Minor League Roundup - 7/16

The Rangers got a few outstanding starting pitching performances in their system on Friday, including a complete-game shutout from Frisco righty Ryan Tatusko. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - Iowa 4
L - Harden (0-1)
50-40, 4.5 GU

Rich Harden's second rehab start was a bit rocky results-wise.

The veteran right-hander threw 67 pitches [41 strikes] in 3.2 innings, and he was hit fairly hard. Harden yielded four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three.

Doug Mathis did his best to keep the RedHawks in the game, tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless long relief, giving up only one hit.

Elizardo Ramirez and Cody Eppley also pitched one frame of shutout ball out of the bullpen. Eppley allowed a single and a free pass, throwing just 11 of his 25 pitches for strikes.

Oklahoma City was shut out by a trio of I-Cubs pitchers, including starter Jeff Samardzija, who worked five innings.

The RedHawks had only four singles in the game, coming from Gregorio Petit (2/3), Matt Brown (1/3) and Esteban German (1/2, BB).

Player of the Game: RHP Doug Mathis
3.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.68

AA: Frisco 4 - Corpus Christi 7
W - Tatusko (9-1)
HR - Whittleman (2)
15-5, 5.0 GB

The RoughRiders played an all-around excellent game on Friday night, and right-hander Ryan Tatusko led the way.

Tatusko (2.98 ERA/.258 BAA) hurled a complete-game shutout on just 94 pitches. He scattered six singles, walked one, and struck out five.

The 25-year-old has surrendered only two total runs over his last four starts, spanning 28 innings. He has had trouble with high pitch counts at times this season, but that clearly wasn't an issue in Friday's game.

Frisco defeated Astros top pitching prospect Jordan Lyles. The offense plated four runs against the 19-year-old in seven innings.

Designated hitter John Whittleman had his best game since returning to Double-A, going 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer.

Marcus Lemon (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while centerfielder Engel Beltre (2/4, 3B) had one single and one triple.

Left fielder James Tomlin was 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
9.0 6 0 0 1 5 0 2.98

A+: Bakersfield 5 - Rancho Cucamonga 2
W - Gomez (3-7)
13-9, 1.0 GU

Kennil Gomez (6.09 ERA/.318 BAA) is having a very rough season on the Blaze, but it was certainly his night on Friday.

The 22-year-old righty cruised through eight innings, limiting the Quakes to one run on five hits. He fanned five while issuing just one walk.

Gomez entered the game with nine starts on the season––just two could be considered ‘quality starts,' pitching at least six innings and allowing three earned runs or fewer.

Mike Bianucci (2/4, 2B), Jose Felix (2/3, 2B) and Miguel Velazquez (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Right fielder David Paisano singled twice and stole his 15th base of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Kennil Gomez
8.0 5 1 1 2 5 1 6.09

A: Hickory 3 - (@) Lexington 1
W - Tullis (4-0)
SV - Tufts (2)
HR - Zaneski (4)
11-11, 4.5 GB

Sinkerballing righty Braden Tullis (1.89 ERA/.237 BAA) hurled a career-high seven innings on Friday night, surrendering only an unearned run. He permitted five hits while fanning six without issuing a walk.

After beginning the season in the bullpen, Tullis moved into the starting rotation in late-June. He hasn't given up an earned run over his last three starts, spanning 17 frames.

Catcher Zach Zaneski helped pad the Hickory lead with a solo home run, his fourth of the season, in the top of the fourth inning. He also singled.

Speedy third baseman Joe Bonadonna (.280/.362/.410) doubled three times in five trips, giving him 11 two-baggers.

Travis Adair had three singles in five at-bats, raising his average to .306.

Centerfielder Guillermo Pimentel had his best game since being promoted to Hickory. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls, also picking up an outfield assist.

Shortstop Jonathan Roof, the club's eighth-round pick this year, had one single in four at-bats in his Single-A debut. He also committed an error and was picked off.

Another sinkerballing righty, Tyler Tufts, fanned three over two shutout innings to earn his second save with the Crawdads.

Player of the Game: RHP Braden Tullis
7.0 5 1 0 0 6 0 1.89

SSA: Spokane 9 - Vancouver 5
W - Mendoza (2-0)
15-12, 0.5 GU

Clark Murphy (.370/.478/.444) continued his outstanding start with Spokane, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in on Friday night.

The 20-year-old first baseman has eight runs batted in over his last three contests, giving him 12 in 17 games played this year.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while centerfielder Jake Skole (2/4, 2B, BB)) and DH Kevin Rodland (2/3, 2B, BB) had one double apiece.

Right fielder Josh Richmond made his professional debut, getting one single and one walk in five plate appearances.

Second baseman Santiago Chirino was 2-for-5 with two RBI in his debut at Spokane.

Starting pitcher Nick McBride didn't factor in on the decision, as he allowed four runs [three earned] on six hits and four walks in four innings.

Right-handers Ben Henry [2 IP] and Francisco Mendoza [1.1 IP] both worked scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: 1B Clark Murphy
4 1 4 1 0 4 0 0 .370

RK: AZL Rangers 2 - (@) AZL Athletics 7
L - Melo (2-2)
11-10, 0.0 GU

The Rangers were no-hit through eight innings on Friday night, but they pushed across a couple runs on a pair of hits in the ninth.

Starting pitcher Carlos Melo yielded a run despite tossing four no-hit innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Left fielder Braxton Lane (1/3, 2B) doubled to break up the no-no, and second baseman Drew Robinson (1/4) singled him home. Robinson later came around to score as well.

Relief pitchers Aaron Thompson and Tim Steggall both added perfect frames in the game's later innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Melo
4.0 0 1 1 3 5 0 4.87

DSL: DSL Rangers - (@) DSL Angels - PPD (Rain)
20-18, 4.0 GB

The Rangers and Angels were washed out on Friday afternoon.

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