Minor League Roundup - 4/28

The Rangers' minor league affiliates went winless on Tuesday, but they got more solid all-around pitching performances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Omaha 3
L - Ramirez (0-3)
8-10, 0.5 GB

Elizardo Ramirez (3.98 ERA/.282 BAA) dropped to 0-3 on the season after surrendering three runs -- two earned -- in five innings. He gave up four hits, walked three and struck out three.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon (.304/.368/.354) got his average above the .300 mark by going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Third baseman Esteban German (1/3, 2B, BB) and catcher Max Ramirez (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled and walked.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs (1/3, BB) singled and walked.
Joaquin Arias went 0-for-5, dropping his batting average to .185 in 65 at-bats.

Relievers Brian Gordon and Pedro Strop both chipped in with perfect innings. Gordon fanned one while Strop notched a pair of punchouts.

Warner Madrigal yielded one hit in a scoreless frame to finish out the game for the RedHawks.

Player of the Game: CF Julio Borbon
4 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 .304

AA: Frisco 4 - (@) San Antonio 6
L - Hamilton (0-1)
8-10, 4.0 GB

Michael Schlact made his return from the disabled list on Tuesday, and he pitched well in the early going.

The tall right-hander faced just one batter over the minimum in the first three innings, but he was lifter after surrendering three consecutive singles to begin the fourth.

In all, Schlact allowed two runs on three hits in three innings, walking two and striking out one.

Left-hander Beau Jones pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit, walking two, and striking out three.

Another southpaw, A.J. Murray, also yielded just one hit in two shutout innings.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry (1/5, 2B), first baseman Justin Smoak (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) and DH Steve Murphy (1/2, 2B, BB) all doubled.

Clayton Hamilton suffered both the blown save and the loss after he coughed up four earned runs in one-third of an inning.

Player of the Game: DH Steve Murphy
2 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 .234

A+: Bakersfield 3 - Modesto 4 (14 innings)
L - Tatusko (0-1)
HR - Moreland (4)
6-13, 8.0 GB

The Blaze and Nuts played a low-scoring 14-inning affair on Tuesday evening.

Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (2.35 ERA/.244 BAA) was excellent once again, surrendering three runs -- two earned -- over six innings. He allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out four.

First baseman Mitch Moreland belted his third home run in six contests. He also singled twice and walked in the game, bringing his average to .316.

Third baseman Davis Stoneburner (2/6, 2B) hit his first double of the year.

Lefty reliever Ryan Falcon (2.38 ERA/.209 BAA) fanned four in three shutout innings.

Zach Phillips (1.59 ERA/.119 BAA) followed with two perfect innings, striking out one. In his last three appearances, Phillips has allowed no runs on no hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six.

Despite giving up the game-winning home run, Ryan Tatusko pitched well, as he yielded only one run on two hits in three innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Ryan Falcon
3.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 2.38

A: Hickory 2 - (@) Kannapolis 4
L - Brigham (1-1)
9-10, 3.0 GB

Starting pitcher Jake Brigham gave up four runs -- two earned -- on six hits in four innings of work. He walked two and struck out four.

Left-hander Martin Perez (2.65 ERA/.196 BAA) was extremely effective, spreading four singles through four scoreless frames. He fanned four and allowed just one walk.

Shortstop Edward Martinez led the way on a quiet night offensively, picking up three singles in four at-bats.

Jason Ogata (1/3, 3B) and Doug Hogan (1/3, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hits.

DH Jared Bolden and 3B Matt West both went 1-for-3 with a single and a base on balls.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
4.0 4 0 0 1 4 0 2.65


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