Minor League Roundup - 4/18

The Texas Rangers' affiliates got a handful of outstanding pitching performances on Sunday, as the four starting pitchers combined to allow just one earned run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - (@) Memphis 2
W - Holland (2-0)
8-3, 2.0 GU


Oklahoma City was dominant once again on Sunday, as they led the entire way and cruised to their sixth straight win.

Starter Derek Holland lowered his earned-run average to 0.46 after he kept the Redbirds off the board for six innings. The southpaw scattered seven hits [six singles] while walking two and striking out six.

Leadoff man Craig Gentry's second triple of the season was OKC's only extra-base knock of the afternoon. He had three runs batted in.

Right fielder Brandon Boggs returned from the disabled list to go 1-for-3 with a base on balls.

Andy Jenkins raised his average to .344 with three singles in three official at-bats. He also drew a walk.

Mitch Moreland has not been in the lineup the last few days because he has returned home to tend to a personal issue. He is expected back soon.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 7 0 0 2 6 0 0.46




AA: Frisco 5 - (@) Springfield 1
W - Beavan (2-1)
3-7, 3.0 GB


Blake Beavan and the Frisco offense helped the ‘Riders snap a seven-game losing streak with Sunday afternoon's victory.

Beavan was masterful, retiring the first 19 hitters of the game for 6.1 perfect innings. He ended up permitting one run on three hits over seven innings, walking zero and striking out four.

Over Beavan's first three starts this season, he hasn't been very hittable [10 hits in 18 innings] and he has pounded the strike zone [just one walk].

Right fielder Joey Butler (.432/.523/.703 in 10 games) continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs batted in.

In the last three games, Butler is 9-for-14 with four extra-base hits.

Second baseman Renny Osuna broke out of his slump with two doubles and a hit-by pitch in four plate appearances.

Wes Bankston (1/4, 2B) and Kevin Richardson (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

The ‘Riders touched up Wichita Falls native Ryan Braiser for five runs in 5.2 innings less than one week after he limited them to two hits in six scoreless innings in Frisco.

Zach Phillips finished off the game with four punchouts in two shutout frames. He threw 20 pitches [15 strikes] and allowed just a bunt single.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 3 1 1 0 4 0 2.50




A+: Bakersfield 3 - (@) San Jose 6
L - Brigham (0-1)
4-5, 2.5 GB


Although the Blaze only lost the game by three runs, a closer look reveals an ugly all-around contest.

Defensively, Bakersfield committed four errors, coming from third base, shortstop, catcher and centerfield.

Starting pitcher Jake Brigham allowed two unearned runs in four innings of work. He gave up seven hits, walked two, and struck out three.

In the first inning, Brigham was helped when Jose Felix caught two runners stealing. He then got a double play ground ball in the second. And another double play grounder in the third.

San Jose broke the game open against reliever Tyler Tufts, who coughed up four runs in 1.1 innings. Tufts not only gave up four hits, but he also plunked three hitters.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (1/4, 2B) and DH Eric Fry (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled.

Mendonca also committed his fourth error of the young season. Although the Fresno State product has above-average range and sure hands, his throws are often erratic. All four of his miscues this season have been throwing errors.

Fabio Castillo [1.2 IP] and Adalberto Flores [1 IP] worked scoreless relief to finish it off.

Getting his first shot at High-A ball, the 21-year-old Castillo is off to a solid start. He has yet to allow a run in 4.1 frames.

Player of the Game: DH Eric Fry
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 .111




A: Hickory 3 - Kannapolis 4
L - Hurley (0-1)
5-6, 1.0 GB


Although the Crawdads dropped Sunday afternoon's game, right-hander Joe Wieland certainly pitched well enough to win.

The 20-year-old matched a career high with nine punchouts over 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three singles. He didn't issue a walk.

Wieland has worked 15.2 innings in his first three starts, yielding one run on 11 hits, walking two and striking out 16.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez (.286/.333/.452) walloped his seventh double of the season. He also singled, drove home two runs, and stole his third base.

Right fielder Jared Prince singled twice in four trips.

Sinkerballer Braden Tullis gave up three runs [one earned] in 1.2 innings of relief. The one hit was a solo home run from White Sox prospect Trayce Thompson.

Kansas State product Trevor Hurley entered Sunday's contest having thrown 5.1 perfect innings, but he was stuck with both the loss and a blown save in the game. The righty gave up a run on two hits in 1.2 innings, walking zero and fanning two.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.2 3 0 0 0 9 0 0.57




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