Minor League Roundup - 7/14

Eric Hurley nearly threw a complete game shutout in his rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Monday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 5 – (@) Round Rock 1 (11 innings)
W – Maeda (4-3)
HR – Benjamin (4)
56-43, 9.0 GU

Jared Hyatt put on a strong showing in his first Triple-A start, as he yielded just one run in 6 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out three.

Shortstop Casey Benjamin (1/4, HR) hit a game-tying solo home run in the top of the ninth inning.

Drew Meyer (1/5, 2B) and Nate Gold (2/5, 2B) both doubled. Gold drove in three runs.

Relievers Kiko Calero (0.2 IP), Kea Kometani (2 IP), Yukinaga Maeda (1 IP) and Wes Littleton (1 IP) combined to hold the Express scoreless for 4.2 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Jared Hyatt
6.1 3 1 1 4 3 0 0.96

AA: Frisco 2 – San Antonio 0
W – Hurley (1-0)
SV – Garr (4)
16-7, 4.0 GU

When the Rangers announced that Eric Hurley would throw a 90-pitch rehab start in Frisco, they probably didn't expect him to make a complete game out of it, but that's nearly what Hurley did on Monday.

The right-hander needed only 87 pitches to throw 7 1/3 shutout innings. He scattered four hits – all singles – while walking one and striking out two.

Julio Borbon (1/4, 2B) and rehabbing first baseman Hank Blalock (1/3, 2B) both doubled and drove in a run.

Elvis Andrus, Dustin Majewski, and Tim Gradoville all singled once.

Reliever Brennan Garr earned his fourth save after he allowed two hits in 1 2/3 scoreless frames. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Eric Hurley
7.1 4 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

A+: Bakersfield 6 – (@) Visalia 4
W – Holland (1-0)
SV – Bannister (1)
HR – Herren (3)
10-15, 5.0 GB

Derek Holland produced a quality start in his first High-A outing.

The left-hander went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Catcher Chris Gradoville (.278/.325/.400) went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him eight on the season.

Right fielder K.C. Herren was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

John Whittleman went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. It was his 30th double.

Renny Osuna (2/5), Grant Gerrard (2/5) and Ian Gac (2/5) all singled twice.

John Bannister pitched a hitless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.

Player of the Game: RF K.C. Herren
4 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 .213

A: Clinton 2 – Quad Cities 7
L – Romero (0-1)
HR – Beltre (7), Smith (5)
12-13, 5.0 GB

Levi Romero had issues in his first start with the LumberKings.

The 24-year-old hurler surrendered six runs while walking five in three innings of work.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.287/.310/.432) returned to the lineup and hit yet another home run – his third in his last three starts. Beltre was 2-for-5 with a stolen base. He is now hitting .351 [20-for-57] in July.

Left fielder Tim Smith (.304/.367/.429) was 3-for-4 with a solo home run, his fifth of the year.

Right-hander Julio Santana tossed three shutout innings in relief. He allowed two hits and struck out three without walking a batter.

Adalberto Flores fanned two in a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the Game: LF Tim Smith
4 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 .304

SSA: Spokane 8 – Yakima 2
W – Nevarez (2-1)
SV – Peralta (3)
HR – Hogan (3)
21-6, 5.0 GU

Just when it looked like Martin Perez (3.98 ERA/.301 BAA) may have hit a wall, he rebounds with a strong start.

The 17-year-old southpaw pitched four innings on Monday night, giving up one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out five batters.

Catcher Doug Hogan (.231/.296/.431) was 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his third of the year.

Joey Butler (.386/.490/.542) and Jared Bolden (.250/.296/.359) each went 2-for-4 with a base on balls.

Closer Juan Peralta (2.77 ERA/.200 BAA) struck out two in two innings. He didn't allow a hit or a walk.

After a somewhat rocky start, Peralta hasn't allowed a run in his last eight innings. Over that time, he has given up three hits, walked three, and struck out 11.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
4.0 4 1 1 1 5 1 3.98

RK: AZL Rangers 3 – AZL Mariners 2
W – Nelo (1-0)
SV – Eppley (3)
10-8, 2.5 GB

Miguel De Los Santos made his return from Tommy John on Monday morning.

The left-hander gave up an unearned run and walked two batters in his one inning, but he also struck out the side.

Hector Nelo followed him and earned the victory by allowing one run in three innings of work.

Hot second baseman Alejandro Selen (.250/.341/.389) was 2-for-4 with a double. It was his third consecutive multi-hit effort.

Shortstop Edward Martinez (.311/.373/.378) was 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases, giving him six.

Leadoff hitter Adam Cobb went 0-for-1 with three walks.

Pitchers Ben Henry and Ovispo De Los Santos both tossed two scoreless innings while VCU product Cody Eppley earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Hector Nelo
3.0 6 1 1 0 3 0 1.50

DSL: DSL Rangers1 3 – DSL Pirates 0
W – Rojas (5-1)
SV – Arendell (1)
23-14, 2.0 GB

Jonathan Rojas (2.02 ERA/.198 BAA) continued to be lights out on Monday. He went five innings, giving up no runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Rojas has not allowed an earned run over his last four appearances, spanning 18 innings.

Catcher Mervin Gonzalez (2/4, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit.

Shortstop Edwin Garcia (1/3, BB) singled and walked while centerfielder Edward Alfonzo (1/2, 2 BB) singled and walked twice.

Relievers Denny Peralta (3 IP) and Kelvin Arendell (1 IP) helped to finish the shutout.

Player of the Game: RHP Jonathan Rojas
5.0 4 0 0 2 4 0 2.02

DSL: DSL Rangers2 3 – (@) DSL Astros 12
L – De La Cruz (1-6)
15-22, 10.0 GB

Michael De La Cruz saw his ERA jump to 8.78 after he allowed four earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning. He gave up just one hit, but he walked five batters.

Right fielder Alex Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.

DH Yefry Castillo (.280/.400/.307) singled twice in four at-bats.

Venezuelan righty Jose Urbina surrendered just an unearned run in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Urbina
4.2 3 1 0 3 3 0 7.27


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