Minor League Roundup - 8/13

The Dominican Rangers won their 15th consecutive game on Friday while the state-side rookies pounded out 22 hits in a victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 10 - Las Vegas 8
W - Eyre (4-4)
SV - Scheppers (3)
HR - Richardson (6)
62-56, 3.5 GU

Left-hander Derek Holland had a rare bout with control on Friday night, as he failed to get out of the third inning. The hurler threw 58 pitches in 2.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out one.

The pitching staff was picked up by a RedHawks offense that attacked for 10 runs on 13 hits in the game.

Catcher Kevin Richardson (.240/.282/.462) led the way, going 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and three runs batted in. The veteran backup has five extra-base hits in his last five starts.

Gregorio Petit (2/3, 2B, BB) and Craig Gentry (1/2, 2B) both smacked doubles.

Esteban German (2/5), Brandon Boggs (2/4, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) contributed with two singles apiece.

Michael Kirkman moved into the bullpen and surrendered two runs in one inning, striking out three. The southpaw is on the 40-man roster, and the Rangers appear to be grooming him for a big league bullpen spot in September.

Closer Tanner Scheppers (3.88 ERA/.262 BAA) shut the door on the slugfest with a perfect nine-pitch ninth inning. He fanned one.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
3 3 2 0 1 3 1 1 .240

AA: Frisco 7 - Northwest Arkansas 6
W - Jones (2-0)
22-25, 3.0 GB

Seven batters into the game, the Naturals had seven hits and a 6-0 lead.

Then starting pitcher Michael Schlact settled in, and Frisco blanked its opponent for the remainder of the game while the offense gradually pecked its way to victory.

Schlact coughed up those six runs before he recorded an out in the game, but that was all he would allow over five innings. He gave up nine hits while walking two and fanning three.

Left-hander Beau Jones (2.31 ERA/.203 BAA) was dominant in relief, needing only 49 pitches to complete four shutout frames. The Louisiana native permitted one hit, walked one, and struck out two.

Cleanup hitter James Tomlin (2/4, 2B) and nine-hole batter Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2B) both doubled and drove home one run.

Stoneburner brought home the game-winning run with his single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene singled three times and had two RBI.

Leadoff man Marcus Lemon was 2-for-4 with a walk and his sixth stolen base of the season.

Rehabber Joaquin Arias played third base and had a single and a walk in five trips.

Player of the Game: LHP Beau Jones
4.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.31

A+: Bakersfield 3 - Visalia 4
L - Gutierrez (0-2)
HR - Morrison (11), Velazquez (5)
29-18, 2.0 GU

Despite getting stuck with the loss, right-hander Daniel Gutierrez turned in perhaps his most promising outing of the season.

The 23-year-old logged a season-high six innings, giving up three runs (one earned). He scattered five hits while walking two and striking out six.

Third baseman Erik Morrison (.234/.274/.406) belted a solo home run for the third consecutive night, giving him 11 on the season. The University of Kansas product now has a 12-game hitting streak.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez also went 1-for-4 with a solo round-tripper. After a rather powerless July, he has a .342/.419/.553 slash line in 11 August contests.

Mike Bianucci (2/4) singled twice while Chris McGuiness (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Reliever Justin Miller (3.82 ERA/.217 BAA) retired all four batters he faced, striking out one.

Tom Mendonca, who was 0-for-22 in his last six games, hasn't played since August 10.

Player of the Game: RHP Daniel Gutierrez
6.0 5 3 1 2 6 0 5.65

A: Hickory 4 - Charleston 18
L - M. De Los Santos (1-1)
26-19, 1.5 GB

It was just one of those nights for the Crawdads.

Left-hander Miguel De Los Santos posted one of the season's strangest pitching lines–-he allowed eight runs (four earned) on seven hits (including two homers) in four innings. But he also recorded 10 strikeouts.

Lost in the overall ugly performance is the fact that the 22-year-old has 25 punchouts in 11.1 innings since returning to Hickory on August 1.

Charleston backstop JR Murphy belted De Los Santos for a grand slam in the third and a three-run bomb in the fourth. He had nine total RBI on the night.

Matt Thompson (4.15 ERA/.299 BAA) surrendered three runs in three innings, and it was arguably the best performance of the night for any Hickory pitcher.

