Minor League Roundup - 8/12

The Bakersfield offense exploded for eight extra-base hits on Tuesday while a couple of Rangers pitchers made rehab appearances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – (@) Nashville 0 (10 innings)
W – Maeda (5-3)
SV – White (4)
66-58, 5.0 GU

Entering Tuesday's game, the RedHawks had not gotten a quality start in their last eight games. But that changed, as Brandon McCarthy surrendered just one hit while tossing six shutout innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Right fielder Ben Harrison (.241/.303/.276 in 29 Triple-A at-bats) singled twice in four trips.

Chris Shelton (1/4, 2B) doubled while Ryan Roberts (1/3, BB) and Casey Benjamin (1/1, BB) both reached base multiple times.

Relief pitchers Kiko Calero (1.2 IP), Yukinaga Maeda (1.1 IP) and Bill White (1 IP) were all excellent out of the bullpen, as they combined to hold the Sounds scoreless for four innings.

It looks like White may be positioning himself for his second September call-up in as many seasons. The hard-throwing lefty has posted a 2.30 ERA with 34 strikeouts in his last 27.1 innings since the beginning of June.

Joaquin Arias won the game by driving home Ryan Roberts with a pinch hit single in the top of the 10th inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Brandon McCarthy
6.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 4.58

AA: Frisco – OFF
29-21, 0.5 GU

Frisco returns to action on Wednesday evening. Left-hander Derek Holland is slated to make his Double-A debut in the contest.

A+: Bakersfield 14 – Stockton 2
W – Swanson (1-2)
HR – Gac (9), Gomez (7), Whittleman (7)
22-29, 9.0 GB

The Bakersfield offense busted out in a big way on Tuesday, as they scored 14 runs behind eight extra-base hits.

Starting pitcher Glenn Swanson also did an excellent job, surrendering two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He fanned six without walking a batter.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.265/.374/.403) ran his hitting streak to 11 games as he went 4-for-5 with a home run in the contest.

DH Ian Gac (1/5, HR) and 1B Mauro Gomez (1/5, HR) also added long balls.

Grant Gerrard (.278/.322/.431) was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. He now has 28 doubles on the season.

Smoking hot catcher Chris Gradoville (.320/.357/.437) was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three runs batted in. Gradoville – who has walked just seven times all season – has two free passes in his last two games.

Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B, BB) and Erik Morrison (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Reliever Tyler Tufts returned to Bakersfield and pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings.

Dan Sattler fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: 3B John Whittleman
5 2 4 0 1 2 0 0 .265

A: Clinton 4 – (@) Quad Cities 2
W – Quintero (6-6)
SV – Dennis (3)
HR – Smith (9)
26-25, 4.5 GB

Tim Smith (.301/.364/.437) extended his hitting streak to 12 games after getting two hits – including a two-run home run – in four at-bats. The Toronto native has collected multiple hits in each of his last four contests.

Starting pitcher Jorge Quintero notched his second consecutive strong outing, surrendering two runs in five innings pitched. He allowed three hits while walking four and striking out four.

Relief pitchers Julio Santana and Chris Dennis both hurled two innings of shutout ball. Dennis struck out the side in the ninth and fanned four total.

Player of the Game: LF Tim Smith
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .301

SSA: Spokane 8 – (@) Boise 10
L – Murphy (3-1)
HR – Guinn (3)
38-17, 6.0 GU

The Indians did their best to mimic the big league club on Tuesday. After being down 10-1 through seven innings, Spokane scored seven runs in the top of the eighth, but the ferocious rally would fall short in the end.

Starter Tim Murphy yielded four runs on two hits and four walks in 3.1 innings. He struck out four.

Wilfredo Boscan also had a rare rough outing, giving up six runs – five earned – in 3.1 frames. He fanned six without walking a batter.

First baseman Dennis Guinn (.269/.391/.462) added to the big rally with a two-run homer. He also singled in the game.

Jared Bolden (1/3, 2B, 2 BB), Justin Pickett (2/4, 2B) and Ed Koncel (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled.

Jake Kaase (2/5), Eric Fry (2/5) and Doug Hogan (2/4) had two singles apiece.

Reliever Ryan Schlecht (1.71 ERA/.198 BAA) hurled 1.1 shutout innings to close out the game.

Player of the Game: 1B Dennis Guinn
5 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .269

RK: AZL Rangers 6 – AZL Cubs 2
W – Ocampo (2-0)
SV – Wagner (1)
10-4, 1.0 GB

John Rheinecker made his first rehab appearance on Tuesday, giving up one run in one inning of work. He surrendered three hits and recorded three groundouts in the frame.

Right-hander Kyle Ocampo (3.38 ERA/.229 BAA) took over for the southpaw and was excellent. He allowed just an unearned run in five innings of work. He gave up four hits while walking three and striking out five.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos and second baseman Edward Martinez both went 3-for-4 with a double.

Shortstop Leury Garcia (1/2, 3B, 2 BB) tripled and walked twice while Cody Podraza (1/3, 2 BB) and Clark Murphy (0/1, 2 BB) both singled and walked twice.

David Wagner earned his first professional save with three shutout innings. He fanned four.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle Ocampo
5.0 4 1 0 3 5 0 3.38

DSL: DSL Rangers1 10 – (@) DSL Pirates 3
W – De Leon (4-1)
HR – Polanco (8), Vizcaino (1)
41-19, 1.5 GU

Kelvin De Leon (2.32 ERA/.175 BAA) tossed five scoreless innings on Tuesday, striking out six batters.

Right fielder Juan Polanco (.286/.406/.478) was 2-for-4 with a double and his league-leading eighth home run of the season. He extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Polanco is batting a salty .418/.480/.821 over that stretch.

First baseman Stanly Vizcaino went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season.

Guillermo Pimentel (1/2, 2B, BB) doubled and drove home three runs.

Reliever Reinier Bermudez struck out one in a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: RF Juan Polanco
4 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 .286

DSL: DSL Rangers2 8 – DSL Astros 12
L – Bryan (0-8)
20-41, 21.5 GB

Melvin Bryan lost for the eighth time in as many decisions on Tuesday, as he yielded eight runs – two earned – in 3 1/3 innings.

Third baseman Miguel Moreno (.333/.512/.630 in 10 August games) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. It was the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the day.

DH Edward Ceballo singled twice and had three runs batted in.

Pitchers Raul Mayora (1 IP) and Pedro Tirado (3 IP) both struck out three batters without surrendering a run in their outings.

Player of the Game: LHP Pedro Tirado
3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5.87


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