Minor League Roundup - 5/27

The Texas Rangers' four affiliates combined for a strong 4-1 record on Thursday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Tacoma 1 (Game 1 – 7 innings)
W - Scheppers (1-0)
HR - Boggs (5)

Oklahoma City and Tacoma played the remainder of their suspended game on Thursday evening.

Tommy Hunter had initially worked the first four innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Righty Tanner Scheppers (1.38 ERA/.174 BAA) entered as the two teams picked up the game in the top of the fifth. And he closed the door––to say the least.

Scheppers threw 55 pitches over three hitless innings, walking one and striking out seven. He now has 22 punchouts in 13 frames with Triple-A OKC.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs dealt the deciding blow with his solo home run in the top of the sixth. He also walked.

Craig Gentry (2/4, 2B), Gregorio Petit (2/3, BB) and Ryan Garko (1/2, BB) also reached multiple times.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Scheppers
3.0 0 0 0 1 7 0 1.38

AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - (@) Tacoma 2 (Game 2 – 7 innings)
W - Mathis (1-0)
26-20, 1.5 GU

The RedHawks finished off the doubleheader sweep on Thursday night. The two teams will not make up one rained out game, as OKC doesn't go back to the Pacific Northwest again this season.

Starting pitcher Doug Mathis worked his way through five innings, but it wasn't easy. The sinkerballer got nine groundouts versus just one flyout, but he allowed two runs while scattering eight hits and throwing 100 pitches.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland was 3-for-3 with three doubles, giving him 12 on the season. It was his first multi-hit effort since May 12.

Catcher Kevin Richardson was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in.

Clay Rapada closed out the game with two hitless innings, dropping his earned-run average to 2.57.

Player of the Game: RF Mitch Moreland
3 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 .246

AA: Frisco 8 – Northwest Arkansas 5
W - Snyder (1-2)
SV - Eppley (4)
HR - Lawson (3)
27-19, 4.0 GU

With Thursday's victory, the RoughRiders have now won six of their last seven games and they lead the Texas League's South Division by four games.

Frisco touched up Royals prospect Mike Montgomery, getting him for three runs on six hits in just three innings.

Two of those hits came from second baseman Matt Lawson (.314/.407/.467), who was 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run. He was also plunked twice, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances.

In all, the ‘Riders lineup plated eight runs on 15 hits.

Emerson Frostad (3/4, BB), Taylor Teagarden (3/4, 3B) and James Tomlin (3/4, 2B) all had three knocks apiece.

Left fielder and cleanup hitter Wes Bankston was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him 11 on the year. Elio Sarmiento was 1-for-3 with his third double.

Starting pitcher Tanner Roark cruised early on, but he struggled late and ended up surrendering five runs in 5.2 innings. He fanned six without without walking a batter.

The relief trio of Josh Lueke [1.1 IP], Ben Snyder [1.1 IP] and Cody Eppley [0.2 IP] combined to strike out six batters in 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: 2B Matt Lawson
3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 .314

A+: Bakersfield 0 - (@) Inland Empire 5
L - Brigham (1-5)
19-26, 9.5 GB

Inland Empire starter and former first-round pick Ethan Martin had a career-best day against the Blaze, tossing a complete game, three-hit shutout. The 20-year-old walked two and struck out nine.

On the other side, Bakersfield starter Jake Brigham had a rough night at the park. He walked five and allowed two hits in 1.2 innings, leading to four runs. Brigham didn't strike out a hitter.

Lefty Yoon-Hee Nam helped keep the Blaze in the game, yielding just one run in 3.1 innings.

Tom Mendonca (1/3, 2B), Davis Stoneburner (1/3, HBP) and David Paisano (1/4) had the team's three hits.

Right-handers Fabio Castillo [2 IP] and Justin Miller [1 IP] combined for three innings of scoreless relief to finish out the game.

Though he hasn't been without his control issues, the 6-foot-3 Miller has given up just two earned runs on nine hits in 15.2 innings this season.

Player of the Game: LHP Yoon-Hee Nam
3.1 4 1 1 1 2 1 1.23

A: Hickory 3 - Delmarva 1
W - Ross (6-4)
SV - Hurley (4)
30-18, 3.5 GU

Starter Robbie Ross (2.24 ERA/.251 BAA) earned his sixth victory while working seven innings for the second consecutive start.

The 20-year-old scattered seven hits in those seven innings, giving up two runs [one earned]. He walked two and struck out three.

On the season, Ross has a strong 42:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 56.1 innings, and he is getting almost 2.5 groundouts per flyout. He has yet to surrender a home run this year.

Shortstop Leury Garcia (.260/.320/.345) was 1-for-4 with his third triple of the season.

Joe Bonadonna (2/3), Matt West (1/3), Jared Prince (1/4) and Miguel Velazquez (1/4) had the rest of Hickory's hits.

Reliever Chad Bell (3.00 ERA/.191 BAA) struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless eighth inning.

Trevor Hurley earned his fourth save by tossing a perfect ninth, fanning two.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
7.0 7 1 0 2 3 0 2.24

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