Minor League Roundup - 8/9

The hot-hitting Surprise Rangers offense busted out for 10 runs on 17 hits on Monday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Colorado Springs 2
L - Rapada (1-1)
61-54, 3.0 GU

Starting pitcher Mike Ballard (4.82 ERA/.310 BAA) turned in perhaps his best outing of the year, pitching five scoreless innings and scattering four singles. He threw 53 of his 67 pitches for strikes.

Four Colorado Springs pitchers teamed up to limit the RedHawks to one run on three hits in the game.

Left fielder Chris Davis (1/4, 2B) doubled for the team's only extra-base hit.

Ryan Garko (1/3, BB) and Hernan Iribarren (1/4) had the other knocks.

Craig Gentry (0/2, 2 BB) and Gregorio Petit (0/1, 2 BB) both walked twice.

Normally lights-out closer Pedro Strop entered the game with one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, and he surrendered a walkoff single to the only hitter he faced.

Earlier in the day, left-hander Michael Kirkman was named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
5.0 4 0 0 1 1 0 4.82

AA: Frisco 4 - (@) San Antonio 10
L - Bleier (6-9)
HR - Tomlin (5)
21-23, 2.0 GB

San Antonio made it 13 losses in 15 games for the ‘Riders, as the Missions finished off a four-game sweep on Monday.

Richard Bleier was knocked around the yard for eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits in just 3.1 innings. He struck out four without issuing a walk.

The 23-year-old entered the night having pitched at least seven innings in each of his last five starts.

One of the lone bright spots in Frisco's recent slump has been centerfielder James Tomlin, who has bounced back from a slow start in a big way.

The Los Angeles native went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI on Monday. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games and has a .427/.434/.600 slash line over his last 17 contests.

First baseman Emerson Frostad (2/4) singled twice and drove home one run.

Joey Butler (1/4) and Jose Felix (1/3) had the club's only other hits.

Right-hander Tyler Tufts hurled 2.2 scoreless innings of long relief. The University of Indiana product hasn't given up a run on 5.2 frames over his first four Double-A appearances.

Corey Young returned to Frisco and surrendered two runs on three hits in one inning. He struck out two.

Mark Hamburger fanned two in a perfect eighth inning.

Player of the Game: CF James Tomlin
4 1 3 0 1 3 0 0 .266

A+: Bakersfield - OFF
27-16, 4.0 GU

The Blaze had the day off. They'll travel south to began a three-game set against High Desert (23-20) on Tuesday.

Right-hander Joe Wieland was named the California League Pitcher of the Week on Monday. He fanned 20 batters while allowing just one run in 10 innings over two games.

A: Hickory 5 - (@) Greensboro 3
W - Bell (2-1)
SV - Erlin (1)
24-18, 1.5 GB

As the Rangers continue to limit the innings totals of their young hurlers, Robbie Erlin slid into the bullpen on Monday while Chad Bell got his first start with the Crawdads.

Bell (2.68 ERA/.203 BAA) cruised through six innings, giving up just one run on four hits. He fanned five without issuing a walk.

The 21-year-old began the season in the Crawdads bullpen but eventually went to short-season Spokane to begin pitching out of the rotation. He was re-promoted to Hickory after eight starts and has now joined the club's rotation.

Erlin earned his first professional save after yielding two runs––on a two-run homer––in three innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Strong-armed catcher Leonel De Los Santos helped erase a couple first-inning errors by catching one stealing and picking off the other. The 20-year-old has gunned down 20-of-54 (37%) attempted base-stealers this season.

Cleanup hitter Zach Zaneski (.308/.379/.481) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks.

Left fielder Joe Bonadonna had a big day, getting two singles, two walks, and two stolen bases.

Leadoff man Travis Adair had three singles and his 11th stolen base of the season.

Matt West (2/4) singled twice while Michael Ortiz (1/4) singled once and drove in two runs.

Player of the Game: LHP Chad Bell
6.0 4 1 1 0 5 1 2.68

SSA: Spokane 6 - Yakima 1
W - Johnson (2-2)
HR - Richmond (3)
8-5, 1.0 GU

Spokane finished off the three-game sweep of Yakima and moved into first place by itself.

Starting pitcher Juan Grullon limited the Bears to one run on four hits over 4.1 innings of work. He walked two and struck out one.

Left-hander Kevin Johnson (2.2 IP) and righty Francisco Mendoza (2 IP) finished it off by combining for 4.2 innings of shutout relief.

Johnson, 22, has yielded just three earned runs in his first 19 professional innings. He has been a bit erratic (15 walks) but has given up only nine hits while striking out 17.

Right fielder Josh Richmond (.324/.453/.544) was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a hit-by pitch.

Leadoff hitter Ryan Strausborger (.228/.305/.282) reached four times, going 3-for-4 with a double and an HBP. He also swiped his ninth base in 12 attempts.

Jared Hoying (2/4, 2B) doubled while Santiago Chirino (2/4) singled twice.

The 19-year-old Chirino is 24-for-76 (.316) with nine walks and eight strikeouts since being promoted to the Northwest League. He also hit .316 in 16 games at the rookie-level Arizona League.

Third baseman Kevin Rodland walked twice, singled once, and stole a base.

Player of the Game: CF-LF Ryan Strausborger
4 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 .228

RK: AZL Rangers 10 - AZL Cubs 4
W - Blackwell (6-2)
21-18, 2.0 GU

The Surprise Rangers battered the Cubs for 10 runs on 17 hits while extending their division lead to two games.

Seven players had multiple knocks.

Rehabbing prospect Leury Garcia had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two walks and his fourth stolen base. The 19-year-old is 9-for-18 with four walks and four steals in six rehab appearances with the rookie club.

First baseman Jhonny Gomez (.320/.381/.400) also had a perfect night statistically. He was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and three runs batted in.

Teodoro Martinez (2/5, 2B), Oduber Herrera (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Christian Villanueva (2/5, 2B) also doubled once.

Creighton product and catcher Carson Vitale doubled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.

Travis Meiners (2/4, BB) and Drew Robinson (2/3, BB) were the only United States natives in the Rangers' starting lineup on Monday. Both of them singled twice and walked once.

In addition a strong offensive performance, the Rangers got some solid pitching as well.

League City native Shawn Blackwell (3.97 ERA/.256 BAA) picked up his sixth victory, yielding two runs on four hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

The tall strike-throwing righty has issued only eight walks (while fanning 32) in his first 45.1 professional innings.

Left-hander Chris Hanna (0.56 ERA/.179 BAA) continued to impress by hurling three shutout frames. He walked one and struck out three.

Player of the Game: 1B Jhonny Gomez
2 1 2 1 0 3 2 0 .320

DSL: DSL Rangers - OFF
34-20, 3.5 GU

The Rangers will look to extend their current 10-game winning streak when they face the DSL Tigers (17-38) on Tuesday morning.

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