Minor League Roundup - 8/29

Falcon struck out six batters in 3.1 innings

The Bakersfield Blaze clinched their first playoff spot since 2001 behind six innings of hitless relief in the extra-inning affair. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of Saturday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - (@) Iowa 7
L - Mendoza (6-7)
HR - Boggs (8)
65-69, 8.5 GB


Starter Luis Mendoza struggled on three-days rest, as he allowed six runs on eight hits in just 3.1 innings. He walked three and struck out just two.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a base on balls.

?Catcher Max Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a double and two free passes.

Justin Smoak (2/5) and Royce Huffman (2/5) both singled twice.

Newly acquired designated hitter Ryan Freel singled once in three at-bats.

Dominican right-hander Jailen Peguero tossed two scoreless innings, walking zero and punching out three.

Player of the Game: C Max Ramirez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 .236


AA: Frisco 4 - Midland 2
W - Poveda (10-5)
SV - Jones (2)
34-27, 2.0 GB


The RoughRiders picked up a huge victory on Saturday night, bringing them to within two games of first-place Midland.

Starting pitcher Omar Poveda scattered eight hits and allowed two runs in six innings of work. He walked two and struck out seven.

Leadoff man Craig Gentry provided a triple and two RBI's in four trips.

Dustin Majewski (1/4, 2B) doubled while Marcus Lemon (2/3) singled twice.

Rehabbing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia went hitless in three plate appearance. He was plunked once. Salty also picked a man off at first base and caught a runner stealing at second.

Brennan Garr (1.72 ERA/.222 BAA in August) fanned two in 1.2 scoreless innings.

Lefty Beau Jones finished it off with 1.1 shutout innings. He worked around three hits and two walks.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Poveda
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 8 2 2 2 7 0 4.38


A+: Bakersfield 8 - (@) Modesto 5 (12 innings)
W - Miller (1-1)
SV - Reed (22)
34-28, 10.0 GB


The Blaze clinched their first playoff berth since 2001 with the victory on Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Ryan Tatusko gave up five runs over the first three innings, but he settled down to give up five runs on eight hits in six total innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Playing in his third game with Bakersfield, third baseman Tom Mendonca led the way, going 4-for-6 with a double.

David Paisano (3/7, 2B) hit his 10th double with the Blaze.

Jake Kaase (2/6), Joey Butler (2/7), Matt Lawson (2/3) and Jose Felix (2/6) all singled twice. Felix had three runs batted in.

Really though, the bullpen won the game for the Blaze.

After a gritty outing in an extra-inning contest against Stockton his last time out, lefty Ryan Falcon (2.22 ERA/.228 BAA) pitched 3.1 perfect innings, striking out six batters.

Justin Miller (1.2 IP) and Evan Reed (1 IP) also worked hitless, scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: LHP Ryan Falcon
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.1 0 0 0 0 6 0 2.22


A: Hickory 9 - (@) West Virginia 5
W - Doyle (1-1)
SV - Ragsdale (2)
HR - De Los Santos (4), DiFazio (4)
28-33, 13.5 GB


Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez pitched just two innings, allowing one run on two hits. He walked three, hit two, and struck out four.

Backstop Vin DiFazio (.344/.436/.844 in 32 at-bats) was 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run, and five runs batted in. Between Spokane and Hickory, DiFazio has 28 extra-base hits in just 56 games.

A couple of Dominican Republic natives had perfect nights at the plate.

DH Leonel De Los Santos (.308/.341/.410 in August) was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer.

Shortstop Leury Garcia (.233/.300/.301 in August) went 3-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

Matt West (2/4, 2B, BB) also doubled and walked.

Sinkerballing righty Andrew Doyle's second game with Hickory was very successful, as he fanned three batters in 1.2 perfect innings.

Corey Ragsdale struck out six batters in three perfect innings to earn his second save of the year.

Player of the Game: C Vin DiFazio
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 2 0 1 5 0 1 .344


SSA: Spokane 0 - (@) Yakima 2
L - Tullis (3-3)
34-34, 8.0 GB


Braden Tullis (3.29 ERA/.253 BAA) was a rough-luck loser on Saturday evening. He gave up two runs on three hits in five innings, walking two and striking out three.

DH Jason Ogata got his average back up to .394 with two doubles in three official at-bats.

Second baseman Joe Bonadonna was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Relief pitchers Keith Campbell (2 IP) and Chris Matlock (1 IP) both pitched scoreless relief.

After a slow start, Matlock appears to be settling in to pro ball. His line over the last two months: 23.0 IP, 14 H, 7 ER, 7 BB, 24 K.

Player of the Game: RHP Braden Tullis
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 2 2 2 3 0 3.29


AZL: AZL Rangers 5 - (@) AZL Mariners 2
W - Rijo (4-6)
SV - Arrendell (10)
12-16, 4.5 GB


The AZL Rangers' season ended on a winning note on Saturday night.

Rehabbing centerfielder Engel Beltre tripled in five at-bats.

Left fielder Tim Smith singled once in five trips. He also stole a pair of bases.

Starting pitcher Michael Main scattered three hits in two scoreless innings, walking zero and striking out two.

Ezequiel Rijo earned his fourth victory of the season after he yielded only one run over three innings of work.

Taylor Vail (2/4, 2B) and Guillermo Pimentel (2/4, 2B) both doubled once. Pimentel had two runs batted in.

Right-handers Ovispo De Los Santos and Kelvin Arrendell finished the game with one scoreless inning apiece.

Player of the Game: RF Guillermo Pimentel
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 .245


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 - SEASON OVER
47-15, 9.0 GU


After winning the division, the DSL Rangers2 got a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but they were swept in the best-of-three Dominican Summer League semifinal series.



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