Minor League Roundup - 7/20

Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson came back from his mini-slump to hurl seven scoreless innings on Tuesday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Iowa 9 (7 innings - Game 1)
L - Ramirez (4-4)
HR - Moreland (10)

Spot starter Elizardo Ramirez was touched up for seven runs [three earned] in four innings of work.

The I-Cubs continued to pull away in the fifth inning, as reliever Warner Madrigal served up a pair of solo home runs.

First baseman Mitch Moreland went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, his 10th of the season.

Craig Gentry (1/3, 2B) and Brandon Boggs (1/2, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Coming off his toughest outing of the season, right-hander Cody Eppley was back to normal, tossing a perfect 12-pitch frame. He induced three consecutive groundouts.

Player of the Game: 1B Mitch Moreland
3 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 .289

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Iowa 4 (7 innings - Game 2)
L - Scheppers (1-1)
HR - Richardson (4)
52-43, 2.0 GB

Kevin Richardson hasn't received much playing time recently with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Max Ramirez both on the roster, but he made the most of his start in game two.

The veteran backstop was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and a walk.

Shortstop Gregorio Petit raised his average to .266, picking up three singles in three plate appearances.

Starting pitcher Geoff Geary, also getting a spot start, yielded two runs in three innings pitched.

Tanner Scheppers made his return to the bullpen, and he was stuck with his first loss of the year. The hard-throwing righty allowed two runs on three hits in two frames, walking one and fanning zero.

Hernan Iribarren (2/4, 2B) and Matt Brown (1/4, 2B) both doubled while Craig Gentry (1/3, BB) and Brandon Boggs (0/2, 2 BB) reached base a pair of times.

Mitch Moreland played first base for the fifth consecutive game.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
2 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 .200

AA: Frisco 0 - (@) San Antonio 4
L - Bleier (5-7)
16-8, 4.0 GU

The RoughRiders pitched pretty well in San Antonio, but it didn't matter––the offense was limited to just two singles in the game.

Frisco starting pitcher Richard Bleier worked seven innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. Bleier yielded eight hits [seven singles] and fanned four without issuing a walk.

Left-handed reliever Kasey Kiker walked four batters in two-thirds of an inning, throwing only 12 of his 31 pitches for strikes. He gave up one run.

Marcus Lemon (1/3, BB) and Joey Butler (1/3, BB) had the only knocks of the game for the ‘Riders.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre went 0-for-3 with a walk, his sixth in 17 Double-A contests. He had only 11 in 68 games at High-A Bakersfield.

In 91 games last season, Beltre had 17 walks and 82 strikeouts. He has 17 free passes against 36 strikeouts in 85 contests this year.

Frisco hitters combined to strike out 13 times in the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
7.0 8 3 2 0 4 0 5.23

A+: Bakersfield 0 - (@) Rancho Cucamonga 6
L - Pimentel (6-5)
16-10, 1.0 GU

Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel certainly filled up his line score in Tuesday night's series opener. He pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, striking out five.

Angels super-prospect Mike Trout, who has played four of his first seven High-A games against Bakersfield, was 1-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt.

Red-hot designated hitter Chris Gradoville went 2-for-4 with his 19th double of the year. Second baseman Erik Morrison was 1-for-3 with a two-bagger.

Right fielder Miguel Velazquez was 0-for-1 with a walk, and he was also plunked twice.

The Quakes pulled away when second baseman Jon Townsend launched a three-run homer off Hector Nelo in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Player of the Game: DH Chris Gradoville
4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 .283

A: Hickory 4 - Delmarva 1
W - Thompson (7-7)
SV - Tufts (3)
14-11, 1.5 GB

Matt Thompson broke out of his mini-slump on Tuesday, and the Crawdads moved to within 1.5 games of the first-place Lakewood BlueClaws.

Thompson dealt seven scoreless innings against the Shorebirds, scattering six singles, walking zero, and striking out six.

In 99.1 innings this season, the 20-year-old Burleson native has recorded 99 strikeouts while issuing only 19 free passes.

Delmarva attempted a comeback when they scored a run on three hits against Sam Brown in just one-third of an inning, but Tyler Tufts came in and retired the final five batters of the game to earn his third save.

DH Yefry Castillo (1/4, 2B) and left fielder Cody Podraza (2/3, 2B) both doubled. Podraza also had a sacrifice bunt.

Third baseman Joe Bonadonna (.342/.462/.562 in 23 second-half games) singled once and walked twice in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Matt Thompson
7.0 6 0 0 0 6 0 4.08

SSA: Spokane 0 - (@) Boise 3
L - Rojas (2-2)
17-14, 0.5 GB

Spokane dropped out of first place on Tuesday night, as their offense was stymied by a trio of Boise hurlers.

Starting pitcher Randol Rojas (2.80 ERA/.221 BAA) was solid despite getting the loss, limiting the Hawks to one run on eight hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two.

The 19-year-old induced 11 groundouts against only three flyouts. Rojas is getting 2.31 groundouts per flyout in his first seven starts this year.

Rojas hasn't surrendered more than two earned runs in any game since his first start of the season.

The Indians offensive attack was limited to just four hits and one walk in the game.

Catcher Brett Nicholas, who singled twice in three trips, had the only multi-hit effort.

Ryan Strausborger (1/3, 2B) doubled, Jared Hoying (1/4) singled, and Jurickson Profar (0/3, BB) walked.

Left-hander Justin Earls yielded two runs on a pair of hits and a pair of walks in two innings pitched, raising his ERA to 2.31.

Player of the Game: RHP Randol Rojas
6.0 8 1 1 1 2 0 2.80

RK: AZL Rangers 2 - AZL Padres 11
L - Rijo (1-2)
12-12, 2.0 GB

The Surprise Rangers had plenty of pitching troubles on Tuesday night, but they actually got a nice start from 19-year-old Ezequiel Rijo.

The Dominican Republic product limited the Padres to two runs on four hits in five innings, walking two and striking out five. He surrendered a solo home run to 2009 first-round selection Donovan Tate.

Things fell apart in the sixth, as Anthony Haase peremitted four runs on five hits while recording only one out. Haase also plunked two.

Geuris Grullon punched out four batters in 1.2 innings, giving up one run. In nine innings this year, the 6-foot-5 southpaw has four walks and 15 strikeouts.

The offense collected nine hits––all singles.

Shortstop Oduber Herrera saw his average jump to .309 after he picked up three base hits in four at-bats. Tomas Telis (2/3) and Carson Vitale (2/4) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: SS Oduber Herrera
4 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 .309

DSL: DSL Rangers - OFF
20-19, 3.5 GB

The Dominican Summer League Rangers had the day off on Tuesday.

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