Minor League Roundup - 7/22

Double-A Frisco and Single-A Hickory picked up victories on Thursday with the help of some excellent pitching performances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 8 - (@) Iowa 4
W - Moscoso (6-3)
HR - Saltalamacchia (10)
53-44, 2.0 GB

The RedHawks used eight unanswered runs to salvage the fifth and final game of their series in Des Moines.

Despite giving up four runs in the third inning, starter Guillermo Moscoso pitched well overall. He allowed just those four runs [three earned] over seven total innings. Moscoso walked two and struck out five.

DH Ryan Garko (.266/.346/.469) played a big role, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and four runs batted in.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.251/.323/.449) belted a two-run homer and walked.

Mitch Moreland (2/3, 2 BB) and Matt Brown (2/4) both singled twice.

Clay Rapada and Pedro Strop tossed one shutout inning apiece out of the bullpen.

Rehabbing Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano worked a scoreless seventh inning, surrendering singles to Moreland and Craig Gentry.

Player of the Game: DH Ryan Garko
5 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 .266

AA: Frisco 3 - (@) San Antonio 2
W - Perez (4-5)
SV - Reed (5)
17-9, 3.0 GU

Martin Perez (5.03 ERA/.262 BAA) continued his recent trend of positive results on Thursday, working into the seventh inning for just the second time this season.

The 19-year-old worked 6.1 innings, and the only damage done was a two-run homer in the seventh. He allowed four hits while walking one and striking out two.

DH Emerson Frostad was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run batted in.

Andy Jenkins (2/3, 2B, BB) and Joey Butler (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon singled twice and committed a pair of errors.

The RoughRiders bullpen was outstanding in relief of Perez. Southpaw Tim Murphy punched out three batters in a blank inning, and Evan Reed got two more in 1.2 shutout frames.

Reed, who threw 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes, now has a 1.42 earned-run average in 38 innings with Frisco this year.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
6.1 4 2 2 1 2 1 5.03

A+: Bakersfield 6 - (@) Rancho Cucamonga 13
L - Wieland (1-2)
HR - Gradoville (4), Greene (3)
17-11, 1.0 GU

The ball was flying in a big way on Thursday night in Rancho Cucamonga.

The two teams combined for six home runs and 17 total extra-base hits.

Bakersfield starting pitcher Joe Wieland was strong in the middle innings, but he fell apart late. In all, the hurler permitted nine runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings.

Reliever Yoon-Hee Nam served up a pair of home runs––including four total runs––in 1.2 frames.

First baseman Chris Gradoville (.292/.348/.440) was 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run. He now has 16 hits over his last seven contests.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene was just as good. The power-hitting North Carolina native was 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run jack.

Andres James (2/4, 2B), Erik Morrison (1/3, 2B) and Jose Felix (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Leadoff man David Paisano singled twice in five trips, raising his average to .290.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris Gradoville
5 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 .292

A: Hickory 7 - Delmarva 5
W - Ortiz (2-1)
SV - Tufts (4)
HR - DiFazio (8)
15-12, 1.5 GB

Braden Tullis allowed five runs in five innings of work, but he was saved by outstanding bullpen work from left-hander Joe Ortiz.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Venezuela native hurled 3.2 no-hit, scoreless innings. He struck out eight while issuing one walk.

In 25.1 innings this season, Ortiz has yielded four runs on 19 hits, walking just four and striking out an absurd 38 batters.

DH Vin DiFazio announced his return to Hickory by going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a base on balls.

Red-hot centerfielder Guillermo Pimentel was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. He also stole a base.

After getting out to a slow start, Pimentel has seven hits in his last two games, and he is hitting .333 in his first 14 contests with the Crawdads.

Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B) and Jared Bolden (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Tyler Tufts earned his fourth save by retiring the final hitter of the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Joe Ortiz
3.2 0 0 0 1 8 0 1.42

SSA: Spokane 0 - Yakima 2
L - Henry (2-1)
18-15, 0.5 GB

Right-hander Ben Henry got the starting nod in place of Juan Grullon, who is dealing with a blister issue.

The 21-year-old Henry surrendered two runs over four innings, scattering eight hits. He walked one, struck out five, and recorded seven groundouts against zero in the air.

Spokane's offense wasn't able to get much going in the game. The club was shut out, getting just five singles.

Santiago Chirino (2/3, BB), Ryan Strausborger (1/3, BB), Mike Olt (1/4) and Jared Hoying (1/4) had the hits.

The 19-year-old Chirino is 10-for-26 with five walks in his first seven games at Spokane.

The Indians bullpen did an excellent job of keeping the club in the game. Ben Rowen [2.1 IP], Justin Earls [1.2 IP] and Francisco Mendoza [1 IP] combined to punch out nine hitters over five total innings of scoreless ball.

Rowen fanned four, Earls struck out two, and Mendoza got the side in the ninth.

Young shortstop Jurickson Profar went 0-for-4, striking out twice. He appears to have reached his first professional slump––Profar is hitless in his last four contests, spanning 19 at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Ben Rowen
2.1 1 0 0 0 4 0 1.38

RK: AZL Rangers - OFF
13-12, 2.0 GB

The Surprise Rangers took the day off on Friday.

DSL: DSL Rangers - (@) DSL Braves - PPD (Rain)
20-19, 3.5 GB

All 16 scheduled Dominican Summer League games were rained out on Thursday. It was the second consecutive day the Rangers had been washed out.

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