Minor League Roundup - 8/23

The Frisco RoughRiders picked up a series victory on Monday behind the arm of starting pitcher Clayton Hamilton, who worked seven shutout innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - (@) Round Rock 4
W - Eyre (5-4)
SV - Strop (12)
HR - Cora (1)
69-59, 5.5 GU

Second baseman Alex Cora belted a game-winning solo homer off Round Rock's Gary Majewski in the top of the ninth inning. The RedHawks have taken the first three of their four-game set at Round Rock.

Starting pitcher Derek Holland needed 113 pitches (72 strikes) to complete six innings, but he was effective. The southpaw yielded just one run on three hits, walking three and striking out five.

New addition Jesus Colome lost the lead almost immediately after he entered in the seventh. Colome permitted three runs (two earned) while recording only one out.

Infielders Esteban German (1/3, 2B, BB), Chris Davis (2/3, 2B, BB) and Gregorio Petit (1/4, 2B) all doubled.

Designated hitter Ryan Garko singled twice in four trips, raising his average to .237.

Hernan Iribarren had his hit streak halted at 11 games.

Willie Eyre (1.2 IP) and Pedro Strop (1 IP) finished it out with scoreless relief. Strop struck out a pair in his frame and dropped his ERA to 2.01.

Player of the Game: 2B Alex Cora
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .182

AA: Frisco 2 - (@) Tulsa 1
W - Hamilton (1-0)
SV - Hamburger (3)
HR - Butler (10), Whittleman (5)
26-30, 2.0 GB

Clayton Hamilton has stepped in and done a masterful job in his first two games with the RoughRiders.

The 28-year-old righty was dominant on Monday, scattering seven singles over seven shutout innings. He struck out four without issuing a walk.

Hamilton, who was primarily a reliever during his time with the Rangers organization in 2008 and '09, has permitted just two runs in 12.2 innings over his first two starts this season.

Frisco got both of its runs on solo homers.

Cleanup hitter Joey Butler hit his 10th round-tripper off rehabbing Rockies starter Aaron Cook to give Frisco the lead.

Red-hot first baseman John Whittleman added on with a solo homer of his own in the top of the seventh. Whittleman, who also singled, is hitting .333 in 17 games this month.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene (1/3) singled for the team's only other hit.

Closer Mark Hamburger worked around one walk in a hitless, scoreless ninth to earn his third Double-A save.

Player of the Game: RHP Clayton Hamilton
7.0 7 0 0 0 4 0 1.42

A+: Bakersfield 11 - Inland Empire 10
W - Young (2-3)
SV - Castillo (6)
HR - Bianucci (16), Mendonca (7), Kaase (6)
31-25, 3.0 GB

Bakersfield snapped its seven-game losing streak, but it certainly wasn't easy. The Blaze and 66ers battled it out in a back-and-forth slugfest that included four lead changes and a handful of ties.

University of Oklahoma product Andrew Doyle was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings in his second High-A start.

The offense got Doyle off the hook in a hurry. The bats were plenty efficient, as seven of the 13 hits went for extra bases.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci (.254/.309/.427) was 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca, who moved into the cleanup spot in the recent lineup shakeup, also went 2-for-4 with a home run and a base on balls.

Left fielder Jake Kaase added a solo tater to go along with yet another free pass.

Andres James (2/6, 2B), Davis Stoneburner (2/5, 2B), Vin DiFazio (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Joe Bonadonna (1/3, 2B) all doubled once.

All nine Bakersfield position players had at least one hit in the game. Every player reached base at least twice.

After all the chaos, Fabio Castillo closed it out by striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The 21-year-old closer now has 63 strikeouts in 50.2 innings on the season. He hasn't permitted an earned run since July 11––a streak that spans 14 appearances and 16 innings.

Player of the Game: DH Mike Bianucci
4 1 2 0 1 3 1 1 .254

A: Hickory 5 - Delmarva 1
W - M. De Los Santos (2-1)
SV - Thompson (1)
HR - Zaneski (8), Bolden (6)
29-26, 3.0 GB

Miguel De Los Santos continued to rack up the strikeouts on Monday. The southpaw fanned 10 over six innings, holding the Shorebirds to one run on three hits and a walk.

