Minor League Roundup - 9/4

The Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks became the sixth Texas Rangers affiliate to clinch a playoff berth this season. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at Saturday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - Omaha 2
L - McCarthy (4-2)
73-68, 3.0 GU

The RedHawks lost on Saturday, but so did Albuquerque. The Isotopes' loss allowed Oklahoma City to clinch a Pacific Coast League American South division title. They'll begin the playoffs on Wednesday with a best-of-five series.

Brandon McCarthy (3.36 ERA/.234 BAA) was the tough-luck loser, as he gave up two runs on six hits over 6.2 innings. The 27-year-old walked two and struck out six.

McCarthy's overall numbers with the RedHawks have been solid, but he has been home run-prone. He has served up seven long balls in his last four starts.

Lefty reliever Zach Phillips (3.17 ERA/.271 BAA) permitted one hit in 1.1 shutout frames. Willie Eyre finished it off with a blank ninth, dropping his ERA to 3.30.

The OKC bats had only four hits on the night.

The hits came from Hernan Iribarren (1/3, 2B), Willy Taveras (2/4) and Esteban German (1/3, BB).

Player of the Game: RHP Brandon McCarthy
6.2 6 2 2 2 6 1 3.36

AA: Frisco 5 - (@) Midland 0
W - Jones (3-0)
33-35, 1.0 GB

Frisco's pitching staff picked up its 10th shutout of the season on Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Richard Bleier (5.04 ERA/.291 BAA) began the game with three shutout innings on 41 pitches. His night was cut short in order to help set up the club's playoff rotation.

Beau Jones (2.91 ERA/.197 BAA) followed with four scoreless innings. The southpaw gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out one.

Right-hander Fabio Castillo kept the RockHounds off the board for the final two frames. He yielded one hit and walked one without getting a strikeout.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez (.264/.329/.296) had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, and his 14th stolen base.

Catcher Jose Felix was 2-for-4 with a two-bagger.

Emerson Frostad (2/3, BB) and Andy Jenkins (2/4) both singled twice.

Another hitless night for Engel Beltre dropped his Double-A batting average to .244. The prospect is just 1-for-24 over his last six contests.

Player of the Game: LHP Beau Jones
4.0 2 0 0 2 1 0 2.91

A+: Bakersfield 10 - Stockton 14
L - Gomez (5-9)
HR - Hogan (5), Paisano (5)
37-31, 5.0 GB

The Blaze and Ports played an old fashioned California League slugfest on Saturday night.

Bakersfield starting pitcher Kennil Gomez was hammered for 11 runs over three-plus innings. He gave up 12 hits (including three homers) and walked three without getting a strikeout.

The 22-year-old Gomez concludes his 2010 campaign with a very disappointing 6.47 earned-run average in 97.1 innings. The hurler has good stuff, but he hasn't quite been able to harness it.

Designated hitter David Paisano (.278/.334/.370) had a big night, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in.

Doug Hogan played left field and belted a two-run homer, his fifth of the season, in his only plate appearance.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci (.254/.306/.430) was 4-for-5 with his 22nd double of the year. Tom Mendonca (2/4, 2B) and Joe Bonadonna (1/4, 2B) also doubled once.

Catcher Vin DiFazio went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Left-hander Geuris Grullon, recently promoted from Spokane, surrendered two runs (one earned) on four hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Utility infielder Jake Kaase tossed a scoreless inning to close out the game. He has three shutout frames between Double-A Frisco and High-A Bakersfield this summer.

Player of the Game: DH David Paisano
4 2 2 0 1 4 0 1 .278

A: Hickory 2 - (@) Greenville 10
L - Thompson (9-9)
HR - E. Garcia (2)
33-34, 8.0 GB

Matt Thompson appears to be limping to the finish line in his first year of full-season ball. The Metroplex native was socked for seven runs on 10 hits in only 3.1 frames on Saturday.

Neil Ramirez worked in relief, giving up a solo home run and striking out three in 1.2 innings. Like Bleier in Frisco, Ramirez appears to be throwing a short outing in order to help set-up the playoff rotation.

Hickory was going up against pitching prospect Chris Balcom-Miller in his first game as a member of the Boston organization. The 21-year-old, who had been playing for Asheville of the Sally League, was recently traded for reliever Manny Delcarmen.

Second baseman Edwin Garcia (.224/.287/.279) provided one of Hickory's runs with a solo homer, his second of the season. He also singled.

Guillermo Pimentel (1/4, 2B) doubled while Jared Bolden (2/4) singled twice in four trips.

Joe Van Meter hurled 1.1 shutout innings to finish out the game for the ‘Dads. He fanned one and walked none.

Player of the Game: 2B Edwin Garcia
4 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 .224

SSA: Spokane 5 - (@) Tri-City 3
W - Melo (1-0)
SV - Rowen (1)
HR - Olt (9)
20-17, 4.0 GB

Coming off a 13-strikeout performance in the Arizona League playoffs, right-hander Carlos Melo was promoted to Spokane and started for the Indians on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native held his own, giving up just one run over five innings. He yielded one hit while walking four and striking out three.

Third baseman Mike Olt was nearly perfect at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and three walks. His sixth-inning long ball would turn out to be the eventual difference in the game.

Slugging corner outfielders Jared Hoying and Josh Richmond both singled twice and doubled once.

Ryan Strausborger (1/5) and Kellin Deglan (1/4) had the team's other two hits.

Colby Killian (2.22 ERA/.224 BAA) worked a hitless eighth with two strikeouts while Ben Rowen (1.09 ERA/.155 BAA) did the same in the ninth. The submarining Rowen earned his first professional save.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
2 2 1 0 1 2 3 1 .291

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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