Minor League Roundup - 7/17

The Hickory Crawdads slugged out 15 runs on Saturday night, getting a pair of round-trippers from outfielder Jared Prince. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - Iowa 9
L - Moscoso (5-3)
HR - Garko (11)
50-41, 3.5 GU

Starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso worked in and out of trouble throughout the game, but he worked through the first three innings unscathed.

The fourth was a different story, though, as he surrendered six runs. In all, the righty gave up those six runs on eight hits and six walks in four innings, throwing 87 pitches.

Geoff Geary (4.67 ERA/.333 BAA) did his best to keep Oklahoma City in the game, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.

The 33-year-old Geary has struggled for much of the season, but he hasn't permitted an earned run over his last three appearances, spanning nine innings.

DH Ryan Garko (.263/.342/.469) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a base on balls.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry (2/5) and shortstop Gregorio Petit (2/4) both singled twice. Petit stole his 11th base.

Playing in his first-ever Triple-A game, second baseman Guilder Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a walk.

The 26-year-old is in his ninth professional season, and he has spent parts of six seasons at Double-A but never played at Triple-A until Saturday night.

Mitch Moreland played first base and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.

Moreland hadn't played a game at first base this season, and he only had nine games at first after his promotion to Double-A Frisco in 2009. He is likely getting a look as a potential in-house option in case Chris Davis struggles in the big leagues.

Player of the Game: RHP Geoff Geary
3.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.67

AA: Frisco 2 - Corpus Christi 4
L - Flores (2-4)
HR - Jenkins (5)
15-6, 5.0 GU

The RoughRiders and Hooks were stopped by a pair of blackouts in the game, causing a total delay of one hour and twenty minutes.

Left-hander Martin Perez worked four innings on 62 pitches before the first blackout caused him to exit the game. He yielded a run on five hits, walking one and striking out five.

Reliever Tim Murphy fanned one in a hitless fifth inning before the lights went out once again.

Kasey Kiker took the mound when play resumed and allowed one run on one hit in 2.1 innings, walking zero and striking out two. He threw 34 pitches, including 23 strikes.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk.

Joey Butler (.259/.333/.389) was 2-for-3 with a double.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon (.276/.320/.373), whose average continues to climb, singled once and walked twice in five trips. Lemon didn't walk much early in the season, but he has four free passes in his first eight games this month.

Engel Beltre was hitless in three official at-bats, but he walked once. In 14 Double-A games, Beltre has more walks [four] than punchouts [two].

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
4.0 5 1 1 1 5 0 5.23

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Visalia 1 (11 innings)
W - Hamburger (3-2)
14-9, 1.0 GU

Joe Wieland had his best start since being promoted to Bakersfield, striking out a career-high 10 batters over 5.1 innings. The 20-year-old righty gave up one run on six hits, walking only one.

Through four starts with the Blaze, Wieland has been hittable [32 hits in 19.2 innings], but he is throwing strikes [four walks] and missing plenty of bats [25 strikeouts].

After Wieland, the Blaze got outstanding work out of their bullpen, as Corey Young [1.2 IP], Fabio Castillo [3 IP] and Mark Hamburger [1 IP] teamed up to pitch 5.2 shutout innings.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hamburger has been particularly impressive this month, pitching 7.2 scoreless innings, giving out two walks and striking out 13.

First baseman Jonathan Greene helped carry the offense by going 2-for-2 with two doubles and a pair of walks. He also hit a sacrifice fly.

Miguel Velazquez (2/5) and Chris Gradoville (2/4) both singled twice. Gradoville hit the walkoff run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
5.1 6 1 1 1 10 0 8.24

A: Hickory 15 - (@) Lexington 4
W - Gunter (1-0)
HR - Prince (7, 8)
12-11, 4.0 GB

The Crawdads teed off on scuffling starter and Austin native Brad Dydalewicz and the Lexington bullpen, scoring 15 runs on 15 hits.

Dydalewicz was touched up for 10 runs in four innings, allowing eight hits and walking eight batters.

Right fielder Jared Prince (.300/.384/.459) had perhaps a career night, going 3-for-4 with two homers, two walks, and sixth runs batted in. His second-inning home run was a grand slam.

Cleanup hitter and first baseman Jared Bolden doubled twice in six plate appearances.

Travis Adair (2/5, 2B, BB), Joe Bonadonna (1/3, 2B, 3 BB), Zach Zaneski (1/3, 2B, BB) and Yefry Castillo (2/5, 2B) all doubled once.

Centerfielder Guillermo Pimentel and shortstop Jonathan Roof both singled twice. Pimentel also drew a free pass.

Every player in the Hickory starting lineup reached base twice, including Cristian Santana, who was 0-for-4 but had a walk and was hit by a pitch.

Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin gave up three runs [one earned] on five hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Right-hander Daniel Gutierrez pitched his best game of the season, hurling three scoreless innings, issuing one walk and fanning one.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Prince
4 3 3 0 2 6 2 1 .300

SSA: Spokane 8 - Vancouver 1
W - Stanford (2-0)
SV - Earls (1)
16-12, 0.5 GU

Starting pitcher Juan Grullon hurled 1.1 hitless innings before leaving the game with a blister issue, but Australia righty Tim Stanford picked up right where he left off.

Stanford, who earned the victory, fanned three batters and yielded one run over four innings pitched.

Third baseman Mike Olt went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in.

Playing in his second professional game, right fielder Josh Richmond was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Brett Nicholas (2/3, 2B, BB) also had a two-bagger, while centerfielder Jake Skole singled twice in four trips.

Left-hander Jimmy Reyes (2.08 ERA/.098 BAA) retired all five batters he faced, striking out three of them. The Elon product has allowed only four hits in 13 innings this season.

Former Georgia Bulldog Justin Earls got his first pro save with a pair of shutout frames to finish out the game.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
5 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 .272

RK: AZL Rangers - OFF
11-10, 0.0 GU

The Rangers had a day off on Saturday.

DSL: DSL Rangers - All-Star Break
20-18, 4.0 GB

The Dominican Summer League will hold its All-Star Game at Santo Domingo's Estadio Quisqueya on Sunday afternoon.

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