Minor League Roundup - 6/28

All six of the Texas Rangers affiliates in action on Monday evening won, and three of the clubs pitched shutouts. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - Omaha 3
W - Strop (1-1)
HR - Richardson (3)
43-34, 4.5 GU


The RedHawks lost their lead in the top of the ninth before walking off in the bottom of the frame.

Starting pitcher Tanner Scheppers didn't strike out a batter over four innings [65 pitches], but he also didn't allow any runs. He gave up one hit and walked one.

Warner Madrigal [1.2 IP] and Clay Rapada [1.1 IP] were excellent in relief, combining to retire all eight batters they faced [Madrigal got a double play].

Right fielder Mitch Moreland appears to be heating up, and he was 3-for-3 with his 22nd double and a walk on Monday evening.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs singled three times in four trips, raising his average to .281.

Closer Pedro Strop lost the lead for OKC in the ninth, when he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in just two-thirds of an inning.

But Kevin Richardson got it back in the bottom of the ninth, blasting a two-run homer off former Ranger hurler Josh Rupe.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .226




AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Corpus Christi 4 (11 innings)
W - Garr (5-3)
6-0, 2.0 GU


Martin Perez appears to be back on the right track.

Less than a week after arguably the best start of his pro career, the 19-year-old struck out a season-high nine batters over five scoreless innings, throwing 91 pitches. He gave up four hits and walked two.

Two starts ago, against the same lineup at Whataburger Field, Perez coughed up eight runs in 1.1 innings.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (1/5, 3B) tripled while outfielders Marcus Lemon (1/5, 2B) and James Tomlin (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled.

Renny Osuna and Guilder Rodriguez both singled twice in five trips. Osuna's RBI single in the top of the 11th eventually won the game for the ‘Riders.

Closer Josh Lueke blew the save when he allowed two runs in an inning of work, but righty Brennan Garr picked up the victory by fanning three in two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 4 0 0 2 9 0 5.19




A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Stockton 0
W - Boscan (4-8)
SV - Young (1)
4-1, 1.0 GU


The Bakersfield Blaze may have struggled in the first half, but they're on fire to start the second half.

Wilfredo Boscan (4.61 ERA/.301 BAA) continued the club's roll on Monday with easily the best start of his pro career. The 20-year-old fanned 11 batters over eight scoreless innings, walking zero and yielding only five singles.

Boscan retired the final seven batters he faced and, after being allowed to return for the eighth inning, he struck out the side––all swinging––while facing Stockton's 9-1-2 hitters.

Shortstop Andres James, who was 1-for-2 with a double, had Bakersfield's only extra-base knock of the night. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Engel Beltre (2/4) singled twice while David Paisano (1/3, BB) and John Whittleman (1/3, BB) both singled and walked.

Lefty Corey Young worked a blank ninth to earn his first save of the year.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 5 0 0 0 11 0 4.61




A: Hickory 2 - (@) Hagerstown 0
W - Thompson (6-4)
SV - Hurley (9)
3-2, 1.0 GB


The Crawdads escaped Hagerstown with a series victory behind another outstanding starting pitching performance.

Matt Thompson tossed a career-high eight shutout innings, scattering seven hits, walking zero, and striking out nine.

In 77.2 frames this season, the 20-year-old has issued 15 walks while fanning 85.

Speedy leadoff hitter Joe Bonadonna helped set the tone offensively, going 2-for-3 with two triples and a base on balls.

Matt West (2/2, 2B, BB), Travis Adair (1/4, 2B) and Edwin Garcia (1/2, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

West now has seven two-baggers in his last six contests.

Closer Trevor Hurley finished out the game by fanning one in a perfect ninth inning, picking up his ninth save of the year and lowering his ERA to 1.56.

Player of the Game: RHP Matt Thompson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 7 0 0 0 9 0 3.48




SSA: Spokane 5 - Everett 0
W - M. De Los Santos (1-0)
3-7, 3.0 GB


Left-hander Miguel De Los Santos' second start with the Indians was even better than his first.

The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native worked five innings without allowing a run, yielding just two singles. He walked one and struck out five.

Designated hitter Danny Lima (2/4, 3B) and left fielder Jared Hoying (1/4, 3B) both hit their first triple of the season.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar was 2-for-5 with his third double, raising his average to .308.

Clark Murphy singled once and walked twice for the second consecutive night.

Former University of Cincinnati left-hander Kevin Johnson worked two scoreless innings of relief, and Ben Henry finished off the game with two shutout frames of his own.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel De Los Santos
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.00




RK: AZL Rangers 6 - AZL Reds 2
W - Blackwell (1-1)
3-3, 1.0 GB


Houston native Shawn Blackwell earned the victory in his second professional start, giving up two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings, walking one and striking out seven.

The 19-year-old began the game with five shutout innings but he gave up two runs after yielding a double followed by a homer in the sixth.

The bullpen trio of Jonathan Rojas [1.1 IP], Johnny Gunter [1 IP] and Jose Monegro [1 IP] teamed up to keep the Reds off the board for the final 3.1 innings.

Gunter was pitching in his first game in awhile, as he was on the shelf with some minor arm soreness.

Rehabbing third baseman Matt Brown batted cleanup and went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in.

DH Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Another rehabber––right fielder Endy Chavez––was 2-for-4 with his third stolen base.

Shortstop Drew Robinson singled once and walked once. He now has seven free passes in his last three games.

Player of the Game: RHP Shawn Blackwell
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.2 6 2 2 1 7 1 5.19




DSL: DSL Rangers - OFF
14-10, 2.0 GB


The DSL Rangers had a scheduled day off on Monday. They will host the 7-16 DSL Tigers on Tuesday morning.



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