Minor League Roundup - 8/3

Oklahoma City had an excellent all-around performance on Tuesday while Bakersfield righty Joe Wieland fanned 14 batters over seven innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Iowa 1
W - Kirkman (11-3)
HR - Brown (9)
58-51, 3.0 GU

Matt Brown (.302/.352/.536) has been on a tear ever since returning from the disabled list.

The 27-year-old corner infielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run on Tuesday night. Also of note is that Brown has played first base late, moving Chris Davis across the diamond to third base.

A historical lefty masher, the right-hander Brown may be looked at as a potential first base option if Mitch Moreland struggles with the Rangers.

Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (2.99 ERA/.233 BAA) saw his ERA drop below three after he surrendered just one run on five hits over six innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck our four.

Kirkman has posted quality starts in nine of his last 10 outings.

Catcher Kevin Richardson took advantage of the start by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Craig Gentry (1/3, HBP), Chris Davis (1/3, BB) and Ryan Garko (0/2, 2 BB) all reached base twice.

Relievers Willie Eyre [1 IP] and Clay Rapada [2 IP] combined for three scoreless innings to close out Kirkman's 11th victory of the season.

Player of the Game: 1B Matt Brown
4 2 3 2 1 3 0 1 .302

AA: Frisco 9 - Midland 3
W - Mobley (1-0)
SV - Flores (4)
HR - Butler (7)
20-18, 1.0 GB

The ‘Riders ended their eight-game losing streak with a dominant victory over the first-place Midland RockHounds.

Elizardo Ramirez kept his head above water in the spot-start--and his first Double-A outing since 2004. The veteran right-hander allowed two runs [one earned] over 4.1 innings.

Reliever Chris Mobley earned his first victory with Frisco, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings. He walked one and fanned two.

Right fielder Joey Butler (.270/.339/.406) was the offensive star. The 24-year-old went 2-for-3 with a home run and four runs batted in.

James Tomlin (3/4, 2B), Emerson Frostad (2/3, 2B, BB) and John Whittleman (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.

The 4-5-6 combo of Frostad, Butler, and Whittleman combined to drive home all nine of Frisco's runs.

Second baseman Marcus Lemon singled twice and scored three runs.

Tall righty Adalberto Flores (3.35 ERA/.246 BAA) allowed one run while fanning four batters in three innings to earn his fourth Double-A save.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
3 2 2 0 1 4 0 0 .270

A+: Bakersfield 5 - (@) Visalia 0
W - Wieland (3-2)
HR - Bianucci (15)
25-13, 5.0 GU

Joe Wieland's conquest of the Rawhide on Tuesday night was detailed in this story.

Wieland tossed 103 pitches over seven scoreless innings, striking out a career-high 14 batters. He allowed four hits without issuing a walk.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci (.257/.308/.443) was 1-for-4 with a homer and four runs batted in. The Auburn product now has four round-trippers in his last three contests.

Cody Podraza (2/4) and Andres James (2/4) both singled twice.

First baseman Chris McGuiness went 0-for-2 with a pair of free passes.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
7.0 4 0 0 0 14 0 6.53

A: Hickory 5 - Asheville 3
W - Erlin (6-3)
SV - O. De Los Santos (1)
22-15, 1.5 GB

Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin was very Robbie Erlin-esque while earning his sixth victory of the season.

The young southpaw held Asheville to two runs [one earned] in six innings, scattering five hits, walking none, and striking out five.

Erlin's stats have been phenomenal across-the-board this season, but perhaps most impressive is that right-handed hitters are batting just .171 with a .470 OPS against him.

First baseman Jared Bolden (.367/.???/.???) continued to rake in Hickory, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in. He has 21 RBI in 27 Low-A games.

Leonel De Los Santos (2/3) and Zach Zaneski (2/4) had two singles apiece.

Right fielder Jared Prince singled to extended his hitting streak to 21 games. He also hit a sacrifice fly and was hit by a pitch.

Shortstop Jonathan Roof committed his sixth error in 12 games with the Crawdads.

Lefty Chad Bell returned to the bullpen in his first game back from Spokane. The Tennessee native surrendered just a solo home run in 2.2 innings.

Ovispo De Los Santos recorded the final out of the game to earn the save. De Los Santos has allowed just three hits––while fanning 11––in his first 11.1 innings at Hickory.

Player of the Game: 1B Jared Bolden
4 2 3 0 0 2 0 0 .367

SSA: Spokane 5 - Salem-Keizer 0
W - Reyes (2-0)
4-3, 1.0 GB

Four pitchers combined to toss the Indians' second consecutive shutout of Salem-Keizer.

Starter Juan Grullon pitched for the first time since he encountered blister problems on July 17. All appeared to be well with the southpaw on Tuesday, as he fanned five over four shutout innings.

Jimmy Reyes, also working for the first time since July 17, fanned three batters in a shutout frame.

Righties Tim Stanford [3 IP] and Colby Killian [1 IP] finished it off.

Stanford has permitted only two runs in 23 innings with Spokane this season, dropping his earned-run average to 0.78.

Second baseman Santiago Chirino was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a base on balls.

Jared Hoying (1/4, 3B) belted his third triple of the summer.

Catcher Kellin Deglan made his Northwest League debut and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Clark Murphy singled once and walked once in four trips, raising his on-base percentage to .491.

Player of the Game: LHP Juan Grullon
4.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 4.15

RK: AZL Rangers 6 - AZL Mariners 3
W - Peralta (1-3)
HR - Telis (1)
18-16, 0.0 GU

The streaking Rangers moved into a first-place tie with the Surprise Royals on Tuesday night.

Denny Peralta (4.26 ERA/.311 BAA) continued to show progress in Arizona, tossing six innings and allowing two runs [one earned]. He fanned seven without walking a hitter.

In 25.1 innings with the Rookie Rangers, Peralta has walked zero while striking out 25.

Red-hot DH Tomas Telis (.301/.322/.373) went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his first round-tripper of the season.

Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Luis Sardinas (1/4), Davis Stoneburner (1/3), Drew Robinson (1/3, BB), Alberto Puello (1/4) and Braxton Lane (1/3) had the other nights.

Left-hander Paul Strong (3.38 ERA/.274 BAA) retired all four batters he faced, getting three groundouts and a strikeout.

Player of the Game: DH Tomas Telis
4 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 .301

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 - (@) DSL Blue Jays 2
W - Diaz (4-0)
30-20, 1.5 GU

The Dominican Rangers extended their winning streak to six games on Tuesday afternoon. They've now won 10 of their last 11 contests.

The club jumped on top early, scoring all four runs in the top of the first.

Right fielder Hector Martinez's double and DH Jorge Alfaro's triple were the big knocks of the frame.

Slowly but surely, the 17-year-old Alfaro appears to be figuring it out at the plate. He has posted a .366/.422/.561 slash line over his last 10 contests.

Alex Gonzalez (1/3, BB) and Robert Morillo (1/3, BB) both reached base a pair of times.

Left-hander Victor Payano (3.89 ERA/.248 BAA) fanned a career-high seven batters over 4.2 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and walked two.

Jorge De Jesus (3.08 ERA/.165 BAA) punched out one in a perfect ninth inning to earn his fifth save. In 26.1 frames this season, the 18-year-old has surrendered 16 hits while walking 19 and striking out 35.

Player of the Game: LHP Victor Payano
4.2 3 0 0 2 7 0 3.89

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