Minor League Roundup - 8/17

Oklahoma City was the only victorious Rangers affiliate on Tuesday, as they pitched well and Max Ramirez went yard for the second consecutive night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 10 - Reno 4
W - Kirkman (13-3)
HR - German (4), Ramirez (3)
64-58, 3.0 GU

Rich Harden didn't make his rehab start on Tuesday, but the issue was said to be non-health related.

Left-hander Zach Phillips (2.55 ERA/.261 BAA) got the spot-start instead, and he pitched admirably. The 23-year-old worked three scoreless innings on 59 pitches.

Michael Kirkman (3.09 ERA/.235 BAA) served up a solo home run to the first batter he faced, but he settled in and allowed just that run in four innings. He walked one and struck out six.

While the RedHawks' pitching went with the Johnny Allstaff approach, the offense provided plenty of early support, scoring nine runs in the first four innings.

Catcher Max Ramirez (.279/.352/.393) led the way, going 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk. It was Ramirez's second round-tripper in as many nights.

Third baseman Esteban German added a solo home run in the second inning. He walked twice.

Left fielder Hernan Iribarren (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while centerfielder Willy Taveras (1/4, 2B) doubled once.

Nine-hole hitter and right fielder James Tomlin singled once in four trips, getting his first Triple-A base hit.

Hard-throwing righty Tanner Scheppers threw just 14 of his 34 pitches for strikes in an erratic inning that included three walks, three hits allowed, and three runs surrendered.

Lefty Clay Rapada fanned two in a hitless ninth inning to finish off the victory.

Player of the Game: C Max Ramirez
3 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 .279

AA: Frisco - OFF
23-27, 4.0 GB

The Texas League took the night off on Tuesday. Frisco traveled to Northwest Arkansas for a three-game set against the Naturals.

A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) Modesto 5
L - Boscan (9-11)
HR - Mendonca (6), McGuiness (1)
30-20, 0.0 GU

The Blaze fell into a first-place tie with the surging Stockton Ports after Tuesday night's loss in Modesto.

Wilfredo Boscan (4.36 ERA/.293 BAA) bounced back from a rough effort in High Desert with a strong seven-inning performance. He permitted four runs while scattering seven hits, walking two, and striking out seven.

The 20-year-old Venezuela native has eight walks and 65 strikeouts in 66.1 innings since the Cal League All-Star break.

Leadoff hitter David Paisano broke out of a long slump with four singles and a hit-by pitch in five plate appearances. He swiped his 18th base.

First baseman Chris McGuiness blasted a solo home run, his first round-tripper in the Rangers organization. He also walked.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season.

Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) hit his 19th double.

Player of the Game: CF David Paisano
4 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 .280

A: Hickory 2 - (@) Kannapolis 8
L - Tullis (6-1)
26-23, 3.5 GB

The scuffling Crawdads dropped their fifth consecutive game on Tuesday.

Starting pitcher Braden Tullis (3.93 ERA/.289 BAA) suffered his first loss of the season. He yielded six runs on 11 hits over five innings––an identical line to his last start, which came on August 12. The sinkerballer fanned two without issuing a walk.

Hickory got both of its runs with catcher Zach Zaneski's (.308/.375/.477) two-run single in the top of the first. He later added his 22nd double of the season.

Travis Adair (1/2), Jared Prince (1/3, BB) and Jared Bolden (1/4) had the club's other hits.

Kyle Ocampo (4.64 ERA/.286 BAA) struck out one in a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

Player of the Game: C Zach Zaneski
4 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 .308

SSA: Spokane 3 - (@) Salem-Keizer 5
L - Earls (1-2)
10-10, 2.0 GB

Randol Rojas (2.98 ERA/.258 BAA) wasn't quite on top of his game, but he wasn't bad either. The 19-year-old gave up two runs in five innings, walking two and fanning one.

The sinkerballing Rojas has permitted only two home runs (with a 2:1 ground-to-fly ratio) in 60.1 innings with Spokane this summer.

Elon product Jimmy Reyes punched out four over two no-hit, no-walk innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.57.

Third baseman Mike Olt (1/4, 2B) and DH Clark Murphy (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled. Murphy raised his league-leading on-base percentage to .455.

Left fielder Jared Hoying singled once in four trips, extending his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games and 28 of the last 29. He also stole his 18th base and currently ranks second in the circuit in steals.

Player of the Game: LHP Jimmy Reyes
2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2.57

RK: AZL Rangers - AZL Royals - PPD
24-20, 2.0 GU

The Rangers and Royals were washed out on Tuesday night in Surprise.

DSL: DSL Rangers 2 - (@) DSL Angels 3 (7 innings)
L - Parra (1-3)
40-22, 5.5 GU

The Dominican Rangers lost the game, but starting pitcher David Perez (1.41 ERA/.202 BAA) was outstanding once again. The tall 17-year-old limited the Angels to one run on four hits over six innings, walking zero and fanning six. He faced only one hitter over the minimum through five innings.

Over his last six starts, Perez has surrendered just two earned runs in 35 innings, walking one and striking out 34.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto raised his average to .366 with two singles in two at-bats. He also has a sacrifice fly and his 16th stolen base of the summer.

Pinch-hitter Johan Santa belted a run-scoring double, his fifth two-bagger of the season.

Alex Gonzalez (1/4), Hector Martinez (1/3) and Diego Cedeno (1/2, BB) had the club's other hits.

The club lost on a walkoff in the bottom of the seventh, as reliever Luis Parra permitted two runs (one earned) in one-third of an inning.

Player of the Game: RHP David Perez
6.0 4 1 1 0 6 0 1.41

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