Minor League Roundup - 7/11

Oklahoma City cruised into the Triple-A All-Star break with a 15-2 victory on Sunday evening, while DSL Rangers pitcher Victor Payano turned in an excellent effort. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 15 - (@) Round Rock 2
W - Mathis (4-4)
HR - Moreland (9), Iribarren (3)
49-39, 4.5 GU

The RedHawks head into the Triple-A All-Star break on a positive note, taking three-of-four on the road from the last-place Express, including Sunday's dominant victory.

Oklahoma City actually scored seven runs in the top of the first, before rehabbing starter Rich Harden even took the mound.

Harden, who was working on a 50-pitch limit, tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out two. He threw 28 strikes out of his 48 pitches.

Recently optioned right-hander Doug Mathis earned the victory in long relief. He allowed a run on four hits in 3.1 innings, walking one and striking out two.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland (.287/.371/.483) led the offensive attack, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a homer, a walk, and two runs batted in.

In his first 10 games this month, Moreland is 15-for-43 [.349] with nine extra-base hits and six walks.

Second baseman Hernan Iribarren was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and five runs batted in.

Esteban German (3/6, 3B) tripled while Matt Brown (3/5, 2B) and Max Ramirez (3/5, 2B) both doubled.

German stole his 31st base of the season. He has only been caught three times.

Lefty Clay Rapada fanned two in a perfect eighth inning. Fellow southpaws are batting just .116 against him this year.

Player of the Game: RF Mitch Moreland
5 2 3 0 1 2 1 0 .287

AA: Frisco 2 - (@) Arkansas 1 (11 innings)
W - Reed (1-1)
SV - Flores (3)
13-3, 5.5 GU

Frisco faced the difficult task of going up against Angels prospect Trevor Reckling, but they were able to eventually get the victory in extra innings.

Making his first Double-A start since early 2009, Michael Schlact held the Travs to one run on five singles over four innings. He walked one, fanned one, and got eight groundouts.

Lefty Kasey Kiker was solid, working two hitless, scoreless innings on 28 pitches. He walked one and struck out three.

Another southpaw, Tim Murphy, made his Double-A debut and pitched 2.1 shutout frames. He permitted one hit while walking one and striking out two.

Evan Reed [1.2 IP] and Adalberto Flores [1 IP] also kept Arkansas off the scoreboard, as the bullpen had a collective seven scoreless innings.

Frisco had only five hits in the 11 innings, but shortstop Guilder Rodriguez made his count. He was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Rodriguez's three-bagger brought home the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 11th.

Player of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez
4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .272

A+: Bakersfield 0 - (@) Visalia 5
L - Wieland (1-1)
12-6, 2.0 GU

Visalia starter Taylor Sinclair carried a no-hitter through 6.1 innings, and he faced the minimum 27 batters in the complete-game shutout victory.

Sinclair had three hitters reach base during the game––one on an error and two on singles. The first runner was caught stealing and the other two were doubled off.

Davis Stoneburner (1/3) and Erik Morrison (1/3) had the base knocks.

Starter Joe Wieland was faced with the futile task of going up against Sinclair, and he gave up four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. The young righty walked one and fanned six.

Mark Hamburger struck out one and yielded one hit in a scoreless eighth.

The game was played in a brisk two hours and thirteen minutes.

Player of the Game: 2B Davis Stoneburner
3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .290

A: Hickory 6 - Greensboro 3
W - Erlin (4-2)
SV - Tufts (1)
HR - Zaneski (3)
10-8, 2.5 GB

Coming off his worst outing of the season, 19-year-old hurler Robbie Erlin (1.63 ERA/.187 BAA) matched a season high with six innings pitched, allowing one run.

Erlin surrendered the one run on four hits, walking one and striking out seven.

In 72 innings with Hickory this season, Erlin has allowed 47 hits while walking 12 and fanning 74.

Catcher Zach Zaneski (.287/.355/.449) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his third round-tripper of the season.

Travis Adair (2/3, 2B, BB) and Jared Prince (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Adair's recent hot streak has pushed his batting average all the way up to .305. He is hitting .372 in 11 games this month and has multiple hits in each of his last four contests.

Centerfielder Jared Bolden singled twice and drove home a run.

Right-hander Daniel Gutierrez appeared in his first game in nearly a month. He yielded an unearned run on two hits in an inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
6.0 4 1 1 1 7 0 1.63

SSA: Spokane 1 - (@) Everett 10
L - McBride (1-2)
11-11, 1.5 GB

Nick McBride had a relatively short afternoon on the mound, as he was battered for six runs in the third inning.

In all, the North Carolina native pitched four innings, yielding seven runs on eight hits. He surrendered a pair of home runs, including a grand slam to DH Mickey Wiswall.

Reliever Ben Henry struck out five batters in two innings, but gave up two solo home runs.

The Indians had only five singles in the game, and they scored just one run.

Leadoff man Ryan Strausborger singled, walked twice, and stole his fourth base.

Centerfielder Jake Skole singled once, walked once, and struck out once. In his first eight games at Spokane, he is 5-for-31 with a double, three walks, and 13 punchouts.

Player of the Game: RF Ryan Strausborger
2 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 .175

RK: AZL Rangers 2 - AZL Brewers 6
L - Melo (2-1)
10-7, 1.0 GU

After a couple excellent starts to begin his AZL season, right-hander Carlos Melo was extremely erratic on Sunday.

The Dominican Republic native surrendered four runs in 2.1 innings, walking four batters, hitting one, and uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

Andres Perez-Lobo helped keep the Rangers in the game with 2.2 blank frames in relief.

The AZL Rangers' potent offense was held in check by AZL Brewers starter Jose Oviedo, who permitted just two hits over seven scoreless innings, walking one and striking out 10.

Teodoro Martinez (1/4, 2B) and Santiago Chirino (1/4, 2B) both doubled once while DH Kellin Deglan singled twice in four trips.

Delgan played in his first game since June 28. He suffered a minor arm injury while lifting weights.

Left fielder Braxton Lane struck out in all four of his plate appearances.

Tim Steggall and Geuris Grullon both pitched one shutout inning to finish out the game.

Player of the Game: RHP Andres Perez-Lobo
2.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.18

DSL: DSL Rangers 7 - DSL Angels 5
W - Payano (1-1)
SV - Medina (5)
18-17, 3.5 GB

Victor Payano (4.33 ERA/.257 BAA) earned his first professional victory and turned in the best start of his career.

The 17-year-old held the Angels to one unearned run on one hit over five innings, walking two and striking out three.

Payano had a couple rough outings early in the summer, including a five-walk performance in 1.1 innings during his pro debut, but he appears to be settling in.

The club got doubles from Francisco Lugo (1/1, 2B), Oswaldo Pirela (1/3, 2B) and Esdras Abreu (2/4, 2B).

Leadoff hitter Chris Garia was 0-for-3, but he walked and stole his 16th base of the season.

Closer Emiliano Medina (0.00 ERA/.143 BAA) earned his fifth save of the season with 2.2 more scoreless frames. The 19-year-old has yet to surrender an earned run in 16.2 innings this season.

Player of the Game: LHP Victor Payano
5.0 1 1 0 2 3 0 4.33

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