Minor League Roundup - 8/16

The AZL Rangers pitched a gem on Sunday evening, with Ezequiel Rijo getting the start and Robbie Erlin pitching in his first professional game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 7 - Salt Lake 6
W - Murray (2-1)
SV - Madrigal (17)
HR - Benjamin (4)
62-58, 4.0 GB

The RedHawks came back from a 6-1 deficit by scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Salt Lake.

Starter Elizardo Ramirez was average, giving up three runs on eight hits over five innings.

Making his first appearance as a member of the Rangers' organization, righty Jailen Peguero allowed one run on two hits in two innings. He fanned two without walking a batter.

Left fielder Casey Benjamin was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, which came in the eighth inning.

Brandon Boggs' (1/4, 3B) tripled was the club's only other extra-base hit.

Joaquin Arias (2/5), Justin Smoak (2/4, BB) and Chris Davis (2/4) all singled twice.
,br> Centerfielder Craig Golson singled once, walked twice, and stole his 16th base of the year.

Player of the Game: LF Casey Benjamin
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .223

AA: Frisco 7 - (@) Northwest Arkansas 4
W - Poveda (9-5)
SV - Strop (4)
HR - Tracy (22), Fox (18)
26-23, 3.0 GB

The suddenly powerful Frisco offense was set off once again on Sunday.

Right fielder Adam Fox (.290/.348/.524) ran the average all the way up to .290 on Sunday by going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk. Fox is batting .476 over his last ten contests.

Chad Tracy (.273/.325/.478) was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and a walk. Tracy has exactly two hits in each of his last six games, and he has a 13-game hitting streak overall.

Starting pitcher Omar Poveda scattered 10 hits through six innings, giving up four runs. He walked three and struck out four.

Catcher Manny Pina doubled twice in two at-bats, giving him 17 two-baggers on the season.

Chris Gradoville (2/2, BB) and Renny Osuna (2/5) both singled twice.

Brennan Garr (2 IP) and Pedro Strop (1 IP) worked scoreless relief.

Garr and Strop have both been lights-out for the Frisco bullpen this month.

Player of the Game: 1B Chad Tracy
4 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 .273

A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Lancaster 8
L - Gomez (5-10)
HR - Gac (17)
25-25, 10.0 GB

Through seven innings, Kennil Gomez had held the Lancaster JetHawks to just one run.

The eighth inning began with a harmless popout to second baseman Matt Lawson.

Then this happened: infield single, walk, single, walk, single.

Reliever Adalberto Flores entered and allowed a double and two singles to finish the scoring, and an excellent start from Gomez had turned into somewhat of a nightmare.

Still, the 21-year-old righty lasted 7.1 innings, although he allowed six runs. Gomez walked three and struck out six.

First baseman Ian Gac popped a solo home run and walked once.

Jonathan Greene was 2-for-4 with a double.

Joey Butler singled twice in four trips.

Player of the Game: 1B Ian Gac
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 .231

A: Hickory 8 - (@) Bowling Green 4
W - Wieland (4-4)
SV - Ragsdale (1)
23-25, 7.0 GB

Joe Wieland (4.95 ERA/.296 BAA) yielded two runs on five hits in 5.1 innings, walking one and striking out six.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza led the way, going 4-for-5 with a double.

Cristian Santana (2/4, 2 2B, BB) and Eric Fry (3/4, 2 2B) both doubled twice. Fry drove home three runs.

Third baseman Matt West singled three times and also has three runs batted in.

Corey Ragsdale worked 2.1 hitless innings, walking two and striking out one. Sally League opponents are batting just .210 against Ragsdale, although he has walked 14 and struck out 12.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
5.1 5 2 2 1 6 0 4.95

SSA: Spokane - OFF
26-29, 6.5 GB

The Indians had Sunday off.

AZL: AZL Rangers 1 - (@) AZL Athletics 0
W - Rijo (3-6)
SV - Arrendell (7)
7-11, 4.5 GB

Four AZL Rangers pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout of the Athletics on Sunday evening, striking out ten batters.

Starter Ezequiel Rijo tossed five innings of one-hit, shutout ball. He walked two and struck out three.

Making his professional debut, left-hander Robbie Erlin struck out the side in his one inning, giving up one hit.

Jose Monegro (2 IP) and Kelvin Arrendell (1 IP) finished off the masterpiece.

At the plate, first baseman Michael Ortiz singled three times in four at-bats. He also stole his third base of hte season.

Tomas Telis (1/4), Emmanuel Solis (1/4) and Ruben Sierra (1/3) had the other three hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Ezequiel Rijo
5.0 1 0 0 2 3 0 5.32

DSL: DSL Rangers1 - DSL Astros
16-44, 30.5 GB

Once again, MILB.com is a day late in updating the Dominican Summer League box scores. This is happening far too often.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - (@) DSL Braves
46-13, 11.5 GU


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