Minor League Roundup - 8/28

The rookie-level Surprise Rangers clinched an Arizona League division championship and a playoff berth on Saturday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - (@) Albuquerque 10
L - Ballard (5-8)
HR - Davis (14), Iribarren (8)
70-63, 3.0 GU

After scheduled starting pitcher Derek Holland was recalled to the big leagues on Saturday, lefty Mike Ballard had to step in on short rest.

Ballard was battered for six runs (including two homers) in just two innings.

Hard-throwing righty Tanner Scheppers followed by giving up two runs on four hits in two innings of work. He struck out three.

Third baseman Chris Davis carried the offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run, his 14th of the season.

Esteban German (1/4, 3B) belted his 14th triple of the season.

The RedHawks had only one at-bat with a man in scoring position during the entire game.

Kevin Richardson, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts at the plate, tossed a scoreless eighth inning in relief. The catcher worked around one hit and threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: 3B Chris Davis
4 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 .337

AA: Frisco 0 - Midland 2
L - Hamilton (1-1)
29-32, 2.0 GB

Clayton Hamilton suffered the loss despite turning in another strong effort. He worked six innings, giving up two runs on four hits, walking zero and fanning six.

Hamilton, who had been pitching in a semi-pro league in Pittsburgh until recently, has a 1.93 ERA through his first three starts with Frisco.

The top three spots in the Frisco lineup featured rehabbers Christian Guzman (1/3, BB), Ian Kinsler (0/3) and Nelson Cruz (1/3, BB).

Centerfielder Engel Beltre was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and a strikeout.

Adalberto Flores (1.2 IP) and Tim Murphy (1.1 IP) combined for three innings of hitless, scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: RHP Clayton Hamilton
6.0 4 2 2 0 6 0 1.93

A+: Bakersfield 7 - (@) Inland Empire 3
W - Doyle (1-0)
HR - Mendonca (8)
33-28, 5.0 GB

The Blaze jumped all over former Dodgers first-round selection Ethan Martin, knocking him out before the second inning was completed.

Bakersfield starting pitcher Andrew Doyle bounced back from a poor outing to pitch five strong innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits, walking three and fanning two.

The offense tallied 11 hits in the game, but third baseman Tom Mendonca's solo home run––his eighth of the year––was the club's only extra-base knock.

Cody Podraza (2/2, BB), David Paisano (2/5) and Andres James (2/3) all singled twice.

Davis Stoneburner (1/2, 3 BB) and Chris Gradoville (1/3, 2 BB) also reached multiple times.

Fabio Castillo (1.92 ERA/.219 BAA) struck out a pair in a perfect eighth inning. He was promoted to Double-A Frisco after the game.

Trevor Hurley worked a shutout ninth to finish out the game and drop his ERA to 2.22.

Player of the Game: LF Cody Podraza
2 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 .327

A: Hickory 1 - Lakewood 6
L - M. De Los Santos (2-2)
30-30, 5.5 GB

Miguel De Los Santos was extremely erratic, as he issued six walks in 3.2 innings. The hard-throwing southpaw yielded three runs and struck out five.

Matt Thompson, who also didn't have his best day, gave up there runs on five hits in 2.1 innings. He walked two and fanned one.

The Crawdads offense was held to just four hits, and they struck out 13 times in the game.

Jonathan Roof (2/4), Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) and Edwin Garcia (1/3) had the knocks. Left fielder Travis Adair was 0-for-2 with a pair of free passes.

Left-hander Chad Bell (2.50 ERA/.220 BAA) struck out the side while working around a pair of hits in a shutout inning.

Sam Brown worked two shutout frames, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Sam Brown
2.0 2 0 0 1 2 0 4.76

SSA: Spokane 3 - Boise 2
W - Rojas (5-3)
SV - Osborne (1)
17-13, 2.0 GB

Randol Rojas (2.90 ERA/.256 BAA) has been perhaps Spokane's most consistent pitcher this summer. On Saturday, the 19-year-old scattered six hits and allowed two runs over six innings. He walked one and fanned three.

RF Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 3B) tripled while DH Josh Richmond (1/3, 2B) doubled.

Cleanup hitter Andrew Clark singled twice in three trips, raising his average to .302.

Jake Skole (1/3), Mike Olt (1/3) and Santiago Chirino (1/3) had the team's other hits.

Brett Weibley (2 IP) and Zach Osborne (1 IP) closed out the game with three total no-hit, no-run innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Randol Rojas
6.0 6 2 2 1 3 0 2.90

RK: AZL Rangers 13 - AZL Indians 5
W - Strong (2-2)
HR - Martinez (1)
31-23, 1.5 GU

The Surprise Rangers clinched the Arizona League's West Division and a spot in the AZL playoffs on Saturday evening.

As usual, the club got outstanding production from the offense. And it was first baseman Jhonny Gomez stepping up with some clutch hits.

Gomez raised his average to .369 by going 3-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in. He also picked up his third stolen base of the summer.

Centerfielder Teodoro Martinez, who was 2-for-5, added an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the third inning.

Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) and Travis Meiners (1/4, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva singled three times in four trips, raising his average to .314.

Lefty Paul Strong (2.73 ERA/.219 BAA) earned the victory out of the bullpen by working 1.2 scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out three.

The 20-year-old Strong hasn't allowed a hit in his last four appearances, spanning 7.1 innings.

Player of the Game: 1B Jhonny Gomez
4 2 3 1 0 4 0 0 .369

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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