Minor League Roundup - 6/25

Friday night in the Texas Rangers' system was full of low-scoring affairs, highlighted by Hickory pitcher Joe Wieland's complete-game shutout. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - (@) New Orleans 1
L - Kirkman (7-2)
40-34, 2.5 GU


The RedHawks were shut out for the second consecutive night, but they also got another outstanding performance from their starting pitcher.

Michael Kirkman (3.09 ERA/.233 BAA) worked six-plus innings, giving up one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.

The left-hander worked shutout ball for six innings, but he came out for the seventh inning and allowed a leadoff home run followed by a single and a hit batsman.

Lefty Clay Rapada and righty Warner Madrigal both threw scoreless innings.

Oklahoma City had just five hits on the night, and second baseman Hernan Iribarren led the way by going 2-for-4 with his ninth double.

Craig Gentry (1/4), Esteban German (1/3, BB) and Gregorio Petit (1/3) all singled once.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 7 1 1 2 4 1 3.09




AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Corpus Christi 0
W - Bleier (4-6)
SV - Eppley (5)
HR - Tomlin (2)
3-0, 0.0 GU


Frisco remained unbeaten in the second half, as Richard Bleier outdueled Astros top prospect Jordan Lyles.

Bleier went seven shutout innings, giving up only a pair of hits. He walked one, struck out four, and posted a 12:2 ground-to-fly ratio.

The 23-year-old's outstanding start came just five days after he permitted seven runs on 13 hits at Corpus Christi's Whataburger Field.

Centerfielder James Tomlin went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, providing Bleier with all the support he'd need.

Andy Jenkins (1/3, 2B) and Jake Kaase (2/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Right-hander Cody Eppley retired all four batters he faced to earn the save, getting two groundouts and two strikeouts.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 2 0 0 1 4 0 5.44




A+: Bakersfield 7 - Visalia 5
W - Nam (2-1)
SV - Hamburger (9)
1-1, 1.0 GB


Despite being in Bakersfield all year, catcher Doug Hogan entered the night with only 69 at-bats for the season. Hogan had been struggling at the plate, but he took out some frustration on Friday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in.

First baseman and cleanup hitter John Whittleman was 2-for-2 with a double and two walks, raising his average to .294.

Starter Wilmer Font had his share of control problems, issuing six walks over five innings. He gave up three runs on five hits while striking out four.

Right-hander Mark Hamburger got his ninth save after he punched out three over 1.2 scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: C Doug Hogan
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 3 2 0 2 0 1 .192




A: Hickory 4 - (@) Hagerstown 0
W - Wieland (7-4)
1-1, 1.0 GB


Joe Wieland (3.34 ERA/.251 BAA) started his first half by dealing a complete-game shutout against the Hagerstown Suns.

The 20-year-old righty held his opponent to only four hits while walking one and fanning five. He also picked off a pair of runners at first base.

Wieland has pitched 24 innings without surrendering an earned run over his last three starts. During that time, he's given up 13 hits, walked three, and struck out 18.

Playing in his first game at Hickory since May 4, Cody Podraza played DH, batted ninth, and went 2-for-4 with a double.

Travis Adair (1/3, 2B), Matt West (1/1, 2B, BB), and Cristian Santana (2/4, 2B) also doubled.

First baseman Michael Ortiz singled once and walked once in four trips.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez was 0-for-4, dropping his average down to .270.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
9.0 5 0 0 1 5 0 3.34




SSA: Spokane 2 - (@) Vancouver 3
L - Peralta (0-1)
1-6, 4.0 GB


The hard-luck Indians left the five-game series at Vancouver with four one-run losses, including Friday night's contest.

Nick McBride was solid in his second professional start, yielding one run over four innings of work. He gave up three singles while walking one and striking out one.

Spokane had eight hits on the game, but just one extra base hit. That was a triple from shortstop Kevin Rodland, his first professional hit.

Second baseman Danny Lima continued his hot start by going 2-for-2 with two walks and his second stolen base.

Centerfielder Guillermo Pimentel (2/5) and right fielder Yefry Castillo (2/4) also singled twice.

First baseman Andrew Clark singled once and walked twice in four trips.

Denny Peralta suffered the loss after he gave up two runs [including a homer] on two hits in 1.2 innings.

Player of the Game: 2B Danny Lima
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 .615




RK: AZL Rangers 8 - AZL Dodgers 0
W - J. Grullon (1-0)
2-2, 0.0 GU


After Thursday night's exceedingly ugly affair, the AZL Rangers cruised to a crisp 8-0 victory on Friday.

Left-hander Juan Grullon returned to the States in successful fashion, hurling five scoreless innings, walking one and fanning three.

Grullon didn't allow an earned run in 11.1 innings with the Dominican Summer League Rangers this year.

Catcher Kellin Deglan notched his best game as a professional, singling in all three of his plate appearances and driving in two runs.

Oduber Herrera (1/3, 3B) and Junior Payano (1/1, 3B) both hit their first triple of the season.

Designated hitter Brett Nicholas was 1-for-2 with a double and three runs batted in.

Rehabbers Endy Chavez (2/3, BB) and Matt Brown (1/3, BB) both had successful nights at the plate. Chavez played right field while Brown played first base.

Left-hander Paul Strong pitched three shutout frames, walking two and fanning three.

Puerto Rican lefty Alexander Claudio walked one in an otherwise flawless frame for his pro debut. The 18-year-old lefty is listed at 6-foot-3, 160-pounds.

Player of the Game: LHP Juan Grullon
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 0.00




DSL: DSL Rangers 4 - DSL Braves 1 (7 innings - Game 1)
W - S. Perez (1-1)
SV - Medina (3)
HR - Abreu (3)


Left fielder Esdras Abreu went yard for the second consecutive day and the third time this season. He was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.

Centerfielder Chris Garia (1/2, 3B) tripled while shortstop Hanser Alberto (2/3, 2 2B) doubled twice.

Starting pitcher Santo Perez surrendered just a run on two hits over six innings, walking two and striking out five.

Emiliano Medina picked up his third save with a scoreless seventh, fanning one.

Player of the Game: LF Esdras Abreu
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 .245


DSL: DSL Rangers 1 - (@) DSL Braves 2 (7 innings - Game 2)
L - Tirado (0-1)
13-9, 0.5 GB


The Rangers were limited to two hits in the second game, and they came from left fielder Francisco Lugo (1/3, 2B) and right fielder Ruben Sierra (1/3).

Righty Jose Jimenez (3.24 ERA/.306 BAA) did a strong job in relief with two blank frames. He walked none and struck out three.

Player of the Game: LF Francisco Lugo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250




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