Minor League Roundup - 8/16

The Spokane Indians blasted off against a former Rangers prospect on Monday evening while the Dominican Summer League club clinched a division title and a playoff berth. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - Las Vegas 11
L - Mathis (4-5)
HR - Davis (11), Ramirez (2)
63-58, 3.0 GU

The RedHawks fell into an early hole as starter Doug Mathis (5.63 ERA/.320 BAA) was knocked around for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and four walks in just 4.2 innings.

Since returning to Triple-A at the beginning of this month, the 27-year-old has allowed 17 runs in 12.1 innings.

Third baseman Chris Davis (.345/.403/.543) singled and knocked a solo home run, his 11th in 81 Triple-A games.

Catcher Max Ramirez (.277/.348/.372) was 1-for-2 with a solo round-tripper and a walk. The backstop has extra-base hits in each of his last three games.

Matt Treanor went hitless in two at-bats in his first rehab appearance.

Esteban German (2/4, 2B, BB) doubled while Ryan Garko (2/4, BB) and Gregorio Petit (2/5) both singled twice.

Centerfielder Willy Taveras batted second and went 1-for-5 with a stolen base in his debut with the RedHawks.

Suddenly scuffling righty Cody Eppley (5.23 ERA/.256 BAA) yielded four runs on five hits in two innings. He was uncharacteristically wild, throwing 53 pitches and walking three batters.

Player of the Game: 3B Chris Davis
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 .345

AA: Frisco 1 - Tulsa 6
L - Chick (0-1)
23-27, 4.0 GB

Native Texan Travis Chick's debut in the Rangers organization certainly wasn't a pretty one. The 26-year-old got just five outs, and he coughed up five runs on three hits and five walks.

Though the Frisco offense was never able to get much going, left-hander Ben Snyder (3.38 ERA/.232 BAA) did all he could to keep his club in the game.

Snyder worked 5.1 innings of two-hit, shutout long relief. He walked one and struck out four.

The RoughRiders' bats totaled for five singles in the contest.

John Whittleman (2/4) had two knocks while Marcus Lemon (1/4), Renny Osuna (1/4) and Joey Butler (1/4) all had one apiece.

Engel Beltre batted fifth and played left field in his first game since injuring his shoulder on July 30. The 20-year-old went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Lefty Tim Murphy permitted a run in the ninth inning––his first earned run surrendered in 13.1 Double-A innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Ben Snyder
5.1 2 0 0 1 4 0 3.38

A+: Bakersfield - OFF
30-19, 1.0 GU

The entire California League took Monday off. The Blaze travel to Modesto for a four-game set that begins on Tuesday evening.

A: Hickory 0 - Charleston 5
L - Brigham (3-4)
26-22, 3.5 GB

Starting pitcher Jake Brigham (2.90 ERA/.203 BAA) didn't receive a ton of help from his offense or his defense on Monday. The right-hander surrendered five runs (one earned) on three hits over 6.2 innings. He walked three and struck out eight.

Brigham is beginning to rack up the strikeouts as he continues to work on a new slider. He has 30 punchouts in 24.2 innings over his last three starts.

Johan Yan (1.1 IP) struck out three batters out of the bullpen while Ovispo De Los Santos (1 IP) fanned two.

The Crawdads had just three hits in the game. They came from Travis Adair (2/4) and Zach Zaneski (1/3).

The 22-year-old Adair is 22-for-41 (.537) over his last 10 contests.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
6.2 3 5 1 3 8 0 2.90

SSA: Spokane 12 - (@) Salem-Keizer 3
W - Henry (3-3)
HR - Hoying (9), Olt (7), Rodland (3)
10-9, 1.0 GB

Spokane crushed three home runs for the second consecutive night, this time battering former Rangers prospect Edwin Escobar in the process.

Arguably the top offensive performance of the night came from a player that didn't even hit a long ball.

Leadoff hitter and outfielder Ryan Strausborger (.318/.423/.568 in August) went 3-for-5 with a double, two triples, and a walk. After a slow start, the speedy Indiana State product is beginning to put together a solid summer.

Jared Hoying (.321/.371/.551) was 3-for-6 with a homer, three RBI, and his 17th stolen base in 50 games played. Hoying now has hit in 13 consecutive games and 27 of his last 28.

Mike Olt (2/5, HR) and Kevin Rodland (1/4, HR, HBP) also went yard.

Starting pitcher Ben Henry hurled six strong innings, giving up three runs on six hits en route to the victory. He fanned three and walked one.

Ben Rowen (2 IP) and Juan Grullon (1 IP) teamed up for three total innings of shutout relief. The sidearming Rowen lowered his ERA to 1.44

Player of the Game: CF-RF Ryan Strausborger
5 2 3 1 0 1 1 1 .241

RK: AZL Rangers - OFF
24-20, 2.0 GU

The Surprise Rangers had the day off. They will face the second-place AZL Royals at the Rangers' side of the complex on Tuesday night.

DSL: DSL Rangers 5 - DSL Braves 0
W - Payano (3-1)
40-21, 6.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers clinched a division championship and a playoff berth on Monday afternoon.

Left-hander Victor Payano (3.47 ERA/.234 BAA) continued to show progress, as he pitched five shutout innings against the division-rival Braves. The 17-year-old allowed three hits while walking two and fanning five.

Payano has four walks and 21 strikeouts in 14.2 innings over his last three starts.

Third baseman Alex Gonzalez (.274/.363/.342) was the start of the game offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs batted in.

Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B), Jorge Alfaro (1/4, 2B), Esdras Abreu (1/4, 2B) and Belarmino Campos (1/2, 2B, BB) added two-baggers as well.

Relievers Leonel Gil (0.29 ERA) and Emiliano Medina (0.59 ERA) worked two scoreless frames apiece to lower their respective miniscule earned-run averages.

Both pitchers gave up one hit and walked zero. Gil struck out three while Medina punched out four.

Player of the Game: LHP Victor Payano
5.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 3.47

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