Minor League Roundup - 7/24

Saturday night was one of the more eventful days of the season in the Texas Rangers organization. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Memphis 2 (9 innings - Game 1)
L - Madrigal (3-1)

Michael Kirkman (3.16 ERA/.234 BAA) matched a career-high 11 strikeouts over six innings in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.

The 23-year-old held Memphis to one run on three singles. He walked two and threw 112 pitches, including 73 strikes.

Kirkman took over the PCL strikeout lead with 103, passing Duncanville native Eric Hacker and former Rangers first-rounder Thomas Diamond.

The scheduled seven-inning game went into extras, as the RedHawks only scored one run. First baseman Mitch Moreland (1/4, 2B) doubled and Matt Brown (1/3, BB) drove him home with a single.

Right fielder Brandon Boggs singled twice in four plate appearances.

Willie Eyre (3.40 ERA/.251 BAA) hurled two scoreless innings, giving up one hit.

The Redbirds won the game in the bottom of the ninth, as Mark Hamilton launched a two-out solo homer off Warner Madrigal.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
6.0 3 1 1 2 11 0 3.16

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Memphis 4 (7 innings - Game 2)
L - Beltre (1-7)
53-46, 2.0 GU

Omar Beltre fanned five batters and held the Redbirds scoreless through two innings. The other two innings weren't quite as smooth.

Beltre ended up throwing 84 pitches [45 strikes] in four innings, giving up four runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out five.

The Oklahoma City offense plated two runs on just three hits in the second game.

Craig Gentry (1/4, 2B) doubled while Mitch Moreland (1/3, BB) and Matt Brown (1/2) both singled. Brown drove home two of the club's three runs in the doubleheader.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez walked twice in three plate appearances.

Making his second appearance since returning to the bullpen, Tanner Scheppers struck out two in a flawless 16-pitch inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Scheppers
1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.24

AA: Frisco 6 - Corpus Christi 1
W - Roark (10-4)
HR - Jenkins (7)
18-10, 2.0 GU

Astros prospect Dallas Keuchel pitched relatively well in his Double-A debut, but he was outdueled by Frisco righty Tanner Roark.

Roark (3.97 ERA/.266 BAA) picked up his 10th victory on perhaps his best outing of the season. The 23-year-old limited the Hooks to one run on five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out eight.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. He also smacked his 13th double of the year.

Second baseman Marcus Lemon was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a sacrifice bunt.

Making his Double-A debut, 21-year-old catcher Jose Felix singled once in four trips.

Ben Snyder lowered his ERA to 2.96 with a pair of shutout frames. He fanned three and threw 15 of his 21 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Roark
7.0 5 1 1 1 8 0 3.97

A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Lake Elsinore 0
W - Boscan (7-9)
SV - Hamburger (16)
19-11, 3.0 GU

Red-hot starter Wilfredo Boscan (3.98 ERA/.283 BAA) cruised through seven scoreless innings en route to his seventh victory.

The 20-year-old surrendered three hits while walking zero and striking out six. He didn't allow a Lake Elsinore hitter to hit the ball in the air until the sixth inning, posting a 14-to-1 groundout-to-flyout ratio for the game.

Boscan, who once appeared to be a bit overwhelmed by the Cal League, has now pitched at least seven innings in five of his last six starts.

Catcher Doug Hogan (2/4, 2B) and centerfielder David Paisano (1/4, 2B) had Bakersfield's only extra-base hits. Paisano also stole his 16th base.

Chris Gradoville (.370/.418/.562 in July) extended his hitting streak to nine with two singles in five at-bats.

Corey Young and Mark Hamburger worked one scoreless inning apiece. Hamburger picked up his 16th save.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
7.0 3 0 0 0 6 0 3.98

A: Hickory 7 - (@) Augusta 13
L - Brigham (2-2)
HR - DiFazio (9)
16-13, 2.5 GB

Coming off the best outing of his career, Jake Brigham was roughed up for 10 runs in just 2.1 innings.

The right-hander was touched up for all 10 runs in a disastrous third inning in which he surrendered seven singles, two walks and a double.

Johan Yan entered with the bases loaded in the third and promptly served up a grand slam. He gave up three total runs [one earned] in three innings of long relief.

