Minor League Roundup - 8/22

The Surprise Rangers extended their lead over the second-place Royals with a victory on Sunday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - (@) Round Rock 2
W - Mathis (5-5)
SV - Madrigal (1)
HR - Davis (13), Taveras (1), Tomlin (1)
68-59, 5.0 GU

RedHawks centerfielder Willy Taveras had a big game in his return to his old Triple-A stomping grounds. The veteran, who played 103 games for Round Rock in 2004, went 2-for-4 with a triple and a solo homer.

The round-tripper was Taveras' 21st in 11 professional seasons.

Chris Davis (1/4, HR) added a two-run shot in the first inning while James Tomlin (1/3, HR) hit a solo homer in the eighth. Tomlin's homer was the first of his Triple-A career.

Left fielder Hernan Iribarren (.273/.331/.375) extended his hitting streak to 11 games by going 3-for-4 with a triple and his 10th stolen base. The utility player has eight extra-base hits in his last nine games.

Doug Mathis (5.31 ERA/.312 BAA) turned in one of his better efforts of the year, holding the Express to one run on five hits over six innings. He fanned five without issuing a walk.

Right-hander Warner Madrigal (3.93 ERA/.217 BAA) closed it out with two hitless inning of relief.

Player of the Game: CF Willy Taveras
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 .233

AA: Frisco 4 - (@) Tulsa 5
L - Tufts (0-2)
HR - Jenkins (8)
25-30, 3.0 GB

The ‘Riders surrendered three runs over the final two innings and eventually lost it on a walkoff double from pinch hitter Bronson Sardinha.

Martin Perez threw strikes in his return from the disabled list, but he was done in by a high pitch count––and one 18-pitch battle in particular.

Perez yielded two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings, walking one and striking out three. He threw 51 of his 67 pitches for strikes.

Chris Mobley (4.60 ERA/.250 BAA) kept Tulsa off the board for 3.1 innings of long relief. The 27-year-old fanned two without walking a batter.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins belted two-run homer in the sixth inning. He also singled.

DH John Whittleman (.316/.400/.491 in August) was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Joey Butler (2/4) singled twice while Elio Sarmiento (1/4) singled once and drove home a pair of runs.

Closer Tyler Tufts recorded only one out in the ninth inning and permitted the two runs on three hits.

Player of the Game: DH John Whittleman
4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 .219

A+: Bakersfield 0 - Inland Empire 15
L - Boscan (9-12)
30-25, 4.0 GB

Stockton's winning streak was stopped at 14, but the Blaze couldn't capitalize, as they were completely blown out of the water on Sunday night.

The normally strike-throwing Wilfredo Boscan issued six walks and gave up nine hits in 5.1 innings, leading to nine runs (eight earned). He struck out only one.

Hard-throwing righty Hector Nelo didn't help matters, as he permitted six runs in one inning of work.

Joe Bonadonna (1/2, 2B) and David Paisano (1/4, 2B) doubled for the club's only extra-base hits.

The two-bagger was Bonadonna's first hit in 15 High-A at-bats.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca singled twice in three trips. He was also hit by a pitch

Utility player Jake Kaase had to finish out the game for the Blaze on the mound. The Austin native began his frame with a fielding error but got three consecutive flyouts to escape unscathed.

Kaase also pitched a scoreless inning with Frisco earlier in the summer.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Kaase
1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

A: Hickory 1 - Delmarva 2
L - Ocampo (2-2)
28-26, 3.5 GB

Braden Tullis (3.64 ERA/.282 BAA) bounced back from two consecutive rough outings to pitch six scoreless innings against the Shorebirds. The 20-year-old gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out four.

The game went scoreless until the top of the eighth inning, when right-hander Kyle Ocampo surrendered a pair of runs. Ocampo worked a blank seventh but didn't record an out in the eighth.

Johan Yan (2.35 ERA/.200 BAA) got out of the jam and fanned two without giving up a run in two innings.

The 21-year-old Yan had a disastrous outing on August 14 in which he coughed up five runs in 1.1 innings. Outside of that game, he has yielded just three runs in 29.1 frames with the Crawdads.

Hickory's offense accounted for just four singles on the afternoon.

Jared Bolden (2/3, BB) had two hits, a walk, and the team's only run batted in.

Leury Garcia (1/4) and Ed Koncel (1/2, BB) also had knocks. Garcia swiped his 41st base and committed his 26th error.

Player of the Game: RHP Braden Tullis
6.0 4 0 0 2 4 0 3.64

SSA: Spokane 7 - Eugene 6
W - Rowen (2-0)
HR - Hoying (10)
13-11, 3.0 GB

After training 6-1 through four innings, the Indians chipped away before busting through with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the walkoff victory.

Scuffling starter Ben Henry had a rough night at the office, giving up five runs in 3.1 innings. He allowed five hits, walked five, and struck out four.

Tim Steggall also had trouble throwing strikes––he walked three batters and permitted one run in 1.2 frames.

As usual, left fielder Jared Hoying (.319/.371/.560) was key in the offensive attack. The 21-year-old was 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in.

Hoying has 48 RBI in 55 games this season.

Cleanup hitter Clark Murphy (1/4, 3B, BB) tripled and walked.

Alejandro Selen (3/4) singled three times while Jurickson Profar (2/4), Santiago Chirino (2/4, BB) and Ryan Strausborger (2/5) all had two knocks.

Brett Nicholas, who was hitless, actually brought home the winning run by reaching on a fielding error.

Relievers Jimmy Reyes (1 IP), Kevin Johnson (2 IP) and Ben Rowen (1 IP) finished it out with four shutout innings to allow Spokane's offense to get back into the game.

Player of the Game: LF Jared Hoying
4 2 2 0 1 3 0 1 .319

RK: AZL Rangers 10 - (@) AZL Royals 4
W - Perez-Lobo (1-1)
HR - Meiners (2)
27-22, 2.0 GU

Left-hander Chris Hanna (1.19 ERA/.209 BAA) pitched relatively well in his first professional start. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound hurler permitted three runs (two earned) over four innings. He gave up five hits but walked zero and struck out eight.

The 18-year-old Hanna has 28 strikeouts against only four walks in his first 22.2 professional innings.

Andres Perez-Lobo (6.11 ERA/.324 BAA) followed with his best pro outing and his first pro victory. The Miami native yielded just one hit over three shutout frames, walking zero and fanning two.

The Surprise Rangers offense scratched out 10 runs on 16 hits in the game.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva (.308/.360/.436) and first baseman Jhonny Gomez (.328/.391/.393) both singled four times in five plate appearances.

Dallas Baptist product Travis Meiners launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his second of the season.

Luis Sardinas (1/4, 2B) doubled for the club's other extra-baseh it.

Rehabbing designated hitter Chris Gradoville was 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Player of the Game: 3B Christian Villanueva
5 1 4 0 0 2 0 0 .308

DSL: DSL Rangers - OFF
42-23, 5.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers begin a best-of-three series against the DSL Reds on Monday afternoon. Talented right-hander David Perez will take the mound for the Rangers at their complex in San Pedro de Macoris.

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