Minor League Roundup - 7/1

Whittleman hit his seventh homer

With a couple prospects making their High-A debuts on Thursday night, the Bakersfield Blaze powered their way to a 10-7 victory over Modesto. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - (@) Albuquerque 7
L - Mathis (3-4)
HR - Tracy (15)
43-36, 2.5 GU


The RedHawks dropped the first game of their three-game set with the second-place Isotopes.

On the same day that he was named a Triple-A All-Star, cleanup man Chris Davis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two runs batted in.

Mitch Moreland (.279/.362/.450) also hit a pair of doubles, giving him 24 on the season. He picked up his 11th outfield assist of the year from right field.

Gregorio Petit (3/4, 2B) and Matt Brown (1/4, 2B) both doubled once. Brown played in his first game since returning from the disabled list.

Starting pitcher Doug Mathis got through seven innings, but he gave up seven runs [six earned] on nine hits, walking four and striking out four.

Geoff Geary fanned two in a hitless eighth inning.

Player of the Game: 3B Chris Davis
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 3 2 0 2 0 2 .339




AA: Frisco 3 - Springfield 4
L - Flores (1-2)
6-1, 2.0 GU


Frisco lost for the first time in the second half in its first home game of the second half.

Starting pitcher Tanner Roark was a bit wild, as he issued four walks and threw 88 pitches in five innings, but he limited the Cardinals to just one unearned run. He struck out three.

Centerfielder Endy Chavez batted second and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Right fielder Joey Butler (3/4) singled three times while Emerson Frostad (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked once.

Left-handed reliever Beau Jones surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk in two innings.

Jones got out to an excellent start in Frisco––particularly with his command––but he has issued seven walks in 4.1 innings over his last five appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Roark
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 5 1 0 4 3 0 4.23




A+: Bakersfield 10 - (@) Stockton 7
W - Wieland (1-0)
SV - Hamburger (10)
HR - Whittleman (7)
6-2, 1.0 GU


Right-hander Joe Wieland was solid in his first High-A start for the most part, but he struggled to the finish line.

In all, the Reno native surrendered seven runs in 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits, walking one, and striking out seven.

Wieland had given up three runs through his first five innings, but he yielded four more while failing to finish the sixth.

Still, he picked up the victory due to 10 runs on 11 hits from the Blaze offense.

First baseman John Whittleman (.294/.430/.612) continued to crush the ball, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in.

The round-tripper was Whittleman's seventh in 85 official at-bats with the Blaze. Though he is doing his mashing at a lower level, Whittleman's success has to be a plus for his confidence level.

Catcher Doug Hogan went 2-for-4 with his sixth double of the year.

Left fielder Miguel Velazquez batted third in his Cal League debut, and he was 1-for-4 with a walk, a strikeout, and two runs scored.

Corey Young [1.1 IP] and Mark Hamburger [2 IP] closed out the game with shutdown relief. Hamburger fanned three batters in his outing, dropping his ERA to 2.41.

Player of the Game: 1B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 3 0 1 3 0 0 .294




A: Hickory 3 - Lexington 6
L - Ross (8-7)
4-4, 3.0 GB


Robbie Ross (2.59 ERA/.245 BAA) had a rare rough outing on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old southpaw permitted six runs [four earned] on nine hits over 4.2 innings, walking one and striking out two.

Though Ross didn't get himself into trouble with the free passes, he plunked a season-high three batters. Ross has hit at least one batter in each of his last five starts, and he has 11 on the year.

Pitching in his first full-season game, big right-hander Johnny Gunter retired all four batters he faced.

Johan Yan appeared in his second game with the Crawdads, working two shutout frames. He gave up two singles, walked zero, and fanned two.

Red-hot leadoff hitter Travis Adair (.287/.345/.347) was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Matt West (2/4, 2B) also doubled, hitting his 19th of the year.

Right fielder Guillermo Pimentel was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his Hickory debut.

Ed Koncel (.189/.286/.393) went 0-for-4 with two punchouts, and he is now 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts in his last five contests.

Joe Ortiz worked a perfect ninth, fanning two batters. He has two walks and 21 strikeouts in 14.1 innings with the ‘Dads.

Player of the Game: 2B Travis Adair
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 .287




SSA: Spokane 4 - (@) Tri-City 3
W - Reyes (1-0)
SV - O. De Los Santos (2)
6-7, 1.5 GB


The Indians battled back from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the eighth inning to win their fifth straight.

Sinkerballing righty Zach Osborne got the game started off on a positive note with four shutout innings, yielding only one hit. He walked two, struck out two, and got seven groundouts versus three flyouts.

Elon product Jimmy Reyes got his first professional victory despite yielding two runs in three innings. He fanned four.

Third baseman Mike Olt was key in the comeback, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs batted in, and a stolen base. He raised his average to .289.

DH Danny Lima (1/4, 2B) also doubled while Alejandro Selen singled twice in four trips.

Hard-throwing reliever Ovispo De Los Santos finished out the game with two strikeouts in a shutout ninth inning, picking up his second save.

In his first four innings with the Indians, the 22-year-old De Los Santos has surrendered zero runs on one hit, walking one and striking out six. His secondary stuff is a definite work-in-progress, but he can flirt with triple-digits on the radar gun at times.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 .289




RK: AZL Rangers 5 - (@) AZL Angels 1
W - Haase (1-0)
SV - Mavare (1)
5-4, 1.0 GB


The AZL Rangers posted a dominant all-around victory for the second consecutive day on Thursday night.

Starting pitcher Juan Grullon cruised through five innings, permitting just an unearned run. He gave up three singles, walked zero, and struck out five.

In his two games since returning to the U.S., the left-hander has yet to allow an earned run in nine innings. He could be a candidate for a promotion to Spokane at some point this summer.

Right fielder Jordan Akins had his best game as a pro, going 2-for-3 with his first double of the year.

Braxton Lane (1/2, 2B) and Jhonny Gomez (1/1, 2B) also doubled.

Three-hole hitter Jake Skole singled, walked, and stole his third base.

The rehabbing Jonathan Greene played DH and was 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI. He was also plunked twice.

Right-handers Jose Monegro [1 IP], Anthony Haase [2 IP] and Arlett Mavare [2 IP] finished off the game with five scoreless innings. Monegro and Haase both struck out two while Mavare fanned one.

Player of the Game: LHP Juan Grullon
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 3 1 0 0 5 0 0.00




DSL: DSL Rangers 1 - DSL Pirates 5
L - S. Perez (1-2)
15-12, 2.5 GB


The DSL Rangers were held to five hits in Thursday morning's loss.

Middle infielders Hanser Alberto and Belarmino Campos both went 2-for-3 with a double. Campos drove home the Rangers' only run of the game.

Starting pitcher Santo Perez surrendered four runs on six hits over four innings, walking one and striking out four.

Luis Moreno (0.56 ERA/.060 BAA) gave up one run––his first of the season––in three innings. He has permitted just three hits in 16 innings on the year.

Righties Luis Baez and Dario Beltre tossed one scoreless inning apiece to close out the game.

Player of the Game: SS Belarmino Campos
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .333




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