Minor League Roundup - 8/23

The Oklahoma RedHawks became the latest Rangers minor league affiliate to clinch a playoff spot, as they did so behind two home runs from Casey Benjamin on Saturday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 10 – Iowa 8
W – White (4-1)
HR – Shelton (10), Benjamin (5, 6), Ramirez (1)
72-63, 9.0 GU

The RedHawks clinched the division championship on Saturday night after winning a wild one at Bricktown Ballpark.

Oklahoma was able to overcome a rough start by Elizardo Ramirez, who allowed seven runs – five earned – on 12 hits in 4.2 innings.

Casey Benjamin (.236/.333/.367) got to hit leadoff and went 2-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in. Benjamin's three-run homer in the eighth helped put the RedHawks on top for good.

First baseman Chris Shelton (2/4, HR) and catcher Max Ramirez (2/4, HR) both blasted solo home runs.

Ryan Roberts (2/5, 3B) and John Mayberry (1/4, 3B) both hit triples while Nelson Cruz (2/5, 2B) launched his 18th double.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored in his return to the minors.

Left-hander Yukinaga Maeda (4.44 ERA/.263 BAA) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up two hits and fanned one without issuing a walk. In 52.2 innings this season, Maeda has struck out 55 while walking just nine hitters.

Bill White picked up the win after retiring all four batters he faced. The southpaw has a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings since the PCL All-Star break.

Player of the Game: SS Casey Benjamin
5 2 2 0 2 5 0 0 .236

AA: Frisco 10 – (@) Midland 1
W – Holland (3-0)
SV – Hamilton (1)
38-23, 1.0 GU

Derek Holland was Derek Holland on Saturday night. The fireballing lefty surrendered one run on three hits over six innings pitched, walking two in striking out five.

Holland, who is now 13-1 between three levels this season, has surrendered 10 hits in 20 Double-A innings. He's struck out 22 while walking four over that span.

The Frisco offense was also impressive, scoring 10 runs on 20 hits.

Elvis Andrus (4/6, 2B), John Whittleman (2/5, 2 2B) and (2/4, 2B) all drove in three runs apiece, combining for nine total RBI.

Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon (.326/.362/.445) was 3-for-5 with a double and a walk. Borbon currently has a 12-game hitting streak and he has multiple hits in each of his last five contests.

First baseman Chad Tracy (3/4, BB) singled three times while Dustin Majewski (2/5) and Steve Murphy (2/5) had two base hits apiece.

Clayton Hamilton earned the save despite the blowout with three scoreless innings out of the pen.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
6.0 3 1 1 2 5 0 0.90

A+: Bakersfield 2 – Lake Elsinore 12
L – Phillips (8-9)
24-38, 13.0 GB

The Storm scored 11 of their 12 runs between the seventh and ninth innings on Saturday.

Starter Zach Phillips (2.93 ERA/.298 BAA in August) was pretty solid, allowing just one unearned run in six innings pitched. He scattered six hits while walking three and striking out three.

First baseman Ian Gac (1/4, 2B) and DH Truan Mehl (1/3, BB) provided Bakersfield's only two runs batted in on the night.

Relievers Josh Giles, Jordan Stewart and Ryan Falcon combined to surrender 11 runs in the game's final three innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Zach Phillips
6.0 6 1 0 3 3 0 5.67

A: Clinton 5 – Kane County 6 (12 innings)
L – Castillo (2-4)
HR – Smoak (1)
30-31, 9.5 GB

Tim Murphy hurled five scoreless innings in his second Low-A start, allowing five hits and striking out four.

Left fielder Kyle Murphy (.245/.328/.294) had five hits – including a double – in six at-bats.

Mitch Moreland (4/6, 2B) also doubled.

First baseman Justin Smoak was just 1-for-6, but he launched his first professional home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Tim Murphy
5.0 5 0 0 1 4 0 1.80

SSA: Spokane 2 – (@) Tri-City 5
L – Nevarez (4-2)
43-22, 6.0 GU

For the second consecutive start, Matt Nevarez cut down on the walks but was a little more hittable than usual. On Saturday, the right-hander gave up four runs – three earned – on six hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out four.

First baseman Dennis Guinn (1/4, 3B) hit his fifth triple while Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B) and Doug Hogan (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Right fielder Joey Butler singled and walked in four plate appearances.

Fresno State product Justin Miller (5.40 ERA/.268 BAA) struck out two in two scoreless relief innings.

Player of the Game: LF Jared Bolden
4 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 .266

RK: AZL Rangers 12 – AZL Mariners 14
L – Eppley (2-2)
HR – Murphy (1)
13-10, 5.5 GB

The AZL Rangers played an amazing game on Saturday.

After allowing the Mariners to jump out to an 11-2 lead after four innings, the Rangers cut the lead down to eight with a single run in the sixth. The Rangers then had a massive rally, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the eighth, giving them a one run lead.

Unfortunately, the Mariners came back with three runs of their own off Cody Eppley in the top of the ninth and the Rangers were unable to respond once again.

DH Clark Murphy (.325/.402/.455) had the biggest game of his professional career, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, and five runs batted in.

Murphy had just three doubles in his first 17 games. Over the last three days, the California native has two doubles, a triple, and a home run.

Leadoff hitter Cody Podraza (.348/.430/.478) reached base on two singles and a walk.

Edward Martinez (2/4), Michael Hollander (2/5) and Michael Ortiz (2/4) also singled twice.

Starter Miguel De Los Santos was knocked around for six runs in three innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Matt Thompson surrendered five unearned runs on four hits in one inning. The raw right-hander has struck out 10 batters in 5.2 innings this season, but he has also allowed 18 runs [only eight earned].

Right-hander Wilmer Font's second game of the season was much better, as he fanned two batters in two perfect innings.

Bobby Wilkins walked two and struck out one in two hitless innings of relief.

Player of the Game: DH Clark Murphy
5 1 3 0 1 5 0 1 .325

DSL: DSL Rangers1 1 – (@) DSL Pirates 2
L – Arrendell (0-2)

Starter Miguel Munoz allowed one run on five hits in three innings of work. It was the first earned run Munoz had allowed in 32.1 innings since joining the DSL Rangers1 on July 16.

Right-hander Pepe Sibid came on in relief and hurled three hitless innings, walking one and striking out four.

Alison Perez (1/2, 2B), Edwin Garcia (1/3), Ariel Ventura (1/3) and Juan Polanco (1/3) combined for the Rangers' four hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Pepe Sibid
3.0 0 0 0 1 4 0 3.20

DSL: DSL Rangers2 1 – DSL Astros 0 (7 innings – Rain)
W – Bryan (1-8)

Melvin Bryan earned his first win of the season by blanking the Astros for all seven innings. He gave up two singles, walked one, and struck out nine.

Catcher Gilberto Guarucano (1/2, 2B) brought home the game's lone run with a double in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Alfredo Chalas (2/3) and Yefry Castillo (2/2) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Melvin Bryan
7.0 2 0 0 1 9 0 2.96


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