DH Vin DiFazio continued to flash his raw power, going 2-for-5 with a three-run homer. He has nine round-trippers in only 32 games at Hickory this season.

Leadoff hitter Travis Adair was 2-for-6 with his 11th double of the year.

Jared Prince (3/5) singled three times while Zach Zaneski (2/4, HBP) and Michael Ortiz (2/4, BB) also had multiple knocks.

Strong-armed relievers Johnny Gunter [1.2 IP] and Ovispo De Los Santos [1 IP] worked scoreless ball to end the game. De Los Santos fanned one in a perfect eighth inning.

Player of the Game: DH Vin DiFazio
5 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .274

SSA: Spokane 11 - Tri-City 4
W - Killian (1-0)
HR - Hoying (5)
20-15, 1.5 GU

In a day filled with impressive pitching performances, southpaw starter Miguel De Los Santos (1.69 ERA/.116 BAA) had arguably the best.

The 22-year-old tossed five scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking two, and striking out 12.

De Los Santos has recorded a fairly ridiculous 50 strikeouts in 32 innings over seven starts with Spokane. That's just over 14 strikeouts per nine innings.

Left fielder and leadoff man Jared Hoying prolonged his hitting streak to 11 games by going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and five runs batted in.

Hoying has fanned 36 times in his first 31 pro games, but he also has 11 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.259/.308/.356) broke out of a five-game hitless streak with four knocks––including a double––in five trips.

Jake Skole (3/3, BB) and Ryan Strausborger (3/4) both singled three times. Skole picked up his second stolen base.

First baseman Andrew Clark was 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

Emporia State product Colby Killian (3.09 ERA/.273 BAA) struck out two batters in a hitless inning, as he earned his first professional victory out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel De Los Santos
5.0 1 0 0 2 12 0 1.69

RK: AZL Rangers 8 - (@) AZL Padres 2
W - Blackwell (4-1)
14-13, 3.0 GB

The Rookie Rangers ran wild on the AZL Padres, stealing six bases.

Teodoro Martinez (3/6) and Luis Sardinas (2/5, BB) had two steals apiece. Martinez now has 15 in his first 27 games.

Starter Shawn Blackwell (3.38 ERA/.232 BAA) worked five shutout innings. The native Texan allowed two hits while walking one and striking out five.

Young southpaw Chris Hanna (0.00 ERA/.133 BAA) punched out three over two shutout innings. He permitted a pair of singles.

Geuris Grullon (1.80 ERA/.189 BAA) fanned all three batters he faced, giving him 18 strikeouts in 10 innings.

First baseman Travis Meiners (2/4, 2B) and right fielder Ruben Sierra (1/2, 2B) both doubled.

Oduber Herrera (2/5), Tomas Telis (2/5) and Alinson Perez (3/5) all had multiple singles.

Catcher Kellin Deglan has left the AZL Rangers club temporarily to return home and play for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships.

The Canadians have split their first two games, and Deglan is 1-for-7 with a pair of walks.

Player of the Game: RHP Shawn Blackwell
5.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 3.38

DSL: DSL Rangers 8 - (@) DSL Indians 1
W - Perez (3-4)
HR - Garia (1)
21-19, 3.0 GB

Leadoff hitter Chris Garia (.237/.351/.307) staked the Dominican Rangers to an early lead with a second-inning grand slam, his first professional home run.

Garia also singled and stole his 19th base of the season.

Regarded as a prospect with excellent tools but raw baseball skills, the 17-year-old switch-hitter has shown some patience [15 walks] while making contact at a solid rate [22 strikeouts].

Garia is also beginning to heat up, posting a .324/.405/.459 slash line over his last 10 contests.

The grand slam was more than enough for starting pitcher David Perez.

The tall right-hander lowered his ERA to 1.91 by hurling six scoreless innings. He surrendered two hits and fanned seven without issuing a walk.

Lefty Victor Payano (4.50 ERA/.265 BAA) fanned one in a perfect seventh inning.

Outfielders Esdras Abreu (1/4, 2B) and Hector Martinez (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Jorge Alfaro (2/5), Francisco Lugo (2/5) and Christefer Obispo (2/4, BB) all had two singles apiece.

Player of the Game: CF Chris Garia
5 2 2 0 1 4 0 0 .237

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