Minor League Roundup - 9/14

Kiker allowed one hit in four innings

Kasey Kiker and Justin Smoak turned in strong performances for Team USA on Monday while the Bakersfield Blaze stayed alive with a dominant win over San Jose. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

Baseball World Cup

Team Canada dropped to 0-2 in the second round after its extra-inning loss to Australia on Monday. Emerson Frostad did not appear in the game.

The United States defeated the Netherlands, 11-1, in a seven-inning contest. Kasey Kiker got the start and surrendered just one run on one hit in four innings. He walked five and struck out seven. The southpaw threw 72 pitches and 38 for strikes.

First baseman Justin Smoak had another huge game, going 2-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in. Smoak now has a .444 batting average and five home runs through five World Cup games.

AAA: Oklahoma City - SEASON OVER
69-75, 11.0 GB

The RedHawks failed to qualify for the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

AA: Frisco - SEASON OVER
39-31, 2.0 GB

The RoughRiders failed to qualify for the Texas League playoffs.

A+: Bakersfield 7 - San Jose 3
W - Gomez (1-0)
HR - Bianucci (1), Gomez (1)
Down 1-2 (Best of five)

The Blaze returned home and were able to get into the win column to stay alive in the California League semifinal series.

Starting pitcher Kennil Gomez worked around six hits and six walks in 6.2 innings, somehow allowing only one run. He fanned five.

Bakersfield's offense got jump-started early when left fielder Mike Bianucci blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. He would single later in the contest.

In the bottom of the second, Mauro Gomez hit another two-run homer to extend the lead. He also doubled.

Joey Butler (1/3, 2B, BB) and Ian Gac (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once and walked once.

Centerfielder David Paisano was 2-for-3 with a base on balls.

Tanner Roark is expected to toe the rubber for Bakersfield on Tuesday evening.

Player of the Game: RHP Kennil Gomez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.2 6 1 1 6 5 0 2.84


A: Hickory - SEASON OVER
30-40, 15.5 GB

The Crawdads failed to qualify for the South Atlantic League playoffs.

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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