Minor League Roundup - 9/7

Monday marked the final day of the minor league regular season and the last day period for every Rangers affiliate except the Bakersfield Blaze. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - (@) Memphis 3
W - Corey (7-9)
SV - Rupe (1)
HR - Benjamin (5)
69-75, 11.0 GB


On the final day of the season, 35-year-old veteran Bryan Corey came within just one out of his first-ever complete game.

The righty, who has logged 630 career appearances between the minors and majors, surrendered three runs on eight hits in 8.2 innings, walking one and striking out six.

Left fielder Casey Benjamin (.231/.349/.341) was 4-for-5 with a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning.

Joaquin Arias (2/5) singled twice in five trips.

Max Ramirez (1/3, BB), Greg Golson (1/4), Travis Metcalf (1/4), Jared Bolden (1/4) and Adam Fox (1/4) all singled once.

Josh Rupe retired to only batter he faced to log his third professional save.

Player of the Game: LF Casey Benjamin
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 4 0 1 3 0 0 .231


AA: Frisco 0 - (@) Midland 3
L - Perez (1-3)
39-31, 2.0 GB


The RoughRiders and Martin Perez closed out their 2009 season with a loss, but they got a solid performance from the 18-year-old southpaw.

Perez gave up three runs on three consecutive hits in the bottom of the second inning. Outside of that, he was dominant.

In all, Perez gave up three runs on five hits in six innings, walking zero and striking out two. He threw just 68 pitches in those six innings, which is perhaps the biggest improvement for the youngster.

Corey Young and Andrew Laughter both worked scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

First baseman Chad Tracy singled twice in four at-bats, putting his final batting average for the season at .279.

Left fielder Dustin Majewski was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 5 3 3 0 2 0 5.57


A+: Bakersfield 3 - Rancho Cucamonga 2
W - Murphy (10-10)
SV - Tufts (1)
HR - Gac (22), Stoneburner (6)
41-29, 10.0 GB


Tim Murphy didn't record a strikeout in his seven innings of work, but he limited Rancho Cucamonga to just two runs on six hits and two walks. The southpaw earned his tenth victory of the season.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner and first baseman Ian Gac both went 1-for-3 with home runs. The two helped combine to produce all three of Bakersfield's runs on the night.

Leadoff hitter Matt Lawson tripled once in four trips.

Catcher Jose Felix was 1-for-3 with his 15th double.

In preparation for the playoffs, lefty Richard Bleier tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

Tyler Tufts worked a perfect ninth, striking out one, to record his first save.

Player of the Game: LHP Tim Murphy
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 6 2 2 2 0 0 6.80


A: Hickory 1 - (@) Kannapolis 4
L - Brigham (2-11)
30-40, 15.5 GB


The Crawdads dropped their final game of the 2009 season on Monday afternoon.

Starting pitcher Jake Brigham fell to 2-11 after giving up two unearned runs on three hits in 4.1 innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Carlos Pimentel (2.93 ERA/.256 BAA) worked 2.2 scoreless frames, yielding one hit, walking zero, and fanning one. Pimentel had a 2.11 earned-run average after the Sally League All-Star break.

Andres James (1/4, 2B), Matt West (1/4, 2B) and Ed Koncel (1/3, 2B) all doubled once.

Shortstop Leury Garcia singled once in three at-bats for Hickory's only other hit of the day.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.93


SSA: Spokane - SEASON OVER
37-39, 10.0 GB


The Indians played much better late in the season, but they still failed to qualify for the Northwest League playoffs.

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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