Minor League Roundup - 6/12

The Texas Rangers' stateside minor league affiliates went winless on Saturday evening, but Bakersfield slugger Mike Bianucci went off, hitting a double and two home runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - Albuquerque 8
L - Geary (3-5)
33-28, 0.5 GU

Geoff Geary got the start in place of right-hander Omar Beltre, who was officially placed on the disabled list on Saturday afternoon.

Geary struggled, allowing five first-inning runs. In all, he gave up six runs [five earned] over four innings.

Pitching in his first Triple-A game of the season, a much more slim Warner Madrigal retired all nine batters he faced in three perfect innings, striking out four.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs raised his average to .294 by going 2-for-3 with a walk and his second stolen base of the season.

Left fielder Hernan Iribarren was 1-for-4 with his sixth double. It was OKC's only extra-base hit of the game.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his average down to .246 in 34 games. He is just 3-for-32 in eight June games.

Player of the Game: RHP Warner Madrigal
3.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 3 – San Antonio 4 (12 innings)
L - Garr (4-3)
34-25, 3.5 GU

Blake Beavan held the Missions scoreless for seven innings on Saturday night, scattering seven singles. He walked one and struck out four. The right-hander threw 71 strikes out of 104 total pitches.

At the plate, the RoughRiders weren't able to get much going in the 12 innings.

Centerfielder James Tomlin led the way, getting three singles and a walk in five plate appearances.

Guilder Rodriguez (2/5) and Mitch Hilligoss (2/4, BB) both singled twice. In his first four Double-A games, Hilligoss is 5-for-12 with four free passes.

Hard-throwing reliever Josh Lueke fanned three batters in two scoreless innings. He has 16 punchouts versus only one walk in 9.2 Double-A innings thus far.

Brennan Garr suffered his third loss after he got roughed up in the 12th inning, giving up three runs in one frame. His ERA now sits at 5.10.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
7.0 7 0 0 1 4 0 2.58

A+: Bakersfield 9 – (@) San Jose 12
L - Miller (2-2)
HR - Bianucci (7, 8), Morrison (3)
25-36, 13.0 GB

Bakersfield's losing streak reached nine games on Saturday night.

For the second consecutive start, right-hander Michael Schlact was knocked around in the first inning before settling down. Schlact yielded six runs in the first frame, and then gave up one in the second.

When the dust settled, the 6-foot-7 hurler allowed seven runs [four earned] on eight hits in five innings, walking two and striking out three.

Justin Miller suffered the loss after his second straight disastrous outing. He coughed up four runs in just one inning, giving up two hits and walking three.

On the bright side, right fielder Mike Bianucci appears to be finding his stroke. The slugger was 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs, and four runs batted in.

Second baseman Erik Morrison, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, belted a two-run homer in the second inning.

Jose Felix (3/5, 2B) and John Whittleman (1/5, 2B) both doubled once while leadoff man Davis Stoneburner had three singles and a walk.

Santa Cruz native Taylor Vail played left field and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Vail joined the Blaze earlier in the day, as the club ran out of position players on Friday night.

Player of the Game: RF Mike Bianucci
5 2 4 1 2 4 0 0 .246

A: Hickory 1 - (@) Augusta 3
L - Ross (8-5)
36-27, 1.0 GB

Hickory dropped out of first place after their loss to Augusta on Saturday.

Starting pitcher Robbie Ross was solid but not dominant, as he permitted three runs in six innings of work. Ross allowed eight hits, walked one, and fanned three.

Making his second appearance of the season, Daniel Gutierrez hurled two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and zero walks. He struck out two.

The Crawdads had only four hits in the game. Third baseman Matt West was the only player with multiple knocks, going 2-for-4 with his 11th double.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez was hitless in four trips, dropping his average to .274.

Player of the Game: RHP Daniel Gutierrez
2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.00

DSL: DSL Rangers 7 – (@) DSL Blue Jays 5
W - Mavare (1-0)
SV - Medina (2)
8-4, 0.0 GU

Making his second professional start, 21-year-old hurler Santo Perez allowed five runs [four earned] in five innings.

The story, one again, was reliever Jose Mavare, who fanned seven batters over three shutout frames. Mavare now has 26 punchouts in 13 innings this season, and he has yet to allow a run.

Third baseman Francisco Lugo (2/5) and right fielder Edward Ceballo (2/5) both singled twice in five trips.

Pinch hitter Robert Morillo clocked his third double of the season in his only plate appearance.

Centerfielder Chris Garia was 0-for-4 with a walk, but he swiped his fifth base of the year.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Mavare
3.0 2 0 0 1 7 0 0.00

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