Minor League Roundup - 4/19

Although the Rangers' minor league affiliates were just 1-3 on Monday evening, there were plenty of strong individual performances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Memphis 4
L - Strop (0-1)
8-4, 1.0 GU

Brandon McCarthy extended a string of excellent starts from the RedHawks starting pitchers on Monday evening, as he worked into the eighth inning.

The right-hander yielded three runs on four hits in 7.2 innings, walking one and striking out seven. He threw 71 of his 95 pitches for strikes and got 11 groundouts versus two flyouts.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a double, a sacrifice fly and three runs batted in. He also picked up an outfield assist, throwing out the speedy Jon Jay at third base.

Justin Smoak was 0-for-1 with three walks. He now has an absurd .375/.595/.667 line against right-handed pitching, drawing 13 walks in 37 plate appearances.

DH Chad Tracy (.327/.377/.694) doubled, walked and was hit by a pitch in four trips.

Player of the Game: RHP Brandon McCarthy
7.2 4 3 3 1 7 1 2.08

AA: Frisco 9 - (@) Arkansas 5
W - Roark (1-1)
HR - Greene (1), Whittleman (1)
4-7, 3.0 GB

The RoughRiders offense continued to climb out of his slump on Monday afternoon, as they pushed across a season-high nine runs on 15 hits.

Cleanup hitter and first baseman John Whittleman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk. Third baseman Jonathan Greene, who was 2-for-4, also hit his first round-tripper of the year.

DH Wes Bankston and 2B Renny Osuna both went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Not generally known for his power, the 24-year-old Osuna has four doubles in his last two games.

Leadoff hitter James Tomlin entered the day with just three singles in 32 at-bats this season, but he got a pair of hits in six trips on Monday.

Tomlin was excellent at the Double-A level in the Dodgers system last year, batting .315 with a .812 OPS in 108 games.

Starting pitcher Alexi Ogando yielded just one run on one hit in three innings of work, walking zero and fanning three. He threw 34 of his 44 pitches for strikes.

Tanner Roark earned the victory in long relief, as he also gave up one run in three frames. Roark spread out four hits while walking two and striking out four.

Southpaw reliever Ben Snyder (1.13 ERA/.087 BAA in eight innings) worked 2.2 hitless frames, walking one and striking out three.

In his first eight innings of the season, the 24-year-old Ohio native has permitted just two hits while fanning 11. More importantly, he has yet to allow a hit to a right-handed hitter this year.

Player of the Game: 3B Jonathan Greene
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .200

A+: Bakersfield 1 - (@) Modesto 5
L - Boscan (1-2)
4-6, 3.0 GB

Bakersfield opened up a three-game set against the division rival Modesto Nuts on Monday evening.

Wilfredo Boscan took to the mound for his third start of the season, and he allowed three runs on six hits in six innings of work. The righty gave up a double, a triple, and a two-run homer. He walked two and recorded seven punchouts.

The Blaze offense had just one run on six hits in the contest.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner's (1/4, 2B) double was the team's only extra-base hit.

Right fielder David Paisano singled once and walked once in four trips. He also stole his fourth base.

Paisano fought hamstring issues over the last two years, but he seems to be healthy now. The 22-year-old attempted just one steal in 38 games with the Blaze last season. He has four tries in his first 10 games this year.

Left-hander Tim Murphy had his first rough outing of the season, as he gave out three walks in just one inning. Murphy also yielded two hits and two runs.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
6.0 6 3 3 2 7 1 4.24

A: Hickory 0 - Kannapolis 7
L - Ross (1-2)
5-7, 2.0 GB

Starter Robbie Ross got stuck with his second loss in three starts after he yielded two runs [one earned] over four innings of work. The left-hander recorded six strikeouts, but he gave up three hits and walked three.

Robbie Erlin's third outing of the season was almost as good as his first two. He worked two more scoreless frames and struck out two, but he also gave up his first baserunners of the season. Erlin allowed a hit and a walk.

Chad Bell continued to struggle a bit with control, as he issued a run on two free passes and a hit in one inning.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos had a rough go of it in his second game of the season. The Dominican Republic native was 0-for-4 with a strikeout at the plate, and he committed two errors and had a passed ball behind it.

The Crawdads got shut out, but speedy third baseman Joe Bonadonna had an excellent night at the plate. The Illinois product was 1-for-2 with two walks and his second stolen base of the year.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

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