Minor League Roundup - 7/4

The offenses in the Rangers' system went off on Saturday. Frisco in particular was solid, scoring 18 runs on five round-trippers. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - Omaha - PPD (Rain)
39-41, 2.5 GB

The RedHawks and Royals were washed out on Saturday. They'll play a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

AA: Frisco 18 - (@) Springfield 4
W - Poveda (7-3)
HR - Tracy (10, 11), Smith (2), Whittleman (1, 2)
4-5, 2.0 GB

The offenses in the Rangers' system haven't been anything special this year.

But they were on Saturday night.

The RoughRiders flashed their muscle, pounding out 18 runs on just 13 hits. Nine of those hits went for extra bases, and they hit five home runs. Also, Frisco's bats drew 12 walks in the contest.

Third baseman John Whittleman entered the night with zero home runs. He went 2-for-2 with two round-trippers and three walks. He drove in a season-high six runs.

Tim Smith (.352/.397/.476) belted a grand slam in the third inning. He was 2-for-5 with a homer, a walk, and seven runs batted in. Smith has 30 RBIs in 27 Texas League contests. He's hitting .395 with runners in scoring position since his promotion.

First baseman Chad Tracy (.243/.300/.400) was 3-for-6 with a double, two home runs, and three runs batted in. The homers were Tracy's first since June 10.

Renny Osuna (2/5, 2B, BB), Marcus Lemon (1/3, 2B, BB) and Dustin Majewski (1/4, 2B, 2 BB) all doubled.

Craig Gentry (1/4, 2 BB) singled and walked twice.

Starting pitcher Omar Poveda returned from the disabled list and surrendered three runs on six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out three.

Reliever Zach Phillips gave up four singles in two innings, but he didn't allow any runs. The southpaw fanned one without walking a hitter.

Springfield's pitchers walked all 12 of their batters in the first three innings of the game. Relievers Brad Furnish [a TCU product] and Eddie Degerman [a Rice alum] combined to walk 10 in two-thirds of an inning.

Player of the Game: 3B John Whittleman
2 3 2 0 2 6 3 0 .232

A+: Bakersfield 7 - Stockton 2
W - Brader (2-0)
HR - Rodriguez (2)
5-5, 2.0 GB

Tanner Roark went back to Bakersfield and pitched well, giving up one run in three innings. He struck out four.

Reliever Dustin Brader was outstanding for his second consecutive outing, hurling four scoreless innings, giving up two hits, and striking out three.

Left fielder Tim Rodriguez (.300/.313/.600 in 30 at-bats) was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

Davis Stoneburner (2/5), Joey Butler (2/4), Ian Gac (2/4) and Matt Lawson (2/3, BB) all singled twice.

Evan Reed fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning, lowering his ERA to 2.25.

Player of the Game: LF Tim Rodriguez
4 1 2 1 1 3 0 0 .300

A: Hickory 13 - Hagerstown 5
W - Hamburger (2-6)
SV - Castillo (2)
HR - Bianucci (14), Santana (6), De Los Santos (2)
6-3, 1.0 GB

Jake Brigham fanned four batters in two scoreless innings before leaving the game with an injury. The severity of the ailment has yet to be determined.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos (.268/.284/.358) flashed his power, going 3-for-5 with a homer and five runs batted in.

Mike Bianucci (2/3, HR, BB) went yard and knocked in four runs.

Cristian Santana (3/4, HR) had a home run and three RBIs.

David Paisano (.300/.358/.409) was 3-for-5 with two doubles, giving him 17 on the season.

Infielders Jared Bolden (2/4, BB) and Andres James (2/5) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: C Leonel De Los Santos
5 1 3 0 1 5 0 1 .268

SSA: Spokane 3 - Vancouver 5
L - Gunter (0-1)
?5-10, 7.0 GB

Starting pitcher Braden Tullis was outstanding, pitching five scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and fanned nine without walking a batter. In 12.1 professional innings, Tullis has surrendered 13 hits, walked none, and struck out 17. He has a 4:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

The Indians were no-hit until Miguel Velazquez led off the eighth inning with a single. They scored three runs in the inning, but it wasn't enough.

Denny Duron (1/2, BB) had the team's only run batted in.

Player of the Game: RHP Braden Tullis
5.0 4 0 0 0 9 0 3.65

AZL: AZL Rangers 5 - AZL Cubs 7
L - Jamison (0-1)
6-4, 0.5 GU

Pitching his third summer with the AZL Rangers, right-hander Bobby Wilkins may be figuring it out. He pitched five scoreless innings on Saturday, allowing four hits.

Rehabbing DH Doug Hogan was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Ed Koncel was 1-for-4 with three runs batted in.

Shortstop Edwin Garcia singled three times in four at-bats.

Left fielder Braxton Lane struck out in all four of his at-bats. He has fanned 17 times in 26 at-bats this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Bobby Wilkins
5.0 4 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

DSL: DSL Rangers1 - OFF
7-21, 14.0 GB

The DSL Rangers1 were off on July 4.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 6 - DSL Astros 7
L - Munoz (3-2)
21-7, 6.5 GU

DH Luis Cedeno led the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with his second double of the year.

Esdras Abreu (1/3, 2B, BB) his his second double. Yefry Castillo (3/5), Teodoro Martinez (2/5) and Alfredo Chalas (2/5) all had multiple hits.

Starter Miguel Munoz gave up three runs—two earned—on seven hits in 6.1 innings. He fanned five without walking a batter.

Reliever Luis Simeoli struck out three in two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: DH Luis Cedeno
5 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 .282


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