Johnny Gunter was popped for four runs in one frame while Kyle Ocampo surrendered three (unearned) runs in his inning.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gunter has allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 2.1 innings over his last two relief appearances. He has pitched just twice since July 24.

Yefry Castillo (2/3, 2B) and Matt West (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Cleanup hitter and centerfielder Jared Bolden recorded a pair of singles in four trips.

Player of the Game: DH Yefry Castillo
3 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 .306

SSA: Spokane 4 - (@) Yakima 11
L - McBride (1-4)
8-8, 2.0 GB

The Indians will be happy to leave Yakima––they were outscored 29-10 in the three-game sweep.

Suddenly scuffling starter Nick McBride was tagged for six runs (five earned) in three innings. He allowed seven hits, walked two, and plunked one.

The game got out of hand in the fourth, as right-hander Francisco Mendoza surrendered three runs. The disastrous frame included just one hit but five walks, one hit batter, one wild pitch, and three strikeouts.

Emporia State product Colby Killian (2.55 ERA/.250 BAA) fanned two over a pair of hitless innings. Killian plunked two batters himself.

In all, the game featured seven hit batsmen.

Spokane got its four runs on just four hits.

Catcher Brett Nicholas was the biggest producer, going 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing double in the top of the sixth.

Jake Skole (2/3, BB) raised his average to .258 with a pair of singles. He also walked.

Third baseman Mike Olt, who was 1-for-5, singled for the team's only other hit.

Player of the Game: C Brett Nicholas
3 0 1 1 0 3 1 2 .238

RK: AZL Rangers 14 - AZL Padres 9
W - Rojas (1-0)
HR - Telis (2)
23-19, 2.0 GU

Tomas Telis struggled at the out-set of the Arizona League campaign, but the prospect––who is DH-ing full-time while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery––clearly has his stroke back.

Telis went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI on Friday night. He is 18-for-33 (.545) with two doubles, two homers, two walks, and zero strikeouts in August. The 19-year-old switch-hitter also has 16 RBI in eight contests this month.

Young righty Richard Alvarez was successful in his first start since July 8, permitting a run on two hits over three innings. He walked one and fanned four.

John Kukuruda, the Rangers' 28th-round pick, faced four batters in his professional debut. The California native got a rude welcome, giving up a walk, a single, and two home runs before being lifted.

Despite a couple rough pitching performances, the Surprise Rangers offense weathered the storm by pounding out 22 hits.

In addition to Telis' four-hit night, Drew Robinson (3/5, 2B), Christian Villanueva (3/5, 2B), Carson Vitale (3/5) and Oduber Herrera (3/4, BB) all had three knocks apiece. Herrera drove in four runs.

Ruben Sierra appeared in his first game since July 31 and doubled once in three trips.

Teodoro Martinez (2/3) and Travis Meiners (2/3, BB) singled twice.

After a somewhat shaky start, 20-year-old reliever Arlett Mavare appears to be settling into state-side ball. He pitched two more shutout frames on Friday, striking out three.

Mavare has posted the following line over his last six appearances - 10.2 ip, 7 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 15 k.

Player of the Game: DH Tomas Telis
5 1 4 0 1 4 0 0 .336

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 - (@) DSL Blue Jays 4
W - Diaz (5-0)
SV - De Jesus (8)
39-20, 5.5 GU

The Dominican Rangers' incredible winning streak now sits at 15 games, and they've won 19 of their last 20.

The club won with yet another come-from-behind effort, plating four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead.

Left fielder Esdras Abreu (.243/.304/.378) was instrumental in the rally, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in.

Jorge Alfaro (2/4) and Carlos Oropeza (2/4) both singled twice while Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B) belted his 14th double.

Starting pitcher Luis Parra, who had been red-hot, was touched up for four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings. His ERA jumped up to 3.02.

But the bullpen did its job, with Jesus Diaz (2.2 IP), Leonel Gil (1 IP) and Jorge De Jesus (1 IP) combining for 4.2 shutout innings.

Gil, a 19-year-old southpaw, has yielded one run in 33 innings this summer.

The Rangers' division lead has reached 5.5 games with only seven regular-season contests remaining.

Player of the Game: LF Esdras Abreu
4 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 .243

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