Minor League Roundup - 7/21

Robbie Ross kept rolling through the Northwest League on Tuesday night, while Mike Bianucci continued showing signs of breaking out of his Cal League funk. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 9 - (@) New Orleans 6
W - Ramirez (6-7)
HR - Arias (3), Davis (3)
48-47, 1.5 GB

Shortstop Joaquin Arias (.262/.287/.315) helped carry the RedHawks to victory with his grand slam in the team's seven-run third inning. He also hit his tenth double of the season.

Starter Elizardo Ramirez pitched seven innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Third baseman Chris Davis (.345/.393/.673) was 2-for-5 with a solo home run. He hasn't struck out in his last three games, spanning 13 official at-bats.

Davis did commit three fielding errors at third base.

Second baseman Esteban German (2/5) and right fielder Greg Golson (2/4) both singled twice.

Brandon Boggs made his return from the disabled list and was 0-for-3 with a walk while playing DH.

Reliever Neftali Feliz fanned four in two innings, allowing just a solo home run. In 12.2 innings out of the bullpen, Feliz has surrendered six hits, walked just one, and struck out 15.

Player of the Game: SS Joaquin Arias
5 1 2 1 1 4 0 2 .262

AA: Frisco 6 - San Antonio 4
W - Strop (3-3)
SV - Diaz (9)
HR - Whittleman (8)
15-9, 3.0 GU

Omar Poveda (3.21 ERA/.229 BAA) worked at least into the seventh inning for the third consecutive start. On Tuesday, he yielded just one run on five hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out three.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.236/.374/.396) was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and a walk. He now has eight home runs since July 4.

Dustin Majewski (1/4, 2B), Mitch Moreland (1/3, 2B, BB) and Adam Fox (1/1, 2B) all doubled.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry had another solid night, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Corey Young's first Double-A outing didn't go exactly as planned. He surrendered three runs on one hit, one walk, and one hit batter in just one-third of an inning.

Pedro Strop (0.2 IP), John Bannister (0.1 IP) and Jumbo Diaz (0.2 IP) helped close out the victory.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Poveda
7.0 5 1 1 2 3 0 3.21

A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) San Jose 8
L - Bleier (5-7)
HR - Bianucci (2, 3), Rodriguez (3)
13-13, 8.0 GB

The Giants improved to an incredible 21-5 in the second half of the season.

DH Mike Bianucci continued to bust out of his slump, going 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs. Six of his eleven hits in the Cal League have gone for extra bases.

Left fielder Tim Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a double and a round-tripper.

Starting pitcher Richard Bleier allowed six runs on 11 hits over six innings, walking two and striking out three.

Beau Jones gave up his first runs since returning to High-A. He surrendered two runs—one earned—in two innings. Jones fanned four.

David Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) doubled while centerfielder (that is correct) Matt Lawson singled three times in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: DH Mike Bianucci
4 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 .208

A: Hickory - OFF
14-10, 0.0 GU

The Crawdads got the day off on Tuesday, as they returned home from Savannah.

SSA: Spokane 8 - Everett 2
W - Ross (3-1)
HR - Podraza (3)
12-19, 8.0 GB

Robbie Ross (2.29 ERA/.231 BAA) continued to roll through the Northwest League on Tuesday, as he yielded only two hits in five scoreless innings, walking one and striking out seven.

Ross has pitched at least five innings in all seven of his starts this season. In 35.1 innings, he's walked eight and fanned 48.

Fourth rounder Andrew Doyle allowed his first professional runs when he served up a two-run homer to James Jones. In all, Doyle pitched two innings and gave up those two runs, striking out three.

Centerfielder Cody Podraza was 1-for-5 with a solo home run.

Aja Barto (1/3, 2B) doubled and drove home two runs.

Tom Mendonca and Miguel Velazquez both singled twice in four at-bats.

Hard-throwing relievers Reinier Bermudez and Justin King both hurled scoreless innings, pitching the eighth and ninth, respectively.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
5.0 2 0 0 1 7 0 2.29

AZL: AZL Rangers 4 - AZL Mariners 5
L - Melo (0-3)
12-13, 3.0 GB

Carlos Melo wasn't able to continue his recent string of success on Tuesday, as he gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 2.1 innings. Melo walked one and fanned four.

Lead fielder Guillermo Pimentel (.297/.408/.453) batted leadoff and went 1-for-2 with two walks and his fifth stolen base.

Edwin Garcia (1/3, 3B) hit his third triple and centerfielder Edward Alfonzo (1/4, 2B) belted his third double.

Jared Schrom tossed 3.2 scoreless innings out of the ‘pen. He allowed two hits and walked three, striking out four.

Justin Jamison (1 IP) and Jose Monegro (2 IP) combined to keep the Mariners off the board for the last three innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Jared Schrom
3.2 2 0 0 3 4 0 1.93

DSL: DSL Rangers1 0 - DSL Angels 3
L - Thompson (1-3)
11-29, 19.0 GB

Starting pitcher Aaron Thompson walked four batters in four innings, but he yielded just one unearned run on one hit.

Miguel Montes De Oca (2/4), Edward Ceballo (1/3, 2B) and Jose Arias (1/2) combined for the Rangers' four hits on the day.

Fireballing righty Alexi Ogando struck out two in two shutout frames. He gave up one hit.

Player of the Game: RHP Aaron Thompson
4.0 1 1 0 4 2 0 6.08

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - OFF
30-10, 7.5 GU

The DSL Rangers2 got the day off on Tuesday.

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