Minor League Roundup - 7/11

The Hickory Crawdads won on the heels of a Miguel Alfonzo grand slam and Spokane got an excellent relief effort from lefty Joseph Ortiz. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Iowa 8 (Game 1)
L - Benson (0-1)
HR - Huffman (4)


Kris Benson made his return from the disabled list on Saturday and he surrendered five runs—four earned—on nine hits in four innings. The veteran walked two and struck out two.

Catcher Emerson Frostad was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk.

Casey Benjamin (2/4, 3B) tripled and drove in two runs.

Left fielder Royce Huffman hit a solo home run off James Russell, the son of former Rangers reliever Jeff Russell.

Jose Vallejo singled, walked, and was caught stealing for the first time since he was promoted to Triple-A. Vallejo has just four stolen base attempts with Oklahoma City.

Player of the Game: C Emerson Frostad
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 .267


AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - Iowa 3 (Game 2)
W - Rupe (2-6)
SV - Madrigal (9)
HR - Smoak (1)
43-45, 2.0 GB


Starting pitcher Josh Rupe earned his second victory of the season after allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings. He struck out five without issuing a base on balls.

First baseman Justin Smoak ended a long drought by going 2-for-4 with his first Triple-A home run.

Joaquin Arias (3/4) singled three times.

Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon was 2-for-4 with his sixth triple of the season.

Mike Hinckley (1 IP) and Warner Madrigal (2 IP) tossed scoreless relief to finish off the victory.

Player of the Game: 1B Justin Smoak
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .115


AA: Frisco 2 - Springfield 4
L - Ballard (2-5)
9-6, 2.0 GU


Mike Ballard allowed four runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings on Saturday evening.

The RoughRiders offense had just five hits in the game, all of which were singles.

Dustin Majewski (1/3, BB) and Tim Smith (1/3, BB) both singled and walked. Smith stole his sixth base since the promotion to Double-A.

Thomas Diamond (2.79 ERA/.223 BAA) hurled 2.2 shutout innings, giving up two hits, walking three, and striking out two. In 29 innings this season, he has walked 23 and struck out 31.

Player of the Game: RHP Thomas Diamond
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.2 2 0 0 3 2 0 2.79


A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) Stockton 5
L - Tatusko (3-3)
9-8, 5.0 GB


Ryan Tatusko's streak of dominance was slowed by Stockton on Saturday. The righty allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings, walking one and striking out three.

Left fielder Mike Bianucci went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Joey Butler (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Reliever Beau Jones fanned four batters in two scoreless innings. In eight frames since being sent back to Bakersfield, Jones has given up zero runs on four hits, walking none and striking out 14.

Player of the Game: LF Mike Bianucci
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 .200


A: Hickory 7 - Lake County 6
W - Ramirez (1-2)
SV - Nevarez (8)
HR - Morrison (12), Alfonzo (1)
10-6, 1.5 GB


Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez was a bit wild on Saturdya, walking five batters in five innings. He gave up four runs on four hits.

Right fielder Miguel Alfonzo provided the big blow with his second-inning grand slam.

Erik Morrison (1/3, HR, BB) also went deep.

DH Doug Hogan (.250/.331/.583) singled twice and walked twice in four plate appearances.

Reliever Carlos Pimentel surrendered one run in three innings, walking none and striking out two.

Player of the Game: RF Miguel Alfonzo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 1 4 0 1 .083


SSA: Spokane 2 - (@) Eugene 8
L - Thompson (1-2)
HR - Solis (2)
9-13, 6.0 GB


Third baseman Emmanuel Solis (.170/.250/.362) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second of the season.

First baseman Clark Murphy singled twice and walked once in four trips.

Starter Matt Thompson yielded four runs in 3.1 innings, walking three and fanning three.

Relief pitcher Shane Zagarac pitched to six batters in the fourth inning, recording zero outs. He walked five and allowed one hit, leading to three runs.

Joseph Ortiz was phenomenal in long relief. The 5-foot-7 southpaw punched out six batters in 3.2 innings, allowing no runs, no hits, and no walks.

Player of the Game: LHP Joseph Ortiz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.2 0 0 0 0 6 0 2.77


AZL: AZL Rangers 2 - (@) AZL Indians 8
L - Melo (0-2)
8-9, 2.5 GB


Through four innings, Carlos Melo's line looked like this: 4 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 4 k.

Some poor defense doomed Melo in the fifth, and he wound up giving up five unearned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Leadoff hitter Alex Gonzalez (.324/.361/.412) was 3-for-5 with his first triple of the season.

Michael Ortiz (1/3, BB) and Ruben Sierra (1/2, BB) both singled and walked.

Player of the Game: 2B Alex Gonzalez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 .324


DSL: DSL Rangers1 3 - DSL Astros 5 (7 innings)
L - Mavare (2-2)
HR - Ceballo (2)
9-24, 15.0 GB


Right fielder Edward Ceballo had a huge game, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run, and two runs batted in.

Third baseman Jose Arias, who was 1-for-1 with two walks, drove in the team's other run.

Leadoff hitter Miguel Montes De Oca singled twice in four at-bats.

Starter Hector Herrera walked three batters and gave up three hits in three innings, but he didn't allow any runs. Herrera fanned one.

Player of the Game: RF Edward Ceballo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .248


DSL: DSL Rangers2 1 - DSL Braves3 (7 innings)
L - Peralta (2-3)
24-9, 5.0 GU


The DSL Rangers were no-hit in the seven-inning game, though they scored one run with the help of three Braves errors. In addition to allowing no hits, the Braves pitchers also didn't walk any batters. They did hit one.

Starter Denny Peralta tossed three innings, giving up just one unearned run.

Tim Stanford went four frames, surrendering two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked one and fanned five.

Player of the Game: RHP Tim Stanford
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 5 2 1 1 5 0 3.22


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