Minor League Roundup - 8/19

The Bakersfield Blaze dropped to two games out of first place on Thursday while the rookie club maintained its two-game division lead. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - Reno 5
L - Moscoso (7-6)
HR - German (5)
65-59, 4.0 GU

Guillermo Moscoso's rough August continued on Thursday, as he permitted five runs on 10 hits over six innings in the losing effort. He walked one and struck out five.

Even when Moscoso hasn't been hit this year, he has had trouble with high pitch counts. Moscoso needed 111 pitches to complete six innings on Thursday, and he is averaging 18.2 pitches per inning on the season.

With a utility infield job in Arlington potentially up for grabs, veteran infielder Esteban German (.323/.414/.479 in 25 second-half games) appears to be heating up. He was 3-for-5 with a solo home run, his second round-tripper in three nights.

Left fielder Matt Brown went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Hernan Iribarren (2/4, 2B) and Willy Taveras (1/5, 2B) both doubled once. Iribarren is 26-for-69 (.377) this month.

The RedHawks bullpen did its best to keep the club in the game. Relievers Mike Ballard, Jesus Colome, and Willie Eyre hurled one scoreless inning apiece.

Making his OKC debut, the 32-year-old Colome struck out one in a perfect 12-pitch frame.

Player of the Game: 3B Esteban German
5 2 3 0 1 1 0 1 .278

AA: Frisco 5 - (@) Northwest Arkansas 4
W - Schlact (1-4)
SV - Hamburger (1)
HR - Butler (9)
24-28, 3.0 GB

Beau Jones was not exactly the model of efficiency in his first start since early in the 2008 campaign. The southpaw needed 67 pitches (35 strikes) to get through just 2.1 innings. He allowed three runs while walking five, striking out five, and uncorking three wild pitches.

The former supplemental first-round pick was once considered a starting pitching prospect but high walk totals eventually sparked a move to the bullpen. He entered the night having given out 18 free passes in 39 innings this summer.

Tall righty Michael Schlact saved the day in long relief, as he allowed one run while scattering five hits in 4.1 innings.

Cleanup hitter Joey Butler (.333/.379/.550 in August) packed the punch offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, four RBI, and a stolen base.

The streaky outfielder batted just .183 in June, but he has righted the ship by hitting .321 since the Texas League All-Star break.

Catcher Elio Sarmiento doubled once and walked once in four trips.

Renny Osuna was 2-for-5 with his fifth triple of the year.

Tim Murphy (0.1 IP), Tyler Tufts (1 IP) and Mark Hamburger (1 IP) closed out the victory with shutout relief. Tufts retired the side in order on only five pitches.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
5 1 3 1 1 4 0 1 .276

A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Modesto 4
L - Gutierrez (0-3)
30-22, 2.0 GB

Stockton won its 12th straight and Bakersfield lost for the fourth consecutive game, knocking the Blaze to two games out of first place.

Starter Daniel Gutierrez began his night by striking out three of the first four hitters he faced, but it was largely downhill from there. The California native surrendered four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out five.

The 23-year-old has allowed 29 runs (16 earned) in 33 innings between Single-A Hickory and High-A Bakersfield this season. The results have certainly been disappointing for a pitcher that touched 97 mph with a plus curveball in the Arizona Fall League last offseason.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner provided one of the few highlights offensively, going 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza raised his average to .342 with a pair of singles in four trips.

Jake Kaase (1/3) had the club's only other hit.

Catcher Vin DiFazio played for the first time since August 13 and went hitless in three at-bats. DiFazio has started his High-A career in a 3-for-23 (.130) slump.

Righties Andrew Doyle (1.1 IP), Trevor Hurley (1 IP) and Fabio Castillo (1 IP) pitched scoreless relief. Castillo walked one and struck out two in his frame.

Player of the Game: 2B Davis Stoneburner
4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 .293

A: Hickory - (@) Kannapolis - PPD (Rain)
27-23, 3.0 GB

The Crawdads and Intimidators will play a doubleheader beginning at 6:05 p.m. Eastern on Friday evening.

SSA: Spokane - OFF
11-10, 2.0 GB

The Northwest League took the day off on Thursday.

RK: AZL Rangers 10 - (@) AZL Royals 5 (7 innings - Game 1)
W - Mavare (4-1)
HR - Meiners (1)

Carlos Melo (3.59 ERA/.199 BAA) continued to rack up the strikeout numbers, though it wasn't his best outing. The 6-foot-3 hurler struck out nine batters while giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings.

While the overall results have been a bit inconsistent (though still much improved from last season), Melo has 35 strikeouts in 22.1 innings over his last five starts.

Venezuela native Arlett Mavare (3.16 ERA/.231 BAA) punched out five while walking zero in 2.1 shutout frames. He has posted the following impressive line over his last seven appearances - 13 ip, 8 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 20 k.

Mavare isn't overpowering, but he pitches and locates well with an 86-90 mph fastball and a sharp curveball.

Talented middle infielders Luis Sardinas and Oduber Herrera each singled three times in five trips. They both stole a base, as well. Sardinas is hitting .347 while Herrera has a .345 batting average on the summer.

Dallas Baptist product Travis Meiners launched a solo home run––his first professional round-tripper––for his only hit in four at-bats.

Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez was 1-for-3 with his 13th double of the season.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Sardinas
5 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 .347

RK: AZL Rangers 3 - AZL Royals 7 (7 innings - Game 2)
L - Blackwell (6-3)
26-21, 2.0 GU

The Surprise Rangers' defense didn't help out much in the nightcap, as they committed five errors in the seven-inning contest.

Starter Shawn Blackwell (3.83 ERA/.260 BAA) gave up five runs (though just one earned) in five innings. He allowed eight hits, walked zero, and struck out seven.

Toolsy outfielders Jordan Akins (1/3, 3B) and Ruben Sierra (1/3, 2B, BB) had the club's only extra-base knocks in game two.

Travis Meiners (1/2, BB), Oduber Herrera (1/3), Drew Robinson (1/3) and Braxton Lane (1/1) had the other hits.

Johnny Gunter made his first Arizona League appearance since being sent back to the complex from Hickory. He permitted a couple unearned runs on a hit and a walk in one inning.

Lanky Puerto Rican lefty Alexander Claudio (6.23 ERA/.315 BAA) punched out two in a scoreless, hitless seventh.

Player of the Game: CF Ruben Sierra
3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 .471

DSL: DSL Rangers - OFF
41-22, 5.5 GU

The division-champion Dominican Summer League Rangers had Thursday off. They return to action on Friday against the Tigers and finish off the regular season versus the Braves on Saturday.

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