Minor League Roundup - 7/19

Three Oklahoma City pitchers combined for a one-hit shutout on Monday night, while the short-season teams both played slugfests with walkoff finishes. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 8 - (@) Iowa 0
W - Beltre (1-6)
HR - Ramirez (1)
52-41, 3.5 GU

Three RedHawks pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout of the Cubs on Monday night.

Oklahoma City battered former Rangers first-round pick Thomas Diamond for a season-high eight runs on eight hits and four walks in four-plus innings pitched.

Designated hitter Max Ramirez busted Diamond for a grand slam in the top of the first inning. He also added a single later in the contest.

RedHawks starting pitcher Omar Beltre (2.08 ERA/.224 BAA) needed 85 pitches to complete five innings, but he gave up just one hit. He walked three and struck out four.

The club got perfect work from the bullpen, with Willie Eyre retiring all nine batters he faced [with four strikeouts] while Zach Phillips sat down the side in order in the ninth, getting one punchout.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 1-for-5 with a triple and two runs batted in.

Mitch Moreland, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, played first base for the third consecutive day. He had played each of his previous 81 games this season as an outfielder or designated hitter.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Beltre
5.0 1 0 0 3 4 0 2.08

AA: Frisco 5 - (@) San Antonio 2
W - Roark (9-4)
SV - Reed (4)
16-7, 4.0 GU

Frisco took the first of a four-game set against the Missions on Monday, as Tanner Roark earned his ninth victory of the season.

Roark (4.18 ERA/.271 BAA) tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, working around four hits and three walks. He struck out four.

The RoughRiders got plenty of production from the bottom of their order, with the five-through-nine hitters combining for seven knocks.

Joey Butler (2/3, 2 2B, BB) doubled twice while John Whittleman (2/3, 2B, BB) singled once and doubled once.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins went 2-for-3 while James Tomlin was 1-for-3 with a double.

Engel Beltre was 1-for-4 with a triple and a base on balls. The 20-year-old has five walks against only two strikeouts in his first 16 Double-A games.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden had a run-scoring single, but he also struck out four times.

Relievers Tim Murphy [1.1 IP] and Evan Reed [2 IP] both fanned a pair of batters while tossing scoreless ball. Reed sat down all six hitters he faced.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Roark
5.2 4 0 0 3 4 0 4.18

A+: Bakersfield 8 - Visalia 6
W - Boscan (6-9)
SV - Hamburger (13)
16-9, 2.0 GU

Wilfredo Boscan was touched up for four runs in the first inning, allowing four hits [two homers] and a pair of walks.

The 20-year-old Venezuela native eventually settled down nicely, giving up only those four runs over five innings. He walked two and struck out five.

The Blaze didn't have any extra-base hits in the game, but 12 singles, six walks, and two hit batters helped them plate eight runs.

DH Chris Gradoville raised his average to .280 by singling four times in five at-bats.

Catcher Jose Felix, who was 2-for-5, was the only other player with multiple hits.

Tom Mendonca went 0-for-1 with a pair of walks and a hit-by pitch.

Relievers Yoon-Hee Nam [1 IP], Hector Nelo [0.1 IP] and Mark Hamburger [1 IP] kept the Rawhide off the scoreboard.

Hamburger punched out the side in the ninth inning to earn his 13th save and drop his earned-run average down to 2.01. He now has 44 strikeouts in 40.1 innings this season.

Player of the Game: DH Chris Gradoville
5 2 4 0 0 1 0 0 .280

A: Hickory - OFF
13-11, 2.5 GB

The entire Sally League took the day off on Monday. Hickory returns home to face second-place Delmarva (13-10) on Tuesday evening.

SSA: Spokane 10 - (@) Boise 11
L - Rodebaugh (2-1)
HR - Hoying (3)
17-13, 0.5 GU

The Indians and Hawks played through another slugfest on Monday night, and this time it ended in a walkoff loss for Spokane.

Starting pitcher Miguel De Los Santos yielded four runs [three earned] over five innings, walking two and striking out three.

At the plate, Spokane plated 10 runs on 11 hits.

Left fielder Jared Hoying, who was 1-for-4 with a walk, went deep for the second consecutive day.

Ryan Strausborger (2/5, 3B) tripled while catcher Kevin Torres was 2-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in.

Infielders Mike Olt (3/4, BB) and Santiago Chirino (2/4, BB) also notched multi-hit efforts.

Right fielder Josh Richmond continued the solid start to his professional career, going 1-for-1 with four free passes.

Relievers Francisco Mendoza, Ryan Rodebaugh, and Kevin Johnson combined to surrender seven runs on 12 hits and four walks in only 3.1 innings of work.

After Rodebaugh loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, Johnson proceeded to issue three run-scoring walks––and eventually the walkoff game-winner.

Player of the Game: RF Josh Richmond
1 2 1 0 0 1 4 0 .385

RK: AZL Rangers 11 - AZL Giants 10
W - Mavare (1-1)
HR - Villanueva (2)
12-11, 1.0 GB

The Rookie Rangers gave up the lead in the top of the ninth but came back to win it on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the frame.

Native Texan Shawn Blackwell struggled a bit in his start, yielding five runs [four earned] in four innings of work. He surrendered a pair of round-trippers, accounting for three of the runs.

Left-hander Chris Hanna did a fine job in relief, tossing two no-hit innings and fanning two batters. Hanna has begun his professional career with seven scoreless frames, giving up only two hits.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva had a monster of a game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and five runs batted in. He raised his batting average to .342.

First baseman Johnathon Moore was 3-for-4 with a double.

Vin DiFazio (1/2, BB, 2 HBP), Travis Meiners (2/3, BB, HBP) and Drew Robinson (1/3, 2 BB) also had solid nights at the plate.

Player of the Game: 3B Christian Villanueva
5 2 3 1 1 5 0 0 .342

DSL: DSL Rangers 0 - DSL Blue Jays 3
L - Parra (0-2)
20-19, 4.0 GB

The Rangers were limited to only a pair of singles in Monday morning's contest.

The hits came from shortstop Hanser Alberto (1/4) and first baseman Christefer Obispo (1/1, BB, HBP). Alberto stole two bases while Obispo swiped one.

Starting pitcher Luis Parra (3.45 ERA/.195 BAA) continued to pitch well, surrendering one run on four hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Tall southpaw Victor Payano permitted two runs on four hits in two innings pitched.

Abel De Los Santos and Santo Perez finished it off with one shutout inning apiece.

Player of the Game: LHP Luis Parra
5.0 4 1 1 1 5 0 3.45

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