Minor League Roundup - 7/4

Frisco outfielder Engel Beltre had a big night on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a homer and four runs batted in. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - Nashville - PPD (Rain)
44-37, 2.5 GU

Sunday night's July 4 contest between the RedHawks and Sounds was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday, with game one beginning at 5:05 p.m. Central.

AA: Frisco 8 - Springfield 7
W - Flores (2-2)
SV - Eppley (8)
HR - Beltre (1)
9-1, 5.0 GU

Frisco extended its second-half lead to five games––after only 10 games––with a one-run victory on Sunday.

Three games into his full-time Double-A stint, 20-year-old outfielder Engel Beltre has been able to carry over his dominance from the Cal League.

Beltre went 3-for-3 on Sunday with a home run, two sacrifice flies, and four runs batted in. His final sac fly drove home the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

Starter Martin Perez began his game with three scoreless innings, but he struggled the rest of the way.

The 19-year-old southpaw worked into the sixth inning for the second time this season. In all, he went 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs [five earned] on six hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Third baseman Renny Osuna (.289/.348/.380) was 3-for-4 with his 15th double of the season.

Endy Chavez (2/4, BB), Matt Lawson (1/2, 2 BB), Andy Jenkins (0/2, 2 BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/1, BB) also reached multiple times.

Relievers Evan Reed [1.2 IP], Adalberto Flores [1 IP] and Cody Eppley [1 IP] combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless ball to finish out the victory.

Flores struck out the side in his one inning while Eppley punched out two.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
3 1 3 0 1 4 0 0 .600

A+: Bakersfield 1 - San Jose 13
L - Pimentel (5-4)
8-3, 1.0 GU

Playing in front of a rare sellout crowd at Sam Lynn Ballpark, the Blaze certainly didn't give the fans much to cheer for on Sunday night.

Bakersfield got in an early hole when Carlos Pimentel had a disastrous start, coughing up eight runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. Pimentel walked two and uncorked three wild pitches.

Reliever Kennil Gomez wasn't much better, as he surrendered three runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings.

Catcher Doug Hogan was one of Bakersfield's lone bright spots. He was a perfect 3-for-3 with his seventh double of the season.

The 25-year-old South Carolina native is beginning to heat up offensively of late, going 9-for-16 with four doubles in his last five games.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca, who was 1-for-4, belted his 18th double.

Right fielder Miguel Velazquez singled once in four trips. He also had an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at second base.

Player of the Game: C Doug Hogan
3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 .235

A: Hickory 5 - (@) Delmarva 2
W - Ramirez (7-5)
SV - Hurley (11)
HR - Zaneski (2)
6-5, 2.5 GB

Neil Ramirez (5.23 ERA/.287 BAA) scattered nine hits over seven innings, holding the Shorebirds to just two runs and picking up the victory. He fanned six and walked one.

Though the 21-year-old prospect is getting hit at a much higher clip than past years, he's throwing more strikes. In 82.2 innings this year, Ramirez has 24 walks and 77 strikeouts.

Catcher Zach Zaneski (.289/.365/.438) dealt the big blow of the afternoon with his three-run homer in the fifth inning. It was his only hit.

Shortstop Edwin Garcia continued to heat up, going 3-for-4 with his 10th double.

Cody Podraza (1/4, 2B) also doubled while Travis Adair (2/4, BB) and Joe Bonadonna (2/3, BB) both singled twice.

Tyler Tufts and Trevor Hurley finished the game off with one scoreless inning apiece. Hurley struck out the side in his frame, and he now has 50 in 37.2 innings on the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
7.0 9 2 2 1 6 1 5.23

SSA: Spokane 6 - Boise 2
W - Henry (2-0)
HR - Castillo (1), Clark (1)
8-8, 0.5 GB

The Indians may have gotten out to a slow start, but their recent streak has them sitting just one-half game out of first place.

Starting pitcher Randol Rojas had his best start in the States, holding Boise to two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out four, didn't walk a batter, and got 12 groundouts versus only two flyouts.

Right fielder Yefry Castillo got the scoring started with his two-run homer in the second inning, just the third round-tripper of his three-year professional career. He hit two in 42 games with the DSL Rangers last summer.

Cleanup hitter Andrew Clark went 1-for-2 with his first professional home run. He also walked twice.

Top prospects Jake Skole and Jurickson Profar both singled once in four trips, and they were hitting in the top two spots of the batting order.

Right-hander Ben Henry lowered his ERA to 2.08 with three innings of no-hit relief, walking one and striking out three. He earned his second win.

Player of the Game: RHP Ben Henry
3.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2.08

RK: AZL Rangers 11 - AZL Royals 6
W - Blackwell (2-1)
SV - Mavare (2)
6-5, 1.0 GB

The AZL Rangers pounded out 11 runs on 15 hits for their Sunday afternoon victory.

Starting pitcher Shawn Blackwell was good enough to get the win, as he yielded three runs in five innings, walking one and striking out two.

Six of the nine hitters in the lineup recorded multiple hits.

Teodoro Martinez (2/4, 2B), Oduber Herrera (2/5, 2B) and Christian Villanueva (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Santiago Chirino (2/4), Jonathan Greene (2/5), Carson Vitale (2/4) and Jordan Akins (2/3) singled twice.

Left fielder Braxton Lane singled once and walked once in four trips.

Left-hander Chris Hanna, the club's 11th-round pick in this year's draft, struck out two batters in two shutout innings.

Arlett Mavare earned his second save with 1.1 hitless frames.

Player of the Game: 2B Santiago Chirino
4 3 2 0 0 3 0 0 .353

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 - (@) DSL Tigers 5
L - Parra (0-1)
15-14, 3.0 GB

Starting pitcher Luis Parra had some issues with the strike zone, walking five batters over four innings. The southpaw gave up three runs on two hits, striking out six.

In 20.1 innings this season, the 18-year-old Dominican Republic native has walked 14 while striking out 24.

The Rangers' offense plated three runs on six singles in the game.

Speedy leadoff hitter Chris Garia (.178/.318/.219) went 1-for-4 with a walk, and he stole two bases, giving him 10 in 12 attempts this year.

A pair of right-handers made their professional debuts on Sunday.

Angelo Leclerc, 18, surrendered a hit to the only batter he faced.

Dennys Montero, 20, worked a scoreless inning, walking one and fanning two.

Player of the Game: CF Chris Garia
4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .178

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