Minor League Roundup - 7/19

Cruz socked three home runs

Plenty of players had big nights on Saturday, as the Rangers' farm clubs combined to go 6-1. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 9 – Memphis 5
W – Gordon (3-2)
HR – Cruz (28, 29, 30)
57-44, 9.0 GU


Nelson Cruz (.345/.445/.706) went deep three times on Saturday evening, driving in five runs.

Gordon has been on a tear of late.
The 28-year-old slugger now has 30 home runs on the season to go along with a .345 batting average and 21 stolen bases. He currently rates third in the Pacific Coast League in batting average, second in on-base percentage, first in slugging percentage, and first in steals.

Cruz's teammate, shortstop Joaquin Arias, is second in the league with 20 steals. Arias was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's game.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf (2/3, 2 2B, BB) also doubled twice while Chris Shelton (2/4, 2B), Ryan Roberts (1/3, 2B, BB) and Kevin Richardson (2/3, 2B) all doubled once.

Brian Gordon (2.73 ERA/.275 BAA) was outstanding for the third consecutive start. He gave up only one unearned run on five hits in 6.1 innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out six.

Gordon hasn't surrendered an earned run in his last three starts, spanning 17.2 innings.

Left fielder John Mayberry was hitless in four at-bats. He has put up a disappointing .123/.206/.211 line in July after batting over .300 in his first two months at Triple-A.

Player of the Game: RF Nelson Cruz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 3 3 0 3 5 0 1 .345


Andrus is approaching the .300 mark.
AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Corpus Christi 9
L – Hyatt (0-1)
18-10, 3.0 GU


Jared Hyatt took a shutout into the fifth inning on Saturday, but he limped to the finish line, giving up four runs in his final two innings. He ended up allowing four runs in six innings, striking out five and walking one.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus (.370/.410/.407 in July) was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. He swiped his 38th base of the season.

Dustin Majewski was 0-for-1 with two walks while first baseman J.T. Restko singled and walked in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: SS Elvis Andrus
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 .295


A+: Bakersfield 11 – Visalia 2
W – Holland (2-0)
11-18, 7.0 GB


Derek Holland hurled an absolute gem in just his second High-A start.

Holland fanned nine in eight innings.
The 21-year-old southpaw yielded just an unearned run on two hits in eight innings. He struck out nine without walking a batter.

In his eight starts since June 10, Holland has posted a 1.29 ERA. He's pitched 48.2 innings, surrendering just 26 hits. He has walked nine and struck out 55 over that span.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon was 3-for-5 with three doubles and three runs batted in.

Chad Tracy (2/4, 2B) and Truan Mehl (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

John Whittleman (3/4, BB) and Jake Kaase (3/4) each singled three times while Grant Gerrard (2/5) and Ian Gac (2/5) had two singles.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 2 1 0 0 9 0 1.93


A: Clinton 1 – Fort Wayne 1 (Suspended – 12th inning)
13-15, 5.5 GB


Saturday's game was suspended due to a thunderstorm and high winds with the score knotted at one in the 12th inning. The game will be finished on Sunday afternoon.

SSA: Spokane 14 – (@) Yakima 2
W – Nevarez (3-1)
SV – Murphy (2)
HR – Paisano (3)
25-7, 6.0 GU


Paisano has found his power stroke.
Leadoff hitter David Paisano (.343/.418/.543 in July) went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, and five runs batted in. He now has 16 RBIs in 16 July games despite hitting at the top of the Spokane order.

First baseman Dennis Guinn (2/5, 2 2B) had two doubles and shortstop Ed Koncel (2/4, 2B, BB) doubled once.

Cody Podraza (2/5), Jason Ogata (2/5), Eric Fry (2/5) and Tom Rodriguez (2/5) all singled twice.

Every member of the Spokane lineup had at least one hit on Saturday.

Starting pitcher Martin Perez went four innings, giving up two runs. He struck out three while issuing one walk.

Matt Nevarez (2.65 ERA/.238 BAA) earned the victory with two scoreless innings. Although he has allowed just 15 hits in 17 innings this season – while striking out 16 – the hard-throwing righty has walked 21 batters.

Third round pick Tim Murphy had the best outing of his pro career with three hitless innings. The UCLA product walked one and struck out two.

Player of the Game: CF David Paisano
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 3 2 1 1 5 1 1 .301


RK: AZL Rangers 3 – AZL Brewers 2
W – Wagner (2-0)
HR – Hill (7)
13-9, 2.5 GB


Nelo has been overpowering in the AZL.
Miguel De Los Santos was outstanding in his second start of the year, tossing three innings of scoreless ball. He allowed only one hit and struck out four without walking a batter.

Right-hander Hector Nelo extended the shutout with his four innings. He scattered five hits, walked two, and struck out one.

Centerfielder Lejuan Hill (.206/.308/.441) belted his second home run of the year in the eighth inning. He was 1-for-3.

Leadoff hitter Adam Cobb (2/4) singled twice while second baseman Erik Morrison (1/4, 2B) hit his ninth double.

David Wagner (4.15 ERA/.314 BAA in 8.2 IP) struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn his second win.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel De Los Santos
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0.00


DSL: DSL Rangers1 2 – (@) DSL Pirates 1
W – Grullon (4-1)
SV – Rosendo (3)
26-16, 3.0 GB


Ezequiel Rijo lowered his ERA to an insane 0.38 when he tossed six hitless innings on Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-4 17-year-old [he turns 18 in September] did give up one unearned run while walking two and striking out two.

Catcher Tomas Telis (.274/.355/.378) was 3-for-4 with his ninth double of the season.

Shortstop Edwin Garcia singled twice and walked in four plate appearances.

Relievers Juan Grullon (1 IP) and Ender Rosendo (2 IP) completed the shutout for the Rangers.

Player of the Game: RHP Ezequiel Rijo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0.38


DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 – DSL Astros 2
W – Alvarez (1-1)
SV – Monegro (3)
17-25, 12.0 GB


Starter Michael De La Cruz walked six batters in 4 1/3 innings, but he was able to limit the DSL Astros to no runs on one hit. He struck out four.

Middle infielders Alfredo Chalas and Alex Gonzalez both went 2-for-4.

Catcher Juvenal Lara singled and walked twice in four trips.

Reliever Reynaldo Alvarez got the win after he gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Player of the Game: RHP Reynaldo Alvarez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.2 3 1 1 2 3 0 2.08


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