Minor League Roundup - 7/23

Starting pitcher Derek Holland tossed three no-hit innings in his first rehab appearance with the AZL Rangers on Friday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - (@) Memphis - PPD (Power outage)
53-44, 2.5 GU

Friday night's series opener between the RedHawks and Redbirds was postponed due to a power outage in downtown Memphis. The two clubs will play a doubleheader beginning at 4:05 p.m. Central on Saturday.

AA: Frisco 5 - Corpus Christi 6
L - Schlact (0-1)
HR - Tomlin (3)
17-10, 2.0 GU

Outfielder James Tomlin (.233/.303/.316) had his best game of the season, going 4-for-5 with a double and a solo home run. He had two runs batted in.

Infielders Andy Jenkins (3/4, 2B) and Renny Osuna (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Still, the offense wasn't enough, as starting pitcher Michael Schlact surrendered six runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings. He fanned three without issuing a walk.

Frisco relievers Adalberto Flores and Brennan Garr helped keep the game close. The 6-foot-7 Flores struck out four in 2.2 scoreless innings, and Garr worked a perfect ninth with one punchout.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre saw his average dip to .284 by going hitless in four plate appearances. He stole his first base with the ‘Riders and his 11th overall.

Player of the Game: LF James Tomlin
5 1 4 1 1 2 0 0 .233

A+: Bakersfield 6 - (@) Rancho Cucamonga 3
W - Ross (2-1)
SV - Hamburger (15)
HR - Mendonca (4)
18-11, 2.0 GU

Despite playing approximately .500 ball for the last three weeks, Bakersfield has been able to maintain its first-place standing.

Robbie Ross (3.31 ERA/.239 BAA in three starts) wasn't flashy, but he was good enough to earn the victory. The 5-foot-11 southpaw yielded three runs in five innings pitched. He gave up five hits while walking three and striking out three.

Ross recorded 10 groundouts and one flyout in the contest. He is getting 2.7 groundouts per flyout in 110.1 total innings on the season.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.241/.326/.354) found his power stroke on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

Regarded for his outstanding raw power at Fresno State, Mendonca has only four home runs in 294 at-bats with the Blaze this season.

Andres James (2/4, 2B) and Chris Gradoville (1/4, 2B) doubled once while Miguel Velazquez singled twice in five trips.

Fabio Castillo [2 IP], Trevor Hurley [1 IP] and Mark Hamburger [1 IP] teamed up to pitch four scoreless innings of relief.

Hamburger (1.90 ERA/.225 BAA) is now unscored upon in his last 14 outings, and he notched his career-best 15th save of the year.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
3 2 2 1 1 3 0 0 .241

A: Hickory 9 - Delmarva 7
W - Erlin (5-2)
SV - Tufts (5)
HR - Zaneski (5)
16-12, 1.5 GB

Left-hander Robbie Erlin (1.67 ERA/.198 BAA) held the Shorebirds to one run over five innings of work. He scattered five hits and fanned eight without walking a batter.

The 19-year-old California native has 88 strikeouts versus 13 walks in 81 innings with the Crawdads this season. His 1.67 earned-run average ranks second in the Sally League.

DH Zach Zaneski contributed to a seven-run fifth inning for Hickory with a grand slam, his fifth home run of the season.

Centerfielder Guillermo Pimentel (2/4, 3B) and second baseman Travis Adair (1/5, 3B) both tripled once.

Joe Bonadonna (2/4, 2B, BB) and Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B, BB) singled, doubled, and walked.

Backstop Vin DiFazio (.268/.385/.527) singled once, walked twice, and was plunked once.

Left fielder Yefry Castillo amazingly grounded into four double plays in the game.

Sidearming righty Johan Yan (0.64 ERA/.189 BAA) permitted one run in two innings. It was the first run he has allowed in 14 frames since his promotion to Hickory.

Tyler Tufts earned his fifth save with a blank ninth inning.

Player of the Game: DH Zach Zaneski
3 1 1 0 1 4 0 1 .304

SSA: Spokane 6 - Yakima 2
W - Bell (2-0)
HR - Hoying (4)
19-15, 0.5 GU

Left fielder Jared Hoying moved into the leadoff spot on Friday and continued to flash some power, as he went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.

After getting out to a slow start, the 21-year-old left-handed swinger is hitting .356/.422/.534 with 10 stolen bases in 19 contests this month.

Starter Chad Bell worked a career-high seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out four.

Though Bell didn't post his usual dominant strikeout numbers, he had 14 groundouts and two flyouts, giving him a three-to-one ratio with the Indians.

Right-handed relievers Brett Weibley and Ryan Rodebaugh both pitched one scoreless inning with each striking out a pair.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar moved down to the two-hole and was 0-for-1 with two walks and a sacrifice fly.

Mike Olt (1/4, 2B) belted his 11th double.

Player of the Game: LF Jared Hoying
4 2 3 0 1 2 0 1 .288

RK: AZL Rangers 2 - AZL Royals 4
L - Peralta (0-3)
13-13, 3.0 GB

Derek Holland's first rehab appearance with the Surprise Rangers couldn't have been any better results-wise.

The left-hander fanned six batters over three hitless, walkless innings of work. The only man to reach base did so on a wild pitch strikeout.

Denny Peralta suffered the loss in relief of Holland, as he permitted three runs [one earned] on three hits in one inning.

The rookie Rangers' offensive attack combined for only five singles in the contest.

Christian Villanueva (2/4), Luis Sardinas (1/3), Teodoro Martinez (1/4) and Ruben Sierra (1/1) had the knocks. Sardinas laid down a sacrifice bunt while Martinez and Sierra both had stolen bases.

Sierra was playing in his first Arizona League game since last summer. He began the 2010 season by playing 24 games in the Dominican Summer League, batting .244 with two triples and a home run.

Venezuela native Arlett Mavare (5.17 ERA/.250 BAA) pitched his best game since coming to the U.S. in late June. He worked three shutout frames, yielding one hit and fanning three.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
3.0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0.00

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

Rain stopped the Dominican Summer League Rangers for the third consecutive day.

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