Minor League Roundup - 8/11

The Spokane Indians won a pitcher's duel behind strong performances from Neil Ramirez, Carlos Pimentel, and Trevor Hurley. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of Monday's action in the minor leagues.

AAA: Oklahoma 7 – (@) Albuquerque 13
L – Ballard (1-3)
HR – Gold (22)
65-58, 4.0 GU


Oklahoma's struggles continued on Monday night, as left-hander Mike Ballard allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

DH Nate Gold (.254/.337/.487) was one of the lone bright spots, as he was 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in. Gold is batting .323 with eight home runs in 23 games since the Pacific Coast League's All-Star break.

Shortstop Drew Meyer (.273/.347/.375) doubled and walked twice in five plate appearances.

Chris Shelton (3/4, BB), John Mayberry (3/5) and Ryan Roberts (2/5) all had multiple singles.

Reliever Kameron Loe (5.89 ERA/.305 BAA) gave up a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, putting the game out of reach for the RedHawks.

Player of the Game: DH Nate Gold
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 4 0 2 .254


AA: Frisco 3 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 10
L – Hodges (8-8)
HR – Fox (7)
29-21, 0.5 GU


Trey Hodges allowed seven runs on six hits – including a pair of three-run homers – in three innings pitched.

Third baseman Adam Fox (.236/.314/.365) drove home two of Frisco's runs with a three-run homer in the fifth inning. It was his only hit of the night.

Dustin Majewski doubled twice in four at-bats, giving him 30 on the season.

Designated hitter Chad Tracy had two singles in four at-bats.

Right-hander Clayton Hamilton (6.20 ERA/.267 BAA) provided solid relief out of the bullpen, as he yielded one run in three innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Andrew Laughter struck out one and gave up one hit in a scoreless frame.

Player of the Game: 3B Adam Fox
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .236


A+: Bakersfield 4 – Stockton 9
L – Stewart (5-6)
21-29, 9.0 GB


Kasey Kiker (4.30 ERA/.281 BAA) returned to a starting role on Monday and tossed five scoreless innings against the Stockton Ports. He yielded two hits while walking two and striking out six.

First baseman Mauro Gomez appeared in his first game in nine days and went 2-for-4 with a double. He drove in three of Bakersfield's four runs.

Renny Osuna (2/5, 2B) and Truan Mehl (1/4, 2B) also hit two-baggers.

3B John Whittleman, C Chris Gradoville, and LF K.C. Herren all singled and walked. The free pass was Gradoville's sixth in 53 games this season.

The Blaze entered the ninth inning with a two run lead, but relievers Jordan Stewart and Ryan Falcon combined to allow seven runs in the frame.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 0 0 2 6 0 4.30


A: Clinton 2 – (@) Quad Cities 4
L – Main (1-1)
25-25, 5.5 GB


Michael Main gave up four runs – three earned – in 4.1 innings, but he also recorded nine strikeouts. The former first round pick allowed two hits and walked four.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (.245/.353/.460) was 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him 21 on the year.

DH Tim Smith, who was 2-for-4, extended his hitting streak to 11 contests.

Relief pitchers Joseph Ortiz (2.2 IP) and Adalberto Flores (1 IP) both pitched scoreless ball out of the pen.

Player of the Game: 3B Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 .245


SSA: Spokane 2 – (@) Boise 1
W – Pimentel (4-2)
SV – Hurley (2)
HR – Hogan (5)
38-16, 7.0 GU


Neil Ramirez (3.38 ERA/.149 BAA) was excellent in his start, as he pitched three strong innings. He surrendered one run on one hit, walking none and fanning four.

Right-hander Carlos Pimentel (3.54 ERA/.213 BAA) didn't allow any runs in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up two hits, walked three, and struck out six.

Catcher Doug Hogan (.226/.278/.409) pushed across both of Spokane's runs with his two-run homer in the third inning.

Right fielder Joey Butler (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled and walked while first baseman Jared Bolden (0/1, 3 BB) walked three times.

Tomball native Trevor Hurley tossed 1 1/3 hitless frames to pick up his second save of the year.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.2 2 0 0 3 6 0 3.54


RK: AZL Rangers 3 – (@) AZL Athletics 10
L – Thompson (0-1)
9-4, 1.0 GB


Starting pitcher Ben Henry allowed three runs, two earned, in three innings pitched. He walked two and struck out six.

Matt Thompson was much more effective in his second professional outing, allowing one run in two innings. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out four.

The Rangers had no extra-base hits in the game, but catcher Leonel De Los Santos and DH Clark Murphy both had two singles in four at-bats.

First baseman Michael Ortiz was 0-for-1 with three walks.

Bobby Wilkins (5.71 ERA/.292 BAA) fanned one in two shutout innings. He allowed two hits without walking a batter.

Player of the Game: RHP Bobby Wilkins
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.71


DSL: DSL Rangers1 5 – DSL Astros 4 (10 innings)
W – Peralta (5-1)
40-19, 0.5 GU


Miguel Munoz (2.26 ERA/.207 BAA) limited the Astros to two hits while hurling six scoreless innings on Monday morning. He walked two and struck out two.

Red hot DH Tomas Telis (.327/.401/.422) was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base.

Right fielder Juan Polanco (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled for the 14th time this year.

Shortstop Edwin Garcia (.286/.374/.330) singled twice and drove in one run.

Denny Peralta picked up the victory after surrendering one unearned run in three innings. He struck out five batters.

Player of the Game: RHP Miguel Munoz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 0 0 2 2 0 2.26


DSL: DSL Rangers2 3 – (@) DSL Braves 2
W – Monegro (1-1)
SV – Alvarez (5)
20-40, 20.5 GB


Jose Urbina set the tone for the Rangers' first victory in 10 games by striking out eight batters in five innings. He allowed two runs, just one of which was earned.

The Rangers had no extra-base hits, but Miguel Montes de Oca (2/5), Alfredo Chalas (2/4, BB), Edward Ceballo (2/3) and Alex Gonzalez (2/3) all singled twice.

The relief trio of Michael De La Cruz (1 IP), Jose Monegro (2 IP) and Reynaldo Alvarez (1 IP) combined to keep the Braves off the board for the game's final four innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Urbina
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 4 2 1 3 8 0 5.06


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