The 22-year-old Dominican Republic native has 52 strikeouts in 29.1 innings with Hickory this season. He has recorded 10 punchouts in three of his last four outings.

Catcher and cleanup hitter Zach Zaneski gave De Los Santos an early cushion with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

Jared Bolden added a two-run bomb in the fifth.

Shortstop Leury Garcia was 0-for-1 with three walks and two stolen bases, giving him 43 swipes in 50 attempts this year.

Edwin Garcia singled twice and knocked in a run in three trips.

Metroplex native Matt Thompson (4.15 ERA/.298 BAA) picked up his first professional save after he logged three shutout innings. Thompson yielded one hit and fanned three without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel De Los Santos
6.0 3 1 1 1 10 0 3.99

SSA: Spokane 13 - Eugene 2
W - Rodebaugh (3-1)
HR - Nicholas (2)
14-11, 2.0 GB

The Spokane offense was shut out through five. And then they plated eight runs in the sixth before tacking on five more in the bottom of the eighth.

Because the bats sputtered early, starter Randol Rojas (2.89 ERA/.255 BAA) didn't figure in the decision despite a solid effort. The sinkerballer held Eugene to one run on four hits over five innings. He struck out a season-high nine batters.

Catcher Brett Nicholas (.245/.320/.327) launched a grand slam in the eighth inning for his second professional homer. He also singled and walked.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.266/.342/.422 in August) was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in. The 17-year-old has multiple hits in four of his last five contests.

Leadoff hitter Ryan Strausborger singled four times and stole his 14th base of the season. Strausborger is batting .397 in 18 games this month.

First baseman Clark Murphy was 2-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Non-drafted free agent Jorge Marban punched out three while working around three hits in two shutout frames.

Brett Weibley finished it off with a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning.

The four Indians pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts (against only two walks) in the nine-inning contest.

Player of the Game: C Brett Nicholas
4 2 2 0 1 4 1 2 .245

RK: AZL Rangers 10 - AZL Padres 8
W - Strong (1-2)
28-22, 2.0 GU

The Surprise Rangers' offense plated 10 runs for the second consecutive night in their defeat of the Padres. They had 14 knocks––including six extra-base hits––and five stolen bases.

A pair of Creighton alums split the game at catcher. Rehabber Chris Gradoville was 2-for-2 with two doubles, and Carson Vitale followed by going 3-for-3 with a triple.

Second baseman Oduber Herrera was 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and three RBI.

The 18-year-old Herrera has an impressive .359/.462/.438 slash line in 17 games this month. He has drawn 12 walks while striking out nine times.

Teodoro Martinez (2/5, 2B) and Jhonny Gomez (3/4, 2B) both doubled once. Gomez is 19-for-44 (.432) this month.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva singled twice, walked once, and knocked in four runs.

Starting pitcher Richard Alvarez was hit for four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 3.1 innings.

Lefty Paul Strong (2.92 ERA/.231 BAA) saved the pitching staff with 2.2 no-hit frames of relief. He fanned one and didn't issue a free pass.

Player of the Game: C Carson Vitale
3 2 3 0 0 2 0 0 .254

DSL: DSL Rangers 0 - DSL Reds 2
L - Gil (0-1)
Reds lead 1-0 (best of three)

The Dominican Rangers dropped game one of their best-of-three first-round series against the Reds on Monday.

Tall right-hander David Perez pitched well and didn't factor in the decision. The 17-year-old held the Reds to two hits over six scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

The Reds broke the scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the ninth. Lefty Leonel Gil walked two hitters while recording only one out in the ninth, and closer Emiliano Medina gave up the eventual game-winning hit.

Despite out-hitting the Reds 7-3, the Rangers weren't able to plate a run.

Third baseman Francisco Lugo singled twice in three at-bats.

Chris Garia (1/3, BB), Alex Gonzalez (1/3, BB), Jorge Alfaro (1/4), Carlos Oropeza (1/4) and Diego Cedeno (1/3) had the other hits.

The Rangers will play a road game against the Reds on Tuesday. If they win, game three will be played Wednesday morning at the Rangers' complex in San Pedro.

Player of the Game: RHP David Perez
6.0 2 0 0 2 7 0 0.00

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