Minor League Roundup - 8/30

With another victory over Midland on Sunday, the Frisco RoughRiders now stand just one game behind the Rock Hounds in the Texas League playoff race. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - (@) Iowa 2
L - Benson (4-4)
65-70, 9.5 GB


The punchless RedHawks offense was held to zero runs in six hits by the Iowa pitching on Sunday.

Oklahoma City scored a total of eight runs in the five-game series.

Starting pitcher Kris Benson was excellent. He gave up just one run on four hits in seven innings. The veteran righty walked two and struck out seven.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs provided the only extra-base hit, as he was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Right fielder Ryan Freel singled once in three at-bats.

Rehabbing shortstop Esteban German was just 1-for-4, but he stole two bases, giving him 35 on the year.

Player of the Game: RHP Kris Benson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 1 1 2 7 0 5.19


AA: Frisco 7 - Midland 0
W - Ballard (6-6)
SV - Phillips (2)
HR - Whittleman (9)
35-27, 1.0 GB


Frisco dominated the Rock Hounds on Sunday evening, putting them just one game behind the second-half division leaders.

Starter Mike Ballard was phenomenal, delivering 7.1 scoreless innings. He scattered four hits, walked zero, and struck out seven.

In his last three starts, Ballard has yielded two runs in 22.2 innings, giving up 16 hits, walking zero, and striking out 13.

DH John Whittleman put the game away with his three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. The bomb was his ninth of the year.

Dustin Majewski (2/4, 2B) and Craig Gentry (2/4) both had two hits. Gentry stole his 49th base.

Rehabbing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 0-for-2 with a base on balls.

Lefty Zach Phillips came off the disabled list to strike out three batters in 1.2 scoreless frames, picking up his second Double-A save.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.1 4 0 0 0 7 0 3.86


A+: Bakersfield 8 - (@) Modesto 4
W - Roark (9-0)
HR - Stoneburner (5)
35-28, 10.0 GB


Tanner Roark (2.94 ERA/.218 BAA) improved to a perfect 9-0 with Bakersfield this season after he pitched seven strong innings. Roark allowed two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out five.

Catcher Doug Hogan doubled twice in four at-bats.

Matt Lawson (3/5, 2B), Joey Butler (1/5, 2B), Mike Bianucci (2/5, 2B), and Tim Rodriguez (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner fell a triple short of the cycle. He was 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a two-run homer.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Roark
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 3 2 2 1 5 0 2.94


A: Hickory 8 - (@) West Virginia 9
L - Boscan (6-8)
HR - Fry (6, 7)
28-34, 13.5 GB


Wilfredo Boscan had one of his rougher starts of the season on Sunday. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits in just 2.2 innings. Boscan walked three batters, hit one more, and struck out only one.

Right-hander Mark Hamburger was strong in relief, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. He fanned three.

Left fielder Eric Fry nearly brought the Crawdads back with his grand slam in the top of the ninth inning. He also had a solo homer in the seventh, giving him seven on the season.

Second baseman Andres James was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Slugging DH Vin DiFazio went 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

Mike Hollander (1/4, 2B) also doubled while Leonel De Los Santos (2/5) singled twice in five trips.

Player of the Game: LF Eric Fry
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 2 0 2 5 0 1 .254


SSA: Spokane 2 - (@) Yakima 3
L - Henry (2-4)
HR - Ogata (5)
34-35, 8.5 GB


Ben Henry pitched extremely well in three of his four innings but he ran into some tough luck in the bottom of the third.

Here is how the runners reached in that frame: catcher interference, single to right field, bunt single, infield single, single to left field, infield single, walk.

Third baseman Jason Ogata ripped a solo home run, his fifth of the season, in the second inning.

Relievers Joseph Ortiz (3 IP) and Johnny Gunter (1 IP) worked scoreless relief.

In 34.2 innings with Spokane this season, the 19-year-old Ortiz has walked five and struck out 35.

Player of the Game: LHP Joseph Ortiz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 3.12


AZL: AZL Rangers - SEASON OVER
12-16, 4.5 GB


The AZL Rangers failed to quality for the Arizona League playoffs.

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 - SEASON OVER
47-15, 9.0 GU


After winning the division, the DSL Rangers2 got a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but they were swept in the best-of-three Dominican Summer League semifinal series.



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