Minor League Roundup - 8/4

The AZL Rangers knocked the ball around the yard on Wednesday night, scoring nine runs on 14 hits. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Salt Lake 6
L - Beltre (2-8)
58-52, 2.0 GU

Starting pitcher Omar Beltre was wildly inefficient on Wednesday, throwing 79 pitches and committing two errors of his own in three innings.

The right-hander permitted six runs [two earned] on five hits, walking three and striking out four.

The RedHawks committed five total errors in the game.

Oklahoma City's bullpen did an excellent job to keep their club in the game. Lefty Mike Ballard tossed three scoreless innings and Zach Phillips followed with two no-hit, no-walk frames.

Right fielder Brandon Boggs led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.

Shortstop Gregorio Petit singled twice and walked once in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RF Brandon Boggs
4 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 .282

AA: Frisco 2 - Midland 7
L - Bleier (6-8)
HR - Greene (3)
20-19, 2.0 GB

Richard Bleier cruised through the first four innings but ran into trouble afterward. The 23-year-old southpaw allowed five runs on eight hits––including two homers––over seven innings. He walked zero and matched a season high with six punchouts.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene belted a solo home run in the fifth inning. He also struck out three times.

John Whittleman (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled while James Tomlin (2/4) singled twice.

Tomlin is 18-for-39 [.462] during his current nine-game hitting streak.

Right-hander Tyler Tufts fanned two in a perfect eighth inning.

Mark Hamburger's second Double-A outing didn't go quite as well, as he threw just nine of 21 pitches for strikes. Hamburger surrendered a pair of runs on two hits and two walks.

Player of the Game: RHP Tyler Tufts
1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

A+: Bakersfield 1 - (@) Visalia 7
L - Ross (3-2)
HR - DiFazio (1)
25-14, 5.0 GU

Catcher Vin DiFazio was one of high points for Bakersfield on an otherwise dull night.

Playing in his first High-A game, the University of Alabama product went 1-for-3 with a solo home run. DiFazio now has 11 round-trippers in 44 total games this season.

Lefty Robbie Ross cruised through three innings, but eight of the first nine batters he faced in the fourth reached base.

Ross didn't end up getting past the fourth. He surrendered six runs on 10 hits over those four frames, walking one and fanning four. He also recorded seven groundouts versus one flyout.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez was 2-for-4 with a double.

Andres James, who was 1-for-3, had the club's only other hit of the night.

Andrew Doyle tossed a 1-2-3 inning, getting three groundouts, in his California League debut.

Player of the Game: C Vin DiFazio
3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .333

A: Hickory 2 - Asheville 3
L - Brigham (2-3)
HR - Zaneski (6)
22-16, 1.5 GB

Jake Brigham (3.74 ERA/.236 BAA) was in and out of trouble in the first three innings, but he bounced back to record a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven frames. Brigham allowed three runs [one earned] on seven hits and three walks.

The offense accounted for just two runs on five hits.

Catcher Zach Zaneski attempted to get Hickory back into the game with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough in the end. The Rhode Island product also singled.

Second baseman Travis Adair singled twice in four trips, raising his average to .310.

Ed Koncel (1/3, BB) had the club's only other hit of the evening.

Sidearming reliever Johan Yan (0.79 ERA/.188 BAA) surrendered a pair of singles over two scoreless innings.

A former third base prospect, Yan moved the mound prior to last season and posted a 9.36 earned-run average in 25 innings with the AZL Rangers.

He began throwing sidearm in Extended Spring Training this year, and the switch appears to be paying off. In 22.2 innings between Spokane and Hickory, Yan has yielded 16 hits while walking four and striking out 17.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
7.0 7 3 1 3 10 0 3.74

SSA: Spokane 1 - Salem-Keizer 7
L - Henry (2-2)
4-4, 1.0 GB

Starting pitcher Ben Henry didn't have his best of nights on Wednesday. The South Carolina native served up five runs on six hits over just three innings.

Sidearming right-hander Ben Rowen (1.80 ERA/.208 BAA) provided some relief help, hurling three shutout frames. Rowen gave up one hit while walking one and striking out two.

Cleanup hitter and centerfielder Josh Richmond (.279/.416/.410) was 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks.

Prospects Jurickson Profar (2/4) and Kellin Deglan (2/4) both singled twice. The knocks were Deglan's first with Spokane.

Player of the Game: RHP Ben Rowen
3.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.80

RK: AZL Rangers 9 - (@) AZL Giants 3
W - Blackwell (5-2)
19-16, 1.0 GU

Red-hot DH Tomas Telis got the day off on Wednesday, but the rest of the club chipped in to fill the void. The Rangers plated nine runs on 14 hits, including six extra-base knocks.

Cleanup hitter and first baseman Jhonny Gomez (.311/.370/.367) fell just a home run short of the cycle. He was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Left fielder Braxton Lane, who was 3-for-5, also had a double and a triple.

Third baseman Drew Robinson (1/2, 2B, 3 BB) and second baseman Oduber Herrera (2/5, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Rehabbing leadoff hitter Leury Garcia singled twice, walked once, and stole a base.

Starting pitcher Shawn Blackwell allowed three runs [two earned] over five innings. He scattered seven hits while walking one and striking out four.

Relievers Chris Hanna [2 IP], Joe Van Meter [1 IP] and Jose Monegro [1 IP] combined for four innings of scoreless relief to finish it off.

The left-hander Hanna has two walks and 14 strikeouts in his first 13 professional innings.

Player of the Game: 1B Jhonny Gomez
4 2 3 1 0 2 1 0 .311

DSL: DSL Rangers - OFF
30-20, 1.0 GU

The Rangers had the day off on Wednesday. They'll return to action against the last-place Tigers on Thursday morning.

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