Minor League Roundup - 8/20

The Hickory Crawdads were held hitless in the second game of Friday's doubleheader while Oklahoma City pounded out 15 runs in a blowout victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 15 - Reno 1
W - McCarthy (3-0)
HR - Davis (12), Iribarren (5)
66-59, 5.0 GU

Oklahoma City pounded out 15 runs on 12 hits in taking three-of-four games from the Aces.

The RedHawks got five RBI alone from their leadoff hitter, third baseman Esteban German. The red-hot veteran went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

First baseman Chris Davis (.340/.402/.541) was just 1-for-5, but he had a homer, a walk, and four total runs batted in.

Left fielder Hernan Iribarren (.268/.328/.360) was 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI. The 26-year-old utility player extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Oklahoma City also got strong work from starter Brandon McCarthy, who was making his first appearance since June 19. The tall righty permitted just one run over five innings. He gave up four hits, walked two, and fanned four.

Willy Taveras (2/4, BB), Gregorio Petit (2/3, 2 BB) and Matt Treanor (2/4, BB) all singled twice.

Second baseman Alex Cora singled once and walked three times.

In all, OKC was 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Righty relief pitchers Cody Eppley and Tanner Scheppers finished it off with two scoreless innings apiece. Scheppers labored a bit, walking three, giving up two hits, and throwing 42 pitches in his two frames.

Player of the Game: 3B Esteban German
4 2 2 1 0 5 1 0 .280

AA: Frisco 1 - (@) Northwest Arkansas 5
L - Bleier (7-10)
24-29, 3.0 GB

Frisco lost its fourth consecutive series by dropping Friday's rubber match in Springdale.

Richard Bleier faced only one batter over the minimum through five innings with the help of four double plays. He ran into more trouble in the latter innings and surrendered five runs on nine hits in seven innings.

The strike-throwing southpaw needed only 89 pitches to complete seven innings. He walked one, struck out three, and recorded 13 groundouts versus one flyout.

The RoughRiders scratched out only five singles against the Northwest Arkansas pitching, which included seven innings of top prospect Mike Montgomery.

Engel Beltre (2/4) singled twice while Marcus Lemon (1/4), Joey Butler (1/2, BB) and Jose Felix (1/3) had one knock apiece.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins whiffed in all four of his plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 .277

A+: Bakersfield 1 - (@) Modesto 2
L - Wieland (3-3)
HR - Kaase (5)
30-23, 3.0 GB

Bakersfield's playoff hopes are quickly slipping away. The Blaze lost for the fifth consecutive night while Stockton won its 13th straight game. Bakersfield is now three games out of first place.

Starting pitcher Joe Wieland was solid despite getting stuck with the loss. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits over six innings. The Reno native walked one and struck out three.

Wieland finished his outing strong, as he retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. He now has eight walks and 57 strikeouts in 49 innings at Bakersfield.

The Blaze were held to only two hits in the game. One of them was a solo home run off the bat of shortstop Jake Kaase, his fifth round-tripper of the year.

DH Mike Bianucci singled once in three trips.

Relievers Corey Young (1 IP), Hector Nelo (0.2 IP) and Shane Zegarac 0.1 IP) combined for two scoreless frames.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
6.0 4 2 1 1 3 0 5.69

A: Hickory 2 - (@) Kannapolis 4 (7 innings - Game 1)
L - Ramirez (8-8)
HR - West (13)

Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez scuffled early but picked up the pace in the later innings. In all, the 21-year-old allowed four runs on seven hits in the six-inning complete-game effort. He struck out five and walked zero.

Third baseman Matt West launched a solo home run––his 13th of the season––for his only hit in three trips.

Leury Garcia (2/3), Jared Bolden (1/3) and Michael Ortiz (1/3) had the team's other knocks.

Player of the Game: 3B Matt West
3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .224

A: Hickory 0 - (@) Kannapolis 1 (7 innings - Game 2)
L - Bell (2-3)
27-25, 3.5 GB

The Crawdads were no-hit by a trio of Kannapolis pitchers––Matt Wickswat, Jake Petricka, and Taylor Thompson––in the seven-inning contest.

