Minor League Roundup - 6/30

Strong-armed starting pitchers Wilmer Font and Carlos Melo turned in solid performances for their respective teams on Wednesday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - OFF
43-35, 3.5 GU

The RedHawks got the day off on Wednesday. They'll face Albuquerque hurler James McDonald on Thursday. McDonald is coming off the DL, and his one rehab outing was against the rookie-level AZL Rangers.

AA: TL South All-Stars 5 - TL North All-Stars 4

The Texas League's South All-Stars won behind a handful of strong performances by Frisco RoughRiders.

Right-hander Blake Beavan got the start for the South, tossing a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Ryan Tatusko came on in relief and didn't surrender a run in 1.1 innings. He yielded three hits, plunked one, walked one, and fanned three.

Second baseman Matt Lawson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run batted in.

Right fielder Joey Butler's (1/2, 2B) double was one of just two extra-base hits on the night for the South squad.

Shortstop Renny Osuna was 0-for-2 with a base on balls.

A+: Bakersfield 6 - (@) Stockton 0
W - Font (1-2)
5-2, 0.0 GU

Wilmer Font has been off-and-on since his promotion to High-A Bakersfield, and the good side of him came out on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old righty hurled six scoreless innings in Stockton, giving up three singles, walking three, and striking out eight.

Though Font has had an issue with walks in Bakersfield, he has fanned 46 while yielding 34 hits in 43 innings since his promotion.

The Blaze didn't hit a home run in the game, but they got plenty of power from the middle of the order.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre (2/5, 3B) and right fielder Mike Bianucci (3/5, 3B) both hit triples.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner (1/5, 2B) and catcher Jose Felix (2/5, 2B) had one double apiece.

Andres James singled three times while Tom Mendonca was 2-for-3 with a base on balls.

Left-handed reliever Yoon-Hee Nam struck out five batters in two scoreless frames.

Fabio Castillo finished it off with a shutdown ninth, facing only three batters and fanning one.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilmer Font
6.0 3 0 0 3 8 0 3.77

A: Hickory 7 - Lexington 4
W - Tufts (1-4)
SV - Hurley (10)
HR - West (5), Bonadonna (2)
4-3, 2.0 GB

Braden Tullis was strong early on in his first start of the season, but he appeared to run out of gas in the third and fourth.

Overall, the sinkerballing righty yielded four runs [two earned] on five hits in 3.1 innings, walking zero and striking out three.

Tyler Tufts was excellent in long relief for the Crawdads, keeping Lexington off the board for 3.2 frames. He struck out five without issuing a free pass.

Right fielder Joe Bonadonna (.263/.341/.398) is best known for his speed, but he clocked a three-run homer––his second of the season––in the fourth inning.

Third baseman Matt West added a two-run jack in the following frame.

Left fielder Cody Podraza (1/3, 2B) doubled while shortstop Edwin Garcia (2/3) singled twice in three trips.

Making his first appearance since coming down from Bakersfield, hard-throwing righty Jake Brigham tossed a 1-2-3 inning in relief, picking up the hold.

Trevor Hurley got his 10th save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Tyler Tufts
3.2 2 0 0 0 5 0 5.68

SSA: Spokane 9 - Everett 8 (10 innings)
W - Henry (1-0)
5-7, 2.0 GB

Spokane extended its winning streak to four games with a walkoff extra-inning victory on Wednesday night.

The Indians got into an early hole, as starter Nick McBride struggled, giving up six runs [four earned] in 3.2 innings. He allowed four hits and walked four batters.

Right fielder Yefry Castillo (1/3, BB) and catcher Kevin Torres (1/2, BB) were both key in the victory, as each player drove in two runs.

Andrew Clark (1/5, 2B), Jared Hoying (2/5, 2B) and Mike Olt (1/1, 2B) all doubled once.

Olt's pinch-hit double in the 10th inning moved Castillo over to third base, and he later scored the winning run on a walkoff wild pitch.

Reliever Ben Henry (2.70 ERA/.176 BAA in 10 innings) helped put Spokane in position to win with three shutout frames. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three.

Player of the Game: RHP Ben Henry
3.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2.70

RK: AZL Rangers 9 - AZL Padres 1
W - Melo (1-0)
4-4, 2.0 GB

The Rookie Rangers cruised to victory on Wednesday, scoring nine runs in the first three innings and limiting the Padres to just three hits in the contest.

Carlos Melo had by far his best outing as a pro, retiring the first 11 batters he faced and tossing five no-hit innings in all.

The Dominican Republic native surrendered only one baserunner [a walk] in the five innings while striking out four.

The middle infield duo of Santiago Chirino (2/4, 3B) and Oduber Herrera (2/3, 2 2B, BB) combined for three extra-base hits.

Centerfielder Jake Skole was 1-for-3 with his second double and a run batted in.

Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez was 2-for-3 with his fourth stolen base.

Appearing in his first game on rehab assignment, third baseman Jonathan Greene singled once and hit a sacrifice fly in three plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Melo
5.0 0 0 0 1 4 0 6.75

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 - (@) DSL Braves 2 (8 innings)
L - Jimenez (1-1)
15-11, 2.0 GB

Tall righty David Perez (2.96 ERA/.261 BAA) was solid but unspectacular in his outing, in which he permitted one unearned run in three innings. The 17-year-old scattered four hits while walking two and fanning one.

Though he suffered the loss, Jose Jimenez was the Rangers' most effective pitcher, as he fanned six while giving up one run in 3.2 frames.

The 19-year-old Jimenez has logged 6.2 innings over his last three outings, walking zero and striking out 11.

Right fielder Francisco Lugo, who was 2-for-2 with his third double, drove in the Rangers' only run of the game.

Catcher Carlos Oropeza was 1-for-2 with his second two-bagger.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Jimenez
3.2 4 1 1 0 6 0 3.00

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