Minor League Roundup - 8/26

Pitchers Neil Ramirez and Joe Wieland dominated for the Rangers' short-season clubs on Tuesday, combining for 15 strikeouts in nine scoreless innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – (@) Round Rock 7
L – Mathis (5-1)
73-65, 8.5 GU

Doug Mathis threw 44 pitches in his first start since August 10. He allowed six runs – all unearned – on five hits in two innings pitched. Mathis served up three home runs in a four-hitter span during the second inning.

Long man Steven Rowe tried to keep the RedHawks close by tossing 4.1 innings of one-run ball. He gave up four hits and struck out two without walking a batter.

Second baseman Ryan Roberts (.298/.389/.465) led the way offensively with four hits – including a double – in five at-bats.

Leadoff hitter Casey Benjamin had three singles and a walk in five plate appearances.

Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to the U.S.

Player of the Game: RHP Steven Rowe
4.1 4 1 1 0 2 0 4.64

AA: Frisco 5 – Corpus Christi 6
L – Schlact (7-10)
HR – Majewski (9)
39-25, 1.0 GU

Starter Michael Schlact allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings, walking three and striking out five.

Right fielder Dustin Majewski (.286/.396/.448) had Frisco's lone extra-base hit with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

DH Chad Tracy went 2-for-3 with a base on balls.

Julio Borbon (1/4, BB), John Whittleman (1/3, BB) and Emerson Frostad (1/3, BB) all singled once and walked once.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus singled twice in five trips.

Right-hander Trey Hodges fanned two in two hitless innings out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: RF Dustin Majewski
5 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .286

A+: Bakersfield - OFF
24-40, 15.0 GB

With just six games to go in the season, the Blaze enjoyed their final off-day of the year on Tuesday.

A: Clinton 5 – Peoria 2
W – Tatusko (3-10)
SV – Hamburger (1)
HR – Smoak (2)
33-31, 7.5 GB

Ryan Tatusko was able to pick up his first win since July 13 after tossing five strong innings on Tuesday. He allowed two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five.

DH Justin Smoak (1/4, HR) put the LumberKings on top for good with his two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth.

Mitch Moreland (2/4, 2 2B) and Matt Lawson (1/4, 2B) combined for the team's three doubles on the night.

Right fielder Miguel Alfonzo extended his hitting streak to a modest six games with three singles in four at-bats. He also stole his seventh base.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre swiped his 30th base of the season. He was 1-for-4.

Fabio Castillo (5.30 ERA/.257 BAA) walked two batters and allowed one hit in two innings of relief, but he was able to hold Peoria scoreless.

Right-hander Mark Hamburger earned the save in his first game as a member of the Rangers' organization. The 21-year-old threw his fastball between 92 and 95 mph and hurled a scoreless inning despite giving up two walks and a hit.

Player of the Game: DH Justin Smoak
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .233

SSA: Spokane 7 – Tri-City 0
W – Peralta (2-2)
HR – West (4)
45-23, 6.0 GB

Neil Ramirez (2.93 ERA/.173 BAA) fanned seven batters in four scoreless innings on Tuesday. He allowed three hits and walked two.

In 40 innings with the Indians this season, Ramirez has surrendered just 24 hits.

Shortstop Jake Kaase (2/4, 2B) and left fielder Joey Butler (2/3, BB) knocked in three runs apiece.

Third baseman Matt West hit his fourth home run of the season.

David Paisano (1/2, 2B, BB) and Eric Fry (1/4, 2B) both added doubles.

Relievers Corey Ragsdale (1 IP), Juan Peralta (2 IP) and Cliff Springston (2 IP) combined to finish the shutout.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
4.0 3 0 0 2 7 0 2.92

RK: AZL Rangers 8 – AZL Padres 1
W – Wieland (5-1)
14-11, 5.0 GB

Joe Wieland (1.44 ERA/.200 BAA) continued his dominance of the AZL on Tuesday, hurling five scoreless innings. He allowed only two hits – both singles – and struck out eight while issuing one walk.

The 18-year-old Nevada native has yielded just one earned run in 18.2 innings in August, leading to a 0.48 ERA.

Leadoff hitter Cody Podraza (.360/.435/.480) has also been dominant with the AZL Rangers this season. He was a perfect 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt in the contest.

Second baseman Alejandro Selen (3/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Clark Murphy (1/4, 2B, BB) and Mike Hollander (2/5, 2B) both had one two-bagger.

Backstop Leonel De Los Santos (.265/.309/.371) was 2-for-5 with his fourth triple of the season.

DH Michael Ortiz singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.

Reliever Tim Stanford fanned two in a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
5.0 2 0 0 1 8 0 1.44

DSL: DSL Rangers1 – DSL Angels – PPD (Rain)
Down 0-1 (Best of three)

Tuesday's playoff game was postponed due to rain.

26-45, 21.0 GB

The DSL Rangers2 finished the Dominican Summer League season with a 26-45 record.


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