Minor League Roundup - 8/14

Backed by starting pitcher Brian Gordon, the Oklahoma RedHawks beat an old friend on Thursday evening. The Rangers' Dominican Summer League clubs also picked up a pair of impressive victories. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – (@) Nashville 0
W – Gordon (5-5)
SV – White (5)
HR – Shelton (8), Arias (7)
68-58, 7.0 GU


Brian Gordon returned to sea level on Thursday night and hurled seven shutout innings against the Nashville Sounds. He threw just 79 pitches and gave up three hits while walking two and striking out one.

The RedHawks went up against former Rangers prospect Sam Narron. Though Narron pitched well, giving up two runs in seven innings, he was stuck with the loss.

Oklahoma's runs came on solo home runs off the bats of leadoff man Joaquin Arias (3/4, HR) and three-hole hitter Chris Shelton (1/4, HR).

Ryan Roberts and Ben Harrison both went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Relievers Kea Kometani and Bill White threw one scoreless inning apiece to complete the shutout.

Player of the Game: RHP Brian Gordon
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 3 0 0 2 1 0 4.65


AA: Frisco 1 – Tulsa 11
L – Feliz (2-2)
30-22, 0.5 GB


The Drillers tagged Frisco starter Neftali Feliz for five runs in three innings pitched. The flame-throwing righty allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out three.

Frisco was held to just five hits on the evening, all of which were singles.

Centerfielder Julio Borbon, who batted in the third slot for the second consecutive game, had two singles in four at-bats. He also stole a pair of bases.

Like Feliz, reliever J.B. Diaz has been dominant being promoted to Double-A. But he, too, struggled on Thursday, surrendering three runs in one inning of work. Diaz's ERA shot up to 2.08.

Player of the Game: CF Julio Borbon
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .305


A+: Bakersfield 2 – Modesto 5
L – Roark (1-2)
22-31, 10.0 GB


The Blaze lost despite getting another excellent effort from Omar Poveda, who allowed one run in six innings. He gave up four hits while walking two and striking out seven.

Poveda has allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his four starts since returning from the disabled list.

Catcher Chris Gradoville, who is hitting .444 [20-for-45] in August, was 3-for-4 with his first triple of the season.

Left fielder Adam Cobb went 3-for-4 with a double in his first start with the High-A club.

Grant Gerrard (2/4, 2B) also doubled.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Poveda
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 1 1 2 7 1 5.05


A: Clinton 4 – Burlington 6
L – Kirkman (3-3)
HR – Moreland (14)
27-26, 4.5 GB


Michael Kirkman (4.55 ERA/.251 BAA) yielded four runs in six innings, walking two and striking out five.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (.308/.389/.511) was 1-for-4 with a home run. The round-tripper was his second in as many nights.

Matt Lawson (2/4, BB) and Tim Smith (2/5) both singled twice.

Japan native Keisuke Ueno (3.56 ERA/.251 BAA) hurled two scoreless innings, recording one strikeout.

Player of the Game: 1B Mitch Moreland
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .308


SSA: Spokane - OFF
38-18, 5.0 GU


The slumping Indians got a much needed day of rest on Thursday.

RK: AZL Rangers - OFF
10-5, 2.0 GB


The Rangers resume play on Friday evening.

DSL: DSL Rangers1 3 – (@) DSL Angels 1
W – Rosendo (3-3)
SV – Bermudez (1)
43-19, 3.5 GU


Starter Ender Rosendo permitted just one hit in five scoreless innings. He struck out three without issuing a walk.

First baseman Stanly Vizcaino, who was 2-for-4, was the only Rangers player with multiple hits in the game.

Right fielder Juan Polanco (1/3, 2 BB) singled and walked twice.

Hard-throwing reliever Reinier Bermudez fanned three batters in two shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.36.

Player of the Game: RHP Ender Rosendo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.06


DSL: DSL Rangers2 4 – DSL Pirates 0
W – Mayora (4-2)
22-41, 21.5 GB


Raul Mayora (4.15 ERA/.251 BAA) had his best outing of the season against one of the DSL's best teams on Thursday.

The 21-year-old southpaw held the Pirates scoreless for seven innings, allowing only two hits and two walks. He struck out eight.

Right fielder Luis Cabrera (1/4, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit, but Alfredo Chalas (2/3), Miguel Moreno (2/4) and Gilberto Guarucano (2/4) all singled twice.

Jose Monegro closed out the game with two shutout innings, surrendering one hit.

Player of the Game: LHP Raul Mayora
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 2 0 0 2 8 0 4.15


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