Minor League Roundup - 6/22

There were plenty of good things happening in the Texas Rangers system on Tuesday night, but none were better than Oklahoma City shortstop Gregorio Petit's two grand slams. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 10 - (@) New Orleans 5
L - Mathis (2-3)
HR - Davis (8)
40-31, 3.5 GU

The division-leading RedHawks picked up their 40th victory of the season behind an incredible performance from Gregorio Petit.

The normally defense-first shortstop became the fourth player in Pacific Coast League history to hit two grand slams in one game.

Petit went 3-for-5 for the game, driving in those eight runs on the two slams. They were his fourth and fifth home runs of the season.

Brandon Boggs (1/4, BB) and Hernan Iribarren (1/3, 2B, BB) drove in the club's other two runs.

It was a rough night for the remainder of the offense, as sluggers Chris Davis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both went hitless, striking out three times apiece.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry singled once in three trips in his return to Triple-A.

Oklahoma City starter Guillermo Moscoso needed 83 pitches to complete just three innings. He allowed five runs, three of which were earned.

Relief pitchers Geoff Geary [4 IP] and Warner Madrigal [2 IP] combined to work six shutout frames to help carry OKC to the win.

Player of the Game: SS Gregorio Petit
5 2 3 0 2 8 0 0 .255

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Midland 3
W - Beavan (9-4)
HR - Lemon (2)
38-31, 2.5 GU

Blake Beavan tossed his ninth consecutive quality start on Tuesday evening, holding the RockHounds to two runs [one earned]. He scattered seven hits––including six singles––while walking zero and fanning six.

During this current nine-start stretch, the tall 21-year-old has issued five free passes while striking out 39.

Leadoff man Marcus Lemon appears to be heating up a bit, and he was 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Joey Butler was 1-for-4 with a walk, dipping his average down to .258. He is just 13-for-71 [.183] with six walks and 22 strikeouts in June.

Sidearming righty Cody Eppley gave up two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings, but he kept Midland off the scoreboard, lowering his ERA to 1.56.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
7.2 7 2 1 0 6 0 2.50

A+: Cal League All-Stars 4 - (@) Carolina League All-Stars 3

Catcher Jose Felix was Bakersfield's lone representative in the All-Star Game, and he struck out in his only plate appearance.

A: SAL North All-Stars 5 - (@) SAL South All-Stars 5 (10 innings)

Slugger Miguel Velazquez competed in the South Atlantic League Home Run Derby prior to the game, and he placed second behind power-hitting Giants prospect Chris Dominguez.

In the actual game, Velazquez batted second and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.

Nine pitchers appeared in the game for the North Division, and four of them were Crawdads.

Left-hander Robbie Ross got the start, and though he allowed two hits in his one inning, he struck out the side.

Robbie Erlin, Matt Thompson, and Trevor Hurley all worked 1-2-3 frames.

SSA: Spokane 8 - (@) Vancouver 1
W - Stanford (1-0)
HR - Pimentel (1)
1-3, 3.0 GB

The Indians got their first win of the season on Tuesday, and they did it in rather convincing fashion.

Making his first professional start, left-hander Chad Bell hurled four shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out five.

The 21-year-old had spent his first pro season coming out of the Hickory bullpen, where he had a 2.86 ERA in 28.1 innings. But Bell was drafted as a starting pitcher, and the club wants to stretch him into a starter with Spokane. He could find his way back to Hickory later this season.

Centerfielder Guillermo Pimentel had an excellent night, going 4-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in.

First baseman Andrew Clark singled four times in five trips.

Jared Hoying (2/5, 2B) and Mike Olt (2/5, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.

DH Clark Murphy singled twice and walked once in five trips.

Australia native Tim Stanford got the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings.

Hard-throwing righty Ovispo De Los Santos finished out the game with two blank frames, striking out one.

Player of the Game: CF Guillermo Pimentel
5 1 4 0 1 2 0 1 .500

RK: AZL Rangers - OFF
0-1, 1.5 GB

Just one day after the season began, the AZL Rangers had the night off on Tuesday.

DSL: DSL Rangers 9 - (@) DSL Blue Jays 2
W - Moreno (3-0)
11-8, 1.5 GB

Starting pitcher Victor Payano yielded one run in two innings of work. He gave up two hits while walking two and striking out three.

Relievers Luis Moreno [3 IP], Jorge De Jesus [2 IP] and Emiliano Medina [1 IP] all had scoreless work.

The 18-year-old Moreno has been impressive in five games this season, earning three wins. He has yet to surrender a run in 10 innings, allowing only two hits.

Right fielder Ruben Sierra was 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk.

Christefer Obispo (2/5, 2B) and Johan Santa (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro batted cleanup and singled twice in five plate appearances.

Player of the Game: 1B Christefer Obispo
5 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 .255

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