Minor League Roundup - 7/14
Volquez struck out 10 on Saturday night
Volquez struck out 10 on Saturday night
LoneStarDugout.com
Posted Jul 15, 2007


Right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez stood out on Saturday, as he struck out 10 batters while walking none in seven innings of work. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – Round Rock 6
L – Simon (3-9)
HR – Matranga (7)
45-47, 2.5 GB


Starter Alfredo Simon saw his record fall to 3-9 as he allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out two.

It was just another game for Jason Botts, who was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. The double added on to Botts’ career-high of 34.

Third baseman Dave Matranga was 1-for-3 with a home run and a base on balls.

Player of the game: LF Jason Botts
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 1 1 0 2 2 1 .320


AA: Frisco 3 – Corpus Christi 1
W – Volquez (8-1)
SV – Ingram (19)
13-9, 0.5 GB


Right-hander Edinson Volquez turned in a masterful outing against the Hooks on Saturday evening. The hard-throwing righty scattered four hits over seven innings, leading to just one run. He struck out 10 without issuing a walk.

Outside of a pair of starts at the Double-A level, walks have not been an issue for Volquez. He has given out just 19 free passes in 58.1 innings with Frisco. The prospect has walked more than two batters in only two of his 11 starts.

Volquez has also struck out 34 batters over his last 23 innings pitched.

Second baseman German Duran broke out of a mini-slump with a double and a triple in four at-bats.

DH Anthony Webster (2/5) and right fielder John Mayberry (2/4) each singled twice.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs was 0-for-1, but he walked three times.

Kea Kometani threw a hitless eighth inning while closer Jesse Ingram added a hitless ninth. Ingram improved to 19-for-19 in save opportunities this season.

Player of the game: RHP Edinson Volquez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 1 1 0 10 1 3.55


A+: Bakersfield 2 – Visalia 10
L – Schlact (5-6)
8-15, 6.5 GB


Chris Davis extended his hitting streak to 32 games. He was 1-for-4 with a single. The California League record is 35 games.

First baseman Freddie Thon was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and left fielder Truan Mehl singled twice.

Michael Schlact gave up four runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Reliever Kevin Altman struck out two in a scoreless inning.

Player of the game: 1B Freddie Thon
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 .270


A: Clinton 2 – (@) Dayton 8
L – Haar (3-1)
9-12, 3.0 GB


Jeremiah Haar was knocked around for eight runs – seven earned – on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings on Saturday. Even with the extremely poor outing, Haar’s ERA stands at 2.52 on the season.

Centerfielder David Paisano recorded the club’s only extra base hit. He was 1-for-4 with a double.

Left fielder Chad Tracy, whose average has dropped to .259, was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Relief pitchers Tim Gudex (3 IP), John Slusarz (1.1 IP), and Chris Dennis (1 IP) didn’t allow a run.

Player of the game: LHP Tim Gudex
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 3.20


SSA: Spokane 6 – Yakima 3
W – Nelo (1-1)
SV – Reed (1)
HR – Gradoville (1)
10-15, 0.0 GB


Spokane starting pitcher Derek Holland struck out six in 3 2/3 innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits.

Leadoff hitter Kyle Murphy reached base via single, walk, and hit by pitch.

Left fielder Steven Marquardt (.250/.372/.319) singled three times in four at-bats.

Catcher Chris Gradoville (.313/.395/.531) hit his first professional home run, a three-run shot in the fifth inning. He also added a single.

Southpaw Ryan Falcon (2.42 ERA/.246 BAA) fanned five in 2 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up one unearned run.

In 18 2/3 innings of work with the Indians, Falcon has struck out 26 while walking just two.

Reliever Evan Reed, the 110th overall pick in this year’s draft, tossed a scoreless inning in his professional debut.

Player of the game: C Chris Gradoville
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .313


RK: AZL Rangers 4 – AZL Mariners 1
W – Nam (3-1)
SV – Santana (1)
8-11, 5.5 GB


Four AZL Rangers pitchers combined to hold the Mariners to just one run on four hits.

Starter Carlos Pimentel started it, giving up one run on two hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Kennil Gomez, a 19-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, surrendered just one hit in three scoreless innings. He struck out five.

Korean hurler Yoon-Hee Nam threw two shutout frames, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Righty Julio Santana struck out one in a scoreless inning. Santana, who walked 13 batters in 15 2/3 innings with the AZL Rangers last season, has not issued a walk in nine innings this year.

Second baseman Jonathan Ogden was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Third baseman Emmanuel Solis and left fielder Eric Fry doubled for their only hit of the game.

Player of the game: RHP Kennil Gomez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 3.29


DSL: San Pedro Rangers 6 – (@) San Pedro Orioles 3
W – Sibid (1-1)
SV – Rosendo (1)


Left-handed pitcher Kelvin Borjas surrendered two runs in six innings. He allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out one.

Right fielder Guillermo Pimentel had the team’s only extra base hit, as he was 1-for-4 with a double.

Player of the game: LHP Kelvin Borjas
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 5 2 2 1 1 0 3.56




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