Minor League Roundup - 8/31

The offenses scuffled throughout the Texas Rangers system on Tuesday night, but Spokane was able to pick up a well-played victory over Boise. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - Nashville – PPD (Rain)
71-64, 3.0 GU

Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader between the RedHawks and Sounds was postponed due to rain. They'll help make it up with a doubleheader beginning at 3:05 p.m. Central on Wednesday.

AA: Frisco 1 - (@) Corpus Christi 4
L - Chick (1-2)
30-34, 2.0 GB

The RoughRiders were done in by a pair of experienced pitchers on Tuesday. Rehabbing closer Matt Lindstrom tossed a scoreless first inning before lefty Polin Trinidad finished it off with eight strong frames.

Frisco starter Travis Chick struggled once again, as he permitted four runs on 10 hits over four innings. The 26-year-old has a 6.89 earned-run average in four starts with the ‘Riders.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins was 2-for-4 with a double, his club's only extra-base hit of the game.

Joey Butler (2/4) singled twice while Guilder Rodriguez (1/2, BB) singled, walked, and drove in Frisco's lone run of the game.

Left-hander Beau Jones (3.14 ERA/.201 BAA) hurled three shutout innings, giving up one hit and one walk. He struck out four. The Louisiana native has 61 strikeouts in 48.2 frames on the season.

Brennan Garr (5.37 ERA/.297 BAA) punched out two in a scoreless eighth inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Beau Jones
3.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 3.14

A+: Bakersfield 1 - (@) Visalia 2
L - Ross (4-4)
35-29, 5.0 GB

After Tuesday's loss, the Blaze are now five games out of first with just six remaining.

Starting pitcher Robbie Ross limited the Rawhide to two runs over six innings of work, though he was a little uncharacteristically wild. The southpaw gave up five hits, walked four, and struck out seven.

First baseman Chris McGuiness attempted to break out of a slump by going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run batted in.

Davis Stoneburner (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Chris Gradoville (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Mike Bianucci, who singled once in four trips, had the team's only other hit.

Bakersfield's offense certainly had its share of chances through the game. Though they scored just one run on five hits, the team went 1-for-11 with men in scoring position and left 10 on base.

Under-the-radar lefty reliever Shane Zegarac (2.92 ERA/.256 BAA) hurled 1.1 shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
6.0 5 2 2 4 7 1 4.98

A: Hickory 1 - (@) Asheville 2 (7 innings - Game 1)
L - O. De Los Santos (1-3)

Young left-hander Robbie Erlin (2.18 ERA/.213 BAA) didn't factor in the decision despite pitching well. He limited Asheville to one unearned run over 5.1 innings. Erlin scattered four hits, walked one, and fanned six.

The 6-foot-0, 175-pound prospect is now up to 121 strikeouts against 17 walks in 111.2 innings this season.

Hard-throwing closer Ovispo De Los Santos ended up losing the game by surrendering a game-tying RBI triple followed by the game-winning infield single in the bottom of the eighth.

The offensive produced only four hits in the seven-inning contest.

All four of the hits came against 2009 Rockies first-round selection Tyler Matzek, who permitted one run and fanned five over four innings.

Catcher Zach Zaneski, who was 2-for-3 with his 26th double, had the only extra-base knock.

Leury Garcia (1/3) and Yefry Castillo (1/3) both singled once.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
5.1 4 1 0 1 6 0 2.18

A: Hickory 3 - (@) Asheville 6 (8 innings - Game 2)
L - Yan (0-2)
31-32, 6.0 GB

The Crawdads were swept in the doubleheader after combining for only nine hits in 14 total innings.

Game-two starter Chad Bell worked six innings, giving up three runs. He permitted four hits while walking one and striking out two.

Centerfielder Jared Bolden (1/3, 3B) tripled while catcher Leonel De Los Santos (1/3, 2B) doubled.

Leury Garcia (1/3), Travis Adair (1/4) and Edwin Garcia (1/2) singled for Hickory's only other hits.

Sidearming reliever Johan Yan (2.75 ERA/.197 BAA) worked a blank seventh but lost the game when he coughed up a walkoff three-run homer to prospect Nolan Arenado in the eighth.

Player of the Game: LHP Chad Bell
6.0 4 3 3 1 2 1 2.72

SSA: Spokane 5 - (@) Boise 3
W - Stanford (5-0)
SV - Killian (7)
HR - Olt (8)
19-14, 3.0 GB

The Indians wrapped up a home series against Boise on Monday night. On Tuesday, they traveled the seven-ish hours to Boise to continue playing the Hawks.

Tim Stanford lowered his earned-run average to 1.90 while picking up his fifth victory of the summer. The 6-foot-0, 191-pound Australian worked five shutout frames while scattering seven singles. He walked one and struck out four.

Third baseman Mike Olt was just 1-for-5, but the one knock was his eighth home run of the season.

Left fielder Alejandro Selen was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Selen is returning from Tommy John surgery this season. He has been strong offensively this summer––posting a .318/.382/.432 slash line––but defensive troubles have limited him to only 27 games. Selen has recently moved from second base to left field.

Leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar belted his 19th double for his lone hit in five trips.

Santiago Chirino (2/4) and Kevin Torres (2/4) both singled twice and knocked in a run.

Big left-hander Geuris Grullon made the game interesting when he failed to retire any of the four hitters he faced in the seventh inning. Grullon yielded three runs on three hits and a hit batter.

Ryan Rodebaugh and Colby Killian closed it out with one shutout frame apiece.

The 22-year-old Killian features a fastball that reaches the mid-90s with plenty of natural movement, though he ran into problems with walks earlier in the summer. He has issued only two free passes over his last 7.2 innings.

Player of the Game: LF Alejandro Selen
3 0 2 1 0 2 1 1 .318

RK: AZL Rangers - Season Completed
31-24, 0.5 GU

The Surprise Rangers won the Arizona League's West Division but lost to the AZL Brewers in the league's semifinals.

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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