Minor League Roundup - 6/26

Nelson Cruz raised his average to .371

The Oklahoma RedHawks provided some excitement with a five-run bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at that game plus all others in the Rangers organization.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – Omaha 4
W – Rowe (3-2)
SV – Murray (4)
37-40, 5.5 GB


The RedHawks stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the eighth to give them a two-run victory.

Oklahoma's offense didn't record any extra base hits, but centerfielder Freddy Guzman (2/4), right fielder Nelson Cruz (2/4), and catcher Chris Stewart (2/3) all singled twice.

Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon battled command issues throughout the game. He surrendered four runs on eight hits in seven innings, walking five and fanning three.

Steve Rowe got the victory while A.J. Murray picked up the save. Each threw one scoreless inning.

Player of the game: RF Nelson Cruz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 .371


AA: South All Stars 5 – North All Stars 4 (10 innings)


The four Frisco position players combined for zero hits in Tuesday night's game. Shortstop Casey Benjamin was 0-for-3 with two walks while second baseman German Duran, centerfielder Anthony Webster, and catcher Kevin Richardson each went 0-for-2.

Pitchers Doug Mathis and Luis Mendoza each threw scoreless innings.

A+: Bakersfield 3 – (@) Lancaster 5
L – Walker (2-9)
0-6, 5.0 GB


Right fielder Jon Weber (1/3, BB), left fielder Ben Harrison (1/2, 2 BB), and third baseman Chris Davis (1/4) all had one double in the game.

Designated hitter Taylor Teagarden didn't double, but he did single and walk in four plate appearances.

Starting pitcher Andy Walker allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Jose Marte followed with two punchouts in two innings of hitless relief. Marte walked one.

Player of the game: LF Ben Harrison
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 .333


A: Clinton 4 – Quad Cities 5
L – Coffman (5-3)
HR – Whittleman (14), Paisano (2)
3-2, 0.5 GB


Starting pitcher Broc Coffman was hung with the loss after he was stuck for all five runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Relievers Brett Zamzow and John Slusarz each allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon (.255/.345/.329) was 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly. He is now hitting .333 in 21 games this month.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.318/.423/.588) was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

Centerfielder David Paisano also went deep for his second home run of the season.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.282/.329/.335) singled twice and stole his 22nd base of the season. Backstop Manny Pina also singled twice. Pina is 19-for-45 at the plate in June.

Player of the game: 3B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 .318


SSA: Spokane 4 – (@) Salem-Keizer 2
W – Brigham (2-0)
SV – Dennis (3)
HR – Greene (2)
4-4, 1.0 GU


Starting pitcher Jacob Brigham won his second start in as many tries on Tuesday. The righty yielded two runs on three hits in five innings of work. He walked two without recording a strikeout.

Catcher Jonathan Greene, a product of Western Carolina, was 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk. He was also hit by a pitch.

Leadoff hitter Matt Lawson singled, walked twice, and stole his third base of the season.

Third baseman Kenneth Smith was 2-for-4 with a double while left fielder Tim Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

Left-handed pitcher Ryan Falcon tossed two perfect innings with one strikeout.

Closer Chris Dennis earned his third save of the season with two innings of hitless relief. The Auburn product walked two and struck out two.

Player of the game: C Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 .333


RK: AZL Rangers 5 – (@) AZL Angels 9
L – Wilkins (0-1)
2-2, 1.0 GB


Sixth round pick Bobby Wilkins made his professional debut and allowed two unearned runs on three hits in one inning. He didn't walk a batter and struck out one.

Leadoff hitter Cody Podraza was caught stealing twice, but he also singled and walked in four plate appearances. The Tomball High School product has walked four times this season without striking out.

Second baseman Chad Ogden (2/5, 2 2B), first baseman Michael Ortiz (2/4), and third baseman Matt West (2/4, 3B) all had two hits.

Player of the game: C Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 .500


DSL: San Pedro Rangers 0 – (@) San Pedro Pirates 5
L – Mendoza (1-2)


Though he allowed just one hit in four innings of work, starting pitcher Anyenil Mendoza (2.89 ERA/.169 BAA) lost his second game of the season. Mendoza surrendered three runs, but just one was earned. He walked three and struck out five.

Reliever Amaury Sepulveda gave up two hits in three scoreless innings. He walked one and fanned three.

First baseman Alberto Puello (.261/.390/.326) was 2-for-3 with a double while catcher Leonel De Los Santos singled twice in three at-bats.

Player of the game: 1B Alberto Puello
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 .261


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