Minor League Roundup - 8/18

Bakersfield and Spokane got excellent pitching performances on Tuesday, while the Hickory Crawdads got some clutch hitting from Cristian Santana. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - Colorado Springs 5
L - Corey (6-6)
63-59, 5.0 GB


Just four days after the RedHawks fired a no-hitter, they were no-hit themselves. This time, the deed was done by Colorado Springs pitchers Jhoulys Chacin, Joel Peralta, Juan Rincon, and Randy Flores. All four pitchers have seen time in the Major Leagues this season.

OKC starter Bryan Corey allowed four runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings, walking one and striking out four.

In his return to Triple-A, right-hander Pedro Strop retired all four batters he faced, striking out one.

Jailen Peguero allowed one run on two hits in one inning of work.

Offensively, the RedHawks obviously had no hits. DH Chris Davis was 0-for-1 with a pair of walks.

Player of the Game: RHP Pedro Strop
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 9.28


AA: Frisco - OFF
26-24, 3.0 GB


Frisco got the day off as they returned home on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, Martin Perez will face Tulsa for the second consecutive start.

A+: Bakersfield 8 - (@) Inland Empire 1
W - Bleier (6-9)
26-25, 10.0 GB


Starting pitcher Richard Bleier turned in one of his best outings of the year, allowing only one run on six hits in eight innings. The southpaw needed just 85 pitches. He struck out three, walked zero, and had a 17:3 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

Right fielder Joey Butler went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, giving him 27 on the season.

David Paisano (2/5, 2B), Jake Kaase (2/4, 2B), Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2B, BB), Matt Lawson (2/4, 2B, BB) and Jose Felix (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene and first baseman Mauro Gomez singled twice in five at-bats.

Mike Bianucci was the only Bakersfield player without a hit. He struck out three times in five plate appearances.

Dustin Brader closed it out with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 6 1 1 0 3 0 4.58


A: Hickory 6 - Greenville 5
W - Pimentel (5-4)
HR - Santana (14)
24-26, 8.0 GB


Skipping straight to the end, Hickory won with four runs in the ninth inning. They got a walkoff three-run homer from Cristian Santana with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

It was Santana's 14th round-tripper of the season.

Starting pitcher Jake Brigham allowed three runs on six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out three.

Carlos Pimentel gave up two runs—both unearned—over four innings of work.

DH Jared Bolden singled three times and stole a pair of bases, giving him 13 steals on the season.

Cody Podraza (2/5) and Leonel De Los Santos (2/3) both singled twice.

In his first Single-A at-bat, pinch hitter Ed Koncel struck out.

Player of the Game: LF Cristian Santana
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 .211


SSA: Spokane 6 - (@) Boise 1
W - Thompson (3-3)
27-30, 6.5 GB


As the season rolls on, Matt Thompson continues to get better and better.

The young right-hander, who has a 2.11 ERA in four August starts, tossed six scoreless innings on Tuesday, allowing five hits. He struck out four without walking a batter.

In those four starts this month, Thompson has struck out 17 batters while walking just one in 21.1 innings.

Middle infielders Joe Bonadonna and Denny Duron both singled three times.

Kyle Rhoad (1/5, 2B), Miguel Velazquez (2/5, 2B) and Jason Ogata (1/4, 2B) all doubled.

Tom Mendonca (2/4, BB) and Zach Zaneski (2/4) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Matt Thompson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 5 0 0 0 4 0 4.42


AZL: AZL Rangers 8 - AZL Athletics 13
L - Yan (3-2)
HR - Solis (2)
7-12, 5.5 GB


The AZL Rangers gave up 13 runs even though starter Carlos Melo pitched pretty well.

The hard-throwing youngster allowed one run on five hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out six.

But the bullpen wasn't so successful.

Johan Yan surrendered four runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Ovispo De Los Santos allowed five runs on six hits in 1.1 innings.

Tae-Kyung Ahn walked three batters, gave up one hit, and threw two wild pitches without recording an out.

Things were a little better offensively.

Third baseman Emmanuel Solis (1/5, HR) hit a solo home run while Santo De Jesus (1/1, 3B) tripled.

Tomas Telis singled three times in five trips, bringing his average up to .318.

Alex Gonzalez (2/6), Michael Ortiz (2/5), Guillermo Pimentel (2/4, BB) and Ruben Sierra (2/4) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Melo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.2 5 1 1 3 6 0 7.29


DSL: DSL Rangers1 2 - DSL Braves 4
L - Ogando (0-2)
HR - Arias (2)
17-45, 30.5 GB


Starter Leonel Gil was solid in the losing effort, allowing an unearned run on four hits in five innings pitched. He struck out four without issuing a walk.

Shortstop Jose Arias was 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk.

Gerson Cuevas had one of his better professional outings with three shutout innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Leonel Gil
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 4 1 0 0 4 0 1.83


DSL: DSL Rangers2 7 - (@) DSL Angels 3
W - Parra (3-1)
47-14, 10.5 GU


Lefty Luis Parra struck out just one batter in five innings, but he held the Angels to one run on only two hits.

Relievers Emiliano Medina, Luis Simeoli, and Miguel De Los Santos all pitched one scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Right fielder Jose Mateo was 2-for-4 with a walk and his third triple of the year.

Alfredo Chalas (1/3, 2B) and Yefry Castillo (1/1, 2B) both doubled.

Teodoro Martinez (2/4, BB) and Francisco Lugo (2/4) singled twice.

Player of the Game: LHP Luis Parra
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 1 1 2 1 0 2.63




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