Minor League Roundup - 8/29

Spokane won its fourth consecutive game on Sunday evening while 17-year-old shortstop Jurickson Profar contributed with some power. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - (@) Albuquerque 10
L - Snyder (0-1)
HR - Brown (10), Taveras (2)
70-64, 2.0 GU

After losing four-of-five to the second-place Isotopes, Oklahoma City saw its division lead shrink to only two games with nine remaining.

The RedHawks pitching struggled all series, as they surrendered double-digit runs in each of the four losses.

Lefty Ben Snyder made his Triple-A debut as a starting pitcher, and it didn't go well at all. He was rocked for 10 runs on nine hits (including three homers) in only three innings. Snyder walked one and struck out three.

The bullpen did a strong job through the remainder of the game, though the offense was never able to catch up.

Sidearming right-hander Cody Eppley came off the disabled list to pitch three shutout frames on just 26 pitches. Eppley recorded six groundouts and three strikeouts.

Willie Eyre and Pedro Strop added one scoreless frame apiece.

Centerfielder Willy Taveras (.268/.323/.446) was 2-for-5 with a home run, his second in eight games. The veteran speedster hadn't hit two home runs in an entire season since 2007.

Left fielder Matt Brown went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo round-tripper.

Hernan Iribarren (2/4, 2B) and Chris Davis (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Iribarren has yet to show any sign of slowing down. The former Brewers prospect is batting .370 with six doubles and five home runs in 28 games this month.

Player of the Game: LF Matt Brown
4 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 .257

AA: Frisco 6 - Midland 4
W - Hamburger (1-0)
HR - Jenkins (10)
30-32, 1.0 GB

Dustin Nippert's second rehab appearance with the ‘Riders was successful, as he logged 2.1 hitless innings. The tall righty threw 21 of his 33 pitches for strikes and walked one while fanning four.

Michael Schlact followed by yielding two runs (one earned) while scattering seven hits in 4.2 innings.

The story of the game was designated hitter Andy Jenkins (.233/.303/.380), who provided five of Frisco's six runs. Jenkins went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and five RBI.

The 27-year-old belted a three-run homer in the first inning before adding the game-winning two-run double in the eighth.

Rehabber Cristian Guzman played third base and went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Second baseman Ian Kinsler was 1-for-3 with a run batted in.

Emerson Frostad (2/3, 2B, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Making his Double-A debut, an erratic Fabio Castillo permitted two runs on a hit and two walks in just one-third of an inning.

Castillo, who hadn't permitted an earned run in his final 15 outings at High-A Bakersfield, pitched a scoreless inning for the Blaze on Saturday before flying to Frisco and pitching on Sunday.

Mark Hamburger (2.87 ERA/.246 BAA) came in to save the day, working 1.2 shutout frames to earn his first Double-A victory. Hamburger has 17 strikeouts in his first 15.2 innings with Frisco.

Player of the Game: DH Andy Jenkins
4 1 2 1 1 5 0 1 .233

A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) Inland Empire 3
W - Gutierrez (1-4)
SV - Hurley (2)
HR - DiFazio (2)
34-28, 4.0 GB

Riverside native Daniel Gutierrez returned (close to) home and picked up his first win with Bakersfield. The 23-year-old permitted three runs (two earned) on three hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five.

The offense had only four hits in the game, but they made them count, as the club plated four runs.

Catcher Vin DiFazio went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk.

Though the 24-year-old is just 5-for-33 since his promotion to High-A, he has four extra-base hits, seven walks, and only six strikeouts.

Davis Stoneburner (1/4), Cody Podraza (1/4) and Andres James (1/3) had the team's other hits. Podraza also stole two bases, giving him three with Bakersfield.

Relief pitchers Yoon-Hee Nam, Hector Nelo and Trevor Hurley tossed one shutout inning apiece to finish out the game. Hurley (2.13 ERA/.159 BAA) struck out two hitters in his perfect frame.

Player of the Game: RHP Daniel Gutierrez
6.0 3 3 2 1 5 0 5.17

A: Hickory - OFF
30-30, 5.5 GB

The Crawdads took Sunday off. They close out the regular season with a nine-game road trip. Despite their recent struggles, Hickory still holds a seven-game lead over Greensboro for the wild card playoff spot.

SSA: Spokane 5 - Boise 4
W - Rodebaugh (4-1)
SV - Killian (6)
HR - Profar (4)
18-13, 2.0 GB

Switch-hitting shortstop Jurickson Profar (.264/.330/.391) is officially on fire. The 17-year-old went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run on Sunday. He is now 16-for-36 (.444) with seven extra-base hits in his last 10 contests.

As Profar continues to settle in at the advanced Northwest League, his numbers have improved. He has five walks and just two strikeouts over the current 10-game stertch.

While Profar went off, starting pitcher Nick McBride (4.57 ERA/.282 BAA) turned in a solid effort. The North Carolina native held Boise to just a solo homer in six innings of work. He gave up three hits and struck out three without walking a batter.

Mike Olt (1/3, BB), Andrew Clark (1/3, BB) and Josh Richmond (1/2, BB, HBP) all singled and walked.

Middle infielder Santiago Chirino (.298/.366/.379) had a single and two runs batted in.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
4 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 .264

RK: AZL Rangers 3 - (@) AZL Brewers 9
L - Thompson (0-1)
HR - Sierra (1)
31-24, 0.5 GU

With the division already locked up, the Surprise Rangers played what basically amounted to a dress rehearsal against Monday's first-round opponent, the AZL Brewers.

Puerto Rican lefty Alexander Claudio got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) while striking out three in two innings.

Australia native Aaron Thompson, who suffered the loss, permitted five runs in only three innings of work.

Leadoff hitter and centerfielder Ruben Sierra (.302/.362/.535) was 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his second in 14 games with the rookie club.

Carson Vitale (2/4, 2B) belted his fourth double and drove in a run.

Johnathon Moore (1/2, BB), Braxton Lane (1/4) and Junior Payano (1/3, BB) had the other hits.

Converted outfielder Edward Alfonzo and lefty Matt Hill both pitched one shutout frame of relief.

After getting shelled early in the summer, Hill took some time off and has been effective in each of his last four appearances.

Player of the Game: DH Carson Vitale
4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .290

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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