Minor League Roundup - 9/6

The Spokane Indians picked up another clutch victory on Saturday night, this time erasing an eight run deficit. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 9 – Iowa 6
W – Ballard (1-0)
SV – Diaz (1)
HR – Benjamin (1), Ramirez (1)
Tied 2-2 (Best of 5)

The Iowa Cubs jumped out early by scoring three first inning runs against starter Mike Ballard.

Oklahoma catcher Max Ramirez answered by belting a grand slam in the bottom of the first.

Ballard would settle down a bit, as he ended up allowing five runs – four earned – on 11 hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Red hot leadoff hitter Casey Benjamin was 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk.

Chris Shelton (2/5, 2B), John Mayberry (1/3, 2B, BB) and Travis Metcalf (2/3, 2B) all doubled.

Joselo Diaz earned his first save of the postseason with a scoreless inning. He struck out one batter.

The RedHawks and Cubs will play a decisive game five on Sunday.

Player of the Game: C Max Ramirez
3 1 1 0 1 4 1 1 .133

AA: Frisco – OFF
Won 3-0 (Best of 5)

Frisco rolls into the Texas League Championship Series fresh off a sweep of the San Antonio Missions. The ‘Riders' best-of-five series against the Arkansas Travelers begins on Tuesday night in Little Rock.

A+: Bakersfield – SEASON OVER
62-78, 23.0 GB

The Blaze failed to qualify for the California League playoffs.

A: Clinton – SEASON OVER
78-59, 5.5 GU

The LumberKings qualified for the playoffs after winning the Midwest League's Western Division first half title. They were eliminated in the first round of the MWL playoffs.

SSA: Spokane 11 – (@) Salem-Keizer 10
W – Hurley (1-0)
HR – Fry (3)
Up 2-1 (Best of 5)

Eric Fry smacked his third home run in three Northwest League playoff games. He was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk in the contest.

Starter Neil Ramirez yielded six runs – four earned – on seven hits in three innings. He walked three, struck out three, and allowed two home runs.

The Indians won despite trailing 10-2 after five innings. They scored 11 runs despite having only five hits. Spokane batters drew 13 walks in the contest.

David Paisano (0/3, 3 BB), Joey Butler (0/2, 3 BB) and Dennis Guinn (1/2, 3 BB) all walked three times.

Left fielder Jared Bolden (1/4, 2 BB) walked twice.

Catcher Doug Hogan (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled, walked, and drove home two runs.

Shortstop Jake Kaase won the game with an RBI infield single in the top of the ninth inning.

Relievers Justin Gutsie and Trevor Hurley were both crucial. The right-handers pitched two scoreless innings apiece, allowing zero total hits.

Player of the Game: DH Eric Fry
3 3 1 0 1 3 1 0 .364

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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