Minor League Roundup - 8/24

The Bakersfield Blaze lost a wild one in fourteen innings on Monday while Neil Ramirez continued to get back on track with Hickory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 10 - (@) Omaha 4
W - Benson (4-3)
HR - Richardson (13), Metcalf (10, 11), Huffman (7), Fox (1)
65-64, 6.5 GB


Travis Metcalf returns to the site of the team that released him and the place he played, he he has a big night.

The third baseman belted a pair of home runs in four at-bats, knocking in four runs.

Left fielder Royce Huffman was 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Kevin Richardson (1/4, HR) and Adam Fox (2/4, HR) added solo shots.

Starting pitcher Kris Benson pitched eight innings, giving up four runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Greg Golson (2/5, 2B) and Brandon Boggs (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled.

Player of the Game: 3B Travis Metcalf
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 2 0 2 4 0 0 .222


AA: Frisco 4 - Northwest Arkansas 2
W - Ballard (5-6)
SV - Vaughan (6)
30-26, 3.0 GB


Lefty Mike Ballard (3.57 ERA/.267 BAA in the second half) had another dominant start, as he allowed one run in eight innings. He fanned five and walked zero, but the most impressive aspect of his outing was the fact that he threw 70 of his 98 pitches for strikes.

? Centerfielder Craig Gentry (2/3, BB) and first baseman Chad Tracy (1/4) both drove home a pair of runs.

Catcher Chris Gradoville doubled once and laid down a sacrifice bunt in his three trips to the plate.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 5 1 1 0 5 1 4.12


A+: Bakersfield 1 - Stockton 2 (14 innings)
L - Falcon (2-2)
30-27, 10.0 GB


Monday's game between Bakersfield and Stockton featured 14 innings, three runs, 13 hits, and 46 strikeouts.

Starting pitcher Ryan Tatusko (4.39 ERA/.260 BAA) allowed just one run in six innings. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out a career-high 11 batters.

Tatusko hadn't struck out more than four batters in any of his previous nine starts.

Reliever Dustin Brader followed with three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out five.

The Blaze got doubles from David Paisano (1/5, 2B), Mauro Gomez (3/6, 2B) and Matt Lawson (1/4, 2B). Those hitters also combined for five of the club's six hits.

Left-hander Ryan Falcon got a flashback to his days as a starting pitcher in college. Falcon worked five innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked zero and struck out six.

Despite the outstanding performance, Falcon was tagged with his second loss of the season. He gave up the game-winning hit to Ports pitcher Derrick Gordon.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 1 1 2 11 0 4.39


A: Hickory 3 - Asheville 0
W - Nam (9-1)
SV - Eppley (5)
26-30, 11.5 GB


Things appear to be turning around for Neil Ramirez. The right-hander combined with relievers Yoon-Hee Nam and Cody Eppley for a four-hit shutout of Asheville.

Ramirez pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out five.

Nam retired all nine batters he faced in three perfect innings. He fanned three.

Eppley struck out two in a scoreless ninth.

Jared Bolden (1/3, 2B) and Ed Koncel (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos singled and drove in a run.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 0 0 1 5 0 4.33


SSA: Spokane 14 - Boise 5
W - Tullis (3-2)
HR - Mendonca (9)
30-33, 6.5 GB


Third baseman Tom Mendonca packed a punch for the powerful Indians' lineup on Monday, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four runs batted in.

DH Jason Ogata (2/5) drove in three runs.

Leadoff man Joe Bonadonna was just 1-for-6, but he tripled once and knocked him three more runs.

Miguel Velazquez (3/4, 2B, BB), Jared Prince (2/4, 2B, BB) and Alberto Puello (2/5, 2B) all doubled.

First baseman Clark Murphy and shortstop Denny Duron both singled twice.

Starting pitcher Braden Tullis was good enough to earn the victory, giving up four runs in five innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Johnny Gunter worked two shutout relief innings, allowing one hit, walking two, and punching out two.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 3 3 1 1 4 0 1 .309


AZL: AZL Rangers 9 - AZL Padres 3
W - Melo (1-4)
11-13, 4.5 GB


Carlos Melo's much-improved August continued on Monday, as he allowed three runs in five innings of work. The righty walked three and struck out five.

In four August starts, Melo has posted a 4.26 earned-run average, walking eight while striking out 19 in 19 innings.

Catcher Tomas Telis raised his batting average to .324 by going 2-for-5 with his fourth triple of the season. He also stole his eighth base.

Michael Ortiz (2/3, 2B, BB), Billy O'Conner (2/5, 2B) and Santo De Jesus (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled.

Fireballing righty Ovispo De Los Santos struck out one batter in two hitless innings.

Jared Schrom and Tae Kyung Ahn finished the game with an inning of hitless relief apiece.

Although Ahn allowed zero hits and struck out two, his control issues continued. The Korean right-hander walked two batters, tossed a wild pitch, and hit a batter.

Player of the Game: 1B Michael Ortiz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 .310


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - SEASON OVER
18-45, 29.5 GB


The DSL Rangers1 failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - OFF
47-15, 9.0 GU


The DSL Rangers2 won the San Pedro Division and they received a bye in the DSL playoffs. They'll play soon.



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