Minor League Roundup - 6/27

Sunday was a busy day in the Rangers organization, between plenty of phenomenal starting pitching performances and a three-homer day from a Triple-A slugger. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 9 - Omaha 3
W - Moscoso (4-2)
HR - Tracy (12, 13, 14), Moreland (6)
42-34, 4.5 GU

The RedHawks blew away the Royals for the second consecutive day on the back of designated hitter Chad Tracy.

The Pepperdine product (.262/.350/.481) belted home runs in each of his first three at-bats, driving in five runs.

Tracy was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance, though it likely wasn't intentional, as Matt Herges threw just nine of 28 pitches for strikes in his outing.

Starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso got the win after tossing 116 pitches over seven innings. The Venezuela native surrendered two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four.

Mitch Moreland added a two-run homer of his own in the sixth inning. He also walked.

Craig Gentry (3/5) singled three times while Esteban German (2/4) and Gregorio Petit (2/3, BB) both singled twice.

German stole his 28th base of the season while Gentry swiped his eighth at Triple-A.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
3 4 3 0 3 5 0 0 .262

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Corpus Christi 3
W - Beavan (10-4)
SV - Eppley (6)
5-0, 2.0 GU

Blake Beavan (2.50 ERA/.234 BAA) dealt an incredible 10th consecutive quality start on Sunday.

The tall right-hander faced Corpus Christi for the second time in three starts, and he handled the lineup by limiting them to two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He fanned three without walking a batter.

Beavan has yielded at least seven hits in each of his last six starts. However, he isn't allowing many runs, largely because he's walked just three batters and allowed only one home run in that span.

Catcher Elio Sarmiento had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and three runs batted in.

Mitch Hilligoss (1/4, 2B) and Andy Jenkins (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Leadoff man Marcus Lemon singled twice and walked once, creeping his average up to .272.

Cody Eppley worked a perfect ninth on nine pitches––throwing eight strikes and getting three groundouts––to get his sixth Double-A save.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
7.0 7 2 2 0 3 0 2.50

A+: Bakersfield 7 - Visalia 3
W - Schlact (2-0)
HR - Bianucci (9), Stoneburner (8)
3-1, 0.0 GU

Michael Schlact had easily his best start of the season, beginning the game by retiring the first 15 batters he faced for five perfect innings.

The right-hander ended up yielding three runs on four hits over seven innings. Schlact walked zero and struck out six.

While the Bakersfield pitchers were tough to hit, the bats collected seven runs on 18 hits.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner (.295/.375/.483) was leader of the charge, going 4-for-5 with a homer and three runs batted in.

Cleanup hitter and left fielder Mike Bianucci, who was 2-for-5, hit a solo home run––his ninth of the season.

Tom Mendonca (2/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Chris Gradoville (1/5, 2B) both doubled once.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre (3/5) and first baseman Jared Bolden (3/4) both singled three times.

Player of the Game: RHP Michael Schlact
7.0 4 3 3 0 6 2 5.48

A: Hickory 4 - (@) Hagerstown 1
W - Erlin (3-1)
SV - Hurley (8)
2-2, 1.0 GB

Robbie Erlin (1.34 ERA/.178 BAA) was phenomenal on Sunday afternoon. In fact, he was almost perfect.

Just like his Bakersfield counterpart, the 19-year-old lefty retired the first 15 batters he faced before plunking a man to start the sixth inning.

In all, Erlin worked six hitless, scoreless innings, walking zero and striking out eight. He fanned seven consecutive hitters from the final out of the third through the final out of the fifth.

Though Erlin has only made eight starts this season, Sunday's outing was the second time he has pitched at least five innings without yielding a hit or a walk.

Third baseman Matt West (.229/.330/.367) had the team's only extra-base hit. He was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.

West has six doubles in his last five games.

Michael Ortiz (2/5), Joe Bonadonna (1/3, BB) and Edwin Garcia (1/3, BB) also reached multiple times.

Trevor Hurley (1.60 ERA/.150 BAA) struck out three batters in 1.1 innings without giving up a run or a hit. He picked up his eighth save.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
6.0 6 0 0 0 8 0 1.34

SSA: Spokane 5 - Everett 4
W - Rodebaugh (1-0)
SV - De Los Santos (1)
2-7, 3.0 GB

Chad Bell fanned eight batters in five innings during his second professional start, but he also permitted three runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs.

First baseman Clark Murphy provided the Indians' only extra-base hit, as he was 1-for-1 with a double and a pair of walks.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar singled twice in four trips, and he is now batting .294 [10-for-34] through his first eight games.

DH Andrew Clark was 0-for-1, but he walked twice and was hit by a pitch, raising his on-base percentage to .500 in the young season.

The Spokane bullpen did an excellent job of holding Everett at bay.

Righty Ryan Rodebaugh earned his first professional win after he punched out four batters in two scoreless innings.

Hard-throwing righty Ovispo De Los Santos got his first save by striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning, reaching triple digits on the scoreboard radar gun.

Player of the Game: RHP Ovispo De Los Santos
1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00

RK: AZL Rangers - OFF
2-3, 1.0 GB

The AZL Rangers took Sunday off. They'll return to action at home against the Reds on Monday evening.

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 - DSL Blue Jays 0
W - Moreno (4-0)
14-10, 1.0 GB

The Rangers shut down the Blue Jays at home on Sunday morning.

Though they had excellent pitching all around, there was some nice offense as well.

Leadoff hitter and shortstop Luis Mendez went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Right fielder Ruben Sierra singled twice and stole his second base.

Pinch hitter Johan Santa smacked his second double in his only plate appearance of the game.

On the mound, starting pitches Luis Parra had his best effort of the season, hurling four scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Relievers Luis Moreno [3 IP], Leonel Gil [1 IP] and Emiliano Medina [1 IP] combined for five hitless innings of shutout relief to close the game. Moreno earned his fourth victory of the season.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Mendez
3 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 .256

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