Minor League Roundup - 8/14

There were a number of excellent performances in the Rangers' system on Friday, but nothing tops Luis Mendoza's no-hitter at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Salt Lake 0
W - Mendoza (6-4)
60-58, 5.0 GB

In his last appearance, right-hander Luis Mendoza piggybacked with the rehabbing Brandon McCarthy and surrendered eight hits in 4.2 innings.

On Friday, the 25-year-old righty allowed zero in nine innings.

That's right. Luis Mendoza tossed the first no-hitter in the history of AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on Friday evening.

Mendoza had a unique line in that he walked six batters and plunked one. Mendoza actually allowed a pair of baserunners—on a HBP and a walk—in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Third baseman Chris Davis (.328/.418/.560) had another big night, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and three runs batted in. Davis now has 10 free passes in his last seven games.

Justin Smoak (.236/.341/.368) is quickly putting together his best streak since moving to Triple-A. The former first-round pick was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. He has four extra-base hits over his last three games.

Player of the Game: RHP Luis Mendoza
9.0 0 0 0 6 6 0 4.04

AA: Frisco 4 - (@) Tulsa 8 (12 innings)
L - Diamond (0-2)
24-23, 3.0 GB

While Oklahoma City's game ended with elation, the RoughRiders lost on a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 12th inning on Friday.

Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman was solid, giving up three runs in six innings. He allowed five hits while walking three and striking out two.

Leadoff man Craig Gentry (.302/.377/.428) singled three times and walked once in seven plate appearances. He also stole two bases, giving him an amazing 42 swipes in 46 attempts.

Dustin Majewski (1/5, 2B, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4, 2B, BB) both doubled and walked.

Chad Tracy (2/6), Adam Fox (2/5, BB), Chris Gradoville (2/6) and Steve Murphy (2/6) all singled twice.

Third baseman John Whittleman was hitless in six at-bats, striking out three times. After his excellent July, Whittleman is just 6-for-46 [.130] in August.

Reliever Pedro Strop (0.00 ERA/.118 BAA in 10.1 August innings) struck out both of the batters he faced.

Beau Jones was phenomenal in long relief, pitching three hitless, scoreless innings. He walked one and fanned three.

Player of the Game: LHP Beau Jones
3.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 5.32

A+: Bakersfield 14 - (@) Lancaster 5
W - Roark (6-0)
HR - Greene (19, 20), Bianucci (8)
24-24, 9.0 GB

Starting pitcher Tanner Roark gave up five runs in the first two innings, but he eventually settled down, allowing the Bakersfield offense to do its job.

In all, Roark pitched six innings, allowing just those five runs.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene (.267/.343/.489) was 2-for-4 with two homers and four runs batted in.

Mike Bianucci (.244/.305/.504) popped a two run homer in the sixth inning. He also singled and drove in four total runs. Bianucci has home runs in five of his last six games.

Mauro Gomez (1/5, 2B), Joey Butler (1/3, 2B, 2 BB), Davis Stoneburner (2/5, 2B) and Matt Lawson (2/5, 2B) all doubled.

Catcher Elio Sarmiento singled three times and walked once in five trips. The backstop is an amazing 14-for-22 with two doubles, one triple, and one home run over his last five games.

Adalberto Flores (2 IP) and Hector Nelo (1 IP) added hitless, scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: LF Jonathan Greene
4 2 2 0 2 4 0 1 .267

A: Hickory 1 - (@) Bowling Green 3
L - Castillo (3-5)
21-25, 7.0 GB

The Crawdads just can't buy a win lately, and it appears that they've all but fallen out of the South Atlantic League playoff chase.

On the bright side, starter Neil Ramirez was outstanding, surrendering only one run on one hit in five innings of work. He walked one and punched out five.

Mike Hollander (2/4, 2B) and Cristian Santana (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Fabio Castillo gave up two runs on five hits in 1.1 innings. Castillo got off to an excellent start, but he has a 6.91 earned-run average since the SAL All-Star break.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
5.0 1 1 1 1 5 0 4.82

SSA: Spokane 1 - Salem-Keizer 4
L - Henry (1-3)
25-29, 7.0 GB

Ben Henry put together another solid start, allowing two runs in four innings of work. He struck out one without walking a batter. Although walks have been an issue of the past for Henry, he has just two free passes in his last 17.2 frames.

First baseman Clark Murphy doubled once and walked once.

Jason Ogata raised his average to .413 with two singles and a walk.

Vin DiFazio (1/2, 3 BB) walked three times.

Righties Johnny Gunter (1 IP) and Keith Campbell (2 IP) both fanned two in scoreless work.

Player of the Game: RHP Keith Campbell
2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 5.19

AZL: AZL Rangers 2 - (@) AZL Padres 5
L - Grullon (1-1)
6-10, 4.5 GB

Juan Grullon (3.50 ERA/.232 BAA) made his longest start since returning from the disabled list, going four innings and giving up two runs. He walked two and struck out four.

Designated hitter Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) and catcher Kelvin Torres (1/2, 2B) both doubled.

First baseman Michael Ortiz walked twice in four trips.

Relievers Ovispo De Los Santos (1.1 IP) and Bobby Wilkins (1 IP) attempted to keep the AZL Rangers close by shutting down the Padres.

Rehabbing catcher Max Ramirez left the game after being hit by a pitch [while catching] in the groin.

Player of the Game: RHP Ovispo De Los Santos
1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.35

DSL: DSL Rangers1 2 - (@) DSL Mariners 6
L - Herrera (1-5)
16-43, 30.0 GB

Leonel Gil did an excellent job in long relief, but it wasn't quite enough. The southpaw yielded just an unearned run on three hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six.

Shortstop Jose Arias went 2-for-3 with his third double.

Miguel Montes De Oca (1/4) and Edward Ceballo (1/4) had the only other hits.

Player of the Game: LHP Leonel Gil
5.0 3 1 0 1 6 0 2.02

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - DSL Royals - PPD (Rain)
46-13, 11.0 GU

Friday's game was postponed due to rain.

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