Minor League Roundup - 9/2

Double-A Frisco and High-A Bakersfield posted impressive come-from-behind victories on Thursday, with the Blaze victory helping to keep their postseason hopes alive. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - Nashville 3 (7 innings - Game 1)
L - Mathis (5-7)
HR - Garko (12), Teagarden (2)

Thanks to Tuesday's rainout, the RedHawks and Sounds were forced to play their second doubleheader in as many days.

Despite getting 11 hits in the seven-inning contest, Oklahoma City scored its only runs on a pair of solo home runs.

First baseman Ryan Garko was 1-for-2 with his 12th homer and a base on balls.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was 1-for-3, belted his second round-tripper in as many days.

Starting pitcher Doug Mathis was stuck with the loss, as he allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. The right-hander threw 97 pitches and walked two while striking out three.

Reliever Jesus Colome worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning in his first appearance since August 23.

Willy Taveras (2/4), Chris Davis (2/4), Max Ramirez (2/4) and Matt Brown (2/3) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: 1B Ryan Garko
2 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 .241

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - Nashville 5 (7 innings - Game 2)
L - Moscoso (7-7)
HR - Richardson (8)
72-67, 2.0 GU

The RedHawks were swept in the doubleheader and Albuquerque won, cutting OKC's division lead to two full games with four remaining.

Oklahoma City finishes the regular season with a four-game home set against the Omaha Royals (77-62), while the Isotopes travel to Round Rock (55-84) to play the final four.

Guillermo Moscoso (5.18 ERA/.283 BAA) picked up the seven-inning complete game in the losing effort. He permitted five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven.

The 26-year-old Moscoso finishes his regular season with a 5.18 earned-run average in 123.1 innings. He allowed 142 hits, walked 49, and struck out 107. Overall, it has been an uninspiring season for the 40-man roster member.

Kevin Richardson blasted a two-run homer in the second inning, his second dinger in as many nights. The catching duo of Teagarden and Richardson combined for four home runs in the four doubleheader games.

Esteban German played shortstop and went 1-for-4 with his 27th double.

Willy Taveras (1/3, BB) and Matt Brown (1/2, BB) both singled and walked. Taveras is hitting .267 in 19 games with the RedHawks.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
3 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .240

AA: Frisco 8 - (@) Corpus Christi 7 (12 innings)
W - Mobley (2-2)
SV - Tufts (2)
31-35, 2.0 GB

The ‘Riders fought back from a 7-2 deficit to claim the extra-inning victory.

Starting pitcher Clayton Hamilton's night was cut to 1.1 innings, was he was ejected in the second inning for arguing a balk call.

Michael Schlact (7.11 ERA/.330 BAA) came on in long relief and was hit for six runs on eight hits and three walks over 3.1 frames.

After Schlact, the Frisco bullpen combined for 7.1 shutout innings. Fabio Castillo (1.1 IP), Mark Hamburger (2 IP), Chris Mobley (3 IP) and Tyler Tufts (1 IP) teamed up to post the strong effort.

Tufts fanned a pair in a perfect 12th inning, dropping his Double-A ERA to 2.81.

The bats posted eight runs on 17 hits. Catcher Jose Felix, who was 2-for-6, singled home the game-winning run in the top of the 12th.

The big star was right fielder Joey Butler. The Arizona Fall League-bound cleanup hitter went 4-for-5 with his 25th double, a walk, and two RBI. Butler had the club's lone extra-base knock.

Utility men Marcus Lemon and Renny Osuna each had three singles in seven plate appearances. Osuna swiped a pair of bases, giving him 20 on the season.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a free pass.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre singled once and struck out twice in six trips, dropping his Double-A average to .255.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
5 0 4 1 0 2 1 1 .279

A+: Bakersfield 7 - (@) Visalia 4
W - Young (3-3)
SV - Nelo (1)
HR - Stoneburner (15), Mendonca (9), McGuiness (4)
37-29, 3.0 GB

Bakersfield kept its postseason hopes alive with yet another come-from-behind victory. Trailing 4-3 through seven innings, the Blaze scored three runs in the eighth before tacking on one more in the ninth.

The club has four games remaining––a home set against the first-place Stockton Ports. With a three-game difference, the two teams cannot tie. Bakersfield must sweep the series to reach the playoffs.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner (.288/.360/.491) only had one hit in five trips, but that knock was the go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. He has three long balls in his last four games.

University of Oklahoma product Andrew Doyle permitted four runs on five hits in 5.2 innings. The sinkerballer walked three, struck out two, and induced eight groundouts.

Streaky third baseman Tom Mendonca (.239/.322/.376) is heating up again, and he was 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and a walk on Thursday. Mendonca has five extra-base hits over his last six games.

Chris McGuiness (1/3, HR, 2 BB) also went deep and added two walks.

Vin DiFazio went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk while David Paisano singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.

The bullpen posted a strong late-game effort, with Corey Young hurling 1.1 hitless innings and Hector Nelo retiring all six batters he faced, striking out four.

Nelo, a hard-throwing 23-year-old, has 16 walks and 31 strikeouts in 26.2 innings with the Blaze.

Player of the Game: 2B Davis Stoneburner
5 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 .288

A: Hickory 0 - (@) Asheville 13
L - Tullis (6-3)
32-33, 7.0 GB

One day after clinching a playoff spot, Hickory suffered its worst loss of the season.

Braden Tullis' (4.86 ERA/.303 BAA in the second half) recent struggles continued. The 20-year-old lost for the third time in four starts and permitted eight runs––five earned––in 5.1 innings. He yielded eight hits, walked two, and fanned five.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect has allowed 42 hits in 26.1 innings over his last five starts.

The game got further out of hand when right-hander Sam Brown was tagged for five runs in an inning that included a walk, a hit batter, and three wild pitches. Brown's ERA shot up to 6.08.

The Crawdads bats were shut down by Texas Tech product Chad Bettis, who started the game with six scoreless innings.

Left fielder Yefry Castillo went 1-for-3 with a double, his club's only extra-base hit of the night.

Guillermo Pimentel moved up to the five-hole and had a pair of singles in four trips.

Cleanup man Zach Zaneski had a night to forget, going 0-for-4 with four punchouts.

Closer Ovispo De Los Santos was one of the lone bright spots for the ‘Dads. The fireballing reliever struck out four batters in 1.2 shutout frames.

Player of the Game: RHP Ovispo De Los Santos
1.2 2 0 0 0 4 0 3.79

SSA: Spokane 0 - (@) Boise 1
L - Rojas (5-4)
19-16, 4.0 GB

Though four of Spokane's five hits were of the extra-base variety, they weren't able to scratch across a run.

That left Randol Rojas (2.79 ERA/.265 BAA) as the Indians' hard-luck loser. The 19-year-old scattered eight singles and yielded one run over six innings. He fanned two and walked zero.

Rojas has surrendered more than two earned runs just twice in 15 starts this summer. He has been remarkably consistent when it comes to throwing strikes and inducing ground balls.

Smoking hot left fielder Alejandro Selen (.340/.398/.511) was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. He has two doubles, two triples, and a homer in the three games at Boise.

Brett Nicholas (2/3, 2B) and Oduber Herrera (1/3, 2B) both doubled once.

Left-handed reliever Kevin Johnson (1.24 ERA/.222 BAA) punched out the side in a blank seventh inning.

Jorge Marban worked a clean ninth with one strikeout. The non-drafted free agent has yet to permit a run in 13 innings between Arizona and Spokane.

Player of the Game: RHP Randol Rojas
6.0 8 1 1 0 2 0 2.79

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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