Hickory's only baserunners reached on walks from Zach Zaneski and Guillermo Pimentel.

Though the Crawdads were swept in Friday's doubleheader, they didn't have to use the bullpen at all. Both starting pitchers turned in six-inning complete-game performances.

Left-hander Chad Bell (2.47 ERA/.215 BAA) held the Intimidators to one run on four hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

The 21-year-old has logged 91.2 innings between Spokane and Hickory this season, giving up 73 hits, walking 29, and striking out 89.

Player of the Game: LHP Chad Bell
6.0 4 1 1 2 4 0 2.47

SSA: Spokane 7 - Eugene 4
W - Rowen (1-0)
HR - Strausborger (2)
12-10, 2.0 GB

No hitter in the Rangers system has been hotter than speedy leadoff hitter Ryan Strausborger. The 22-year-old had another big night on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two stolen bases.

Strausborger has posted a .471/.581/.912 slash line over his last 10 contests. The 16th-round pick has 13 steals in 16 attempts in 50 games this summer.

Left fielder Jared Hoying (.321/.373/.555) tripled twice in five trips, extending his hitting streak to 16 straight and 30 of his last 31 games.

Hoying is tied for the Northwest League lead with five triples. He also ranks third with a .928 OPS.

Lefty Juan Grullon, who has been battling blister problems, made his first start in 11 days and worked four strong innings. The 20-year-old permitted one run on four hits, walking two and striking out five.

Sidearming right-hander Ben Rowen (1.33 ERA/.182 BAA) picked up his first professional victory after working two scoreless innings. He hasn't allowed a run in his last five appearances, spanning 10 innings.

Kellin Deglan (2/4, 2B) doubled and singled while Santiago Chirino (2/4) and Mike Olt (2/3, BB) both singled twice.

The 19-year-old Chirino is quietly putting together a nice summer with Spokane. He has a .316/.389/.418 slash line with 11 walks and 11 strikeouts in 27 contests with the Indians.

Player of the Game: RF Ryan Strausborger
5 1 4 1 1 4 0 0 .261

RK: AZL Rangers 7 - (@) AZL Padres 12
L - Rijo (4-3)
26-22, 1.0 GU

Following perhaps his best outing in the U.S., right-hander Ezequiel Rijo had a nightmare start on Friday. The Dominican Republic native surrendered eight runs (five earned) over just 1.1 innings. He gave up six hits, plunked one, and walked one.

The Rangers' offense did its best to crawl back into the game.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas (.364/.412/.403) led the way, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. The 17-year-old is 18-for-41 (.439) over his last 10 contests.

Second baseman Oduber Herrera (.353/.404/.436), who is second in the circuit in hitting, raised his average with a 3-for-5 performance. He belted his seventh double.

Ruben Sierra (3/5, 2B), Christian Villanueva (1/5, 2B) and Johnathon Moore (1/4, 2B) also doubled once.

The 19-year-old Sierra is 11-for-22 with four doubles, a homer, and three walks in his first eight AZL games this season.

Outfielder Jordan Akins singled, was hit by a pitch, and drove in a run.

Second-round selection Cody Buckel had a strong third professional outing, as he struck out four batters over two shutout frames. The California native gave up a single and a walk.

Converted infielder Joe Van Meter (2.35 ERA/.267 BAA) fanned the side in the eighth inning, working around a pair of singles.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Sardinas
5 2 3 2 0 0 0 1 .364

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 - DSL Tigers 2
W - Gil (4-1)
SV - Medina (8)
42-22, 5.5 GU

The Rangers defeated the Tigers on Friday morning. They'll finish off the regular season against the DSL Braves on Saturday before looking forward to the Dominican Summer League playoffs.

Starting pitcher Luis Parra was a bit wild, but he got the job done. The left-hander allowed one run in four innings, working around five walks and two hits allowed. He struck out three.

Relievers Leonel Gil, Jose Jimenez and Emiliano Medina worked one shutout frame apiece to close out the game. Jimenez struck out two while Gil and Medina both fanned one.

Leadoff hitter Chris Garia singled, walked and scored two runs in his two plate appearances.

Jorge Alfaro (2/4) and Christefer Obispo (2/3) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: CF Chris Garia
1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .210

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