Minor League Roundup - 8/15

The Frisco RoughRiders offense busted out for 11 runs on Sunday evening while the DSL Rangers had their 15-game winning streak snapped. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - Las Vegas 8
L - Ballard (5-7)
63-57, 4.0 GU

Mike Ballard (4.94 ERA/.312 BAA) fanned a season-high nine batters, but he was saddled with the loss after permitting five runs (four earned) on eight hits over five innings.

Las Vegas continued to pull away in the late innings, as Oklahoma City righty Warner Madrigal allowed three runs in his three innings of work.

The RedHawks offense was held silent for most of the night, scoring one run on only five hits.

Hernan Iribarren (1/4, 2B), Matt Brown (1/4, 2B) and Kevin Richardson (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.

DH Ryan Garko, who was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk, had the club's only other knock.

Centerfielder James Tomlin went hitless in four at-bats during his Triple-A debut, striking out twice.

Lefty Clay Rapada (1.84 ERA/.164 BAA) fanned two in a perfect nine-pitch ninth inning. Fellow southpaws are hitting just .126 against him this summer.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 .250

AA: Frisco 11 - Tulsa 4
W - Bleier (7-9)
HR - Frostad (4), Osuna (4), Lemon (3)
23-26, 3.0 GB

The Frisco bats took out weeks of frustration on Sunday, as they pounded out 11 runs on 17 hits. It was the club's first double-digit runs performance since July 13.

Starting pitcher Richard Bleier (5.15 ERA/.290 BAA) battled his way through 6.2 innings, scattering 10 hits and giving up three runs. He fanned three without issuing a walk.

The strike-throwing sinkerballer has walked just two batters in his last seven starts, spanning 47.1 innings.

Shortstop Renny Osuna (.290/.339/.396) and first baseman Emerson Frostad (.274/.344/.394) belted back-to-back homers in the sixth inning. Osuna launched a three-run jack and had five total RBI on the night.

Centerfielder Marcus Lemon, who was 2-for-5, added his third round-tripper of the year.

Andy Jenkins (3/4, BB) and Joey Butler (3/4) singled three times while John Whittleman (2/4) and Jose Felix (2/4) both had three knocks. Whittleman drove home three.

Right-hander Brennan Garr surrendered just a solo home run in 2.1 relief innings. The Colorado native fanned four without walking a batter.

Player of the Game: SS Renny Osuna
5 1 3 0 1 5 0 0 .290

A+: Bakersfield 3 - Visalia 4
L - Nelo (0-1)
30-19, 1.0 GU

Starter Robbie Ross (4.21 ERA/.267 BAA) had a short night, though he didn't pitch poorly. The southpaw gave up two runs over four innings, scattering six hits. He fanned three and didn't walk a batter.

Left fielder Cody Podraza (.343/.357/.522) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. The 5-foot-8 outfielder has 17 RBI in his first 17 games with Bakersfield.

Mike Bianucci (2/4, 2B) and Andres James (1/3, 2B) also doubled.

Fireballing righty Hector Nelo pitched well overall, but the only hit he surrendered in 2.2 innings just so happened to be the game-winning home run in the top of the ninth. Nelo fanned four.

Player of the Game: LF Cody Podraza
4 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 .343

A: Hickory 4 - Charleston 8
L - Bell (2-2)
HR - West (12), Bolden (4)
26-21, 3.5 GB

The left-handed tandem of Chad Bell and Robbie Erlin was unusually hittable on Sunday afternoon, as Charleston teamed up to tag the duo for eight runs.

Bell (2.61 ERA/.218 BAA) permitted three runs (one earned) on six hits over 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Erlin (2.24 ERA/.213 BAA) struck out six in 4.1 innings, but he was knocked for five runs (three earned) on seven hits.

The seven hits and five runs were the most Erlin has allowed in any game this season.

Leadoff hitter Travis Adair (.340/.384/.425) continued his hot-hitting with three line-drive singles into centerfield in four trips. He is hitting an incredible .467 in 11 games this month.

Matt West (.230/.333/.411) hit yet another home run. The 21-year-old has gone deep in four of his last five contests.

Jared Bolden was 1-for-5 with a monstrous two-run homer.

Washington State product Jared Prince (.296/.386/.425) singled once and walked twice. He has 46 walks and 50 strikeouts in 102 games this season.

First baseman Michael Ortiz had a rough day at the yard, going 0-for-4 with three errors.

Player of the Game: LF Travis Adair
4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .340

SSA: Spokane 11 - (@) Salem-Keizer 8
W - Stanford (4-0)
SV - Killian (4)
HR - Hoying (8), Deglan (1), Strausborger (1)
9-9, 2.0 GB

Tim Stanford (1.35 ERA/.186 BAA) appears to have become a full-time member of the Spokane rotation. The 21-year-old logged a career-high six innings on Sunday, giving up three runs on six hits. He fanned two without issuing a walk.

The Indians bats did plenty of work in the game, blasting three home runs and combining for 11 total scores.

Speedy leadoff hitter Ryan Strausborger (.230/.317/.304) doubled, homered, and stole his 10th base of the summer.

First-round pick Kellin Deglan also launched the first homer of his professional career. The solo shot was his only hit in four official at-bats.

Jared Hoying was 1-for-4 with a round-tripper, his eighth of the season. Hoying has now hit safely in 12 straight and 26 of his last 27 contests.

Corner infielders Mike Olt (3/4, 2B, BB) Clark Murphy (2/5, 2B) each doubled.

Jake Skole singled once and walked twice.

Middle infielders Jurickson Profar and Alejandro Selen were the only Indians go to without a hit. Both players went 0-for-4 with three punchouts.

Player of the Game: RF Ryan Strausborger
5 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 .230

RK: AZL Rangers 1 - (@) AZL Indians 0
W - Rijo (4-2)
SV - Marban (1)
24-20, 2.0 GU

Four Surprise Rangers pitchers teamed up to hurl a two-hit shutout of the Indians on Sunday evening.

Starter Ezequiel Rijo (3.53 ERA/.233 BAA) battled through the 109-degree heat to pitch six shutout frames of his own. He allowed one single, walked two, and struck out five.

The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native appears to be turning a corner lately. He has posted the following line over his last six starts - 29 ip, 21 h, 7 er, 6 bb, 23 k.

Righty relievers Anthony Haase, Cody Buckel, and Jorge Marban finished it out with one shutout inning apiece. Marban was particularly impressive, striking out two in a perfect ninth for his first pro save.

For the game, the Rangers faced only two batters over the minimum.

The club scored its only run of the night on an RBI single from third baseman Christian Villanueva in the fourth. He had two hits total.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas raised his average to .349 with two singles in four plate appearances.

Triple-A slugger Chad Tracy made his first rehab appearance and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. The Pepperdine product hadn't appeared in a game since July 7.

Player of the Game: RHP Ezequiel Rijo
6.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 3.53

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 - (@) DSL Tigers 3
39-21, 4.5 GU

No box score has been posted, but the Dominican Summer League Rangers' winning streak ended at 15 on Sunday. The club dropped a 3-1 decision to the Tigers.

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