Minor League Roundup - 7/18

From Triple-A to the Arizona League, every affiliate in the Texas Rangers system got strong starting pitching on Sunday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 17 - Iowa 6
W - Kirkman (9-3)
51-41, 3.5 GU

Oklahoma City pounded out 17 runs on 20 hits in Sunday afternoon's contest.

Pitching with a sizable lead for much of the game, left-hander Michael Kirkman (3.25 ERA/.239 BAA) surrendered three runs [two earned] in seven innings pitched. He allowed six hits while walking three and striking out three.

Cleanup hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.252/.323/.438) was 4-for-6 with a double and a triple.

Leadoff man Craig Gentry raised his average to .323 with four singles––and four RBI––in six plate appearances.

Hernan Iribarren (3/5, 2B, BB), Brandon Boggs (3/5, 2B, BB) and Matt Brown (2/6, 2B) all doubled once.

Every hitter in the Oklahoma City starting lineup reached base at least twice, and the club went 10-for-23 with runners in scoring position.

On top of the 20 hits, they drew eight walks.

Sidearming reliever Cody Eppley doubled his earned runs allowed for the season, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks in one inning.

Player of the Game: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
6 2 4 1 0 1 0 2 .252

AA: Frisco 1 - Corpus Christi 2
L - Snyder (2-3)
15-7, 4.0 GU

Michael Schlact continues to improve with practically each start since coming back from shoulder surgery.

Making his second Double-A start of the year, Schlact tossed six scoreless innings, giving up only one single. He walked one and struck out four.

The 24-year-old has posted the following impressive line over his last five outings, between Bakersfield and Frisco: 28 ip, 16 h, 7 er, 4 bb, 16 k.

Lefty Ben Snyder fanned three batters in 1.2 innings, but he gave up two runs, including a solo homer to Koby Clemens. He was stuck with the blown save and the loss.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins (1/3, 2B) and left fielder James Tomlin (1/2, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre had Frisco's only other hit of the game. He singled once in four trips and picked up an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at home plate.

Player of the Game: RHP Michael Schlact
6.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.90

A+: Bakersfield 7 - Visalia 4
W - Ross (1-1)
SV - Hurley (1)
15-9, 2.0 GU

Through two starts, Robbie Ross appears to be fitting in just fine with the Blaze.

The 21-year-old southpaw got through seven innings, giving up four runs [one earned] on six hits. He struck out eight while issuing only one walk.

Catcher Jose Felix was a big producer offensively, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and three total runs batted in.

Miguel Velazquez (3/4, 2B), Mike Bianucci (1/3, 2B, BB) and Chris Gradoville (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Leadoff hitter David Paisano singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.

Closer Trevor Hurley picked up his first save in High-A, retiring all six batters he faced, getting three strikeouts.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
7.0 6 4 1 1 8 0 2.38

A: Hickory 6 - (@) Lexington 1
W - Brigham (2-1)
HR - Bolden (2)
13-11, 2.5 GB

Right-hander Jake Brigham turned in perhaps his best start as a pro on Sunday afternoon, pitching his first-career complete game.

The 22-year-old went all nine innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Brigham has worked up in the zone too often in the past, but he got 19 groundouts against only four flyouts in the start. In five games since returning to Hickory, Brigham is getting 3.6 groundouts per flyout.

Centerfielder Jared Bolden provided the Crawdads with all the support they'd need with his two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

Travis Adair (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Joe Bonadonna (2/5, 2B) hit one two-bagger.

Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel was 0-for-2 with a couple of walks.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
9.0 3 1 1 1 4 1 1.67

SSA: Spokane 12 - (@) Boise 11
W - Bell (1-0)
SV - Killian (2)
HR - Hoying (2)
17-12, 1.5 GU

The Indians got down early, pulled ahead with a mid-game surge, and nearly lost the game late, as they surrendered eight runs in the final three innings.

Leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar (.282/.319/.391) had three singles, two runs batted in, and two stolen bases.

Left fielder Jared Hoying put Spokane ahead with his three-run homer in the sixth inning. He also had a single.

Mike Olt was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, giving him 10 on the season.

Left-hander Chad Bell surrendered three runs in the second inning, but he settled down. Overall, he gave up only those three runs while scattering eight hits in 5.2 innings. Bell struck out three without walking a hitter.

Reliever Brett Weibley had plenty of struggles, coughing up six runs on six hits and a pair of hit batters in only two innings.

First baseman Andrew Clark raised his average to .326, going 3-for-4 with a walk. He also picked up his second stolen base.

In all, Spokane stole six bases against former LSU catcher Micah Gibbs.

Santiago Chirino (1/3, BB), Jake Skole (1/4, BB) and Ryan Strausborger (1/4, BB) all singled and walked.

Player of the Game: LF Jared Hoying
5 2 2 0 1 3 0 2 .276

RK: AZL Rangers 0 - (@) AZL Giants 3
L - Peralta (0-2)
11-11, 1.0 GB

Starting pitcher Denny Peralta had his best outing in the States, giving up two runs in five innings, walking zero and striking out seven batters.

The suddenly scuffling AZL Rangers offense didn't score any runs, and they collected only six hits on the game.

First baseman Johnny Gomez was 2-for-4 with a double, the team's only extra-base hit of the night.

Drew Robinson (1/4), Oduber Herrera (1/4), Vin DiFazio (1/3) and Tomas Telis (1/4) had the other hits.

Andrew Doyle was set to enter the game in the seventh inning, but a 48-minute lightning delay kept him from pitching in the game.

Tall left-hander Alexander Claudio ended up finishing out the game, hurling 1.2 scoreless innings. He struck out one without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Denny Peralta
5.0 5 2 2 0 7 0 6.94

DSL: AL All-Stars 4 - NL All-Stars 3

The American League club came back with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a walkoff win at Santo Domingo's Estadio Quisqueya.

Hanser Alberto (.394/.398/.500) entered the game at second base in the sixth inning, and he flew out to left field in his only plate appearance.

Catcher Guy Edmonds (.197/.313/.211) substituted behind the plate in the fourth inning. He popped out to first base in his only at-bat but gunned down a potential base stealer the following frame.

Right-hander David Perez (2.20 ERA/.243 BAA) faced only one batter in the game, inducing a groundout to second to end the seventh inning.

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