Minor League Roundup - 7/26
Rodriguez is providing power in Bakersfield
Rodriguez is providing power in Bakersfield
LoneStarDugout.com
Posted Jul 27, 2009


Sunday was another slow day in the Rangers' system, but the Oklahoma City offense came through with 11 runs in a blowout victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 11 - Nashville 1
W - Ramirez (7-7)
HR - Arias (4)
52-48, 1.5 GB


Starter Elizardo Ramirez (2.45 ERA/.218 BAA in five July starts) was excellent once again, allowing just one run in seven innings. Ramirez scattered seven hits (all singles) while fanning three and walking zero.

Shortstop Joaquin Arias (.297/.309/.440 in July) fell a double short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and a walk. Arias has five extra-base hits in his last four games.

In his first 83 contests this season, Arias had only 11 extra-base knocks.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and three runs batted in.

Kevin Richardson (1/4, 3B) hit his first triple of the season.

Brandon Boggs (2/5, 2B), Chris Davis (2/4) and Royce Huffman (2/4) all had multiple hits.

Bryan Corey and Beau Vaughan both pitched perfect innings in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

Player of the Game: SS Joaquin Arias
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 3 3 0 1 3 1 0 .268


AA: Frisco 2 - (@) Corpus Christi 11
L - Poveda (8-4)
16-13, 1.5 GU


Starter Omar Poveda went 6.1 innings, but he allowed four earned runs on nine hits and three walks. Poveda struck out one.

Relievers Zach Phililps and Brennan Garr both had rough outings. Phillips surrendered two earned runs in one-third of an inning, while Garr gave up three earned in one frame.

Adam Fox (3/4, 2B) and John Whittleman (2/3, 2B) both doubled.

Dustin Majewski, who has begun to heat up, had two singles in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: DH Adam Fox
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 .241


A+: Bakersfield 1 - (@) Modesto 9
L - Bleier (5-8)
HR - Rodriguez (4)
14-17, 11.0 GB


Richard Bleier allowed seven runs in the first inning alone.

He somehow ended up pitching six innings, allowing eight runs on 14 hits. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

Centerfielder Tim Rodriguez (.297/.313/.578) was 1-for-3 with a solo home run, one of Bakersfield’s two hits on the night.

Jose Felix (1/3) had the other.

Player of the Game: CF Tim Rodriguez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .297


A: Hickory 3 - August 2 (10 innings)
W - Castillo (3-4)
HR - Morrison (18)
17-12, 1.0 GB


Wilmer Font continued his dominant ways on Sunday, as he limited August to one run in five innings. The righty gave up three hits while walking one and fanning six.

Slugging first baseman Erik Morrison tied the game with his solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. It was his 18th round-tripper of the season.

Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B) and Cristian Santana (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Corey Ragsdale (1.80 ERA/.212 BAA) tossed two scoreless innings, walking two and striking out three. The sidearming reliever has surrendered just two runs in 10 innings since joining the Crawdads, but he’s also walked nine.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilmer Font
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 1 1 1 6 0 3.30


SSA: Spokane 8 - (@) Vancouver 2 (9 innings/Game 1)
W - Ortiz (1-0)
SV - Matlock (3)


Braden Tullis pitched one scoreless inning before the game was stopped due to rain on Saturday. It was resumed on Sunday, but Tullis didn’t come back out.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza had a big day (or two big days) going 3-for-5 with three doubles.

Danny Lima (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Edward Martinez (2/4, 2B) doubled once.

NC State product Sam Brown had one of his best professional outings, hurling 2.2 scoreless frames and striking out two.

Kyle Rhoad raised his average to .298 with two singles and a base on balls.

Closer Chris Matlock surrendered just one hit in three innings, walking zero and striking out three.

Player of the Game: LF Cody Podraza
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 3 3 0 0 0 0 .287


SSA: Spokane 2 - (@) Vancouver 3 (7 innings/Game 2)
L - Ross (3-2)
13-23, 10.0 GB


Robbie Ross had a rough start for a change, yielding three runs on eight hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Leadoff man Joe Bonadonna was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. He was also hit by a pitch.

Miguel Velazquez (1/3, 2B), Jason Ogata (1/3) and Denny Duron (1/3) had Spokane’s other three hits.

Reliever Johnny Gunter didn’t allow a run or a hit in two innings. He walked one.

Player of the Game: RHP Johnny Gunter
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7.36


AZL: AZL Rangers 6 - (@) AZL Dodgers 4
W - Zegarac (1-0)
SV - Arrendell (3)
HR - De Jesus (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU


The AZL Rangers got the second half of their season off to a great start on Sunday, taking home a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers.

Starter Carlos Melo allowed four runs in four innings, walking zero and striking out two.

Red-hot first baseman Michael Ortiz was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Right fielder Santo De Jesus belted his first home run of the season.

Relievers Shane Zegarac (3 IP), Jose Monegro (1 IP) and Kelvin Arrendell (1 IP) held the Dodgers scoreless for the final five innings.

Zegarac was recently sent to Arizona because of the Spokane Indians’ extremely crowded bullpen situation.

Player of the Game: 1B Michael Ortiz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 .322


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - (@) DSL Angels
11-32, 22.5 GB


The Rangers1 were supposed to play the DSL Angels on Sunday, but a box score has not yet been posted.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - OFF
34-10, 9.0 GU


The DSL Rangers2 were off on Sunday.



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