Minor League Roundup - 9/2

Kirkman allowed two hits in seven innings

The Frisco RoughRiders got back to within two games of Midland on Wednesday, as Michael Kirkman provided seven scoreless innings and Chad Tracy hit a walkoff home run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - New Orleans 3
L - Corey (6-9)
67-71, 8.5 GB


New Orleans pitcher Andrew Miller had been rocked in his first two starts back at Triple-A, but he tossed six scoreless innings while striking out eight against the RedHawks on Wednesday.

Bryan Corey was stuck with the loss despite pitching eight strong innings for OKC. He scattered 10 hits and gave up just three runs, walking zero and fanning four.

The RedHawks lineup managed just three singles in the contest. They came from Royce Huffman (1/4), Travis Metcalf (1/2, 2 BB) and Adam Fox (1/3).

Catcher Zach Zaneski, who was at short-season Spokane, walked once in three hitless plate appearances.

Left-hander Chris Cooper worked a scoreless inning, striking out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Bryan Corey
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 10 3 3 0 4 0 5.52


AA: Frisco 1 - Corpus Christi 0 (11 innings)
W - Vaughan (3-0)
HR - Tracy (26)
36-29, 2.0 GB


Michael Kirkman was absolutely dominant on Wednesday night, shutting out the Hooks for seven innings. He gave up only two hits, walked two, and struck otu six.

Lefty reliever Zach Phillips retired all nine batters he faced in three innings, striking out three. He lowered his Double-A earned-run average to 1.47.

Beau Vaughan struck out two in a scoreless ninth.

First baseman Chad Tracy struck out three times, but he also walked and belted his 26th home run of the season. The homer was a walkoff shot in the bottom of the 11th.

Engel Beltre was 1-for-4 with a double.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 2 0 0 2 6 0 4.19


A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Stockton 0
W - Gomez (8-10)
SV - Reed (24)
HR - Gac (20)
37-28, 9.5 GB


Kennil Gomez has been outstanding over his last handful of starts, and that continued on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old tossed five scoreless innings, giving up four hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Michael Main appeared in relief and pitched two innings without yielding a hit. He had one walk and one strikeout. It was Main's first appearance in the California League since June 7, when he gave up eight earned runs in four innings against San Jose.

Ian Gac provided a solo home run, his 20th of the season, in the fifth inning.

Second baseman Matt Lawson doubled and scored a run.

Justin Miller and Evan Reed both pitched scoreless innings to end the game.

Player of the Game: RHP Kennil Gomez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 4 0 0 1 4 0 5.31


A: Hickory 3 - Greensboro 6
L - Brigham (2-10)
HR - Hollander (3)
28-37, 14.5 GB


Starter Jake Brigham's recent struggles continued on Wednesday, as he gave up four runs on seven hits in just 3.1 innings of work.

Carlos Pimentel surrendered two runs in 4.2 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

The versatile Mike Hollander played left field and batted leadoff in the game. He walked and hit a solo home run.

Leury Garcia (1/4, 3B) tripled while Ed Koncel (2/4, 2B), Eric Fry (2/4, 2B) and Vin DiFazio (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) all doubled.

Player of the Game: LF Mike Hollander
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 .247


SSA: Spokane 3 - (@) Boise 4
L - Gunter (1-4)
35-37, 10.0 GB


Robbie Ross dropped his earned-run average to 2.66 with five more scoreless innings. He allowed three hits while walking zero and punching out three.

Outfielders Kyle Rhoad (3/5) and Miguel Velazquez (3/4, BB) both singled three times. Rhoad stole a pair of bases, bringing him to 18 on the season.

Denny Duron (1/4, 2B) and Clark Murphy (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Pinch hitter Tomas Telis singled in his only at-bat. He is 3-for-7 since joining the Indians on August 30.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 2.66


AZL: AZL Rangers - SEASON OVER
12-16, 4.5 GB


The AZL Rangers failed to quality for the Arizona League playoffs.

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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