Minor League Roundup - 8/5

Mitch Moreland won the game for Clinton with an RBI single in the ninth inning on Tuesday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 3 – Tucson 6
L – Lee (0-2)
65-53, 8.0 GU


Derek Lee went six innings, yielding six runs [five earned] on nine hits. He fanned three and didn't issue a base on balls.

Reliever Kazuo Fukumori (3.65 ERA/.250 BAA) kept the RedHawks close with three perfect innings, retiring all nine hitters he faced. The right-hander struck out two.

Shortstop Joaquin Arias (2/5, 2B), centerfielder Jason Ellison (2/4, 2B, BB) and first baseman Chris Shelton (1/5, 2B) all doubled.

Oklahoma went up against young prospect Max Scherzer, who didn't allow a run in four innings. He gave up two hits and struck out six.

Player of the Game: RHP Kaz Fukumori
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.65


AA: Frisco - OFF
27-17, 1.0 GU


The Riders enjoyed a scheduled day off on Tuesday.

A+: Bakersfield 2 – (@) Lancaster 8
L – Reed (6-7)
HR – Gerrard (8)
19-25, 6.5 GB


With the wind blowing out at 15 mph in Lancaster, Bakersfield starter Evan Reed held the JetHawks scoreless for the game's first three innings. But he struggled late, giving up eight runs – seven earned – in 5.1 total innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Centerfielder Truan Mehl (1/4, 2B) and catcher Chris Gradoville (1/3, 2B) both doubled. Gradoville added a sacrifice fly.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon had a pair of singles in five at-bats.

Kasey Kiker (4.52 ERA/.288 BAA) pitched 2.2 scoreless frames, giving up one hit and one walk. He struck out three.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.2 1 0 0 1 3 0 4.52


A: Clinton 5 – Wisconsin 4
W – Flores (3-1)
HR – Smith (7)
23-21, 3.5 GB


Ryan Tatusko (4.29 ERA/.242 BAA) gave the L-Kings seven strong innings on Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out four without walking a batter.

Through June 24, Tatusko had 35 strikeouts and 27 walks in 42.2 innings. In his 34.1 innings since that date, he has recorded 31 strikeouts while walking only eight.

Reliever Adalberto Flores gave up the lead by allowing two runs in the top of the ninth inning, leaving Tatusko with a no decision. The right-hander remained 2-8 this season despite having a 4.29 ERA on a strong Clinton ballclub.

DH Tim Smith broke out of a slump by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two stolen bases. It was his seventh homer and his 13th and 14th steals.

Leadoff man Engel Beltre got his average back up to .290 with two singles and a walk in five plate appearances. He also swiped a pair of bases, bringing him up to 25.

Kyle Murphy (3/4, 2B) and Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (2/4, BB) singled twice and walked once while second baseman Matt Lawson (1/3, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice.

Joseph Ortiz walked two batters and gave up one hit in one inning, but he didn't allow a run. The left-hander, who turns 18 on August 13, struck out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 2 2 0 4 0 4.29


SSA: Spokane 2 – (@) Tri-City 15
L – Bleier (3-4)
HR – Bianucci (1)
35-13, 5.0 GU


Richard Bleier was shelled on Tuesday night, coughing up 10 runs – seven earned – on nine hits in three innings. He walked one and didn't strike out a batter.

Left fielder Mike Bianucci, who was 1-for-4, hit his first professional home run.

DH Eric Fry (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked while 3B Matt West (1/3, BB) singled once and walked.

Trevor Hurley (2 IP) and Ryan Schlecht (1 IP) both tossed scoreless relief, but Yoon-Hee Nam surrendered five runs on three homers in two innings pitched.

Player of the Game: LF Mike Bianucci
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .277


RK: AZL Rangers 3 – (@) AZL Angels 13
L – Nelo (1-2)
HR – Valdez (2)
6-2, 0.0 GU


Starting pitcher Hector Nelo pitched well before the Angels blew up for nine runs in the fifth inning.

Nelo allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings, walking two and fanning one.

Geuris Grullon yielded five unearned runs in one-third of an inning. He gave up two hits and walked two.

DH Jairo Valdez (.261/.307/.406) was 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

First baseman Clark Murphy (2/4) had two singles and RF Aja Barto (1/2, BB) singled and walked.

Right-hander Bobby Wilkins fanned one in a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: DH Jairo Valdez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 .261


DSL: DSL Rangers1 4 – (@) DSL Astros 2 (11 innings)
W – Peralta (4-3)
HR – Pimentel (4)
35-19, 2.0 GB


Starter Miguel Munoz set the tone early, allowing just an unearned run in five innings pitched. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out five.

Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel (.308/.455/.438) was 4-for-5 with a home run and two stolen bases. He now has four home runs and 18 steals on the year.

Right fielder Juan Polanco (2/4, 2B) smacked his 11th double while shortstop Edwin Garcia singled twice in five at-bats.

Emmanuel Solis singled and walked in five plate appearances.

Reliever Kelvin Arrendell was clutch out of the bullpen, surrendering one run in 3.1 innings.

The bottom of the 11th inning was never played despite the Astros being the home team.

Player of the Game: LF Guillermo Pimentel
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 4 0 1 2 0 0 .308


DSL: DSL Rangers2 1 – DSL Braves 16
L – Bryan (0-6)
19-35, 18.0 GB


Tuesday's game was just flat out ugly, as the Rangers gave up 16 runs, committed six errors, and had just three hits of their own.

Starting pitcher Melvin Bryan fell to 0-6 on the season after yielding seven runs – five earned – in three innings pitched. He gave up six hits and walked five.

SS Alfredo Chalas (1/3, BB), RF Edwin Ceballo (1/4, 3B) and DH Gilberto Guarucano (1/3, 2B) had the Rangers' three hits.

Player of the Game: RF Edwin Ceballo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 .194


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