Minor League Roundup - 8/27

Bakersfield dropped a pitchers' duel on Friday evening while the rookie-level Surprise Rangers inched to within one game of a postseason berth. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Albuquerque 12
L - Mathis (5-6)
HR - Iribarren (7)
70-62, 4.0 GU

The RedHawks pitching struggled on Friday night at Isotopes Park.

Starter Doug Mathis (5.75 ERA/.322 BAA) was beaten around for seven runs on 11 hits (including two homers) over five innings.

Lefty Zach Phillips, who has been difficult to hit, permitted five runs on seven hits and three walks in only three frames. Phillips hadn't allowed more than five hits in an outing since August 2008.

Left fielder Hernan Iribarren (.370/.396/.560 in August) continued to mash, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Max Ramirez (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) and Ryan Garko (1/4, 2B) both doubled once. Ramirez is 19-for-53 (.358) with 11 walks in 16 contests this month.

Centerfielder Willy Taveras singled twice in four trips, raising his average to .271 through 12 games with Oklahoma City.

Player of the Game: LF Hernan Iribarren
3 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .274

AA: Frisco 4 - San Antonio 2
W - Perez (5-7)
SV - Tufts (1)
29-31, 1.0 GB

Frisco took the field with three big league rehabbers on Friday, and the two hitters had the bulk of the offensive production.

Second baseman Cristian Guzman was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, and DH Nelson Cruz was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI of his own.

Right-hander Dustin Nippert pitched the first inning, striking out the side and throwing 14 of his 16 pitches for strikes. The 29-year-old is looking to return after being hit on the head by a line drive on July 19.

Young lefty Martin Perez (5.80 ERA/.289 BAA) followed Nippert with four strong innings. He allowed two runs while scattering six hits, walking two, and striking out six. Perez needed 86 pitches to complete the four frames.

Left fielder Marcus Lemon (.267/.318/.353) was 1-for-3 with a triple and a base on balls.

Joey Butler raised his average to .279 with a pair of singles in four at-bats. The Mississippi native has an impressive 16-game hitting streak.

Relievers Brennan Garr (1.2 IP), Beau Jones (1.1 IP) and Tyler Tufts (1 IP) combined for four scoreless frames to finish out the victory.

Jones returned to the bullpen after yielding seven runs in 5.1 innings over two starts.

Player of the Game: 2B Cristian Guzman
3 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 .667

A+: Bakersfield 1 - (@) Inland Empire 2
L - Boscan (9-13)
32-28, 5.0 GB

Dodgers prospect and Baylor product Aaron Miller took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Blaze.

Bakersfield starter Wilfredo Boscan (4.51 ERA/.290 BAA) was nearly as good and ended up picking up the eight-inning complete game. It was the first complete-game effort of his career.

The 20-year-old righty held Inland Empire to two runs (one earned) on five hits over those eight innings. He walked one, fanned five, and induced 13 groundouts against five flyouts.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.236/.318/.358) was 2-for-3 with a double and the team's only run batted in. He was also hit by a pitch.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner (1/4) singled for the other knock.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
8.0 5 2 1 1 5 0 4.51

A: Hickory 2 - Lakewood 7
L - Tullis (6-2)
30-29, 4.5 GB

Scuffling starter Braden Tullis (6.15 ERA/.346 BAA in August) yielded seven runs (five earned) in five innings on Friday. He didn't issue a walk but allowed eight hits, including a three-run homer.

The Hickory offense was able to muster just two runs on six hits against the first-place Lakewood club.

Third baseman Ed Koncel, who was 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk, had the team's lone extra-base hit.

Jared Bolden (1/3, BB) and Edwin Garcia (1/3, BB) both singled and walked.

Shortstop Leury Garcia singled, stole his 45th base, and committed a pair of errors.

The Crawdads got solid shutout relief work from Johan Yan (2 IP), Ovispo De Los Santos (1 IP) and Joe Ortiz (1 IP). Yan and Ortiz struck out two batters apiece.

Player of the Game: RHP Johan Yan
2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.14

SSA: Spokane 3 - (@) Yakima 2
W - Henry (4-3)
SV - Killian (5)
16-13, 2.0 GB

After Spokane took the lead in the top of the sixth, the bullpen responded by retiring 12 of the final 13 Yakima hitters.

Starter Ben Henry (5.33 ERA/.295 BAA) tip-toed around eight hits and four walks in five innings and only surrendered two runs. He struck out four.

Playing on his 22nd birthday, third baseman Mike Olt (.299/.395/.462) was 3-for-6 with a double and a base on balls. Olt has improve with each of his three months in pro ball, and he has a .913 OPS in August.

Jurickson Profar (2/4, 2B) and Alejandro Selen (1/4, 2B) also had two-baggers. Selen, who has been a second baseman, played left field on Friday.

Ryan Strausborger (2/3, 2 HBP) and Jake Skole (2/4) both singled twice.

The impressive bullpen trio included right-handers Jorge Marban (2 IP), Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) and Colby Killian (1 IP). Marban struck out four and Rodebaugh fanned two.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
4 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 .299

RK: AZL Rangers 9 - (@) AZL Royals 2
W - Hanna (1-1)
30-23, 1.5 GU

The Surprise Rangers responded to their most important game of the season by posting a phenomenal all-around performance that included nice pitching, slick defense, and 18 hits.

After starter Ezequiel Rijo permitted two runs in three innings, lefty Chris Hanna (0.98 ERA/.194 BAA) provided some brilliance.

The 18-year-old South Carolina native struck out 10 hitters over five shutout innings. He gave up two hits without issuing a walk.

In 27.2 innings this season, Hanna has given up 20 hits while walking only four and striking out 38.

The club got plenty of production from the offense, as they picked up nine base hits with runners in scoring position.

Cleanup hitter Tomas Telis (.329/.353/.429) was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, two runs batted in, and a stolen base.

Outfielder Travis Meiners (.288/.383/.413) went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk.

Alberto Puello took advantage of a rare start behind the plate by going 2-for-5 with his first double of the season.

Teodoro Martinez (2/5), Luis Sardinas (2/6), Oduber Herrera (2/5) and Jhonny Gomez (2/5) all singled twice.

Reliever Jose Monegro closed out the game by striking out all three men he faced in the ninth inning. The Dominican Republic native has given up one run and fanned 12 in 8.1 innings this month.

With the victory, the Surprise Rangers extended their lead to 1.5 games on the Royals with just two regular season contests remaining. They can clinch on Saturday with a victory or a Royals loss.

Player of the Game: LHP Chris Hanna
5.0 2 0 0 2 10 0 0.98

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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