Minor League Roundup - 7/6
Kiker tossed six no-hit innings
Kiker tossed six no-hit innings
LoneStarDugout.com
Posted Jul 7, 2009


From Kasey Kiker's no-hit bit to strong outings from Neil Ramirez and Matt Thompson, just about every starting pitcher in the system was lights-out on Monday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - Omaha 2
L - Moscoso (2-1)
40-43, 3.0 GB


Guillermo Moscoso was outstanding on Monday, yielding just one run on two hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked just two.

The RedHawks offense was shut down by Sidney Ponson, who pitched for OKC last season. Ponson hurled eight scoreless innings.

Leadoff hitter Greg Golson singled twice in four at-bats.

Chris Davis played DH and singled once in four at-bats.

Justin Smoak was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Left fielder Royce Huffman (1/2, BB) reached base a pair of times.

Closer Warner Madrigal fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Guillermo Moscoso
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 1 1 2 5 0 0.90


AA: Frisco 5 - (@) Arkansas 4 (8 innings/Game 1)
W - Vaughan (1-0)
HR - Whittleman (3)


Coming into Sunday’s game, John Whittleman didn’t have a home run all season. He hit two in that game, and the third baseman went 1-for-3 with another round-tripper. He also drew a walk.

DH Tim Smith was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Starter Mike Ballard scattered nine hits through 5.1 innings, giving up four runs.

Relievers Pedro Strop (1 IP) and Beau Vaughan (1.2 IP) combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless ball to carry the RoughRiders to victory.

Player of the Game: 3B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 .234


AA: Frisco 10 - (@) Arkansas 0 (7 innings/Game 2)
W - Kiker (5-5)
HR - Tracy (12), Fox (5), Moreland (4)
6-5, 0.0 GU


Pitching in a seven-inning game, Kasey Kiker took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The bid was broken up when Mark Trumbo led off the seventh with a double.

Kiker actually didn’t get a 1-2-3 inning until the fourth. He walked three batters and plunked one more in the first three frames.

In all, Kiker tossed six scoreless innings, giving up one hit, walking three, and striking out five.

First baseman Chad Tracy was 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in.

Mitch Moreland (2/3, HR, BB) and Adam Fox (1/4, HR) also added long balls.

Leadoff man Craig Gentry singled twice, walked twice, and stole two bases, giving him 30 steals on the season.

Renny Osuna was 3-for-4 with his first triple.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez singled twice.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 1 0 0 3 5 0 2.79


A+: Bakersfield 5 - Stockton 2
W - Tatusko (3-2)
SV - Reed (11)
HR - Gac (13)
6-6, 3.0 GB


Ryan Tatusko (2.87 ERA/.223 BAA) took a perfect game through 3.1 innings and he had a no-hitter through 4.2 on Monday.

The right-hander went 6.2 innings in all, surrendering two runs (one earned) on six hits. He fanned three and didn’t walk a batter.

DH Ian Gac (1/3, HR, BB) belted a solo home run.

Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B, BB), Jake Kaase (1/2, 2B) and Joey Butler (1/4, 2B) all doubled.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre and catcher Elio Sarmiento both singled once and walked once.

Righties Adalberto Flores (1.1 IP) and Evan Reed (1 IP) both hurled scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.2 6 2 1 0 3 0 2.87


A: Hickory 0 - Hagerstown 10
L - Ramirez (0-2)
7-4, 1.0 GB


Playing in their first game without Mike Bianucci, who had been the Sally League’s best hitter, the Crawdads were shut out and held to just six hits.

Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez had a strong effort, yielding just two runs (one earned) on two hits in five innings. He walked two and punched out four.

While Ramirez walked just two, he plunked four hitters.

Carlos Pimentel was knocked around for five earned runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings. He gave up a whopping four home runs in that span.

DH Michael Hollander was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. His two-bagger was Hickory’s only extra-base hit.

First baseman Jared Bolden singled twice in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 2 1 2 4 0 6.00


SSA: Spokane 6 - Vancouver 3
W - Thompson (1-1)
?7-10, 5.0 GB


Starting pitcher Matt Thompson allowed two runs in 5.1 innings. He gave up three hits while walking one and striking out five.

The Indians had 15 hits in the game, leading to six runs.

Right fielder Miguel Velazquez was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base.

Tom Mendonca (2/5, 2B) and Vin DiFazio (1/5, 2B) both doubled once.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza singled four times in five at-bats.

Danny Lima singled three times in five at-bats.

Reliever Shane Zagarac fanned two in 2.2 scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Matt Thompson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.1 3 2 2 1 5 0 3.44


AZL: AZL Rangers 8 - AZL Padres 12
L - Melo (0-1)
HR - Koncel (2), Pimentel (1)
7-6, 1.0 GB


Starter Carlos Melo was shelled for nine earned runs in 1.2 innings. He gave up four hits, walked four, and hit a batter.

Right fielder Guillermo Pimentel (2/3, HR, BB) and third baseman Ed Koncel (1/5, HR) both hit solo home runs.

Alex Gonzalez (2/5), Vicente Cafaro (2/4) and Braxton Lane (2/4, BB) all singled twice. Gonzalez stole two bases while Lane swiped one.

Left fielder Ruben Sierra was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Relievers Daniel Rodriguez (3.1 IP) and Jose Monegro (3 IP) combined to fan nine batters in 6.1 innings. Each pitcher gave up one earned run.

Player of the Game: RF Guillermo Pimentel
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 .229


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - DSL Astros - PPD (Rain)
7-22, 14.5 GB


The DSL Rangers1 were washed out on Monday.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - (@) DSL Braves - PPD (Rain)
21-7, 6.5 GU


The DSL Rangers2 were also rained out. ______________________________________________________

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