Minor League Roundup - 6/19

The Frisco RoughRiders wrapped up the Texas League's South Division first-half title on Saturday, and the Hickory Crawdads stayed alive for another day. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Nashville 4
L - Beltre (0-5)
HR - Garko (7)
38-30, 3.5 GU

The RedHawks faced a pair of former tall lefty Rangers hurlers on Saturday, going up against Doug Davis for three innings followed by Sam Narron for 3.2.

First baseman Ryan Garko (.290/.388/.520) had little trouble against either hurler, as he was 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks.

Garko has gone yard in three consecutive games, and he now has seven in 100 at-bats with Oklahoma City. He's 9-for-20 with two doubles and three homers against Triple-A lefties.

Right-handers Brandon McCarthy and Omar Beltre returned from the disabled list on Saturday, and the pitchers had a bit of a piggyback system going.

McCarthy pitched two innings––throwing 46 pitches––and allowed one run, walking one and fanning four.

Beltre worked three innings, giving up three unearned runs. He walked two and struck out four.

Despite a sparkling 2.76 earned-run average on the season, Beltre has an 0-5 record in 14 appearances [four starts].

Red-hot third baseman Chris Davis (.469/.513/.703 in June) was 2-for-4 with two doubles. He has multiple knocks in each of his last four games.

Mitch Moreland (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked once.

Rehabbing slugger Nelson Cruz was 0-for-3 with a base on balls. He was the designated hitter.

Player of the Game: 1B Ryan Garko
2 2 2 0 1 2 2 0 .290

AA: Frisco 7 – (@) Corpus Christi 3
W - Roark (7-3)
HR - Lawson (7)
37-29, 3.5 GU

The RoughRiders officially clinched the Texas League's South Division first-half title on Saturday evening. The first-half championship earns the club a spot in September's Texas League playoffs.

Frisco jumped out to an early lead, scoring all seven of its runs in the first three innings against Hooks starter and former first-round selection Tyler Lumsden.

Matt Lawson (.307/.396/.492) only had one hit, but it was a two-run jack off Lumsden in the first inning, his seventh home run of the season.

Mitch Hilligoss (3/4), Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) and Renny Osuna (2/5) all singled multiple times.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-5 with a double and three strikeouts.

Starting pitcher Tanner Roark picked up his seventh win of the year, allowing three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He walked two and fanned five.

As usual, the RoughRiders bullpen was outstanding.

Josh Lueke (3.21 ERA/.216 BAA) punched out three [and walked zero] in 2.1 shutout frames. The hard-throwing righty has 20 strikeouts and three walks in 14 Double-A innings.

Sidearmer Cody Eppley finished the game by fanning two in 1.1 scoreless innings, dropping his ERA to 1.69.

Former Rangers farmhand Jailen Peguero, who was recently traded to the Astros, pitched three perfect innings for the Hooks.

Player of the Game: RHP Josh Lueke
2.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3.21

A+: Bakersfield 1 – (@) Modesto 0 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Main (4-3)

Saturday's first game was an excellent pitcher's duel between prospects Michael Main and Juan Nicasio. Bakersfield and Modesto combined for one run on five total hits in the game.

The Blaze got the best of it, though, as Main (3.43 ERA/.250 BAA) worked seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits, walking three, and striking out six.

The 21-year-old did some clutch pitching as well. He allowed the tying run to reach base on a double to start the seventh. After the man was moved to third with one out, he got a strikeout and a popout to end the game.

Bakersfield's hits––all singles––came from Davis Stoneburner (1/2, BB), Engel Beltre (1/2, BB) and Andres James (1/2, BB).

Corner infielders John Whittleman and Tom Mendonca combined to strike out in all six of their plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Michael Main
7.0 2 0 0 3 6 0 3.43

A+: Bakersfield 2 – (@) Modesto 5 (7 innings – Game 2)
L - Nam (1-1)
29-41, 16.0 GB

Game two officially ended the first half of the season for the Blaze. They'll begin a four-day holiday, except for catcher Jose Felix, who will travel to Myrtle Beach for the Carolina-Cal League All-Star Game.

Getting the spot-start, lefty Yoon-Hee Nam allowed four runs on seven hits in three innings, walking zero and striking out three.

Fabio Castillo (2.81 ERA/.247 BAA) also didn't issue a walk in three innings. He gave up one run and fanned four.

At the plate, second baseman Davis Stoneburner (.291/.372/.475) was 1-for-2 with his 20th double of the season. The Virginia native has a 15-game hitting streak.

Left fielder David Paisano (2/4) and catcher Chris Gradoville (2/3) both singled twice.

Engel Beltre (.326/.374/.464) was 1-for-2, and he was hit by a pitch. Beltre's hitting streak currently stands at 14 contests.

Player of the Game: 2B Davis Stoneburner
2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 .291

A: Hickory 9 - Greenville 5
W - Bell (1-1)
HR - Santana (11)
40-29, 1.0 GB

Hickory kept its first-half title hopes alive with a victory on Saturday night.

With one game remaining in the first half, the Crawdads are a game behind the Lexington BlueClaws. Should the two teams tie, they'll settle it with a tiebreaker game on August 25.

The Hickory offense scored nine runs on 13 hits, and the production was spread out evenly. Nine players had at least one hit, and six drove in runs.

Leadoff man Travis Adair (.273/.324/.288) was 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in. He appears to have overtaken Edwin Garcia for the everyday job at second base.

Miguel Velazquez (2/4, 2B) and Leonel De Los Santos (2/3) had two hits apiece.

First baseman Michael Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in.

Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin didn't factor in on the decision, as he allowed three runs [two earned] on six hits over four innings, walking one and striking out four.

Chad Bell (2.86 ERA/.196 BAA) got the victory with two hitless, scoreless frames.

Player of the Game: 2B Travis Adair
4 1 3 0 0 2 1 0 .273

SSA: Spokane 5 - Tri-City 9
L - McBride (0-1)
HR - Kudlock (1), Profar (1)
0-2, 2.0 GB

Nick McBride's first professional start ended in a loss, as he gave up three runs on six hits over four innings of work. The tall right-hander walked one and fanned four.

The 19-year-old McBride was the Rangers' fifth round selection in last summer's draft, and he signed for a reported above-slot $325,000 bonus.

Also playing in his first professional game was right fielder Jason Kudlock, who was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning for his lone hit of the night. The 17-year-old has two extra-base hits in his first two games.

Danny Lima (2/4), Kevin Torres (1/4) and Ryan Strausborger (1/4) combined for the rest of Spokane's hits.

Right-handed reliever Denny Peralta was hit hard, as he allowed three runs on four hits in one inning.

Sidearming sinkerball reliever Johan Yan gave up one run in two innings. All six of his outs were recorded on the ground.

University of Georgia product Justin Earls tossed a scoreless inning in his pro debut.

Player of the Game: RF Jason Kudlock
4 2 2 2 1 2 0 0 .500

DSL: DSL Rangers – DSL Tigers
10-6, 0.0 GU

The box score has yet to be posted, as the Rangers and Tigers were playing at the Estrellas Orientales' stadium instead of the complex.

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