Minor League Roundup - 7/2

Font threw five scoreless innings

Hickory's Wilmer Font got back on the right track on Thursday while the Spokane Indians scratched out another victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Iowa 2
L - Ramirez (4-7)
HR - Richardson (6)
39-40, 1.5 GB


Elizardo Ramirez pitched his first complete game of the season, though it was in a losing effort. The right-hander surrendered two runs on four hits in eight innings, walking four and striking out two.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs (.289/.417/.372) was 3-for-4 with a double, his seventh of the season.

Catcher Kevin Richardson belted his sixth homer of the year, providing Oklahoma City's only run of the night.

Esteban German, Greg Golson, and Casey Benjamin all went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Elizardo Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 4 2 2 4 2 1 4.56


AA: Frisco 4 - (@) Springfield 3 (10 innings)
W - Garr (2-2)
SV - Vaughan (3)
HR - Pina (7), Moreland (3)
3-4, 2.0 GB


Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman threw 97 pitches in just 4.2 innings, allowing three runs, just one of which was earned.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland and catcher Manny Pina both went 1-for-5 with solo home runs.

First baseman Justin Smoak (.333/.453/.489) was 1-for-2 with a double and three walks.

Right-handed relievers Thomas Diamond (2.1 IP) and Brennan Garr (2 IP) combined for more than four innings of scoreless ball.

Beau Vaughan earned the save with a perfect tenth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Thomas Diamond
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.20


A+: Bakersfield 7 - (@) Modesto 8
L - Young (0-3)
3-5, 4.0 GB


Jared Hyatt made his first start in Bakersfield since last season. The outing didn't go particularly well, as he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings.

Mauro Gomez (2/3, 2B, BB), Ian Gac (1/5, 2B) and Jonathan Greene (1/5, 2B) all doubled.

Davis Stoneburner (2/5), Jose Felix (2/3) and Jake Kaase (2/4) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: DH Mauro Gomez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 .256


A: Hickory 7 - (@) Delmarva 4
W - Font (4-1)
SV - Tufts (4)
HR - Santana (5)
4-3, 1.0 GB


Wilmer Font (3.96 ERA/.249 BAA) busted out of his slump with five scoreless innings on Thursday night. He allowed three hits and fanned four without issuing a walk.

Left fielder Cristian Santana was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. It was his second round-tripper in as many days.

Michael Hollander (2/5) and Matt West (2/3) both singled twice while Erik Morrison (1/5, 2B) belted his 22nd double.

Wilfredo Boscan yielded four runs on five hits and a walk in 3.2 innings, bringing his ERA up to 2.59.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilmer Font
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 0 0 0 4 0 3.96


SSA: Spokane 6 - (@) Yakima 3
W - Ocampo (1-1)
SV - Matlock (2)
?5-8, 6.0 GB


Starting pitcher Ben Henry surrendered three runs—two earned—on four hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out one.

Kyle Ocampo, who struggled in two previous starts, pitched two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out two.

Ocampo's move to the bullpen will likely make way for 2009 fourth-round pick Andrew Doyle, who signed with the Rangers on Thursday.

Right fielder Aja Barto (.370/.473/.717 in 46 at-bats) was 4-for-5 with a triple, his second in as many days. Barto has three triples in 12 Northwest League games.

Denny Duron (2/4, 2B) and Vin DiFazio (1/5, 2B) both doubled.

Second baseman Joe Bonadonna, playing in his first game with Spokane, singled once and walked once in five plate appearances.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca was hitless in five at-bats.

Joseph Ortiz (2 IP) and Chris Matlock (1 IP) finished off the game with scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: RF Aja Barto
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 .370


AZL: AZL Rangers 1 - AZL Brewers 3
L - De Los Santos (1-1)
6-3, 0.5 GU


Edwin Escobar (1.13 ERA/.167 BAA) pitched four scoreless innings, walking none and fanning four. The 17-year-old lefty is off to an outstanding start with the rookie-level AZL Rangers.

Centerfielder Edward Alfonzo was 2-for-4 with his first double of the season.

Tomas Telis (2/3, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) both singled twice>

Jorge Quintero made his first appearance of the season, allowing one hit in one inning. The 22-year-old was 7-6 with a 5.93 ERA in 85 innings for Single-A Clinton last summer.

Converted infielder Johan Yan struck out two in two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Edwin Escobar
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 1.13


DSL: DSL Rangers1 3 - (@) DSL Braves 8
L - Tirado (0-1)
6-21, 16.0 GB


Shortstop Junior Payano was the DSL Rangers1's only hitter with multiple knocks on Thursday, singling twice in four at-bats.

Right fielder Edward Ceballo singled once and knocked in two runs.

Player of the Game: SS Junior Payano
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 .248


DSL: DSL Rangers2 - DSL Angels
22-5, 8.0 GU


The DSL Rangers2 won on Thursday morning, but MILB.com is still yet to post a box score.

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