Minor League Roundup - 7/18

Gac belted a walkoff homer

Saturday wasn't the busiest day of the year on the farm, but Guillermo Moscoso and Kasey Kiker turned in strong performances on the mound, while Ian Gac helped the Blaze walk off with a victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Round Rock 5
L - Moscoso (3-2)
HR - Davis (2)
46-46, 2.0 GB


The RedHawks and Express decided to play just nine innings on Saturday, and Round Rock came away with the victory.

Starter Guillermo Moscoso was solid, giving up three runs (just one earned) over six innings. He scattered six hits and walked only one while striking out nine.

Third baseman Chris Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.

Julio Borbon (1/4) and Joaquin Arias (1/4) had Oklahoma City's other two hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Guillermo Moscoso
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 6 3 1 1 9 0 1.13


AA: Frisco 4 - (@) Corpus Christi 3
W - Kiker (6-5)
SV - Strop (1)
HR - Tracy (15)
13-8, 3.0 GU


Kasey Kiker tossed a very strong start on Saturday, yielding three runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five, throwing 96 pitches.

First baseman Chad Tracy (.345/.375/.741 in 58 July at-bats) was 3-for-4 with a double and his sixth home run of the month. Tracy has 23 RBIs in just 15 July contests.

Mitch Moreland (2/5), Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) and Marcus Lemon (2/4) all singled twice.

The red-hot Pedro Strop fanned two in two scoreless innings. He has yet to allow an earned run in nine innings this month.

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


A+: Bakersfield 5 - Visalia 4 (10 innings)
W - Jones (1-0)
HR - Gac (16)
13-10, 5.0 GB


Starter Jared Hyatt kept the Blaze in the game, allowing three runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings.

Reliever Corey Young (2.29 ERA/.189 BAA) pitched 1.2 shutout innings of relief, striking out one.

First baseman Ian Gac was the offensive hero, as he crushed a walkoff solo home run to lead off the bottom of the tenth inning.

Tim Rodriguez (2/3, 2B) and Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Centerfielder Joey Butler singled twice and walked once in four trips.

Mike Bianucci was 1-for-5 with four strikeouts. He's now punched out eight times in his last nine at-bats, and 21 times in 42 High-A at-bats.

Player of the Game: 1B Ian Gac
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 .236


A: Hickory 2 - (@) Savannah 5
L - Boscan (4-5)
14-8, 0.0 GU


Not a whole lot of things went well for the Crawdads on Saturday, as they were limited to two hits and lost a 5-2 decision.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan surrendered four runs—three earned—on seven hits in just four innings.

Reliever Fabio Castillo (2.60 ERA/.241 BAA) was perhaps Hickory's story of the game, as he pitched two hitless innings, walking one and fanning one.

Eric Fry (1/4) and Leonel De Los Santos (1/4) both singled once.

Player of the Game: RHP Fabio Castillo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.60


SSA: Spokane 7 - Everett 1
W - Doyle (1-0)
HR - Prince (3)
11-17, 7.0 GB


Unlike the Hickory game, there were a lot of stars in Spokane's 7-1 victory.

First baseman Jared Prince (.282/.378/.479) broke the game wide open with his grand slam in the sixth inning. The round-tripper was his third of the season.

Vin DiFazio (.318/.430/.591) was a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Keith Campbell got his first professional start, and he yielded one unearned run on a hit and a walk in three innings. Campbell fanned three.

Sinkerballer Andrew Doyle earned his first professional victory with two shutout frames, getting three strikeouts.

Geuris Grullon (2 IP), Johnny Gunter (1 IP) and Justin King (1 IP) all combined for scoreless relief to close out the victory. Grullon struck out five while Gunter and King both punched out two.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca singled twice and walked once in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: 1B Jared Prince
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 4 1 0 .282


AZL: AZL Rangers - OFF
11-11, 3.0 GB


The AZL Rangers got a day off on Saturday.

DSL: DSL Rangers1 2 - DSL Blue Jays 1
W - Mavare (3-2)
SV - Gil (1)
11-28, 17.5 GB


Venezuelan righty Jose Mavare helped set the tone with six scoreless innings to start the game. He allowed only two hits while walking three and striking out four.

First baseman Jairo Valdez (.214/.290/.250) was 2-for-3 with a double.

Valdez played his 2008 campaign in the AZL, batting .200 with six doubles and two homers in 115 at-bats.

Carlos Oropeza (1/2, 3B) tripled while Luis Villegas (1/4, 2B) doubled.

Third baseman Miguel Moreno singled twice in three at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Mavare
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 1.93


DSL: DSL Rangers2 - (@) DSL Red Sox
28-10, 6.5 GU


Saturday's game between the DSL Rangers2 and the DSL Red Sox was rained out.



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