Minor League Roundup - 8/31

Oklahoma third baseman Travis Metcalf knocked in seven runs on Sunday while the Bakersfield Blaze pitching staff combined for a one-hitter. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 10 – (@) Memphis 7
W – Diaz (2-6)
HR – Metcalf (4, 5)
76-67, 8.5 GU

Doug Mathis got the start for the RedHawks and surrendered two runs in three innings pitched.

Brian Gordon returned from the disabled list and tossed three innings in relief of Mathis. He allowed one run on three hits, walking one without striking out a batter.

The night belonged to third baseman Travis Metcalf, who was 2-for-5 with two home runs and seven runs batted in. Metcalf belted a grand slam in the fourth inning and later followed it up with a three-run blast in the ninth.

First baseman Nate Gold (2/4, 2 2B, BB) doubled twice, giving him 29 two-sackers on the season.

Chris Shelton (2/4, 2 BB) and Ben Harrison (2/5) singled twice.

Second baseman German Duran, who returned from the disabled list on Sunday, also singled twice. He was 2-for-3 with two walks in the contest.

Player of the Game: 3B Travis Metcalf
5 2 2 0 2 7 0 0 .252

AA: Frisco 2 – Midland 3
L – Schlact (7-11)
HR – Tracy (4)
40-29, 1.0 GB

Michael Schlact gave up five hits and walked five batters in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday. He surrendered three runs – two earned – while recording two strikeouts.

First baseman Chad Tracy (.337/.381/.494 in 89 at-bats) provided both of Frisco's runs with a two-run homer. He also singled twice to give him three hits in four at-bats.

Centerfielder Julio Borbon (2/4, BB) and shortstop Elvis Andrus (2/5) both singled twice. Borbon's hitting streak has now reached 20 games.

John Whittleman singled and walked twice. He has worked six walks in eight Double-A contests.

Relievers Clayton Hamilton (2.1 IP) and Andrew Laughter (1 IP) hurled hitless and scoreless ball to end the game.

After getting off to an incredibly rough start in Double-A, Hamilton has posted a strong 2.38 ERA in 15.1 August innings.

Left-hander Chris Michalak, who began the 2008 season with the RoughRiders, appeared in the game and pitched one-third of an inning for Midland.

Player of the Game: 1B Chad Tracy
4 1 3 0 1 2 0 0 .337

A+: Bakersfield 4 – Modesto 2
W – Falcon (6-2)
SV – Stewart (10)
HR – Gomez (8)
25-44, 16.0 GB

Bakersfield got back in the win column on Sunday behind the strength of a combined one-hitter.

Hector Nelo, who had been with the AZL Rangers, moved up to Bakersfield to make his last start of the season. The right-hander gave up two runs on one hit and three walks over four innings. He struck out six.

Left-handed reliever Ryan Falcon finished his season on a positive note by hurling three perfect innings. He struck out two.

Bill White pitched for the Rangers in Anaheim just a few days ago, but he was optioned to High-A Bakersfield when they needed a new roster spot. White will be back with the Rangers on September 1st, but he appeared in a game for Bakersfield on Sunday and struck out two in a scoreless inning.

Closer Jordan Stewart closed out the game with a hitless inning. He recorded his 10th save.
Mauro Gomez (1/4, HR) blasted his eighth home run while Marcus Lemon (2/4, 2B) and Chris Gradoville (2/4, 2B) both doubled.

Player of the Game: LHP Ryan Falcon
3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.69

A: Clinton 1 – (@) Cedar Rapids 2
L – Tatusko (3-11)
HR – Smoak (3)
37-32, 5.5 GB

Ryan Tatusko's (4.46 ERA/.256 BAA) 2008 regular season ended on a fitting note. The right-hander lost on Sunday despite allowing only two runs in seven innings pitched. He spread out five hits – all singles – while walking one and striking out five.

DH Justin Smoak (.294/.351/.529 in 51 at-bats) provided Clinton's only run of the game with his solo homer in the top of the ninth inning.

Cristian Santana (3/4) singled three times in four at-bats.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) and first baseman Mitch Moreland (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled.

Moreland batted .380 with a 1.037 OPS [on-base plus slugging] in the month of August.

Lefty Ryan Turner fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
7.0 5 2 2 1 5 0 4.46

SSA: Spokane 1 – (@) Boise 3
L – Ramirez (1-2)
48-25, 5.0 GU

Neil Ramirez suffered the loss despite pitching another excellent game on Sunday.

The young hurler yielded one unearned run on one hit in four innings. He walked one and struck out five.

The slumping Spokane offense managed just four singles in the game. They came from Eric Fry (2/4), Doug Hogan (1/3, BB) and Kyle Higgins (1/5).

Relievers Cliff Springston, Ryan Schlecht, and Corey Young all threw scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
4.0 1 1 0 1 5 0 2.66

17-11, 4.0 GB

The AZL Rangers finished the season with a 34-22 overall record. They did not qualify for the playoffs.

46-23, 0.0 GU

The DSL Rangers1 won the Dominican Summer League's San Pedro division, but lost in the first round of the playoffs.

26-45, 21.0 GB

The DSL Rangers2 finished the Dominican Summer League season with a 26-45 record.


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