Minor League Roundup - 7/14

Michael Kirkman starred in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday while the AZL Rangers picked up a big come-from-behind victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: PCL All-Stars 1 - (@) INT All-Stars 2

The Pacific Coast League All-Stars dropped a close one to the International League All-Stars on Wednesday evening in Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Left-hander Michael Kirkman was the only Rangers prospect to appear in the game. He tossed a perfect fourth inning on eight pitches, striking out one.

Former Rangers first-round selection––and current Chicago Cubs farmhand––Thomas Diamond got the start for the PCL, working a pair of no-hit innings. He walked two and struck out two.

AA: Frisco - OFF
14-4, 5.0 GB

Frisco had the day off on Wednesday. They'll return home to face the scuffling Corpus Christi Hooks (2-16) on Thursday night.

A+: Bakersfield 1 - Rancho Cucamonga 3
L - Boscan (5-9)
HR - Stoneburner (12)
12-8, 1.0 GU

The suddenly struggling Bakersfield offense continued to have problems producing runs and hits, as they were held to one run on two knocks in Wednesday's game.

Bakersfield actually had more errors [three] than hits in the contest.

Despite the loss, starter Wilfredo Boscan was excellent once again, giving up three runs [two earned] on seven hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four.

The 20-year-old Boscan has worked at least seven innings in each of his last four starts, allowing four total earned runs during that span.

At the plate, second baseman Davis Stoneburner produced Bakersfield's lone run with a solo home run, his 12th of the season.

Andres James (1/3) had the club's only other hit, but he also committed a pair of errors.

Right-handers Fabio Castillo and Hector Nelo both contributed one scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Castillo struck out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
7.0 7 3 2 1 4 1 4.10

A: Hickory 4 - (@) Lexington 7
L - Thompson (6-7)
HR - Podraza (1)
10-10, 3.5 GB

Scuffling starting pitcher Matt Thompson was knocked around a bit, as he surrendered six runs [five earned] on eight hits in 3.2 innings. The right-hander walked one and fanned four.

Since working eight scoreless innings on June 28, Thompson has given up 16 runs over his last three starts.

Designated hitter Cody Podraza contributed a solo homer, his first of the season, in the top of the seventh.

Zach Zaneski (2/5, 2B) and Cristian Santana (1/3, 2B) both doubled once.

In his Hickory debut, versatile athlete Yefry Castillo singled once in four at-bats. He played both left field and second base.

Reliever Johan Yan worked 1.1 more innings of scoreless ball, and he has now yet to allow a run in 12 frames with the Crawdads.

Daniel Gutierrez permitted one run in two innings, walking one without recording a strikeout.

Player of the Game: DH Cody Podraza
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .266

SSA: Spokane 4 - Vancouver 1
W - De Los Santos (2-0)
SV - Killian (1)
13-12, 0.5 GB

Miguel De Los Santos (1.23 ERA/.108 BAA) remained incredibly difficult to hit, giving up only two singles over five scoreless innings. He walked three, struck out eight, and uncorked a pair of wild pitches.

True to form, the 22-year-old lefty has been difficult to hit, a bit wild, and he is missing a ton of bats.

In his first 22 innings with Spokane, De Los Santos has allowed eight hits while walking 16 and striking out 32.

Left fielder Jared Hoying singled three times and stole two bases, giving him eight on the relatively young season.

Mike Olt (1/4, 2B), Jake Skole (1/3, 2B) and Kevin Rodland (1/1, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Relievers Justin Earls and Colby Killian added one scoreless inning apiece to close out Spokane's second consecutive victory.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel De Los Santos
5.0 2 0 0 3 8 0 1.23

RK: AZL Rangers 7 - AZL Cubs 6
W - Steggall (1-0)
11-8, 1.0 GU

There were plenty of fireworks during Wednesday night's game in Arizona, as the two teams combined for seven runs in the ninth inning.

The Rangers eventually won on a walkoff single from pinch hitter Jonathan Roof. The hit came right after Oduber Herrera's two-run double to tie the game.

To begin the game, starter Shawn Blackwell was solid once again, limiting the Cubs to one run over six innings of work. He permitted three hits, walked zero, and struck out four.

Blackwell finished his outing by retiring 14 consecutive hitters.

Designated hitter Kellin Deglan (1/4, 3B) tripled while Christian Villanueva (2/4, 2B) doubled.

Teodoro Martinez (2/4, HBP) and Santiago Chirino (2/5) both singled twice.

The club combined for five stolen bases, getting two from Herrera and one apiece from Villanueva, Drew Robinson, and Jordan Akins.

Right-hander Arlett Mavare coughed up four runs in 1.2 innings, getting stuck with second blown save, but Tim Steggall got the final out of the ninth and eventually earned the victory.

Player of the Game: RHP Shawn Blackwell
6.0 3 1 1 0 4 0 3.16

DSL: DSL Rangers 7 - (@) DSL Tigers 0
W - S. Perez (3-2)
19-18, 4.0 GB

Tall starting pitcher Santo Perez pitched a career-high seven scoreless innings against the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon. The 21-year-old scattered five hits while walking one and striking out five.

Pedro Tirado closed out the game with three punchouts in two blank frames, dropping his ERA to 3.45.

The Rangers' offense went off for seven runs on 11 hits in the game.

Talented shortstop Hanser Alberto (.389/.394/.500) continued his tear, going 3-for-4 with a triple and his 10th stolen base of the season.

The 17-year-old Alberto has struck out just twice in his first 90 official at-bats.

First baseman Christefer Obispo went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Chris Garia singled once, walked once, and stole his 17th base in 21 attempts.

Player of the Game: RHP Santo Perez
7.0 5 0 0 1 5 0 3.00

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