Minor League Roundup - 8/8

Hickory starting pitcher Neil Ramirez struck out 10 for the second time in three starts on Sunday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - (@) Colorado Springs 2 (6 innings - Rain)
W - Kirkman (12-3)
SV - Phillips (1)
HR - Boggs (10), Richardson (5), German (3)
61-53, 3.0 GU

Sunday's series opener in Colorado Springs was cut short after a rain delay of nearly two hours.

Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (3.00 ERA/.234 BAA) was erratic but good enough to earn his 12th victory.

The 6-foot-4 southpaw threw 111 pitches in 5.2 innings, allowing two runs. He gave up six hits (including two homers) while walking four and striking out eight.

Left-hander Zach Phillips recorded the final out of the sixth inning and ended up being credited with his first Triple-A save.

Oklahoma City's bats took advantage of the high altitude, blasting three home runs.

Esteban German hit a solo home run––his third of the season––in the top of the first inning.

Brandon Boggs (1/3, HR) and Kevin Richardson (2/2, HR) both added two-run round-trippers in the fourth.

Craig Gentry (2/3) and Hernan Iribarren (2/3) had two singles apiece.

Chris Davis played left field for the second consecutive day and went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
2 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .227

AA: Frisco 2 - (@) San Antonio 3
L - Ramirez (0-1)
21-22, 2.0 GB

Frisco fell under .500 after suffering its 12th loss in 14 games on Sunday night.

Veteran right-hander Elizardo Ramirez surrendered three runs on seven hits over five innings pitched.

Reliever Beau Jones (2.57 ERA/.214 BAA) provided the highlight of the night for the ‘Riders with a four-punchout sixth inning. Missions second baseman Andy Parrino reached on a wild pitch strikeout.

The 23-year-old Jones has 47 strikeouts in 35 innings this season.

Chris Mobley fanned two in 1.2 scoreless innings. With three consecutive strong outings, the former Marlins prospect appears to be settling in after a rough start.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him 16 with Frisco.

John Whittleman (2/3, 2B, BB) doubled once while James Tomlin (2/4, 3B) tripled once.

Right fielder Joey Butler walked twice and struck out twice in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: 3B Andy Jenkins
4 0 3 2 0 1 0 1 .234

A+: Bakersfield 2 - San Jose 4
L - Gutierrez (0-1)
27-16, 4.0 GU

The Blaze were bested by San Jose starter and Texas A&M product Kyle Nicholson.

Bakersfield starting pitcher Daniel Gutierrez allowed three runs [one earned] in 4.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out three.

Between Single-A Hickory and High-A Bakersfield this summer, Gutierrez has surrendered 22 runs––but only 11 earned––in 22.1 innings.

Cleanup hitter Chris McGuiness reached base on a single, a double, and a hit-by pitch.

Shortstop Andres James (1/3, 2B) doubled and committed his fourth error in two games.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez singled, walked, and struck out twice.

Joe Wieland came out of the bullpen after fanning 14 batters in seven innings during his last appearance. The prospect permitted one run on four hits in three innings on Sunday. He walked one and struck out six.

The Rangers appear to be monitoring Wieland's innings. He logged 83 frames with Hickory in 2009 and entered the night with 129 this season.

Sinkerballer Andrew Doyle worked around a pair of singles to pitch a scoreless top of the ninth.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
3.0 4 1 1 1 6 0 6.28

A: Hickory 3 - (@) Greensboro 5
L - O. De Los Santos (1-1)
HR - Bonadonna (3)
23-18, 1.5 GB

Staring pitcher Neil Ramirez matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts in six innings on Sunday afternoon. The 21-year-old righty allowed two runs on four hits. He didn't issue a walk.

Ramirez has fanned 10 batters in two of his last three starts, and his 119 punchouts in 114.1 innings for the season is tops in the South Atlantic League. He overtook teammate Matt Thompson (116) for the lead during the start.

