Minor League Roundup - 7/14

Morrison is red hot for Hickory

John Whittleman hit a walkoff grand slam for Frisco while Erik Morrison notched a five-hit night with Hickory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of Tuesday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - OFF
44-45, 1.0 GB


The RedHawks are on their All-Star break. They'll return to action on Thursday evening against the Round Rock Express.

AA: Frisco 10 - Arkansas 7
W - Diaz (3-0)
HR - Whittleman (6)
12-6, 3.0 GU


Once again, it all came down to John Whittleman. The third baseman hasn't been hitting for much average in July, but the power was there yet again.

Whittleman belted a walkoff grand slam on Tuesday, giving Frisco a three-run victory. He now has all six of his home runs on the season in the last nine games.

Starting pitcher Blake Beavan went six innings, surrendering five runs on 11 hits. He walked none and struck out one. In typical Beavan fashion, he allowed just one extra-base hit.

Craig Gentry (.312/.382/.444) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks. Over his last two months, Gentry has 20 walks versus just 16 strikeouts. He walked only 26 times in 94 games last season.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland (3/4, 2B, BB) doubled once.

Centerfielder Dustin Majewski singled four times in five at-bats.

Jose Diaz (3.48 ERA/.194 BAA) pitched a scoreless ninth inning. He hasn't surrendered a run in his last eight appearances, spanning 8.2 innings. He's given up just one hit over that time period.

Player of the Game: 3B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 1 0 1 4 0 0 .230


A+: Bakersfield - OFF
10-9, 6.0 GB


The Blaze enjoyed an off day on Tuesday.

A: Hickory 9 - (@) Charleston 6
W - Nam (8-1)
HR - Morrison (13), Hogan (11)
11-7, 0.5 GB


Third baseman Erik Morrison (.325/.403/.611) was the story of the night, as he was a perfect 5-for-5 with a solo home run.

Although Morrison has played nearly 15 to 20 games fewer than most of the South Atlantic League leaders, he ranks in the league's top ten in doubles (24), home runs (13), and RBIs (51).

He's also fourth in batting average (.325), fourth in on-base percentage (.403) and first in slugging percentage (.611).

Starting pitcher Joe Wieland went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walked. He struck out five.

Yoon-Hee Nam earned the victory after yielding two runs in four innings, striking out five.

Catcher Doug Hogan was 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Cristian Santana (2/5) and Jared Bolden (2/5) both singled twice.

Shortstop Leury Garcia was 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases, giving him 10 in 12 attempts.

Player of the Game: 3B Erik Morrison
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 3 5 0 1 1 0 0 .325


SSA: Spokane - OFF
9-15, 7.0 GB


The Indians got a very rare day off on Tuesday.

AZL: AZL Rangers 16 - AZL Indians 5
W - Yan (1-0)
10-9, 2.0 GB


The AZL Rangers had a bunch of offensive heros on Tuesday, as they pounded out 16 runs on 19 hits, including seven doubles.

Leadoff hitter Alex Gonzalez (.372/.426/.488) was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a walk.

Fellow middle infielder Edwin Garcia (3/5, 2B, BB) also doubled twice.

Ed Koncel (2/4, 2B, 2 BB), Taylor Vail (3/5, 2B, BB) and Ruben Sierra (3/5, 2B) all doubled once.

Catcher Kelvin Torres singled twice in two at-bats.

Starter Edwin Escobar allowed five runs—just two earned—in four innings. He struck out six.

Bobby Wilkins (1 IP), Johan Yan (2 IP), Ovispo De Los Santos (1 IP) and Justin Miller (1 IP) closed it out by combining for five innings of scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: 2B Alex Gonzalez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 3 3 2 0 1 1 1 .372


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - OFF
9-26, 17.0 GB


The Rangers1 didn't play on Tuesday.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 2 - DSL Astros 6
L - De Los Santos (0-1)
26-10, 5.0 GU


Starting pitcher Roberto Perez tossed three hitless innings, walking none and striking out three.

Third baseman Alfredo Chalas was 1-for-4 with his fifth double of the season. It was the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the night.

Omar Beltre fanned two in a perfect inning.

The Rangers attempted to use Miguel De Los Santos two days in a row for the first time this season, and the plan backfired. De Los Santos coughed up four runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out two.

After giving up the hit, De Los Santos has now yielded three knocks in 21.1 innings this season. He has an even 50 strikeouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Roberto Perez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.20


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