Minor League Roundup - 6/18
Tatusko pitched into the eighth inning
Tatusko pitched into the eighth inning
Posted Jun 19, 2009

Most of the Rangers' affiliates played in slugfests on Thursday night, but the Bakersfield Blazed picked up a well-pitched victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 8 - Nashville 7 (11 innings)
W - Vaughan (4-2)
HR - Vallejo (2)
30-36, 2.5 GB

Josh Rupe had a shutout through four innings, but he ended up allowing six runs—three earned—in 6.1 frames. The right-hander walked three and struck out eight.

Clayton Hamilton (3.65 ERA/.327 BAA) was outstanding in long relief, giving up only one hit in three scoreless innings. Hamilton walked one and struck out two.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his second in Triple-A.

Esteban German (3/5, 2B, BB), Emerson Frostad (3/5, 2B, BB), Casey Benjamin (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Nate Gold (1/1, 2B) all doubled. Gold’s two-bagger was a walkoff in the eleventh inning.

Speedsters Julio Borbon and Joaquin Arias both singled three times.

Player of the Game: PH Nate Gold
1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .241

AA: Frisco 14 - Corpus Christi 13
W - Bannister (2-1)
HR - Gentry (5)
28-35, 6.0 GB

The RoughRiders won a wild slugfest that included 27 total runs and 41 hits. Frisco committed four errors. They had a 12-1 lead through four innings, but the Hooks rallied back to tie the game at 13 after the top of the ninth.

The ‘Riders pushed a run across in the bottom of the ninth for the hard-fought walkoff victory.

Three Frisco players had four hits in the game.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry (.299/.???/.???) was 4-for-6 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

John Whittleman (4/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Tim Smith (4/5) singled four times in five at-bats.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon (3/5, 2B) and Mitch Moreland (3/6, 2B) both had three hits. Lemon drove in four runs.

Renny Osuna (2/5) and Chad Tracy (2/6) both singled twice.

Frank Francisco made a rehab start, pitching a scoreless inning on just nine pitches.

Dustin Nippert rehabbed with two hitless frames, walking one and striking out one.

Kasey Kiker followed with four innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Player of the Game: CF Craig Gentry
6 3 4 1 1 3 0 0 .299

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Visalia 1 (12 innings)
W - Flores (4-1)
31-36, 8.0 GB

Ryan Tatusko (1.06 ERA/.210 BAA in June) may be spot starting, but he’s doing an outstanding job of it. The right-hander pitched 7.2 innings on Thursday, allowing only one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five.

The Blaze didn’t have any extra-base hits in the game.

Engel Beltre (2/6), Jonathan Greene (2/5) and Mauro Gomez (2/5) all singled twice.

Lefty reliever Corey Young retired all 10 batters he faced, pitching 3.1 perfect innings. Young struck out three.

Lefties are hitting .057 against Young this season.

Adalberto Flores earned the victory after pitching a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
7.2 5 1 1 1 5 0 3.62

A: Hickory 8 - West Virginia 14
L - Eppley (1-1)
31-35, 9.5 GB

Wilfredo Boscan was roughed up for five runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings on Thursday, but his ERA still stands at an outstanding 2.25.

Fabio Castillo (2.1 IP, 3 R) and Cody Eppley (2.2 IP, 5 R) also struggled.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos (.244/.255/.311) went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in.

Erik Morrison (1/4, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Leadoff hitter David Paisano (.309/.???/.???) had three singles in four at-bats, raising his average back over .300.

Matt West (2/3) singled twice in three at-bats.

Player of the Game: C Leonel De Los Santos
4 1 3 1 0 3 0 0 .244

DSL: DSL Rangers1 - OFF
3-12, 7.5 GB

The DSL Rangers1 were off on Thursday afternoon.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 - (@) DSL Astros 0
W - Polanco (2-1)
SV - Munoz (1)
11-5, 1.5 GU

The DSL Rangers2 tossed their second shutout of the season on Thursday.

Starting pitcher Luis Polanco (0.90 ERA/.176 BAA) pitched five shutout innings, scattering five hits. He fanned three without issuing a walk.

First baseman Jhonny Gomez singled three times in three at-bats.

Ramon Mota (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled for the team’s only extra-base hit.

Miguel Munoz finished off the shutout with four hitless innings, striking out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Miguel Munoz
4.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.00


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