Minor League Roundup - 6/21

The rookie-level AZL Rangers kicked off their 2010 season on Monday evening, as a handful of talented players saw their first professional action. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - (@) Nashville 8
L - Mathis (2-3)
HR - Davis (8)
39-31, 2.5 GU

Doug Mathis has been a ground ball machine since returning to Triple-A, but he struggled to keep the ball on the ground and in the park on Monday.

The 27-year-old righty allowed six runs on seven hits [including two homers] over five innings. He walked three and struck out four.

First baseman Chris Davis (.361/.414/.564) continued to rake, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in.

Davis is an incredible 13-for-22 with four doubles and two homers over his last six contests. He's hitting .479 in 20 games this month.

Mitch Moreland (2/4, 2B, BB), Brandon Boggs (1/5, 2B), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1/3, 2B) and Gregorio Petit (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Leadoff man Esteban German singled twice, walked once, and stole his 26th base of the season.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris Davis
5 1 3 1 1 2 0 1 .361

AA: Frisco 7 – (@) Midland 11
L - Tatusko (5-1)
37-31, 1.5 GU

Ryan Tatusko (4.07 ERA/.288 BAA) saw his earned-run average fly up on Monday evening, as he was battered for eight runs on 11 hits in 3.1 innings, walking two and striking out one.

The loss was Tatusko's first of the season. He is preparing to pitch in the All-Star Game at the same stadium as Monday's contest––Citibank Ballpark in Midland.

Long reliever Ben Snyder helped keep the ‘Riders in the game, as he allowed one run in 3.2 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Frisco collected a season-high 15 hits in the game, but they were all singles.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon (.269/.338/.343 in June) singled three times and drove home one run in five plate appearances.

Renny Osuna (2/4), Taylor Teagarden (2/4, BB), Wes Bankston (2/5), James Tomlin (2/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/3, BB) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez
3 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 .259

A+: Bakersfield – All-Star Break
29-41, 16.0 GB

The Blaze are enjoying their All-Star break right now. They finished the first half with a 29-41 record, 16 games behind the champion San Jose Giants.

They'll return to action at home against Visalia on Thursday, June 24.

A: Hickory - All-Star Break
40-30, 2.0 GB

The Crawdads finished the first half with a 40-30 record, two games behind division champ Lakewood.

They begin the second half on Thursday, June 24 on the road at Hagerstown.

SSA: Spokane 1 - (@) Vancouver 2
L - Osborne (0-1)
0-3, 3.0 GB

Making his first professional start, right-hander Zach Osborne allowed two runs on four hits [all singles] in 3.1 innings. He fanned two and walked zero.

The sinkerballing Osborne wasn't hit particularly hard, and he got seven groundouts versus one flyout.

Ben Henry was outstanding in relief of Osborne, working 3.2 shutout frames. He didn't give up a hit, didn't walk a batter, and struck out two.

In fact, the only baserunner to reach against Henry did so on a Mike Olt error. The runner was quickly doubled off.

Olt, a supplemental first round pick, was 0-for-4 with that error in his pro debut.

Cleanup hitter and right fielder Jason Kudlock was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar went 2-for-4 with a two-bagger. He has one extra-base hit in each of his first three pro games.

Reliever Francisco Mendoza finished out the game for Spokane with a perfect inning, getting a groundout, a lineout, and a flyout.

Player of the Game: RHP Ben Henry
3.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

RK: AZL Rangers 4 - AZL Mariners 7
L - Blackwell (0-1)
0-1, 1.0 GB

To start off their season, the AZL Rangers had to go up against rehabbing Seattle starter Erik Bedard, a big league pitcher with Cy Young-caliber stuff.

Bedard wasn't dominant, as he gave up a run on four hits in 2.1 innings, walking zero and striking out three.

AZL Rangers starter Shawn Blackwell made his official pro debut, and he gave up three runs on six hits in three frames, walking zero and fanning one.

Richard Alvarez struck out the side in the fourth inning, giving up one hit and one walk.

At the plate, leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez had the club's only extra-base hit. He was 1-for-5 with a double.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva (2/3, BB) and shortstop Drew Robinson (2/2) both singled twice.

First rounders Jake Skole and Kellin Deglan made their pro debuts in the game. Skole played center and went 1-for-2 while Deglan caught and was hitless in two plate appearances.

Both players were eventually replaced by rehabbers Cody Podraza [centerfield] and Toby Hall [catcher].

Designated hitter Tomas Telis, who had Tommy John surgery prior to the season, was the designated hitter. He singled once in four trips.

Player of the Game: 3B Christian Villanueva
3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 .667

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 - DSL Angels 5
L - De Los Santos (2-2)
10-8, 1.5 GB

According to the box score, the game was completed after two batters hit in the top of the ninth inning.

Rangers starter Abel De Los Santos struck out seven batters over four innings, but he gave up two runs on four hits and a pair of walks.

Left-hander Luis Parra also worked four frames, yielding three runs [one earned]. The 18-year-old walked a season-high three and struck out a season-high five.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto (2/3, 2B) and third baseman Alex Gonzalez (2/3, 2B) both doubled in the game.

Gonzalez was playing his second contest with the DSL Rangers. He spent all last summer at the rookie-level Arizona League, where he batted .243 in 144 at-bats.

Player of the Game: SS Hanser Alberto
3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .400

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