Minor League Roundup - 7/5

The Hickory Crawdads tossed a shutout on Monday evening while Spokane took over first place for the first time this season. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Nashville 10
L - Harrison (0-1)
HR - Garko (8)
44-38, 2.5 GU

Matt Harrison was roughed up a bit in his first Triple-A start since 2008. The 24-year-old southpaw lasted just 4.1 innings, giving up four runs [three earned] on nine hits. He walked one and struck out four.

First baseman Ryan Garko (.254/.344/.451) had only one hit in the game, but it was a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Matt Brown played left field and went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, while third baseman Chris Davis was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.

DH Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1/3, 2B) and centerfielder Esteban German (1/4, 2B) also added two-baggers.

Reliever Geoff Geary saw his ERA rise to 5.60 when he yielded four runs [three earned] in just one-third of an inning.

Player of the Game: 1B Ryan Garko
4 1 1 0 1 4 0 2 .254

AA: Frisco 6 - Arkansas 8
L - Beavan (10-5)
9-2, 4.0 GU

Blake Beavan's final Double-A start was one of his weakest of the season.

The 21-year-old snapped a string of 10 consecutive quality starts by yielding seven runs [five earned] over 5.2 innings. He gave up a pair of home runs in the sixth inning before being lifted.

After the game, Beavan learned of his promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and he will make his debut with the RedHawks this weekend in Round Rock.

In 17 starts with Frisco this year, Beavan went 10-5 with a 2.78 earned-run average. He logged 110 innings, giving up 100 hits while walking 12 and striking out 68.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre remained hot, as he went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in. The 20-year-old is 8-for-14 in his first four games at Double-A this season.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and he also drove in two runs.

Leadoff hitter Renny Osuna singled twice in five trips.

Appearing in his first game since June 26, left-hander Kasey Kiker worked 1.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out two. He also hit a batter.

Beau Jones fanned one in a perfect eighth inning, lowering his ERA to 2.05.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
4 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 .571

A+: Bakersfield 4 - San Jose 3
W - Hamburger (2-2)
9-3, 2.0 GU

Bakersfield picked up a come-from-behind walkoff victory against the team that has been a thorn in its side all season.

Wilmer Font got the start, and he allowed three runs over six innings. Font gave up four hits, but he was a bit wild, walking five and uncorking a wild pitch. He struck out six.

Though Font has shown improved control at times, he has walked at least five batters in four of his nine High-A starts.

Lefty Yoon-Hee Nam helped keep the Blaze in the game with two no-hit innings in relief, and Mark Hamburger picked up the victory after striking out two in a blank ninth.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner's 24th double of the year was the team's only extra-base hit of the night.

David Paisano (2/3, 2 BB), Miguel Velazquez (2/5), Jake Kaase (2/4, BB) and Tom Mendonca (2/3, HBP) all singled twice.

It was Kaase's single in the bottom of the ninth that won it for Bakersfield, as he drove home Velazquez.

Paisano stole a pair of bases to give him 13 swipes in 15 attempts.

The 22-year-old Mendonca is slowly heating up. He is 11-for-31 with three doubles and five walks in nine games since the All-Star break.

Player of the Game: LF Jake Kaase
4 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 .277

A: Hickory 2 - (@) Delmarva 0
W - Tullis (2-0)
SV - J. Ortiz (1)
HR - M. Ortiz (5)
7-5, 2.5 GB

The Crawdads found a way to beat Orioles prospect and former fifth-overall pick Matt Hobgood––don't give up any runs.

That's exactly what right-hander Braden Tullis and left-hander Joe Ortiz teamed up to do.

Tullis (2.45 ERA/.250 BAA) worked five scoreless innings in his second start of the season, giving up four hits. He walked two, fanned four, and got seven groundouts against only two flyouts.

Ortiz (1.47 ERA/.222 BAA) was even better, retiring all 12 hitters he faced, striking out seven of them.

The 19-year-old Venezuela native is tiny [5-foot-7, 175-pounds] and he isn't particularly overpowering [fastball touches the low-90s], but he has 28 strikeouts versus two walks in 18.1 innings at Hickory this year.

First baseman Michael Ortiz (.241/.293/.373) was 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his fifth round-tripper of the season.

Joe Bonadonna (2/3, 2B) and Matt West (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Player of the Game: LHP Joe Ortiz
4.0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1.47

SSA: Spokane 8 - Boise 3
W - McBride (1-1)
9-8, 0.5 GU

There were plenty of stellar individual performances on Monday night, as the Indians overtook the Hawks for first place in their division.

Starting pitcher Nick McBride picked up his first professional win, working five innings and surrendering two runs [one earned] on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

At the plate, Spokane scored eight runs on 13 hits, including five of the extra-base variety.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and his second stolen base.

Cleanup hitter Andrew Clark (.314/.444/.451) was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and two runs batted in. He has 11 walks in his first 15 professional games.

Mike Olt (2/5, 2B) and Yefry Castillo (2/5, 2B) also doubled once, while catcher Kevin Torres was 1-for-4 with a triple.

First baseman Clark Murphy singled three times and left fielder Jared Hoying walked three times.

Jake Skole (0/5) and Alejandro Selen (0/4) were the only Spokane players to go without a hit.

Emporia State product Colby Killian fanned three batters over two shutout innings of relief.

Zach Osborne, who had been starting, gave up one run over two frames in his first relief appearance. He struck out four.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
5.0 5 2 1 1 4 1 4.86

RK: AZL Rangers 7 - AZL Mariners 3
W - Haase (2-0)
7-5, 1.0 GB

The hot-hitting AZL Rangers pounded out six more extra-base hits on Monday night.

They got triples from leadoff man Teodoro Martinez (2/4, 2B, 3B), shortstop Oduber Herrera (2/4, 3B) and third baseman Christian Villanueva (2/4, 3B).

Left fielder Travis Meiners (1/4, 2B) and catcher Carson Vitale (1/2, 2B) also doubled.

Tall righty Ezequiel Rijo got the start, and he surrendered one run over four innings, giving up four hits, walking two, and striking out two.

Geuris Grullon, Jonathan Rojas, and Denny Peralta finished the game by hurling one scoreless inning apiece, with each pitcher striking out two batters.

Player of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez
4 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 .370

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 - DSL Braves 4
L - Payano (0-1)
15-15, 4.0 GB

The suddenly slumping DSL Rangers club dropped its fifth consecutive game on Monday, falling to four games out of first place.

Tall lefty Victor Payano moved back into the starting rotation, and he was stuck with his first loss.

The youngster pitched four innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned. He walked one and fanned five.

Right-hander Jose Jimenez lowered his ERA to 2.40 by sitting down all nine batters he faced, getting a pair of punchouts.

Centerfielder Chris Garia and shortstop Hanser Alberto both singled twice in four at-bats. Alberto, who raised his average to .371, stole his fourth base.

Through 18 games, the 17-year-old Alberto has struck out just one time in 68 plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Jimenez
3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.40

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