Minor League Roundup - 7/28

Derek Holland had a successful rehab start for Oklahoma City on Wednesday while Bakersfield picked up another victory behind some strong pitching and timely hitting. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - Round Rock 2
W - Holland (5-1)
SV - Strop (8)
HR - Moreland (12)
55-48, 2.0 GU

Derek Holland's second rehab appearance––and his first with the RedHawks––went smoothly. The southpaw worked five innings, giving up just one run on one hit. He walked two and fanned one.

Holland walked the leadoff hitters in the first and third innings, but they were erased on a pickoff and a double play ground ball, respectively. He faced the minimum until yielding a solo homer to Chris Shelton in the fifth.

The 23-year-old, who breezed through three innings in an outing with the AZL Rangers last week, threw 35 of his 60 pitches for strikes.

According to Ron Washington, via Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Holland will make at least two more rehab starts as he continues to rebuild arm strength.

Mitch Moreland (.289/.371/.484) contributed with a solo home run in the first inning. It was his only hit of the afternoon.

Matt Brown (2/4, 2B) doubled while Craig Gentry (2/4), Esteban German (2/4) and Hernan Iribarren (2/3) all singled twice.

Brandon Boggs singled once and drove home a pair of runs.

Left-hander Zach Phillips (3.21 ERA/.278 BAA) pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Pedro Strop (2.41 ERA/.206 BAA) finished it off by fanning one in a perfect ninth.

The hard-throwing Strop has struck out 41 batters in 33.2 innings with OKC this season.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
5.0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1.03

AA: Frisco 3 - (@) Midland 14
L - Schlact (0-2)
19-13, 0.0 GU

The RockHounds jumped all over Frisco pitchers Michael Schlact and Kasey Kiker to pull into a first-place tie in the Texas League's South Division.

Midland scored all 14 of its runs in the first three innings.

Schlact was battered for eight runs on eight hits over two innings. He walked four without recording a strikeout.

Kiker recorded just one out, walking five and yielding one hit. He gave up six runs and was tossed from the game after throwing two consecutive pitches behind Midland left fielder Archie Gilbert.

Over his last three outings, the left-hander has coughed up 10 earned runs on 12 walks in one total inning. He now has a 7.65 ERA and 46 free passes in 40 innings with the ‘Riders this season.

First baseman Emerson Frostad (.315/.378/.448) was 3-for-4 with yet another triple, his seventh of the season and second in as many nights.

James Tomlin (2/5) and Engel Beltre (2/4) both singled twice.

Tim Murphy worked three shutout innings from the bullpen. He gave up one hit while walking one and fanning two. The 23-year-old has yet to allow a run in 9.2 innings with Frisco.

Player of the Game: 1B Emerson Frostad
4 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 .315

A+: Bakersfield 4 - Modesto 3
W - Wieland (2-2)
SV - Hamburger (17)
HR - Mendonca (5)
21-12, 4.0 GU

Bakersfield extended its second-half division lead to four games with another victory over the Nuts.

Joe Wieland scuffled through the game's early innings, but he settled down to retire the final 13 batters he faced. In all, Wieland allowed three runs [two earned] on three hits over seven innings. He walked one and fanned five.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.296/.375/.493 in July) was 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Mendonca now has five extra-base hits over his last five games.

Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) belted his 13th double.

Relievers Fabio Castillo and Mark Hamburger helped close out the game with one scoreless inning apiece. Castillo struck out the side while Hamburger punched out two.

Castillo has yielded one run in 13.1 innings this month. Hamburger hasn't permitted a run in his last 16 appearances, spanning 18.1 frames.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
3 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 .250

A: Hickory - OFF
18-13, 2.0 GB

The Crawdads took the day off on Wednesday. They return home to face Kannapolis (14-18) for a four-game series beginning on Thursday night.

SSA: Spokane 3 - (@) Eugene 4
L - Earls (1-1)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Spokane dropped the opening game of the second half despite out-hitting the Emeralds 10-to-four.

Ben Henry (2.67 ERA/.230 BAA) retired 12 of the game's first 13 batters and went on to record a quality start. The 21-year-old pitched six innings, allowing three runs [one earned] on three hits.

Rangers top pick Jake Skole (.272/.348/.358) had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three runs batted in.

After getting out to a slow start in Spokane, the 18-year-old outfielder is 8-for-12 with one double, one home run, and two walks over his last four games.

Right fielder Josh Richmond singled three times and walked once, raising his average to .286.

Player of the Game: CF Jake Skole
3 0 3 1 0 3 1 0 .272

RK: AZL Rangers 1 - (@) AZL Dodgers 2
L - Strong (0-2)
15-15, 3.0 GB

Dominican Republic native Denny Peralta logged his best state-side outing with the AZL Rangers on Wednesday, limiting the Dodgers to one run on six hits over 6.2 innings. He fanned three without walking a batter.

While the 20-year-old righty has been surrendered 28 hits in 19.1 innings with the rookie club, he has 18 strikeouts and zero walks.

Second baseman Drew Robinson doubled for the club's only extra-base hit of the night. He was 1-for-4.

Tomas Telis (2/4) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) both singled twice.

Centerfielder Teodoro Martinez singled and was hit by a pitch in four trips.

Playing with Team Canada in the World Junior Championships, catcher Kellin Deglan is 4-for-16 with a double and four walks in five contests. The Canadians have a 4-1 record through five games.

Player of the Game: RHP Denny Peralta
6.2 6 1 1 0 3 0 5.12

DSL: DSL Rangers 5 - (@) DSL Angels 2
W - Diaz (3-0)
SV - De Jesus (3)
24-19, 2.0 GB

The streaking DSL Rangers won their fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, using three ninth-inning runs to best the first-place Angels.

Victor Payano (4.41 ERA/.258 BAA) got the start and yielded two runs in 4.2 innings. He walked two and fanned one.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro, who appears to be hitting his first hot streak, was 2-for-5 with a double and a run batted in. Alfaro has seven hits and two walks over his last four contests.

Francisco Lugo (3/5) singled three times while Hector Martinez (2/5) and Carlos Oropeza (2/3) both singled twice.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto singled, walked, and stole his 14th base of the summer.

Relievers Jesus Diaz [3.1 IP] and Jorge De Jesus [1 IP] both pitched scoreless ball to finish out the game. Diaz earned his third victory while De Jesus got his third save.

Player of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro
5 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 .198

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