Minor League Roundup - 7/7

Bakersfield outfielder Miguel Velazquez flashed his power on Wednesday night, belting his first two home runs at the High-A level. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 11 - Nashville 6 (7 innings - Game 1)
W - Madrigal (1-0)
HR - Tracy (17)

Starting pitcher Tanner Scheppers threw a career-high 99 pitches in just 4.1 innings. He was knocked around a bit, allowing six runs [four earned] on nine hits. The right walked two, plunked one, and struck out six.

The RedHawks offense picked up Scheppers, scoring 11 total runs in their six times at the plate.

First baseman Chad Tracy belted a three-run homer––his 17th round-tripper of the season––in his only plate appearance.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in.

Chris Davis (2/3, 2B, BB) and Matt Brown (2/4, 2B) also doubled.

Hernan Iribarren singled twice and drove home a pair of runs.

Reliever Warner Madrigal picked up his first Triple-A victory of the year, working 2.2 scoreless innings. He yielded one hit while walking zero and striking out one.

Player of the Game: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
4 2 3 1 0 3 0 0 .249

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Nashville 4 (13 innings - Game 2)
W - Ballard (5-5)
HR - Davis (10), Gentry (3)
46-38, 3.0 GU

The RedHawks and Sounds played 13 innings in a game that was scheduled for seven. The contest ended just past 1:00 a.m., and now OKC will hop on a bus and make the six-hour trip south to Round Rock, where they have another game on Thursday night.

Elizardo Ramirez gave a solid effort in his start, holding Nashville to one run over five innings of work.

The RedHawks got out to an early lead, as they got third inning home runs from first baseman Chris Davis and centerfielder Craig Gentry.

Gentry had a five-hit night, going 5-for-7 with that home run. He also gunned down a runner at home plate.

Second baseman Hernan Iribarren went 3-for-5 with his 11th double and a base on balls.

Three-hole hitter Mitch Moreland was 1-for-4 with a couple of walks.

Veteran righty Geoff Geary was the savior in long relief, as he worked three scoreless innings.

Mike Ballard picked up his fifth victory of the season with a shutout ninth inning, striking out one.

Player of the Game: CF Craig Gentry
7 2 5 0 1 2 0 1 .307

AA: Frisco - OFF
10-2, 4.5 GU

Frisco had the day off on Wednesday. They travel to Missouri to begin a three-game set at the Springfield Cardinals on Thursday evening.

A+: Bakersfield 5 - Modesto 9
L - Gomez (2-7)
HR - Stoneburner (9), Velazquez (1, 2)
10-4, 2.0 GU

Though the Blaze lost on Wednesday night, right fielder Miguel Velazquez had one of his best games of the season.

The power-hitting Puerto Rico native went 2-for-3 with two home runs, a walk, and three runs batted in. The round-trippers were his first since being promoted to the High-A level.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner, who was 2-for-5, added his ninth home run of the season.

Michael Schlact started the game for Bakersfield and worked a scheduled two innings, giving up one run. He will likely be promoted to Frisco before his next outing.

Sinkerballing righty Kennil Gomez was stuck with his seventh loss after he yielded five runs in five innings pitched. Gomez walked two and struck out five.

Shortstop Andres James (1/4, 2B) belted his ninth double while catcher Jose Felix (2/3, HBP) singled twice and was plunked once.

Player of the Game: RF Miguel Velazquez
3 2 2 0 2 3 1 1 .323

A: Hickory 1 - (@) Delmarva 2
L - Tufts (1-5)
7-7, 3.5 GB

Hickory lost the game, but the club got excellent results from starting pitcher Jake Brigham.

Pitching in his third game since returning to Low-A, Brigham gave up one run on three singles over six innings, walking two and striking out four. He kept the ball on the ground, as he got 12 groundouts versus only one flyout.

In three outings with the Crawdads, the 22-year-old Brigham has surrendered one run in 12 innings.

First baseman Michael Ortiz (.250/.300/.395) was 2-for-4 with a double in his third consecutive game with an extra-base hit.

Joe Bonadonna (2/3, 2B) doubled while Jared Bolden and Jared Prince both singled once and walked once.

Tyler Tufts suffered his fifth loss with the Crawdads when he gave up one run in two innings. Tufts has factored in the decision in six of his 11 appearances at Hickory.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
6.0 3 1 1 2 4 0 0.75

SSA: Spokane - OFF
9-9, 0.5 GB

The Indians enjoyed their first scheduled day off of the season on Wednesday.

RK: AZL Rangers - OFF
8-5, 1.0 GB

The AZL Rangers were also idle on Wednesday night.

DSL: DSL Rangers 10 - DSL Blue Jays 3
W - S. Perez (2-2)
16-16, 4.5 GB

The Dominican Rangers had a huge day offensively, plating 10 runs on 15 hits, including two doubles and a triple.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto raised his batting average to .375 by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs batted in, and two stolen bases. To date, Alberto has been by far the most impressive performer on the DSL Rangers squad.

First baseman Christefer Obispo (2/4, 3B) tripled while Esdras Abreu (3/4, 2B) had three hits, including a double.

Second baseman Johan Santa singled three times in four trips.

Leadoff man Chris Garia, who is heating up a bit, was 1-for-4 with a walk and two steals, giving him 13 swipes.

Starting pitcher Santo Perez picked up his second victory after tossing five innings and giving up two runs [one earned]. He scattered eight hits while walking one and fanning three.

Reliever Leonel Gil punched out two in two hitless innings of relief, keeping his season ERA at 0.00.

Player of the Game: SS Hanser Alberto
5 2 3 2 0 3 0 0 .375

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