Minor League Roundup - 8/5

The Texas Rangers affiliates in action on Thursday posted a perfect 6-0 record with plenty of excellent performances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 12 - (@) Salt Lake 8
W - Eppley (1-1)
HR - Boggs (9), Iribarren (4)
59-52, 2.5 GU

The RedHawks pounded out 12 runs on 18 hits against the Angels' Triple-A affiliate on Thursday night.

First baseman Matt Brown (.308/.356/.557) continued to crush the ball, going 3-for-5 with a double and two triples. Brown is 14-for-37 over his last nine games––with 10 extra-base hits.

Gregorio Petit (3/4, 2B) and Craig Gentry (3/5) also had three-hit nights. Petit swiped his 12th base while Gentry got his 11th steal.

Brandon Boggs (2/6, HR) and Hernan Iribarren (2/4, HR) both added two-run homers.

Max Ramirez (2/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4, BB) singled twice. Rodriguez also stole a pair of bases.

Esteban German was the only player in the OKC lineup that didn't reach base at least twice.

Starting pitcher Doug Mathis needed 64 pitches to complete three innings, and he allowed three runs on four hits.

Right-hander Cody Eppley (3.14 ERA/.192 BAA) earned the victory with 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out two.

Hard-throwing prospect Tanner Scheppers struggled in his frame, needing 38 pitches to complete the inning. He yielded two runs on three hits and a base on balls.

Warner Madrigal and Pedro Strop closed it out with one shutout inning apiece. Strop has 14 strikeouts in 7.2 innings over his last eight appearances.

Player of the Game: 1B Matt Brown
5 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 .308

AA: Frisco 7 - Midland 3
W - Snyder (3-4)
SV - Jones (3)
HR - Greene (4)
21-19, 1.0 GB

Ben Snyder (3.35 ERA/.226 BAA) worked in and out of trouble but eventually battled his way through five innings. The southpaw surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks.

Snyder threw a season-high 93 pitches in those five innings.

For the game, Midland went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. Frisco was just 2-for-19 in the same situations, leaving 12 stranded.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene contributed to the victory with a two-run homer in the second inning.

DH John Whittleman went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Marcus Lemon walked three times and laid down a sacrifice bunt from the leadoff spot.

Making his Double-A debut, shortstop Davis Stoneburner went 2-for-3 with a walk. He also committed a throwing error.

Relievers Chris Mobley [1 IP] and Beau Jones [3 IP] combined for four shutout innings to finish out the victory. Jones struck out three batters in his three innings, lowering his ERA to 2.67.

Player of the Game: DH John Whittleman
4 2 3 1 0 2 1 0 .210

A+: Bakersfield 6 - (@) Visalia 3
W - Boscan (9-9)
SV - Castillo (3)
HR - Morrison (8), Velazquez (4)
26-14, 6.0 GU

Bakersfield extended its division lead to six games with the victory on Thursday night.

The Blaze scored all six runs in the top of the fifth inning, highlighted by back-to-back jacks from third baseman Erik Morrison and left fielder Miguel Velazquez.

Morrison crushed a three-run shot before Velazquez came back with a solo homer.

Velazquez also singled and doubled in the game. The 22-year-old has raised his High-A average to .293 during a current stretch that includes five extra-base hits in five games.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan (2.65 ERA/.256 BAA in the second half) permitted two runs and scattered eight hits over 6.1 innings. The Venezuela native walked one, fanned seven, and recorded 10 groundouts against one flyout.

Over eight second-half starts, Boscan has walked five and struck out 52 in 54.1 innings.

First baseman Chris McGuiness singled once in four trips. He is 3-for-14 with three walks in his first four games with Bakersfield.

Closer Fabio Castillo (2.22 ERA/.239 BAA) fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning. Castillo hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances, spanning 10 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
6.1 8 2 2 1 7 0 4.06

A: Hickory - Asheville - PPD (Rain)
22-16, 1.5 GB

Thursday night's contest against the Tourist was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Asheville later this season.

SSA: Spokane 11 - Salem-Keizer 2
W - Rojas (4-2)
HR - Richmond (2), Murphy (1), Rodland (1)
5-4, 1.0 GB

The Indians played an outstanding all-around game in Thursday's series finale, but the night belonged to right fielder Josh Richmond.

The Louisville product (.297/.432/.484) powered Spokane by going 2-for-3 with a double and a grand slam. He provided six runs batted in for the game.

Young sinkerballer Randol Rojas (2.28 ERA/.238 BAA) had a typical start, pitching six innings and giving up one run. He gave up six singles, walked one, fanned three, and induced 10 groundouts.

Infielders Clark Murphy (1/4, HR) and Kevin Rodland (1/4, HR) also added home runs.

Jake Skole (1/5, 2B) and Jurickson Profar (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) both doubled.

Third baseman Mike Olt singled twice, was plunked once, and swiped his fourth base.

Righty Francisco Mendoza closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts in a hitless ninth.

Player of the Game: RF Josh Richmond
3 2 2 1 1 6 0 0 .297

RK: AZL Rangers 8 - (@) AZL Reds 3
W - Haase (3-0)
20-16, 2.0 GU

The young but talented Surprise Rangers offense appears to run hot-and-cold. And right now, they're on fire.

Second baseman Oduber Herrera (.351/.375/.447) had three singles, a walk, and a stolen base over five plate appearances. The 18-year-old ranks fifth in the Arizona League in batting average.

Two-hole hitter Luis Sardinas singled twice and walked twice in five trips. He has six free passes in his first 10 games.

Jhonny Gomez (1/5, 3B) tripled while Christian Villanueva (1/5, 2B) and Tomas Telis (1/2, 2B, BB) both doubled. Telis had three runs batted in.

Dominican right-hander Ezequiel Rijo permitted three runs over three innings, but the bullpen was able to put the AZL Reds on lockdown afterward.

Anthony Haase [2 IP], Richard Alvarez [1 IP], Kyle Ocampo [2 IP] and Arlett Mavare [1 IP] teamed up for six shutout frames of relief. Ocampo, who scattered three singles, allowed the only hits.

Haase, a 20-year-old sinkeballer, picked up his third victory in nine relief appearances.

Player of the Game: 2B Oduber Herrera
4 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 .351

DSL: DSL Rangers 7 - (@) DSL Tigers 0
W - D. Perez (4-4)
31-20, 2.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers steamrolled over the Tigers to increase their division lead to two games on Thursday.

Starting pitcher David Perez limited his opponent to just one single over seven-plus innings. He fanned four without walking a hitter.

The 17-year-old prospect actually took a perfect game into the eighth inning, retiring the game's first 21 batters. He was lifted after allowing a leadoff line-drive single.

Perez hasn't surrendered a single run over his last four starts. In those 25 innings, he has allowed 12 hits while walking one and fanning 24.

Another red-hot prospect, catcher Jorge Alfaro, was 3-for-5 with a double and a run batted in. The Colombia native is hitting .341/.396/.532 in 11 games since the All-Star break.

Francisco Lugo (2/4, 2B, BB) and Hector Martinez (1/5, 2B) also doubled.

DH Robert Morillo singled twice and drove home a run in three plate appearance.

Closer Jorge De Jesus finished off the shutout with two shutout innings. He gave up two singles, walked one, and struck out two.

Player of the Game: RHP David Perez
7.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1.53

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