While Raimrez sports a strong 6.3% walk rate on the season (down from 13.4% in '09), he has plunked 14 batters, including two more on Sunday. He hasn't issued more than two walks in a game since May 30––13 starts ago.

Left fielder Joe Bonadonna (.291/.389/.432) put the Crawdads on top with a two-run homer––his third of the season––in the fifth. The speedy utilityman also walked and stole a base.

Zach Zaneski (2/4) singled twice while Matt West (1/4, 2B) clocked his 21st double.

Shortstop Jonathan Roof (1/3, BB) reached base twice, but he also committed his sixth error in 16 contests with Hickory.

Closer Ovispo De Los Santos suffered his first blown save when he yielded a three-run homer to first baseman Chad Cregar in the bottom of the eighth.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
6.0 4 2 2 0 10 0 4.72

SSA: Spokane 6 - Yakima 5
W - Steggall (3-1)
SV - Killian (3)
HR - Selen (1)
7-5, 0.0 GU

The Indians moved into a tie for first place with Sunday's close victory over Yakima.

Roman Mendez began his second start with Spokane by pitching four scoreless innings. He permitted four unearned runs (including back-to-back homers) while recording just two outs in the fifth.

Overall, the 20-year-old allowed four unearned runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Spokane responded to the big inning by plating five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.

Second baseman Alejandro Selen went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk.

Ryan Strausborger (1/3, 2B, 2 BB), Jared Hoying (1/4, 2B) and Jake Skole (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

First baseman Andrew Clark singled three times and drove home a pair of runs.

The bullpen was outstanding, led by right-hander Tim Steggall and lefty Jimmy Reyes.

Steggall, who got the victory, hurled 2.1 shutout innings and allowed just one hit.

Reyes fanned all three batters he faced in a perfect eighth inning. The Elon product has permitted five hits while fanning 22 in his first 16 professional innings.

Player of the Game: 2B Alejandro Selen
3 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 .292

RK: AZL Rangers 0 - (@) AZL Mariners 3
L - Alvarez (0-3)
20-18, 0.0 GU

Richard Alvarez's sophomore slump continued, as he got the start and lasted just one inning. Alvarez gave up two runs on two hits and two walks.

The Surprise Rangers pitching was strong for the final seven frames.

Left-hander Paul Strong (3.32 ERA/.284 BAA) held the Mariners to one run in three innings. He fanned three without walking a batter.

Jonathan Rojas and Joe Van Meter worked two perfect innings apiece. Rojas struck out two while Van Meter punched out four.

Though the bullpen was solid, the Rangers' offense wasn't able to get much of anything going. The club got just five singles on the evening.

Luis Sardinas (2/4) and Christian Villanueva (2/4) singled twice. First baseman Jhonny Gomez (1/3) had the other knock.

Rehabbing prospect Leury Garcia played second base and went 0-for-3 with a base on balls.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Van Meter
2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3.18

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 - DSL Blue Jays 1
W - De Los Santos (3-2)
SV - De Jesus (6)
34-20, 3.5 GU

Make it 10 consecutive wins and 14 of the last 15 for the Dominican Summer League Rangers.

All of the game's scoring occurred in the first two innings. The Rangers led 3-1 going into the third inning, and that's the way it stayed.

Starting pitcher Abel De Los Santos (2.19 ERA/.230 BAA) limited the Jays to one unearned run over five innings. He gave up three hits and struck out six without walking a batter.

Right fielder Hector Martinez (.224/.284/.271) put his club up early with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the first. The lefty struck out in his other three plate appearances.

Leadoff hitter Chris Garia was 1-for-4 with his second triple of the season.

Second baseman Luis Mendez came back from injury, making his first start since June 29. The Venezuela native played the first five innings and singled once in three trips.

The club got plenty of help from the bullpen, as Jesus Diaz, Luis Moreno, Jose Oviedo and Jorge De Jesus all tossed one hitless, scoreless inning.

The Rangers' five pitchers combined to retire 22 of the game's final 24 batters.

Player of the Game: RHP Abel De Los Santos
5.0 3 1 0 0 6 0 2.19

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