Minor League Roundup - 8/23

DiFazio has three homers in four games

The Hickory Crawdads lost once again on Sunday, but Vin DiFazio put on another power display while Carlos Pimentel pitched five more scoreless innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Omaha 8 (7 innings/Game 1)
L - Corey (6-7)


Bryan Corey was rocked in game one, as he gave up eight runs on 10 hits in just 4.2 innings.

Justin Smoak was one of the few bright spots, going 2-for-3 with his 11th Triple-A double.

Max Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Brandon Boggs (2/3) singled twice.

Player of the Game: 1B Justin Smoak
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .243


AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - (@) Omaha 2 (7 innings/Game 2)
W - Ramirez (8-10)
64-64, 7.5 GB


Elizardo Ramirez earned his eighth victory of the season after he tossed five scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed five hits while walking two and striking out one.

First baseman Justin Smoak (.282/.440/.397 in August) was 1-for-1 with three walks. He has walked 21 times in 23 August games.

Kevin Richardson (1/3, 2B) and Adam Fox (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Reliever Pedro Strop worked a scoreless inning, allowing no hits, walking zero, and striking out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Elizardo Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 5 0 0 2 1 0 4.67


AA: Frisco 6 - Northwest Arkansas 4
W - Diamond (1-3)
SV - Jones (1)
29-26, 4.0 GB


Omar Poveda got back on the right track on Sunday, allowing only two runs in seven innings pitched. He scattered six hits while walking two and striking out two.

Chad Tracy (2/4, 2B, BB) and Steve Murphy (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Shortstop Renny Osuna raised his Double-A batting average to .279 with three singles in four at-bats. He also walked once.

DH John Whittleman singled twice in four trips.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Poveda
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 6 2 2 2 2 0 4.45


A+: Bakersfield 5 - Modesto 4
W - Bleier (7-9)
SV - Reed (19)
HR - Gomez (24)
30-26, 9.0 GB


With the victory, Bakersfield improved to 13-2 since they were swept at Modesto on August 6.

Richard Bleier continued rolling by posting his fifth consecutive quality start. The southpaw allowed two runs (both solo homers) in seven innings, walking one and striking out a season-high ten batters.

First baseman Mauro Gomez was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Erik Morrison (1/3) had Bakersfield's only other hit. The club was helped out by four Modesto errors.

Evan Reed fanned one in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 19th save.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 6 2 2 1 10 2 4.48


A: Hickory 3 - Asheville 5
L - Brigham (2-8)
HR - DiFazio (3)
25-30, 12.0 GB


The Crawdads are falling further by the day, but there were some encouraging performances.

Pitcher Carlos Pimentel (0.00 ERA/.190 BAA in 22 August innings) worked five more scoreless frames, giving up four hits, walking zero, and striking out seven.

The 19-year-old righty has yet to allow an earned run in 22 innings this month. He is perhaps the system's most underrated prospect.

Catcher Vin DiFazio (.538/.588/1.231 in four Low-A games) was 3-for-4 with a home run. The round-tripper was his third in his last three games with the Crawdads.

Jared Bolden (2/3, 3B) tripled while Matt West (1/4, 2B) doubled.

Starter Jake Brigham gave up five run son eight hits in four innings. He was burned by the three home runs he allowed.

Player of the Game: DH Vin DiFazio
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 3 0 1 2 0 0 .538


SSA: Spokane 3 - Boise 4
L - Thompson (3-4)
29-33, 7.0 GB


Matt Thompson had a somewhat strange start. He gave up four runs on 12 hits in six innings. However, he fanned three without walking a batter and got 11 groundouts versus just three airouts.

Joe Bonadonna (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled and walked.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca singled twice and drove home a run.

Miguel Velazquez singled, walked, and stole a pair of bases, giving him six with Spokane.

Andrew Doyle (1 IP) and Joseph Ortiz (2 IP) closed it out with scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: LHP Joseph Ortiz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.41


AZL: AZL Rangers 4 - (@) AZL Royals 5
L - Jamison (0-2)
HR - De Jesus (3)
10-13, 5.5 GB


Andrew Laughter got his second rehab appearance, and he allowed just two hits in two scoreless innings. He walked zero and struck out four.

Ezequiel Rijo followed with five innings of one-run, one-hit ball. He walked one and fanned three.

Left fielder Santo De Jesus was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

DH Tomas Telis (.321/.330/.458) was 3-for-5 with his 11th double. Telis also stole his seventh base in eight tries.

First baseman Michael Ortiz singled one and walked twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Ezequiel Rijo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 1 1 1 1 3 0 4.97


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - SEASON OVER
18-45, 29.5 GB


The DSL Rangers1 failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 - OFF
47-15, 9.0 GU


The DSL Rangers2 won the San Pedro Division and they received a bye in the DSL playoffs. They'll play soon.



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