Minor League Roundup - 7/16

Poveda has a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts

Omar Poveda worked into the eighth inning on Thursday night, a day when most of the Rangers' starting pitchers had outstanding performances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 7 - (@) Round Rock 5 (14 innings)
W - Corey (4-4)
HR - Richardson (9, 10)
45-45, 1.0 GB


Catcher Kevin Richardson (.211/.292/.410) was clutch on Thursday, going 3-for-6 with two home runs and three RBIs. Richardson's last home run broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the 14th inning.

Elizardo Ramirez got it started with a strong start, as he allowed just four hits and a walk in five scoreless innings, striking out four.

Julio Borbon (1/7, 2B), Chris Davis (2/6, 2B, BB), Justin Smoak (2/7, 2B) and Jose Vallejo (2/6, 2B) all doubled.

Shortstop Joaquin Arias made excellent contact all night and singled three times in seven at-bats. He also stole his 16th base.

Neftali Feliz (1 IP), Willie Eyre (2 IP), Brian Gordon (2 IP) and Bryan Corey (2 IP) all pitched scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
6 2 3 0 2 3 0 2 .211


AA: Frisco 2 - (@) Corpus Christi 3
L - Diamond (0-1)
12-7, 3.0 GU


Omar Poveda was very efficient on Thursday, needing just 86 pitches to get through 7.2 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two. Poveda kept the ball on the ground, getting 16 groundouts versus just five flyouts.

John Whittleman (2/4) was the only RoughRider to record multiple hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Poveda
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.2 5 2 2 3 2 0 3.39


A+: Bakersfield 6 - Visalia 4
W - Flores (5-1)
SV - Reed (14)
HR - Gomez (17), Greene (13)
12-9, 4.0 GB


The Blaze overcame a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning rather quickly. Jonathan Greene (1/4, HR) launched a three-run shot, and then Mauro Gomez (1/4, HR) followed up with a solo home run, giving Bakersfield a lead that they would not relinquish.

Starter Richard Bleier (4.48 ERA/.269 BAA) yielded two runs—one earned—on five hits in six innings. He walked one and fanned seven.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.290/.343/.417) was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk.

Evan Reed fanned one in a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 14th save and lowering his ERA to 1.91.

Player of the Game: LF Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 .259


A: Hickory 8 - (@) Charleston 2 (8 innings - Rain)
W - Perez (5-5)
HR - Hogan (13)
13-7, 1.0 GU


Martin Perez (2.55 ERA/.235 BAA) allowed one run in five innings on Thursday, and he now hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in an outing since June 11.

Right fielder Miguel Alfonzo was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.

David Paisaon (2/4, 2B), Jared Bolden (1/4, 2B) and Matt West (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Eric Fry (1/3, BB) and Michael Hollander (1/2, BB) both singled and walked.

Wilfredo Boscan worked a perfect inning out of the bullpen, striking out one.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 1 1 1 4 0 2.55


SSA: Spokane 2 - Tri-City 3
L - Miller (0-1)
9-17, 9.0 GB


Robbie Ross (2.67 ERA/.248 BAA) gave up one run in five innings, scattering six hits, walking one, and striking out two. Ross had 12 groundouts and one flyout, giving him over a 7:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio on the season.

Kyle Ocampo (7.56 ERA/.302 BAA) worked two scoreless innings, striking out two. Ever since his first two starts of the season, Ocampo's line looks as follows: 8 ip, 6 h, 1 er, 3 bb, 8 k.

DH Jason Ogata (1/4, 2B) doubled while right fielder Jared Prince (2/4) singled twice.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 6 1 1 1 2 0 2.67


AZL: AZL Rangers 4 - (@) AZL Mariners 5 (10 innings)
L - De Los Santos (1-2)
HR - Pimentel (2)
11-10, 3.0 GB


Carlos Melo's last two starts have been very promising. The fireballing righty went five innings on Thursday, surrendering only two runs on two hits. He walked one and fanned five.

Guillermo Pimentel (.278/.381/.463) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second of the season.

Edwin Garcia (3/5, 2B) and Michael Ortiz (3/5) both had three hits.

Righty Jake Geglein pitched a scoreless inning, walking one. Geglein is an undrafted free agent signing out of the University of Cincinnati.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Melo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 2 2 1 5 0 8.50


DSL: DSL Rangers1 1 - DSL Rangers2 3
L - Herrera (1-2)
9-28, 18.0 GB


Edward Ceballo's (1/4, 2B) sixth double of the season was the Rangers1's only extra-base hit of the game.

Reynaldo Alvarez (2.1 IP), Domingo Aguasvivas (2 IP) and Jorge De Jesus (1 IP) all worked scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: RHP Domingo Aguasvivas
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.80


DSL: DSL Rangers2 3 - (@) DSL Rangers1 1
W - Simeoli (1-1)
SV - Sibid (2)
27-10, 6.0 GU


Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez raised his average by hitting three singles in four at-bats. He also walked once.

Shortstop Oduber Herrera (2/3) singled twice and stole his 13th base.

Starter Luis Parra allowed one run on three hits and three walks in four innings pitched.

Luis Polanco (1 IP), Luis Simeoli (2 IP) and Pepe Sibid (2 IP) all worked scoreless ball out of the ‘pen.

Player of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 .305


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