Minor League Roundup - 6/29

Gonzalez had a big day in the Dominican

The Spokane Indians continued to bounce back from a slow start on Tuesday, as they picked up their third consecutive victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - Omaha 5
L - Ramirez (4-3)
43-35, 3.5 GU


Veteran righty Elizardo Ramirez filled in for the called-up Omar Beltre, and he allowed five runs in five innings pitched.

Oklahoma City wasn't able to get much going offensively, as they were shut out while spreading eight singles across the nine innings.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2/4) and DH Ryan Garko (2/4) both singled twice.

Three-hole hitter Mitch Moreland had one single and one walk in four trips.

Moreland is putting together his best month of the season, posting a .309/.412/.468 slash line with 17 walks and 18 strikeouts in 27 contests.

Willie Eyre was the star in relief, as his three scoreless innings helped keep the RedHawks within striking distance.

Zach Phillips struck out two in a hitless ninth inning, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 2.35.

Player of the Game: RHP Willie Eyre
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3.51




AA: Frisco - OFF
6-0, 2.0 GU


The Frisco RoughRiders enter the Texas League's All-Star break with a perfect 6-0 record to start off the second half.



A+: Bakersfield 6 - (@) Stockton 8
L - Gomez (2-6)
HR - Bianucci (10), Whittleman (6), Gradoville (2)
4-2, 0.0 GU


The Blaze dropped their second game of the second half while playing in front of a national audience on MLB Network.

Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel surrendered five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, walking two and fanning five.

Pimentel was really hurt by one swing of the bat, a David Thomas three-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning.

Bakersfield's bats flashed some power of their own, as John Whittleman (1/4, HR, BB), Chris Gradoville (2/4, HR) and Mike Bianucci (1/5, HR) all hit solo home runs.

Leadoff hitter David Paisano (.296/.350/.383) was 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two runs batted in.

The 22-year-old Paisano had a brutal May, but he has bounced back with a .372/.443/.465 slash line in 22 June games.

Engel Beltre singled twice in five trips, raising his average to .329. He also swiped his 10th base.

Sinkerballing righty Kennil Gomez fell to 2-6 after giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning of relief.

Player of the Game: LF David Paisano
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 2 1 0 2 0 2 .296




A: Hickory 5 - Lexington 6
L - Brown (0-1)
3-3, 2.0 GB


Neil Ramirez (5.47 ERA/.281 BAA) was knocked around the yard a bit for 12 hits [10 singles] in five innings pitched. He surrendered five runs while walking one and fanning three.

The bullpen duo of Sam Brown and Johan Yan were strong, with both pitchers making their full-season debut.

Brown suffered the loss after giving up an unearned run, but he worked two innings, walking zero and fanning three.

Yan, who recently began using a sidearm delivery, struck out one in two blank frames. He got three groundouts and one flyout.

Leadoff man Travis Adair, who is putting together a solid month, was 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez (2/5, 2B) and shortstop Edwin Garcia (1/2, BB) both drove home two runs.

Player of the Game: 2B Travis Adair
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 .277




SSA: Spokane 6 - Everett 2
W - Earls (1-0)
4-7, 2.5 GB


Young right-hander Randol Rojas had a mixed bag of results in his third state-side start, giving up two runs in four innings pitched. He walked two and struck out two.

Right fielder Jason Kudlock (2/3, 2B) and catcher Yefry Castillo (2/2, 2B) both doubled. The two-bagger was Kudlock's fourth of the young season.

Hot-hitting third baseman Danny Lima saw his average drop to .571 after getting two singles in four trips.

Right fielder Jared Hoying, who is beginning his professional career in a 6-for-40 slump, struck out in all four of his plate appearances.

Justin Earls [2 IP], Francisco Mendoza [2 IP] and Brett Weibley [1 IP] combined for five shutout innings out of the bullpen. Mendoza punched out three without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: LHP Justin Earls
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00




RK: AZL Rangers 4 - (@) AZL Indians 11
L - Strong (0-1)
3-4, 2.0 GB


Shortstop Drew Robinson––the club's fourth-round pick in this year's draft––has been excellent offensively thus far, and he went 1-for-4 with a double on Tuesday.

However, the 18-year-old also committed four errors [all four fielding], giving him six in his first six pro games.

Starting pitcher Ezequiel Rijo was knocked around a bit, as he yielded four runs on six hits over four innings, walking two and striking out two.

Erratic southpaw Paul Strong surrendered seven runs [just two earned] over two-thirds of an inning. He allowed three hits and walked two.

Second baseman Santiago Chirino singled twice in four trips.

Teodoro Martinez (1/4), Christian Villanueva (1/3, HBP) and Jhonny Gomez (1/3, BB) had the team's other hits.

A couple 2010 draft picks made their pro debuts in the game, as righty Andres Perez-Lobo [1.1 IP] and lefty Chris Hanna [1 IP] both worked scoreless ball.

Tae-Kyung Ahn worked around a hit and two walks in the eighth, but he didn't yield a run.

Player of the Game: LHP Chris Hanna
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00




DSL: DSL Rangers 7 - DSL Tigers 3
W - Diaz (1-0)
15-10, 1.0 GB


The Rangers steamrolled over the Tigers on Tuesday afternoon, largely due to the help of third baseman Alex Gonzalez.

The 18-year-old Venezuela native went 3-for-5 with a double and four runs batted in, raising his average to .353 through four games.

Starting pitcher Victor Payano surrendered two unearned runs in two innings. He gave up two hits while walking one and fanning two.

Right-hander Jesus Diaz picked up his first professional win with three shutout innings of relief.

Leonel Gil [2.1 IP] and Dario Beltre [1 IP] combined for 3.1 innings of hitless, scoreless, walkless relief to close out the game. Gil fanned three while Beltre punched out two in his frame.

Gil has yet to yield a run in 11.2 innings in the DSL this season. The 19-year-old has walked one while fanning 13 in that span.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro (1/3, 2B) hit his first double while first baseman Christefer Obispo (2/4) singled twice in four trips.

Player of the Game: 3B Alex Gonzalez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 1 0 4 0 1 .353




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