Minor League Roundup - 8/2

Clinton hurler Blake Beavan continued his recent dominance on Saturday while the AZL Rangers remained unbeaten in the second half with a big rally. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – Las Vegas 3
W – Benoit (1-0)
SV – Littleton (6)
64-51, 9.0 GU

The RedHawks went up against rehabbing pitcher and Oklahoma native Brad Penny on Saturday. He allowed two runs in four innings of work.

Joaquin Arias (1/5, 2B), Nate Gold (1/4, 2B) and John Mayberry (3/4, 2B) all hit doubles off Penny. Jason Ellison (1/5, 2B) and Chris Shelton (2/4, 2B) added doubles later in the contest.

Oklahoma starter Elizardo Ramirez struck out just one batter in six innings, but he limited the 51s to three runs in six innings.

Joaquin Benoit's first Triple-A rehab appearance was a success, as he needed just 21 pitches to retire the side in order twice. He threw 15 strikes and struck out two batters.

Catcher Nick Trzesniak, who was 2-for-4, led off the bottom of the eighth with a triple. The next hitter, shortstop Casey Benjamin (1/1, 2 BB), drove Trzesniak home with a game-winning sacrifice fly.

Player of the Game: C Nick Trzesniak
4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 .400

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) San Antonio 1
W – Jones (1-0)
SV – Gonzalez (2)
25-17, 1.5 GU

Neftali Feliz, who will finish the season on a pitch count, needed 58 pitches to complete three innings, but he was able to keep the Missions off the scoreboard.

The 20-year-old allowed two hits – both singles – while walking three and striking out three.

Left-hander Beau Jones entered and threw three more shutout frames. Jones gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out one.

Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon raised his Double-A batting average to .314 by going 3-for-5 with a double. Shortstop Elvis Andrus (2/5, 2B) and first baseman Dustin Majewski (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) also hit two-baggers.

Alfredo Gonzalez picked up the save by allowing one run in three innings pitched.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
3.0 2 0 0 3 3 0 1.93

A+: Bakersfield 3 – Lake Elsinore 12
L – Philips (6-8)
HR – Gac (7)
18-24, 6.5 GB

For the second consecutive start, Zach Phillips was rocked in the first inning before settling down late. The left-hander allowed four runs in the first on Saturday, then he allowed just one more over his last four innings.

In five innings, Phillips gave up four earned runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out one.

First baseman Ian Gac had a rough night with three errors in the field, but he also hit a solo home run. It was his 26th total home run of the year.

Second baseman Renny Osuna (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled.

Backstop Alberto Puello entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. He grounded out to first base in his only at-bat.

Pitcher Josh Giles fanned two batters in two hitless innings. In his last four appearances, he has pitched nine innings, allowing no earned runs on four hits. He's walked none and struck out 12.

Player of the Game: RHP Josh Giles
5 1 2 0 1 4 0 0 .273

A: Clinton 4 – (@) Cedar Rapids 2
W – Beavan (8-6)
SV – Flores (11)
22-20, 2.5 GB

With one run allowed in five innings on Saturday, Blake Beavan is entering Neftali Feliz territory in his dominance of the Midwest League. Beavan has allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last six starts – a streak that dates back to June 29.

The tall right-hander threw his fastball between 88-92 mph on Saturday. He allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out four.

Engel Beltre (2/6, 2B), Matt Lawson (2/4, 2B), Jose Felix (3/5, 2B) and Andres James (2/5, 2B) all doubled for the L-Kings. Beltre has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. He also has eight stolen bases in his last 11 contests.

Mitch Moreland (2/4, BB) singled twice and walked once while Davis Stoneburner (0/1, 4 BB) drew four free passes.

Reliever Chris Dennis struck out four batters in two scoreless innings. Closer Adalberto Flores fanned two in 1 2/3 shutout.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
5.0 3 1 1 1 4 0 2.42

SSA: Spokane 5 – Yakima 4
W – Gutsie (4-0)
33-12, 5.0 GU

Wilfredo Boscan (2.49 ERA/.242 BAA) remained undefeated on the season by allowing two runs – one earned – in four innings pitched. He yielded four hits while walking two and fanning three.

Cleanup hitter Joey Butler (.345/.455/.511) singled three times and walked once in four plate appearances. He stole two bases, giving him eight on the year.

Jason Ogata (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled while Jared Bolden (1/4, BB), David Paisano (1/3, BB), and Mike Bianucci (1/3, BB) all singled and walked.

Former UCLA left-hander Tim Murphy surrendered one earned run in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out six without giving out a free pass. Murphy has 17 strikeouts over his last 10 2/3 innings.

Justin Gutsie (1.38 ERA/.167 BAA) picked up his fourth victory in eight professional appearances after throwing 1 1/3 hitless innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Tim Murphy
3.2 2 2 1 0 6 0 2.30

RK: AZL Rangers 8 – AZL Giants 7
W – Wieland (2-1)
SV – Eppley (6)
HR – Barto (6)
6-0, 2.0 GU

The AZL Rangers remained unbeaten in the second half with a four run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Doug Mathis made his first rehab start, giving up one run in two innings pitched. The lone hit he allowed was a home run off the bat of leadoff hitter Wendell Fairley. Mathis struck out three without walking a hitter.

Aja Barto (.307/.416/.587) helped keep the Rangers in the game early on with a two-run homer in the first inning. He later added a walk.

Third baseman Johan Yan (.250/.324/.340) was 1-for-4 with a double. It was his ninth of the year and his sixth in the last ten games.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos (2/4) singled twice and first baseman Michael Ortiz (1/2, 2 BB) singled and walked twice.

Lefty Cody Eppley picked up a difficult save by hurling three scoreless innings. He allowed zero hits and walked one while fanning two.

Player of the Game: LHP Cody Eppley
3.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.76

DSL: DSL Rangers1 2 – (@) DSL Angels 3
L – Bermudez (3-3)
33-19, 3.0 GB

Starting pitcher Ender Rosendo lasted just two innings, but he didn't allow any runs.

Anyenil Mendoza (2.35 ERA/.242 BAA) pitched five innings out of the buillpen, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out five without issuing a base on balls.

Catcher Tomas Telis (.293/.378/.391) was 1-for-3 with his 12th double of the season. He also walked for the 21st time.

Player of the Game: RHP Anyenil Mendoza
5.0 5 2 2 0 5 0 2.35

DSL: DSL Rangers2 2 – DSL Pirates 9
L – Mayora (3-2)
HR – Moreno (2)
19-33, 17.0 GB

Starting pitcher Raul Mayora yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out four.

Third baseman Miguel Moreno (.235/.382/.329) produced both of the Rangers' runs on his two-run home run. It was his second of the season.


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