.B. Diaz pitched 1 2/3 innings without giving up a hit or a walk. He has now began his Double-A career with 14.2 scoreless innings.

Right fielder Steve Murphy (1/3, HR) smacked a solo home run to start Frisco's comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus (1/4) ended the rally with a game-winning, two-run single later that inning.

J.T. Restko (1/2, 2B) hit his first double since being promoted to Frisco.

Joaquin Benoit struggled in his second rehab appearance, walking two batters and allowing one hit in two-thirds of an inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
3.1 3 0 0 1 4 0 2.21

A+: Bakersfield – OFF
16-21, 6.5 GB

The Blaze took Monday off.

A: Clinton 5 – (@) Lansing 1
W – Beavan (7-6)
SV – Turner (2)
19-18, 2.5 GB

Blake Beavan (0.93 ERA/.196 BAA in five July starts) surrendered one run in six innings of work. He gave up three hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.

Davis Stoneburner (2/3, 2B) and Miguel Alfonzo (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled for Clinton's only extra-base hits of the day.

Catcher Jose Felix had two singles in four at-bats.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre was 0-for-2, but he walked for the second time in three games. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt and stole his 20th base.

Left-hander Ryan Turner (2.47 ERA/.265 BAA) got his second save by blanking the Lugnuts for three innings. He gave up no hits, walked one, and punched out three.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
6.0 3 1 1 0 4 0 2.45

SSA: Spokane 11 – (@) Everett 7
W – Murphy (3-0)
HR – Paisano (5)
31-10, 5.0 GU

The Spokane Indians – mostly leadoff hitter David Paisano – roughed up Everett starter and University of Texas product Kenn Kasparek on Monda night.

Paisano doubled, homered, and drove in four total runs against the tall right-hander.

Spokane starter Matt Nevarez allowed three runs – two earned – on three hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Left-hander Tim Murphy (2.28 ERA/.150 BAA) gave up one run on one hit in three innings. He struck out four without walking a batter.

Murphy, the Rangers' third round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, has yielded only 12 hits in 23.2 innings with the Indians this season.

Shortstop Kyle Higgins (3/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Doug Hogan (2/5, 2B), Matt West (2/5, 2B) and Dennis Guinn (1/5, 2B) all doubled once.

Designated hitter Jared Bolden singled and walked three times.

Player of the Game: CF David Paisano
5 2 2 1 1 4 0 0 .270

RK: AZL Rangers 9 – AZL Athletics 7
W – Eppley (1-1)
2-0, 0.5 GU

Starter Kyle Ocampo (3.68 ERA/.225 BAA) struck out six batters and surrendered two runs in four innings of work. He allowed four hits and walked two.

Smoking hot right fielder Rafael Hill raised his batting average to .339 with four singles in five at-bats.

Johan Yan (2/5, 2B) and Jamie McGraw (1/4, 2B) both doubled in the game.

Second baseman Alejandro Selen singled three times while Edward Martinez had two base hits in five at-bats.

Player of the Game: RF Rafael Hill
5 2 4 0 0 1 0 0 .339

DSL: DSL Rangers1 5 – DSL Angels 3
W – Bermudez (3-2)
SV – Arrendell (3)
HR – Solis (4)
31-17, 3.0 GB

Cuba native Reinier Bermudez dealt another solid start on Monday, as he allowed two runs in six innings. He surrendered four hits, walked one, and struck out eight. The 23-year-old now has 51 strikeouts in 35.1 DSL innings this season.

Third baseman Emmanuel Solis was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. The long ball was his 10th extra-base hit in 132 at-bats.

Catcher Tomas Telis singled three times in four at-bats.

LF Guillermo Pimentel (1/4, 2B) hit his sixth double of the season.

Reliever Kelvin Arrendell pitched a scoreless inning for his third save of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Reinier Bermudez
6.0 4 2 2 1 8 0 2.80

DSL: DSL Rangers2 1 – (@) DSL Pirates 2
L – Alvarez (2-2)
19-29, 15.0 GB

Raul Mayora entered the game with a 9.82 ERA in July, but he made his last outing of the month count. The 21-year-old southpaw fanned 10 batters in 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run.

Big reliever Jose Monegro didn't allow a hit or a walk in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out five batters in the scoreless outing.

DH Wilson Ventura (2/4) singled twice while 3B Miguel Moreno was 1-for-4 with his sixth double.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Monegro
2.1 0 0 0 0 5 0 2.28


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