Minor League Roundup - 8/12

The Dominican Rangers came from behind to record their 14th consecutive victory on Thursday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - OFF
61-56, 3.0 GU

The RedHawks got a travel day to return home from Colorado Springs. They'll face the Las Vegas 51s on Friday evening.

AA: Frisco 1 - Northwest Arkansas 7
L - Pimentel (0-1)
21-25, 3.0 GB

The RoughRiders have been outscored 49-14 during their current six-game losing streak.

Right-hander Carlos Pimentel was hit rather hard in his Double-A debut, serving up three home runs over four innings. The 20-year-old allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits, walking one and striking out two.

The young prospect, who had been inconsistent with Bakersfield this season, drew a tough assignment for his Double-A debut. The Naturals lead the Texas League in batting average (.291), on-base percentage (.368) and slugging percentage (.454).

The second-best hitting team in the circuit is Springfield––with a .269 team batting average.

Only time will tell whether Pimentel sticks in Double-A, but he is currently with Frisco out of necessity. With the recent trades and Martin Perez's DL stint, Frisco has a few rotation spots to fill.

Right fielder Joey Butler (.265/.336/.398) tripled once and struck out three times.

James Tomlin went 2-for-4 with his 19th double of the season. The Los Angeles native is hitting .350 in 33 games since the All-Star break.

Rehabbing shortstop Joaquin Arias batted cleanup and singled once in four trips.

The bullpen was one of the lone bright spots in another rough night for the ‘Riders.

Adalberto Flores (2 IP), Corey Young (2 IP) and Tyler Tufts (1 IP) teamed up to pitch five scoreless innings of relief.

Young gave up one single and struck out three without walking a batter.

Player of the Game: LHP Corey Young
2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 6.00

A+: Bakersfield 5 - (@) High Desert 4
W - Hurley (1-1)
SV - Castillo (5)
HR - Morrison (10)
29-17, 3.0 GU

The Blaze won the game on an RBI groundout from three-hole hitter Chris McGuiness in the top of the ninth. He had two singles and two total RBI on the night.

Erratic starting pitcher Kennil Gomez (6.02 ERA/.316 BAA) pitched five innings. He gave up five hits, walked five, uncorked two wild pitches, hit a batter, and balked once. All that led to four runs.

Third baseman Erik Morrison (2/4, HR) singled and belted a solo home run, his 10th of the season.

Vin DiFazio (1/1, 2B, 3 BB) and Jake Kaase (1/4, 2B) had a double apiece.

DiFazio reached safely in all four of his plate appearances.

Shane Zegarac (1 IP), Trevor Hurley (2 IP) and Fabio Castillo (1 IP) combined for four shutout frames.

Hurley, a 23-year-old Kansas State product, has given up four runs on 11 hits in 17.1 innings with Bakersfield, walking 11 and striking out 17.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris McGuiness
5 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 .333

A: Hickory 8 - Charleston 7
W - Tullis (6-0)
SV - O. De Los Santos (3)
HR - West (10)
26-18, 0.5 GB

The Crawdads won despite surrendering 17 hits in the game.

Hickory fell into an early hole when starter Braden Tullis permitted six runs on 11 hits (including five doubles and one homer) over five innings. He walked three and struck out five.

The offense rallied for five runs in the fifth inning, allowing the shaky Tullis to remain unbeaten and earn his sixth victory.

Third baseman Matt West (.226/.329/.392) belted a two-run homer in the fifth. He also drew a walk.

Leadoff man Travis Adair singled twice, walked twice, and stole his 12th base of the year. Though he doesn't quite have enough plate appearances to qualify for the league leaders, Adair would rank second in the circuit with a .335 batting average.

Zach Zaneski (1/4, 2B) and Jared Bolden (1/3, BB) drove in two runs apiece.

Right-handed reliever Sam Brown (2.65 ERA/.279 BAA) tossed 2.1 shutout frames, scattering three hits and striking out two.

Ovispo De Los Santos picked up his third save despite yielding a ninth-inning run.

Player of the Game: LF Travis Adair
3 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 .335

SSA: Spokane 3 - (@) Yakima 8
L - Rojas (4-3)
8-7, 1.0 GB

Spokane played a forgettable affair in Yakima on Thursday night.

Starter Randol Rojas (2.93 ERA/.259 BAA) gave up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and four walks over four innings pitched.

The 19-year-old hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in a game since his first start with the Indians.

Left fielder Ryan Strausborger reached base three times, getting one single and two walks.

Infielders Jurickson Profar (1/4) and Clark Murphy (1/3) had Spokane's only runs batted in of the game.

Player of the Game: LF Ryan Strausborger
3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 .230

RK: AZL Rangers 6 - (@) AZL Cubs 7 (12 innings)
L - Claudio (0-1)
22-19, 2.0 GU

Starter Carlos Melo (3.56 ERA/.186 BAA) was strong, striking out a career-high nine batters over six innings. He held the Cubs to one run on three hits and two walks.

The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native has 17 strikeouts in 11 innings over his last two starts.

The Rangers lost their lead when righty Andres Perez-Lobo (7.36 ERA/.355 BAA) permitted five runs (just one earned) on four hits in 1.2 frames.

Undrafted free agent Jorge Marban made his professional debut, striking out four over two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and walked one.

Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez (.319/.367/.429) went 3-for-6 with a triple and two runs batted in.

Christian Villanueva (1/2, 2B) doubled for the club's other extra-base hit.

Las Vegas native Drew Robinson (.306/.433/.389) singled four times in six plate appearances.

Luis Sardinas (2/6), Tomas Telis (2/5) and Jhonny Gomez (2/5) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Melo
6.0 3 1 1 2 9 0 3.56

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 - DSL Royals 3
W - Oviedo (1-0)
SV - De Jesus (7)
38-20, 4.5 GU

The Dominican Rangers were in danger of losing their first game since July 29––until they plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth for the one-run victory.

The winning streak currently sits at 14 games. They're undefeated in August and they've won 18 of the last 19 overall.

Perhaps more importantly, the Rangers now lead the division by 4.5 games with seven regular-season contests remaining.

Starting pitcher Santo Perez surrendered three runs (two earned) on six hits over six innings.

Jose Oviedo (2 IP) and Jorge De Jesus (1 IP) combined for three no-hit innings of relief, striking out two batters apiece.

The Rangers' pitching staff has been beyond phenomenal of late. During the current 14-game winning streak, they've posted a cumulative 0.98 earned-run average.

Prospect Jorge Alfaro tied the game with his pinch-hit double in the eighth inning. It was his only plate appearance.

Francisco Lugo (2/3, 2B, BB) and Oswaldo Pirela (1/3, 2B) also hit two-baggers.

Second baseman Belarmino Campos (2/3) and centerfielder Diego Cedeno (2/2, HBP) singled twice.

Player of the Game: PH Jorge Alfaro
1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .221

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