Minor League Roundup - 8/6

Andrus hit his third home run of the second half

Frisco middle infielders Jose Vallejo and Elvis Andrus flashed their power on Wednesday while Spokane hurler Carlos Pimentel hurled five shutout innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – Tucson 6
L – Loe (3-5)
HR – Shelton (7)
65-54, 8.0 GU


The Tucson Sidewinders finished off a series victory on Wednesday afternoon, as they took 3-of-4 from the struggling RedHawks.

Kameron Loe got the start and surrendered six runs – five earned – in five innings pitched. He allowed six hits while walking two and striking out two.

DH Chris Shelton provided Oklahoma's only run with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. He was 1-for-4.

Second baseman Joaquin Arias (2/4, 2B) was the only RedHawk with multiple hits.

Relievers Kea Kometani, Yukinaga Maeda, Joselo Diaz and Wes Littleton all threw one scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: DH Chris Shelton
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .344


AA: Frisco 10 – (@) Tulsa 3
W – Hodges (8-7)
SV – Garr (7)
HR – Murphy (18), Andrus (4), Vallejo (2)
28-17, 2.0 GU


Trey Hodges (5.59 ERA/.287 BAA) earned his eighth win of the season after allowing two runs in five innings pitched on Wednesday. He walked four and struck out two.

Left fielder Steve Murphy (.273/.325/.513) was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run. The Kansas State product is now one off his career high of 19 home runs.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.276/.321/.397) and shortstop Elvis Andrus (.293/.346/.369) hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the ninth inning. Both infielders also singled earlier in the game.

Thomas Berkery (3/4, 2B) and catcher Manny Pina (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Pina stole his first base with the Riders.

Reliever Brennan Garr (3.40 ERA/.253 BAA) tossed two shutout innings, giving up three hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Player of the Game: LF Steve Murphy
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 .273


A+: Bakersfield 8 – (@) Lancaster 9
L – Stewart (5-5)
HR – Tracy (12, 13)
19-26, 7.5 GB


Starting pitcher Derek Holland retired the side in order in the first, second, and third innings. Things fell apart for the lefty in the fourth, when he surrendered four runs on five hits. Holland went on to throw a scoreless fifth inning before being replaced by Dan Sattler.

First baseman Chad Tracy (.286/.362/.474) had a big night, going 4-for-5 with a double and two home runs.

Renny Osuna (3/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Marcus Lemon (1/4, 2B) and Chris Gradoville (2/4, 2B) doubled once.

Third baseman John Whittleman was 2-for-5 with a triple. It was his first triple in 406 at-bats this season.

Player of the Game: 1B Chad Tracy
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 3 4 1 2 4 0 0 .286


A: Clinton 4 – Wisconsin 5
L – Dennis (4-4)
23-22, 4.5 GB


Michael Main (1.52 ERA/.236 BAA) kept Wisconsin off the board for six innings, allowing just four hits and two walks along the way. He recorded a season-high six strikeouts.

Sudden speed demon Tim Smith (.292/.359/.416) singled, walked, and stole three bases. He now has 17 steals in 25 attempts on the year.

Streaking catcher Jose Felix (3/4, 2B) and shortstop Andres James (2/3, 2B, BB) both doubled.

First baseman Mitch Moreland singled and walked twice. He has drawn a walk in each of his last four contests.

Reliever Fabio Castillo gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings despite not allowing a hit. He walked three batters and struck out three.

Player of the Game: RHP Michael Main
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 0 0 2 6 0 1.52


SSA: Spokane 8 – Vancouver 3
W – Pimentel (3-2)
HR – Hogan (4), Bianucci (2)
36-13, 6.0 GU


Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (3.92 ERA/.222 BAA) pitched five shutout innings, surrendering four hits. He struck out two and didn't issue a walk.

Mike Bianucci (.275/.339/.471) belted his second solo home run in as many days. He was 1-for-4.

Catcher Doug Hogan (.231/.281/.404) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run, his fourth of the year.

Eric Fry (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled.

Relief pitchers Justin Miller (1.2 IP) and Juan Peralta (1 IP) both fanned two without allowing any hits or runs.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 4 0 0 0 2 0 3.92


RK: AZL Rangers 2 – (@) AZL Giants 10
L – Henry (1-2)
6-3, 1.0 GB


Ben Henry (4.44 ERA/.275 BAA) surrendered three runs – two earned – in three innings pitched. He walked four and struck out four. In 24.1 innings this season, the tall right-hander has walked 20 and struck out 28.

Seventh round pick Matt Thompson struggled in his professional debut, allowing four runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.

Left fielder Adam Cobb filled up the box score by going 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and his 10th stolen base of the season.

First baseman Clark Murphy (.370/.414/.444) went 2-for-5 with a double.

Aja Barto singled twice and walked once in four plate appearances.

Justin King hurled 2 1/3 scoreless frames, walking three and striking out three.

Player of the Game: LF Adam Cobb
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 .283


DSL: DSL Rangers1 5 – DSL Pirates 2
W – Rosendo (2-3)
HR – Gomez (1)
36-19, 1.0 GB


Ender Rosendo (2.40 ERA/.235 BAA) made his second start of the season and yielded one run on two hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked none.

Southpaw Juan Grullon fanned four in two hitless innings.

Leadoff hitter Jhonny Gomez (.239/.362/.291) was 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season.

SS Edwin Garcia (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled while DH Tomas Telis (2/4) singled twice. Telis, who raised his batting average to .298, has struck out just 12 times in 188 at-bats this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Ender Rosendo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 1 1 0 3 0 2.40


DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 – (@) DSL Astros 17
L – Urbina (2-4)
HR – Moreno (3)
19-36, 18.0 GB


The Rangers dropped their ninth consecutive game on Wednesday afternoon.

Pitchers Jose Urbina and Kelvin Borjas both pitched four innings and combined to give up 17 runs, 10 of which were earned.

Third baseman Miguel Moreno (.232/.397/.342) went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, and four runs batted in.

CF Ramon Mota (2/5, 2B) and DH Yefry Castillo (1/4, 2B) both doubled while backstop Juvenal Lara (2/4, BB) singled twice and walked.

Player of the Game: 3B Miguel Moreno
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 1 0 1 4 2 1 .232


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