Minor League Roundup - 7/31

Top pitching prospects Derek Holland and Michael Main led their respective teams to victory in low-scoring games on Thursday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 3 – Las Vegas 4
L – Lee (0-1)
63-50, 10.0 GU


Veteran lefty Derek Lee was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma to take the rotation spot of Tommy Hunter, who starts in Arlington on Friday.

Lee had his struggles, giving up four runs – three earned – on 10 hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out one.

Right-hander Kameron Loe (4.96 ERA/.303 BAA) helped keep the Rangers in the game by hurling four shutout innings in relief. He gave up four hits, walked one, and fanned two.

Second baseman Drew Meyer (.365/.440/.527 in July) topped off an excellent month with three singles in four at-bats. He also drove in a pair of runs.

Chris Shelton (1/4, 2B) and Travis Metcalf (1/2, 2B) both doubled while John Mayberry (1/3, 3B, BB) and Kevin Richardson (1/4, 3B) each had a triple.

Wes Littleton fanned two in a perfect ninth inning. He finishes July with a one run allowed in 13.1 relief innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Kameron Loe
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 4 0 0 1 2 0 4.96


AA: Frisco 6 – Midland 9
L – Diaz (0-1)
HR – Gradoville (1)
23-17, 1.0 GU


Trey Hodges showed some rust while pitching for the first time since July 13th. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings of work.

Catcher Tim Gradoville was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Right fielder Steve Murphy (2/4, 2 2B, BB) doubled twice and walked while Dustin Majewski (2/4) had a pair of singles.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon singled and walked twice.

J.B. Diaz finally allowed his first Double-A run on Thursday. In fact, he gave up four runs [two earned] in one inning of work.

Brandon Puffer tossed two hitless innings, recording two strikeouts.

Player of the Game: RF Steve Murphy
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 2 0 2 1 0 .273


A+: Bakersfield 2 – Visalia 1
W – Holland (3-1)
SV – Stewart (8)
18-22, 5.5 GB


Derek Holland improved to 10-1 overall this season after tossing six scoreless frames on Thursday night. He gave up three singles, walked one, and struck out five.

Third baseman John Whittleman (2/3, BB) reached base three times while RF Grant Gerrard (2/4) also singled twice.

Chad Tracy, Truan Mehl and Erik Morrison all went 1-for-4 with a double.

Sinkerballing reliever Jordan Stewart coaxed three groundouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn his eighth save of the season.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 0 0 1 5 0 2.08


A: Clinton 4 – South Bend 1
W – Main (1-0)
SV – Ortiz (2)
HR – Greene (19)
21-19, 1.5 GB


Michael Main (2.04 ERA/.250 BAA) turned in his best start of the season, as he allowed one run in six innings pitched. The former first round pick surrendered three hits and struck out four batters without issuing a walk.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (.247/.360/.466) was 2-for-4 with a home run, his 19th of the year. Greene finished the month of July with eight home runs.

DH Tim Smith (1/3, 2B, BB) and C Jose Felix (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre (.306/.328/.463 in July) had two singles in four at-bats.

Left-hander Joseph Ortiz (2.00 ERA/.169 BAA) pitched three hitless innings for his second save. He walked one and struck out one. Ortiz is just 17-years-old.

Player of the Game: RHP Michael Main
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 1 1 0 4 0 2.04


SSA: Spokane 1 – Yakima 5
L – Bleier (3-3)
32-11, 5.0 GU


Starter Richard Bleier lost for the third consecutive start, giving up two runs in five innings. He allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out two.

With 10 groundouts against two flyouts in the game, Bleier is now getting 3.74 groundouts per flyout in the Northwest League.

Joey Butler (1/3, 3B, BB) hit his fourth triple of the season.

Shortstop Kyle Higgins (1/4, 2B) knocked his fourth double.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 2 2 3 2 0 2.81


RK: AZL Rangers 7 – (@) AZL Cubs 5 (7 innings/Game 1)
W – Stanford (1-0)
SV – Ocampo (1)


Starting pitcher Geuris Grullon (3.38 ERA/.229 BAA) yielded two runs, one earned, in three innings. He walked one batter while striking out three.

Second baseman Edward Martinez tripled for the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the game. He was 1-for-4.

First baseman Clark Murphy and left fielder Jamie McGraw both singled twice.

Kyle Ocampo struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect seventh inning to notch the save.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle Ocampo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.67


RK: AZL Rangers 1 – (@) AZL Cubs 2 (7 innings/Game 2)
L – Nelo (1-1)
4-1, 0.5 GU


Hector Nelo suffered the loss despite pitching five strong innings for the Rangers in game two. The 21-year-old held the AZL Cubs to just one earned run on three hits and a walk. He struck out four.

Leadoff hitter Cody Podraza was 2-for-3 with a triple.

First baseman Michael Ortiz (1/3) had the Rangers' only other hit of the day.

Tyler Tufts, who recently made two appearances with Bakersfield, struck out one in a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Hector Nelo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 2 1 1 4 0 2.76


DSL: DSL Rangers1 10 – (@) DSL Pirates 11
L – Peralta (3-3)
HR – Polanco (6), Solis (6)
33-18, 2.0 GB


It was a rare offensive explosion in this DSL contest on Thursday.

Second baseman Junior Payano (.175/.259/.241) led the Rangers' charge by going 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored, and three runs batted in.

Catcher Tomas Telis (.292/.376/.386) and left fielder Guillermo Pimentel (.292/.437/.409) both singled four times.

Keury Arias (3/4) had three singles while Edward Alfonzo (2/5, BB) and Jhonny Gomez (2/5, BB) both singled twice and walked.

Emmanuel Solis and Juan Polanco were both just 1-for-4, but they each hit their sixth home run of the season.

Starting pitcher Ezequiel Rijo saw his ERA shoot up to 0.93 when he allowed five runs – three earned – in five innings pitched. He walked four and struck out just one.

Player of the Game: 2B Junior Payano
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 3 3 0 0 3 0 1 .175


DSL: DSL Rangers2 1 – DSL Astros 4
L – Urbina (2-3)
19-32, 16.0 GB


Starting pitcher Jose Urbina was able to hold the DSL Astros to three runs [one earned] in five innings pitched despite walking six batters. He allowed only two hits.

Reliever Yeiser Marinez issued four free passes in two innings, but he didn't give up a run or a hit.

Third baseman Miguel Moreno (1/3, 2B, BB) and first baseman Gilberto Guarucano (1/3, 2B) both doubled. They combined for two of the Rangers' four hits on Thursday.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Urbina
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 3 1 6 3 0 4.76


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