Minor League Roundup - 8/25

Bakersfield got outstanding performances from starter Joe Wieland and first baseman Chris McGuiness while picking up a key victory on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Albuquerque 11
L - McCarthy (3-1)
69-61, 4.0 GU


Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy served up four home runs over five innings in the hitter-friendly Albuquerque environment. He yielded nine total runs (eight earned) on nine hits, walking one and striking out two.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City's offense was able to collect just three runs on four singles.

Willy Taveras (1/3, BB), Ryan Garko (1/3, BB), Max Ramirez (1/4) and Hernan Iribarren (1/4) had the base knocks.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in his return to Triple-A.

Lefty Mike Ballard finished the game by allowing two runs (including another homer) over three innings.

Player of the Game: CF Willy Taveras
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .225




AA: Frisco 4 - San Antonio 3 (11 innings)
W - Garr (8-5)
HR - Greene (5)
28-30, 2.0 GB


The RoughRiders pulled off their third consecutive victory and won on an extra-innings walkoff for the second straight night.

Richard Bleier (5.12 ERA/.293 BAA) worked the first six innings, giving up three runs (two earned). He scattered seven hits, walked one, and struck out one.

Relief pitchers Chris Mobley and Tyler Tufts carried the bullpen, with each pitcher tossing two hitless, scoreless frames. Mobley fanned two while Tufts punched out four.

The 23-year-old Tufts has more than held his own since joining the ‘Riders. He has a 3.46 earned-run average in his first 13 innings with the club.

Brennan Garr, who earned the victory, worked around two hits to post a scoreless 11th.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his fifth of the season.

Three-hole hitter Engel Beltre broke out of a slump by going 3-for-4 with a double. His two-bagger came led off the 11th inning, and third baseman Andy Jenkins later singled him home for the game winner.

Second baseman Renny Osuna raised his average to .289 with a pair of singles in five trips.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 .280




A+: Bakersfield 7 - Rancho Cucamonga 1
W - Wieland (4-3)
HR - Bianucci (17), McGuiness (2, 3)
32-26, 3.0 GB


Joe Wieland (4.98 ERA/.264 BAA) tore through the Rancho Cucamonga lineup, as he permitted just one hit over seven shutout innings. The 20-year-old walked two and struck out four.

The lone hit was a first-inning bunt single.

Wieland has surrendered one earned run or fewer in each of his last four outings, spanning 23 innings.

First baseman Chris McGuiness (.260/.376/.403) carried the club offensively, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and five runs batted in.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci, who was 1-for-4, launched a solo home run in the seventh inning.

David Paisano (3/4, 2B) and Cody Podraza (3/4, 2B) had three hits apiece.

Right-hander Trevor Hurley worked around a walk in a shutout inning, lowering his ERA to 2.31.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 1 0 0 2 4 0 4.98




A: Hickory 5 - Lakewood 3
W - Ramirez (9-8)
SV - Yan (1)
29-27, 3.5 GB


Neil Ramirez (3.25 ERA/.214 BAA in August) continued to roll. The Virginia Beach native worked six innings for the fourth consecutive start. He allowed one run on three hits, walking two and striking out six.

The Crawdads were facing first-place Lakewood for the first time this season––home or away.

Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B), Yefry Castillo (2/4, 2B) and Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Johan Yan (2.27 ERA/.203 BAA) picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 1 1 2 6 0 4.42




SSA: Spokane 4 - (@) Yakima 6
L - Grullon (0-3)
14-13, 4.0 GB


Juan Grullon dropped to 0-3 on the season, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits over five innings of work.

Though the Spokane bullpen pitched well, the offense wasn't able to get quite enough going.

Lefty Kevin Johnson worked two shutout frames while right-hander Tim Steggall yielded just an unearned run in two innings.

Outfielder Jared Hoying (.325/.378/.553) raised his average to .325 with three singles in five plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RF-LF Jared Hoying
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .325




RK: AZL Rangers 2 - (@) AZL Mariners 5 (7 innings - Game 1)
L - Melo (3-4)
HR - Vitale (1)


The Rookie Rangers fell into an early hole when starting pitcher Carlos Melo permitted four runs on six hits and three walks in just four innings.

Catcher Carson Vitale tried to get the Rangers back into the contest with a two-run homer––the first of his professional career––in the seventh inning.

Jhonny Gomez (2/3, 2B) had two hits, including his sixth double of the season.

Jordan Akins (1/3, 2B) also doubled.

Player of the Game: C Carson Vitale
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .274


RK: AZL Rangers 5 - AZL Mariners 4 (7 innings - Game 2)
W - Haase (4-0)
SV - Van Meter (1)
29-23, 0.5 GU


Shawn Blackwell allowed three runs on six hits over three innings, but the Rangers' bullpen got the job done in a big way.

Righties Cody Buckel and Joe Van Meter both struck out two baggers in a 1-2-3 inning.

Sinkerballing righty Anthony Haase fanned two in two innings, giving up only a solo home run.

Cleanup hitter Tomas Telis, who was 2-for-3, came through with a big two-RBI hit late in the game.

Teodoro Martinez (2/4), Jhonny Gomez (2/3) and Drew Robinson (2/3) also singled twice.

Player of the Game: DH Tomas Telis
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 .309




DSL: DSL Rangers - Season Completed
42-23, 5.0 GU


The Dominican Rangers won the San Pedro Division for the third consecutive season, but they lost to the DSL Reds in the first round of the playoffs.



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