Minor League Roundup - 4/29

Thursday was an eventful evening in the Texas Rangers organization, as the affiliates combined to go 4-0, with two posting shutouts and the other two scoring double-digit runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 14 - New Orleans 3
W - Holland (3-1)
14-7, 2.0 GU

After getting their first day of rest this season, the RedHawks bats broke out for 14 runs on 18 hits.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs was perhaps the most impressive performer, as he was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and two runs batted in. Boggs had been previously struggling, but the game brought his season average up to .295.

Hernan Iribarren (3/4, 2B, BB), Chris Davis (3/6, 2B) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2/4, 2B, BB) all doubled once––with a number of singles mixed in.

Designated hitter Chad Tracy singled twice in four at-bats. Emerson Frostad replaced him in the seventh and went 1-for-1 with a single and a base on balls.

Oklahoma City went 11-for-24 with runners in scoring position.

Starting pitcher Derek Holland threw 118 pitches in 6.2 innings, but he got the job done and earned his third victory. The left-hander yielded two unearned runs on six hits, walking three and striking out eight.

After giving up zero earned runs on Thursday, Holland's season ERA dropped to 0.53.

In a game that took three hours and twenty minutes to play, Oklahoma City's batters drew seven walks and struck out 13 times.

Player of the Game: CF Brandon Boggs
5 2 4 2 0 2 0 1 .295

AA: Frisco 1 - San Antonio 0 (11 innings)
W - Tatusko (3-0)
10-10, 1.0 GB

The RoughRiders threw plenty of pitching talent at San Antonio on Thursday, and the final result was an 11-inning shutout while yielding only six hits.

Starting pitcher Blake Beavan (3.38 ERA/.213 BAA) wasn't as economic as usual––throwing 95 pitches in 5.2 innings––but he still missed bats and threw strikes. The tall righty scattered five hits while tossing scoreless ball, walking one and striking out six.

Beavan now has 17 strikeouts in his first 29.1 innings this season. He had just 34 in 89.2 frames after his promotion to Frisco last summer.

Zach Phillips [1.1 IP], Alexi Ogando [1 IP] and Tanner Scheppers [1 IP] finished off regulation with hitless relief. Phillips struck out two, Ogando needed just seven pitches to complete his inning, and Scheppers fanned one in a 13-pitch stanza.

Ryan Tatusko picked up the victory with two final scoreless innings. He struck out two without walking a batter.

Leadoff hitter and second baseman Marcus Lemon singled three times in five at-bats. Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) was the only other RoughRider to record multiple hits.

DH Matt Lawson (.309/.405/.456) was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. He has walked five times in his last five games.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
5.2 5 0 0 1 6 0 3.38

A+: Bakersfield 12 - (@) Stockton 5
W - Eppley (2-0)
HR - Gradoville (1)
7-11, 5.0 GB

On a windy and chilly Thursday night in Stockton, the Blaze and Ports played a rather ugly game of baseball.

In a contest that officially lasted over three and a half hours for nine innings, Bakersfield's hitters scored 12 runs while walking 10 times and striking out 17 times.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre was the only Blaze hitter to go all nine innings without a punchout. He was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.

Catcher Chris Gradoville (2/5, HR) blasted a home run in the game, and third baseman Tom Mendonca (1/3, 3B, 2 BB) tripled and walked twice.

Outside of those two extra-base hits, Bakersfield singled the Ports to death.

David Paisano (2/5, BB), Mike Bianucci (2/5) and Jake Kaase (2/3, 2 BB) all had multiple singles.

Mitch Hilligoss entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and he walked in all three of his plate appearances.

Starter Kennil Gomez threw over 90 pitches and didn't get out of the fifth. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks in 4.1 innings.

Justin Miller [1 IP], Cody Eppley [1.2 IP] and Shane Zegarac [1 IP] all pitched scoreless ball in relief.

The game got interesting early on, as the Ports were playing without any bench players. Once centerfielder David Thomas went down with an injury early in the game, Stockton was forced to pull the DH and let the pitcher hit for the remainder of the game.

That is, until Josh Horton showed up to the ballpark in the ninth inning, when he popped out to third to end the contest.

Player of the Game: C Chris Gradoville
5 1 2 0 1 2 0 3 .571

A: Hickory 4 - (@) Charleston 0
W - Ross (2-3)
SV - Tullis (1)
HR - Velazquez (4)
12-10, 1.0 GB

The suddenly red-hot Crawdads won their fourth consecutive game on Thursday evening, limiting Charleston to just three hits in the shutout.

Left-hander Robbie Ross turned in his best outing of the season, pitching six scoreless innings. He yielded three hits, walked zero, and struck out four. Ross kept the ball on the ground, posting a 10:4 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

Braden Tullis was even better, tossing three scoreless, hitless, walkless innings. The sinkerballer fanned four.

The 20-year-old Idaho native got off to a bit of a slow start with Hickory, but he appears to be warming up to the Sally League of late. Over his last three outings, Tullis has posted the following line: 8 ip, 5 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 9 k.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez continued his impressive power display, going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk. He has eight doubles, one triple, and four round-trippers in 81 at-bats this season.

Infielders Leury Garcia (1/4, 3B) and Matt West (1/4, 3B) both tripled.

Cristian Santana (2/3, BB) and Michael Ortiz (2/4) singled twice. Both players stole a base in the game, as well.

Player of the Game: RHP Braden Tullis
3.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1.29

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