Minor League Roundup - 7/23

Cruz has been on fire

The Rangers' minor league clubs were extremely successful on Wednesday, as the U.S. based teams were a perfect 6-0. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – (@) Salt Lake 5 (10 innings)
W – Calero (2-1)
HR – Cruz (33, 14), Gold (16)
60-45, 9.0 GU


Nelson Cruz (.342/.441/.723) added two more home runs on Wednesday evening. His second was the game-winner in the top of the 10th inning. Cruz now has eight round-trippers in his last six games.

Lost in the shuffle is Nate Gold, who hit his second homer in as many days. Gold also had a single and a walk.

Starting pitcher Elizardo Ramirez gave up four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three home runs.

Joaquin Arias (2/3, BB) reached three times while John Mayberry (1/4, 2B, BB) and Jason Ellison (1/5, 2B) both doubled.

Catcher Gerald Laird was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in the second day of his rehab assignment.

Kea Kometani (4.60 ERA/.247 BAA) pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings, striking out one.

Kometani allowed five runs on seven hits in just one inning of work on July 4th. Since that appearance, he hasn't allowed an earned run in 9.1 innings. Over that span, he's surrendered four hits, walked none, and struck out seven.

Player of the Game: RF Nelson Cruz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 .342


AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Midland 0
W – Parker (2-1)
SV – Puffer (1)
20-12, 2.0 GU


Neftali Feliz didn't make his scheduled start on Wednesday, but it's nothing to get alarmed about. The Rangers are simply trying to limit his innings pitched. Feliz has racked up 99 innings this season after throwing just 42.1 last year.

Zack Parker (0.00 ERA/.136 BAA in 16.2 July innings) was strong in the spot-start, as he hurled five scoreless innings. The lefty gave up five hits, walked four, and struck out three.

The Frisco offense plated four runs without the benefit of an extra-base hit.

Julio Borbon (2/5), Elvis Andrus (2/5) and Corey Ragsdale (2/4) all had multiple singles.

DH Ben Harrison and LF Thomas Berkery both singled and walked.

Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez was impressive in relief, racking up four strikeouts in 1.2 shutout innings.

Brandon Puffer finished off the shutout with 2.1 scoreless frames.

Player of the Game: LHP Zack Parker
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 5 0 0 4 3 0 3.83


A+: Bakersfield 5 – (@) San Jose 3
W – Reed (6-5)
SV – Stewart (7)
15-18, 6.0 GB


Evan Reed (5.50 ERA/.268 BAA) yielded two runs on three hits in six innings. He walked two and didn't record a strikeout.

Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon (.318/.405/.458) extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 3-for-5 with his 21st double of the season.

John Whittleman (1/4, 2B, BB) hit his 31st double.

Second baseman Renny Osuna (2/5) singled twice while Ian Gac (1/3, 2 BB), Chris Gradoville (1/4, BB) and K.C. Herren (1/4, BB) all singled and walked.

Tyler Tufts, the Rangers' 32nd round pick in July's MLB Draft, made his High-A debut, throwing two innings. He gave up one unearned run on three hits, striking out one batter.

Jordan Stewart hurled a shutout inning for his seventh save.

Player of the Game: RHP Evan Reed
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 2 2 2 0 0 5.50


A: Clinton 4 – (@) Great Lakes 3
W – Dennis (3-3)
SV – Flores (8)
HR – Moreland (11)
15-17, 6.0 GB


Starting pitcher Blake Beavan had an uncharacteristically high three walks in five innings on Wednesday. He allowed three runs – one earned – in five innings, getting one strikeout.

Chris Dennis followed with two hitless innings. He's allowed just two hits in 10.1 innings this month.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (.325/.411/.649 in July) belted a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to put Clinton on top for good. He also walked in the game.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene and DH Cristian Santana both singled twice in four trips.

Player of the Game: 1B Mitch Moreland
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 .322


SSA: Spokane 3 – Salem-Keizer 2
W – Murphy (2-0)
SV – Brader (2)
28-8, 5.0 GU


Three Spokane runs in the second inning were able to hold up thanks to a solid effort from three pitchers.

Starting pitcher Matt Nevarez walked four batters in four innings, but he limited the opposition to one run on one hit. He struck out six.

Left-hander Tim Murphy followed by striking out seven batters in four scoreless innings. He walked just one batter.

Playing in his first professional game, left fielder Mike Bianucci was 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double.

Matt West (2/4) singled twice while Jason Ogata (1/3, BB), Jared Bolden (1/3, BB) and Eric Fry (1/2, BB) both singled and walked.

Player of the Game: LHP Tim Murphy
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 2 0 0 1 7 0 2.18


RK: AZL Rangers 10 – AZL Cubs 4
W – King (1-1)
HR – Barto (2)
16-9, 2.0 GB


Left fielder Aja Barto (.278/.361/.519) had a big day, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and three RBIs.

Right fielder Lejuan Hill (.250/.340/.525) was just as good, as he smacked three doubles and drove in three runs in four at-bats.

Starter Kyle Ocampo gave up two runs in four innings. He allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out four.

Leonel De Los Santos (2/5, 3B) tripled and Leury Garcia (2/4, 2B) doubled.

First baseman Michael Ortiz and DH Alejandro Selen both singled twice.

Jacksonville State product Justin King didn't yield a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out three without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: LF Aja Barto
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 2 1 1 3 0 1 .278


DSL: DSL Rangers1 19 – DSL Rangers2 5
W – De Leon (2-1)
SV – Rosario (4)
HR – Polanco (3, 4), Solis (3), Ventura (3)
28-17, 4.0 GB


Outstanding offensive performances often seem to be few and far between in the Dominican Summer League, but that certainly one of the case for one of the Rangers' DSL clubs on Wednesday.

Centerfielder Juan Polanco (.241/.385/.383) was 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, and five RBIs.

In case you're wondering, Polanco turned 18-years-old on Tuesday. The right-handed hitter has put up a .186/.325/.304 line against right-handed pitching this season. He's hitting .385/.529/.590 against lefties.

Right fielder Ariel Ventura (.265/.341/.417) went 3-for-6 with a triple, a homer and four RBI. The three-bagger was his fifth of the year.

Third baseman Emmanuel Solis (1/6, HR) hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Mervin Gonzalez scored four runs on the day. He doubled and walked twice.

Starter Kelvin De Leon limited the Rangers2 to one run on three hits and three walks in five innings.

Player of the Game: CF Juan Polanco
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 4 4 2 2 5 0 1 .241


DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 – (@) DSL Rangers1 19
L – Bryan (0-5)
18-27, 14.0 GB


Third baseman Miguel Moreno was one of the few bright spots for the Rangers2, as he was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in.

Catcher Juvenal Lara and second baseman Wilson Ventura both singled twice in five trips. Ventura had two RBI.

Player of the Game: 3B Miguel Moreno
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 1 0 3 0 0 .224


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