Minor League Roundup - 7/3

The Rangers' system got some more solid pitching on Friday night, particularly from starters Blake Beavan and Joe Wieland. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Iowa 7
L - Mendoza (2-3)
HR - Richardson (7)
39-41, 2.5 GB


Designated hitter Josh Hamilton batted leadoff again and went hitless in five at-bats, striking out once. Hamilton is 1-for-16 in three games with the RedHawks on this rehab stint.

Catcher Kevin Richardson (.208/.296/.396) was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. The round-tripper was his third in four games.

Casey Benjamin went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a base on balls.,br>
Starting pitcher Luis Mendoza surrendered three runs—two earned—in five innings.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 .208


AA: Frisco 1 - (@) Springfield 2
L - Beavan (0-2)
3-5, 3.0 GB


Blake Beavan needed just 78 pitches to complete seven innings on Friday. He allowed two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out one.

Second baseman Marcus Lemon (.299/.362/.365) was 2-for-3 with his 14th double of the year.

Craig Gentry (1/4) and Renny Osuna (1/3) had Frisco's other two hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 6 2 2 1 1 1 5.32


A+: Bakersfield 7 - (@) Modesto 3
W - Murphy (6-6)
HR - Gomez (12), Greene (12), Butler (8, 9)
4-5, 3.0 GB


The always successful combination of solid pitching (three earned runs) and power hitting (four home runs) helped guide the Blaze to a victory on Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Tim Murphy went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out two.

Right fielder Joey Butler blasted a pair of solo home runs in five at-bats.

Jonathan Greene (2/4, 2B, HR) and Mauro Gomez (3/5, 2B, HR) both doubled and homered.

Leadoff man Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2B) and catcher Elio Sarmiento (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Left-hander Beau Jones struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning. He has five strikeouts in two perfect innings since being sent back to Bakersfield.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 2 0 2 2 0 2 .260


A: Hickory 6 - (@) Delmarva 5
W - Wieland (2-0)
SV - Eppley (2)
5-3, 1.0 GB


Joe Wieland (3.19 ERA/.266 BAA) struck out a season-high nine batters (and walked none) in five innings on Friday. He yielded three runs (only one earned) on two hits.

Left-hander Yoon-Hee Nam was also excellent, surrendering just an unearned run in three innings.

Matt West (2/4, 2B), Erik Morrison (2/4, 2B, BB) and Michael Hollander (1/4, 2B, BB) all doubled.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci singled twice in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 3 1 0 9 0 3.19


SSA: Spokane 4 - (@) Yakima 9
L - Castner (0-1)
HR - Mendonca (1)
5-9, 7.0 GB


Things were looking good for the Indians until they surrendered a whopping eight runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca belted his first couple of extra-base hits, going 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run.

Starting pitcher Trevor Hurley walked three in four scoreless innings, but he allowed just one hit. The K-State product struck out six batters.

Pitching in his first professional game, righty Keith Campbell pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

Kevin Castner struggled again, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks without recording an out.

Clark Murphy (2/4), Jared Prince (1/2, BB), Alberto Puello (1/3, 2B, BB) and Kyle Rhoad (1/3, BB) all reached base twice.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 .214


AZL: AZL Rangers - OFF
6-3, 1.0 GU


The AZL Rangers got the day off on Friday evening.

DSL: DSL Rangers1 5 - (@) DSL Rays 4
W - Mavare (1-1)
SV - Ogando (1)
7-21


Second baseman Luis Villegas led the way for the DSL Rangers1 on Friday, going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.

DH Jose Mateo (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled and walked while LF Johan Santa (1/2, 2 BB) singled and walked twice.

Lefty Leonel Gil (1.80 ERA/.192 BAA) went three shutout innings, allowing one hit, walking one, and fanning two.

Alexi Ogando closed it out with two scoreless frames, striking out three.

Player of the Game: 2B Luis Villegas
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 .229


DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 - DSL Giants 6
L - Caraballo (2-1)
HR - Castillo (2)
22-6


The DSL Rangers2 suffered a very rare loss on Friday morning.

DH Yefry Castillo was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second of the season.

Esdras Abreu (2/4, 2B) and Santiago Chirino (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Miguel De Los Santos hurled a scoreless innings, but, amazingly, he didn't strike anyone out. He now has only 41 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.

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