Minor League Roundup - 8/14

The Bakersfield Blaze picked up the walkoff victory on Saturday with the help of a hot bat and a strong bullpen. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - Las Vegas 3
W - Phillips (2-1)
SV - Scheppers (4)
63-56, 4.0 GU

Starting pitcher Omar Beltre (2.53 ERA/.230 BAA) worked a season-high seven innings, holding the 51s to two runs (one earned). He scattered seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

As luck would have it, Beltre didn't get the victory, as he left in a tie ballgame. The 28-year-old has a 2-8 record at Triple-A this season despite his sparkling 2.53 earned-run average.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (.285/.405/.460) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. He was called up to the big leagues after the game.

Hernan Iribarren (3/4, 2B), Chris Davis (1/3, 2B, BB) and Max Ramirez (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Matt Brown went hitless in four trips. Brown, who was on an incredibly hot stretch, has cooled down and batted 3-for-29 with no extra-base hits in his last eight contests.

Lefty Zach Phillips earned the victory, tossing a scoreless eighth inning.

Tanner Scheppers permitted a run on one hit and one walk in the ninth. He picked up the save.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Beltre
7.0 7 2 1 2 3 0 2.53

AA: Frisco 1 - Tulsa 4 (10 innings)
L - Tufts (0-1)
HR - Butler (8)

The ‘Riders went with the Johnny Allstaff approach on Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Elizardo Ramirez pitched the first three innings, giving up one run on four hits.

Right-hander Chris Mobley (5.56 ERA/.233 BAA) followed by punching out four over three shutout frames. The 26-year-old surrendered seven runs in two innings over his first two outings with the ‘Riders. Since then, he has hurled 9.1 innings without giving up a run.

Mark Hamburger struck out two in two scoreless innings.

Joey Butler (.268/.338/.406) provided Frisco's only run with his solo homer in the seventh. He also singled.

Jose Felix (2/3, 2B), Davis Stoneburner (1/3, BB) and Renny Osuna (1/4) had the club's other hits.

Shortstop Joaquin Arias was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his final rehab appearance.

Sinkerballing reliever Tyler Tufts worked a scoreless ninth before permitting three runs in the 10th inning. He was stuck with the loss.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
4 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 .268

A+: Bakersfield 4 - Visalia 3
W - Hurley (2-1)

The Blaze took home the victory courtesy of a pinch-hit walkoff single by hot-hitting utilityman Erik Morrison.

Right-hander Joe Wieland had his rotation spot skipped on Saturday in an effort to limit his career-high innings total.

Andrew Doyle started in Wieland's place and limited the Rawhide to a pair of solo home runs in four innings. He walked one, fanned six, and recorded five groundouts against one flyout.

Catcher Doug Hogan, who was 2-for-4 with a double, was Bakersfield's only player with multiple hits.

Cody Podraza (1/4, 2B), Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) and Jake Kaase (1/3, 2B, BB) also added two-baggers.

Joe Bonadonna batted leadoff and played shortstop in his second High-A game. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Right fielder David Paisano, who was also hitless, is just 8-for-48 (.167) in 11 games this month.

Native Texan Trevor Hurley (1.77 ERA/.155 BAA) was the club's savior in relief, as he hurled three no-hit innings, walking two and striking out five. The 23-year-old has permitted only 29 hits in 58 innings between Hickory and Bakersfield this season.

The three Bakersfield pitchers––Doyle (4 IP), Yoon-Hee Nam (2 IP) and Hurley (3 IP)––teamed up to strike out 15 Visalia batters in the contest.

Player of the Game: RHP Trevor Hurley
3.0 0 0 0 2 5 0 1.77

A: Hickory 5 - Charleston 10
L - Yan (0-1)
HR - West (11)

Neil Ramirez (4.49 ERA/.282 BAA) got things off to a nice start with another strong outing. The Virginia native pitched six innings, allowing two unearned runs. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out three.

But things fell apart during a long top of the eighth that included an 87 minute rain delay and eight Charleston runs.

After working a scoreless seventh, sidearmer Johan Yan came back out for the eighth and coughed up five runs while recording just one out.

Sam Brown gave up three more––on three hits and two walks––without retiring a batter.

Kyle Ocampo eventually got out of the jam and finished it off with 1.2 shutout frames.

The two clubs combined for 15 walks and five wild pitches, many of which came after the long rain delay.

Third baseman Matt West went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his 11th of the season.

Leury Garcia (2/4, 3B, BB) tripled while Jared Prince (1/3, 2B, 2 BB), Zach Zaneski (2/5, 2B) and Michael Ortiz (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) doubled.

Second baseman Edwin Garcia singled once and walked twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
6.0 4 2 0 3 3 0 4.49

SSA: Spokane 7 - (@) Salem-Keizer 12
L - Mendez (1-1)
HR - Olt (6)

Hard-throwing righty Roman Mendez didn't last long on Saturday night. The youngster was tagged for seven runs (three earned) on nine hits in two innings. He didn't strike out a batter.

University of Georgia alum Justin Earls attempted to keep the Indians close, as he allowed one run in three innings of long relief. The southpaw worked around two hits and three walks.

Three-hole hitter Mike Olt (.266/.375/.431) was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his sixth long ball of the summer.

Santiago Chirino (1/4, 3B) tripled while Jared Hoying (2/4, 2B) and Brett Nicholas (2/4, 2B) both doubled.

Hoying, who missed a couple days while battling food poisoning, extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He has now hit safely in 25 of his last 26 contests.

Jake Skole and Kevin Torres both singled twice in four official at-bats.

Tall left-hander Geuris Grullon pitched a blank eighth inning, giving up one hit.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .266

RK: AZL Rangers 3 - AZL Giants 5
L - Hanna (0-1)
HR - Sierra (1)
23-20, 1.0 GU

Shawn Blackwell (4.03 ERA/.253 BAA) started his night by retiring 15 of the first 17 batters he faced and carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Though the Houston native surrendered three sixth-inning runs, it was still a sold all-around start. Blackwell gave up just those three runs over six innings while walking one and fanning two.

Centerfielder Ruben Sierra batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a base on balls.

Smoking hot DH Tomas Telis was 1-for-3 with his first triple of the summer.

Braxton Lane (2/3) and Oduber Herrera (1/3, BB) reached base a pair of times.

Left-hander Chris Hanna (0.48 ERA/.191 BAA) was stuck with his first professional loss after he yielded two unearned runs in 2.2 innings.

Player of the Game: CF Ruben Sierra
3 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 .400

DSL: DSL Rangers - OFF

The Dominican Rangers took Saturday off.

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