Minor League Roundup - 7/31

Joe Wieland returned to the Hickory rotation on Friday evening, and he delivered with five scoreless innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Albuquerque 5
L - Ramirez (7-8)
HR - Boggs (5)
54-51, 3.5 GB


Brandon Boggs (.308/.400/.577 in 13 July games) has been red-hot since returning from the disabled list. The outfielder was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run on Friday evening.

Third baseman Chris Davis (2/4, 2B) singled once and doubled once.

Starter Elizardo Ramirez yielded four runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings, walking two and striking out three.

Power reliever Neftali Feliz allowed one hit in an otherwise smooth eighth inning, throwing 17 pitches.

Player of the Game: RF Brandon Boggs
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 .281


AA: Frisco 6 - (@) San Antonio 5 (11 innings)
W - Bannister (3-2)
SV - Young (1)
HR - Fox (12)
19-15, 0.5 GU


Adam Fox fell just a triple short of the cycle on Friday night in San Antonio. The third baseman (.347/.388/.747 in July) was 3-for-6 with a double and his 12th homer of the season. Fox now has home runs in each of his last four games.

Starter Omar Poveda surrendered five runs—four earned—on eight hits in 6.2 innings, throwing 108 pitches. He walked four and struck out two.

Leadoff hitter Dustin Majewski was 1-for-5 with a double and a walk.

Renny Osuna (2/4, BB), Mitch Moreland (2/6), Chad Tracy (2/5, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4, BB) all singled twice.

John Whittleman had just one hit, but it was a two-strike, two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth inning that tied the game.

John Bannister didn't allow a hit in two innings of relief, striking out three.

Corey Young earned the save with a scoreless inning.

Rehabbing right-hander Frank Francisco threw 24 pitches in his inning, giving up one hit and fanning one.

Player of the Game: 3B Adam Fox
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
6 1 3 1 1 1 0 3 .258


A+: Bakersfield 5 - (@) Visalia 7
L - Flores (5-2)
17-19, 10.0 GB


Richard Bleier gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits in 6.1 innings. The southpaw walked just one and struck out eight.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner's 26th double was Bakersfield's only extra-base hit of the night.

Mauro Gomez (3/4, BB) singled three times while Joey Butler (2/3, BB) had a pair of hits.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 .272


A: Hickory 2 - (@) Lakewood 1
W - Wieland (3-2)
SV - Nevarez (9)
19-14, 1.0 GB


Joe Wieland returned to the pitching rotation on Friday after a bit of a dead arm period, and he was excellent. The young right-hander surrendered only one hit in five scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three.

Doug Hogan (2/4, 2B) and Erik Morrison (1/4, 2B) both doubled and drove in a run.

DH Jared Bolden singled twice, laid down a sacrifice bunt, and stole his seventh base of the year.

Closer Matt Nevarez punched out two more in a perfect ninth. He now has 46 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 4.69


SSA: Spokane 9 - Eugene 5
W - Ross (4-2)
HR - DiFazio (7)
16-25, 8.0 GB


Robbie Ross (2.78 ERA/.249 BAA) just keeps on rolling. On Friday, he gave up two runs on five hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four. The southpaw has 12 walks versus 54 strikeouts in 45.1 frames this season.

Backstop Vin DiFazio (.307/.433/.567) was 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in.

Jason Ogata raised his average to .419 with two doubles and a single in three at-bats.

Kyle Rhoad (1/4, 2B) and Miguel Velazquez (1/4, 2B) both doubled. The two-bagger was Rhoad's first professional extra-base hit.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca continued to heat up. He singled three times in four at-bats, raising his average to .297.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 5 2 2 1 4 0 2.78


AZL: AZL Rangers 3 - AZL Cubs 6
L - Melo (0-4)
1-4, 4.0 GB


Carlos Melo struck out seven batters in 3.2 innings, but he surrendered there runs on four hits and two walks.

Streaking outfielder Santo De Jesus (.302/.375/.581) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and his first triple of the season.

Michael Ortiz (2/3, 2B, BB) and Alex Gonzalez (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Player of the Game: RF Santo De Jesus
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 .302


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - OFF
12-35, 24.5 GB


The DSL Rangers1 were off on Friday.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 8 - (@) DSL Astros 4
W - Rojas (5-4)
37-11, 10.5 GU


Starter Jonathan Rojas was excellent in his second start for the DSL Rangers2 (he had been pitching for the DSL1 team), giving up one run over six innings. He walked zero and struck out six.

Robert Morillo (2/2, 2B, BB) and Esdras Abreu (1/4, 2B) had the Rangers' two doubles on the night.

?Right fielder Hector Martinez singled twice and drove home two runs.

Player of the Game: RHP Jonathan Rojas
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 5 1 1 0 6 0 3.51




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