Minor League Roundup - 9/3

The High-A Bakersfield Blaze were officially eliminated from California League playoff contention on Friday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - Omaha 1
W - Ballard (6-8)
SV - Madrigal (2)
HR - Tomlin (2)
73-67, 3.0 GU

After Friday's victory, the RedHawks now lead the division by three games with three remaining. Their division-clinching magic number sits at one.

Starting pitcher Mike Ballard (5.09 ERA/.311 BAA) turned in one of his best performances of the season, working seven innings and allowing one run. He gave up four hits while walking one and striking out five.

Leadoff hitter Esteban German (.281/.371/.390) had three singles and three stolen bases. The 32-year-old infielder has 49 swipes in 55 attempts this season.

Right fielder James Tomlin was 1-for-3 with a solo home run, his second in Triple-A.

Cleanup hitter and catcher Max Ramirez singled once and walked once in four trips.

The Oklahoma City offense worked against–-and defeated––former Rangers hurlers Luis Mendoza (6 IP) and Josh Rupe (2 IP).

Warner Madrigal (3.60 ERA/.203 BAA) closed out the game by retiring the final five hitters, striking out two. He has permitted just one run in his last 10.2 innings, spanning six appearances.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
7.0 4 1 1 1 5 0 5.09

AA: Frisco 2 - (@) Corpus Christi 1
W - Gutierrez (1-0)
SV - Murphy (1)
32-35, 2.0 GB

Making his first Double-A start of the season, right-hander Daniel Gutierrez had a fastball that was sitting in the mid-80s, but he pitched well. The hurler yielded only two hits over six shutout innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins (.234/.304/.379) brought home both of his club's runs with a two-run double in the top of the first inning. It would be his only hit.

Second baseman Renny Osuna was 2-for-4 with his 21st double of the season.

John Whittleman (1/3) and Elio Sarmiento (1/3) had the club's other knocks.

Southpaw Tim Murphy (1.59 ERA/.229 BAA) worked two shutout frames to earn his first Double-A save. The 23-year-old gave up zero hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Murphy has 23 strikeouts and just four walks in 22.2 frames with the RoughRiders.

Player of the Game: RHP Daniel Gutierrez
6.0 2 0 0 2 7 0 0.00

A+: Bakersfield 8 - Stockton 9
L - Rijo (0-1)
HR - Bianucci (18), Stoneburner (16), McGuiness (5, 6)
37-30, 4.0 GB

Starting pitcher Ezequiel Rijo, who was promoted from the rookie-level Arizona League, coughed up five runs on four hits and two walks in one-plus innings.

Even after falling into an early 7-1 hole, the Blaze attempted to come back and nearly won the game.

First baseman Chris McGuiness (.255/.376/.445) was a perfect 3-for-3 with two home runs, two walks, and two runs batted in.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner (.290/.363/.499) went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk. The 25-year-old has gone yard in each of his last three contests, including four of the last five.

Cleanup hitter Mike Bianucci was just 1-for-5, but the lone hit was his 18th homer of the season. His two-run bomb brought the Blaze back to within one run in the bottom of the ninth.

Tom Mendonca (2/3, 2B, BB) and Doug Hogan (3/5) also had strong nights at the plate.

Relief pitcher Justin Miller (3.20 ERA/.202 BAA) fanned an incredible seven hitters in 2.1 innings. Every out he recorded was on strikes. The 23-year-old has 51 punchouts on 45 innings this season.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris McGuiness
3 3 3 0 2 3 2 0 .255

A: Hickory 3 - (@) Greenville 2
W - Ortiz (4-1)
SV - Yan (2)
HR - Pimentel (3)
33-33, 7.0 GB

Miguel De Los Santos wasn't very hittable on Friday, but he did have some issues with control. The hard-throwing southpaw surrendered one run on two hits over 5.1 innings, walking five and striking out five. He also uncorked two wild pitches and plunked a batter.

Red-hot right fielder Guillermo Pimentel was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his third with the Crawdads.

Travis Adair (2/4, 2B) and Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B) both singled and doubled.

Diminutive lefty Joe Ortiz fanned three over 1.2 shutout frames, lowering his ERA to 1.54.

Johan Yan picked up his second save after permitting one run over two innings.

Player of the Game: RF Guillermo Pimentel
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .232

SSA: Spokane 2 - (@) Tri-City 4
L - Steggall (3-2)
19-17, 4.0 GB

Nick McBride (4.24 ERA/.279 BAA) continued rolling, as he worked five shutout innings. The 6-foot-4 prospect permitted four hits, walked one, and struck out three.

McBride has posted the following line in his last four starts – 22 ip, 16 h, 2 er, 3 bb, 12 k.

The Indians were limited to only two hits in the game. Tri-City starter Josh Hungerman punched out 10 over eight shutout frames, dropping his ERA to 2.18.

Andrew Clark (1/2, 2 BB) and Oduber Herrera (1/3) had the hits.

Jhonny Gomez, who was a first baseman with the Surprise Rangers, played right field and went 0-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

Tim Steggall suffered the loss after he allowed four unearned runs in one inning.

Left-hander Chris Hanna worked a shutout eighth in his Spokane debut. He allowed one hit, walked zero, and struck out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
5.0 4 0 0 1 3 0 4.24

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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