Minor League Roundup - 7/1

Between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and Bakersfield's Ryan Tatusko and the DSL Rangers2, the Rangers' system had a number of outstanding pitching performances on Wednesday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Iowa 0 (14 innings)
W - Hinckley (1-1)
SV - Madrigal (8)
39-39, 0.5 GB


The RedHawks and Cubs played scoreless ball for the first 13 innings on Wednesday evening.

Seven Oklahoma City pitchers kept Iowa off the board for the entire game.

Willie Eyre (3 IP) and Guillermo Moscoso (3 IP) both pitched three scoreless innings, yielding one hit.

Orlando Hernandez, Clayton Hamilton and Mike Hinckley all chipped in with two shutout frames.

Neftali Feliz and Warner Madrigal pitched one inning apiece.

At the plate, Esteban German (2/6), Brandon Boggs (2/4, 2 BB), Steve Murphy (2/6) and Kevin Richardson (2/6) all had two singles.

Murphy recorded a pair of outfield assists, both of which were at second base.

Player of the Game: RHP Willie Eyre
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.04


AA: South All-Stars 1 - North All-Stars 2


Left-hander Kasey Kiker got the start for the South squad. He tossed a perfect inning on just 11 pitches, getting one strikeout.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry and catcher Manny Pina both went 0-for-2.

A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Modesto 0
W - Tatusko (2-2)
3-4, 3.0 GB


Ryan Tatusko pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout on Wednesday evening. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before giving up a one-out single. He walked three and struck out seven.

Much more to come in an interview with Tatusko, which will be posted on Thursday morning.

At the plate, left fielder Tim Rodriguez was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run batted in.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
9.0 1 0 0 3 7 0 3.06


A: Hickory 7 - (@) Delmarva 4
W - Pimentel (4-4)
SV - Tufts (3)
HR - Morrison (9), Santana (4)
3-3, 2.0 GB


Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez was wild, but he ended up having his best outing of the season.

The 20-year-old righty surrendered two runs—one earned—on three hits in five innings pitched. He walked five and struck out four.

Carlos Pimentel earned the victory after giving up two unearned runs in three innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Second baseman Erik Morrison (.319/.393/.596) and left fielder Cristian Santana (.183/.269/.325) both hit two-run homers in the game.

Jared Bolden (3/5) singled three times while shortstop Leury Garcia (2/5) singled twice in five at-bats.

The 18-year-old Garcia is holding his own at the plate, batting .283 through his first 32 games. He has been particularly hot lately, recording multi-hit efforts in seven of his last nine contests.

Tyler Tufts fanned two in a perfect ninth inning to record his third save.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 2 1 5 4 0 7.31


SSA: Spokane 7 - (@) Yakima 4
W - Bermudez (1-1)
SV - King (1)
?4-8, 6.0 GB


Matt Thompson (3.46 ERA/.320 BAA in 13 innings) had another solid start for Spokane on Wednesday. He yielded one run on five hits in five innings, fanning three and walking none.

Corner outfielders Aja Barto (2/4, 3B, BB) and Miguel Alfonzo (2/5, 3B) both tripled.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza was 2-for-5 with a double.

Relievers Reinier Bermudez and Justin King both added scoreless innings. Bermudez earned the victory while King notched the save.

Player of the Game: RHP Matt Thompson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 5 1 1 0 3 1 3.46


AZL: AZL Rangers 9 - (@) AZL Royals 3
W - Rodriguez (1-0)
6-2, 1.5 GU


Carlos Melo had plenty of control problems on Wednesday. The hard-throwing pitcher walked six in 3.2 innings. He also gave up four hits and three earned runs.

Daniel Rodriguez (1.2 IP), Jared Schrom (2 IP) and Justin Miller (1 IP) tossed scoreless ball in relief.

Schrom, a free agent signee out of Stephen F. Austin, has yet to allow a run in his first three professional appearances, spanning four innings.

Middle infielder Edwin Garcia (3/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while first baseman Michael Ortiz (3/5, 2B) singled twice and doubled once.

Joe Bonadonna (2/5), Billy O'Conner (2/5) and Ruben Sierra (2/4) all singled twice. Sierra stole his second base of the season and recorded an outfield assist.

Left fielder Braxton Lane was 1-for-5 with four strikeouts, but his lone hit was a triple.

Rehabbing shortstop Guilder Rodriguez had two singles in four trips.

Player of the Game: 2B-SS Edwin Garcia
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 2 0 0 0 1 .240


DSL: DSL Rangers1 3 - (@) DSL Astros 5
L - Alvarez (0-1)
6-20, 15.0 GB


Starting pitcher Aaron Thompson (6.50 ERA/.321 BAA) was excellent, yielding just one run on one hit over five innings. He walked two and struck out four. The outing was the best of Thompson's young career.

Hard-throwing righty Alexi Ogando appeared in his first DSL game in two years. He struck out two and gave up two hits in 1.2 scoreless innings.

Left fielder Jose Mateo singled twice in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Aaron Thompson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 1 1 1 2 4 0 6.50


DSL: DSL Rangers2 6 - DSL Braves 0
W - Polanco (4-1)
21-5, 7.0 GU


The DSL Rangers2 tossed a nine-inning no-hitter on Wednesday morning.

Right-hander Luis Polanco (1.15 ERA/.139 BAA) pitched seven of the no-hit innings, walking two and striking out eight.

Relievers Francisco Mendoza and Tim Stanford finished it off by tossing perfect innings.

Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez was 1-for-4 with a double.

Right fielder Ramon Mota was 2-for-4 with his third triple.

Jhonny Gomez (2/4) and Alfredo Chalas (2/4) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Luis Polanco
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 0 0 0 2 8 0 1.13


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