Minor League Roundup - 6/18

The Spokane Indians opened their 2010 campaign on Friday evening, meaning shortstop Jurickson Profar made his official pro debut. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - (@) Nashville 10
L - Phillips (1-1)
HR - Tracy (11), Moreland (5)
38-29, 3.5 GU

Tanner Scheppers' second professional start was quite rocky, as he needed 73 pitches to complete just 3.2 innings.

The fireballing righty was erratic, throwing only 45 strikes. He allowed three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four.

Guillermo Moscoso got some work in and held the Sounds at bay, tossing 2.1 shutout innings, fanning three batters.

Designated hitter Chad Tracy was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his 11th bomb of the season.

Left fielder Mitch Moreland was 1-for-2 with a solo round-tripper and a walk.

Chris Davis (2/4) singled twice while rehabbing right fielder Nelson Cruz was 1-for-3 with a base on balls in his first game back.

Things fell apart for the RedHawks in the eighth inning, as reliever Zach Phillips coughed up three runs in just one-third of an inning, leading to his first Triple-A loss.

Warner Madrigal didn't fare any better afterward––he allowed four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .258

AA: Frisco 1 – (@) Corpus Christi 14
L - Perez (2-4)
36-29, 2.5 GU

Starting pitcher Martin Perez (6.51 ERA/.288 BAA) had by far the worst outing of his professional career.

The 19-year-old recorded four outs on 55 total pitches. He permitted eight runs [seven earned] on five hits and four walks in those 1.1 innings, striking out one.

Perez has yielded at least four earned runs in five of his last six starts, pitching no more than 4.2 innings in any of those outings.

Scuffling right-hander Brennan Garr didn't exactly help matters, giving up five runs on nine hits [including two home runs] in 2.2 innings, shooting his ERA up to 5.94.

In eight innings this month, Garr has given up 12 runs on 19 hits. Opponents are batting .463 against him in that span.

Frisco didn't have any extra-base hits, and they produced only one run. Marcus Lemon (2/4) and James Tomlin (2/4) both singled twice.

Making his return to Double-A, righty reliever Evan Reed allowed one run in three innings, striking out five.

Strong-armed utility infielder Jake Kaase fanned two in a scoreless eighth inning. He is the first position player to pitch in the Rangers system this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Evan Reed
3.0 2 1 1 2 5 0 1.69

A+: Bakersfield 3 – (@) Modesto 7 (7 innings – Game 1)
L - Gomez (2-5)

Kennil Gomez (6.06 ERA/.324 BAA) got credit for the complete game, but it wasn't particularly pretty.

The 22-year-old Dominican Republic native worked six innings in the losing effort, allowing seven runs on 11 hits. He walked one and struck out two.

For the season, Gomez has regressed across-the-board from what was a mediocre overall 2009 campaign in Bakersfield. In 52 innings, he has 27 walks, 25 strikeouts, and opponents are getting him at a .324 clip.

First baseman John Whittleman was the star at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B), Engel Beltre (2/4, 2B), Tom Mendonca (1/3, 2B) and Andres James (2/3, 2B) also doubled.

Player of the Game: 1B John Whittleman
3 0 3 1 0 2 1 0 .288

A+: Bakersfield 4 – (@) Modesto 2 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Boscan (3-8)
SV - Hamburger (8)
28-40, 15.5 GB

Bakersfield took the nightcap behind a solid effort from Wilfredo Boscan, who earned his third victory of the year.

Boscan actually held the Nuts scoreless through five innings, allowing only three singles. But he opened the fourth by giving up four hits without recording an out before getting chased.

In all, the Venezuela native gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out seven.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre finished off an outstanding doubleheader with a 3-for-4 performance, hitting two more doubles. His batting average currently stands at a sparkling .320.

Leadoff man David Paisano singled twice, walked once, and drove in a run.

Corey Young [0.1 IP] and Mark Hamburger [1.2 IP] closed out the victory with scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

Bakersfield will play another doubleheader on Saturday afternoon before beginning the four-day California League All-Star break.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
4 1 3 2 0 2 0 0 .320

A: Hickory 4 - Greenville 7
L - Tufts (0-2)
39-29, 2.0 GB

Hickory's loss, coupled with Lakewood's victory, means the Crawdads can do no better than tie for the first-half division title. They're down two games with two games remaining.

The two clubs combined for 10 errors on the evening, including six from the ‘Dads.

Despite the spotty defense, lefty Robbie Ross (2.15 ERA/.226 BAA) was impressive, as he worked into the eighth inning.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound southpaw totaled 7.1 innings, permitting three runs [two earned] on only three hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Ross surrendered a home run in his start on June 12. It's the only round-tripper he's allowed in 83.2 innings this year.

The Drive blew the game open when relief pitcher Tyler Tufts gave up four runs [one earned] on five hits while recording only one out.

Leadoff hitter Travis Adair (3/5) and left fielder Cristian Santana (2/4) were the only Crawdads to record multiple hits.

Hard-throwing righty Hector Nelo struck out the side in a scoreless ninth.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
7.1 3 3 2 1 5 0 2.15

SSA: Spokane 1 - Tri-City 6
L - Rojas (0-1)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Friday night's season opener in Spokane provided for an intriguing night on the farm, even if the game wasn't quite so exciting.

Making his first official start outside of the Dominican Summer League, young righty Randol Rojas allowed four runs in four innings. He gave up seven hits, walked two, and struck out two.

The Indians offense collected just four hits in the game, and all of them were doubles.

The two-baggers came from centerfielder Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 2B), shortstop Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B), left fielder Jared Hoying (1/4, 2B) and third baseman Danny Lima (1/3, 2B).

In all, the Spokane lineup struck out 13 times, and every player fanned at least once.

Former eighth overall pick Casey Weathers made his official return from Tommy John surgery in the game, and he helped contribute to the punchouts. The former Vanderbilt closer fanned four in one inning, with one hitter reaching on a passed ball strikeout.

Debuting relievers Ben Rowen, Kevin Johnson, and Ryan Rodebaugh all tossed one shutout frame out of the bullpen. Johnson struck out the side while Rodebaugh fanned two.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Rodebaugh
1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF
10-6, 0.0 GU

The Rangers took the day off on Friday. They'll play a night game at Estadio Tetelo Vargas––home of the Dominican Winter League's Estrellas Orientales––on Saturday.

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