Minor League Roundup - 7/26

Ramirez struck out 10

Oklahoma City got a promising rehab start from right-hander Rich Harden on Monday while a couple talented position players recorded their first professional home runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Memphis 5
L - Madrigal (3-2)
53-48, 1.0 GU


The Redbirds finished off a four-game sweep of Oklahoma City on Monday evening.

Despite the loss, the RedHawks got a promising rehab start from Rich Harden. The right-hander struck out 10 batters over six innings, permitting two unearned runs on two hits. He walked one and threw 67 strikes out of 96 pitches.

Harden has two walks and 19 strikeouts in 11 innings over his last two rehab appearances.

Hernan Iribarren (2/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) both singled twice while DH Ryan Garko was 1-for-4 with his seventh double.

The game got away from OKC when reliever Warner Madrigal coughed up three runs on two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Rich Harden
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 2 0 1 10 0 5.19




AA: Frisco 5 - Corpus Christi 6
L - Garr (7-4)
HR - Osuna (3)
19-11, 2.0 GU


Ryan Tatusko (2.97 ERA/.254 BAA) started the game with six shutout innings. He threw 95 pitches, allowing six hits, walking two, and striking out three.

Tatusko left the game with a 5-0 lead, but it was erased before the bullpen could even record an out.

Left-hander Kasey Kiker walked all three batters he faced and Brennan Garr followed by surrendering two walks and a hit.

Tim Murphy then came on and gave up a bases-clearing triple, and the Hooks suddenly held a 6-5 lead.

Despite letting all three inherited runners to score, Murphy didn't allow a run on his docket in one inning. He struck out two.

Shortstop Renny Osuna (.292/.344/.395) nearly hit for the cycle from the nine-hole. The 25-year-old went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a home run. He drove in three runs on the night.

Leadoff man Marcus Lemon singled twice in five trips, bumping his average to .274.

Engel Beltre was 1-for-4 with his second Double-A stolen base.

Adalberto Flores and Beau Jones both tossed hitless innings to finish it out.

Former Rangers farmhand Jailen Peguero––who began the season with Oklahoma City––worked three shutout frames to earn his second save for Corpus Christi.

Player of the Game: SS Renny Osuna
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 1 1 3 0 1 .292




A+: Bakersfield - OFF
19-12, 2.0 GU


The California League took Monday off. Bakersfield returns home to face the 16-15 Modesto Nuts on Tuesday night.



A: Hickory 6 - (@) Augusta 0 - 7 innings (Rain)
W - Ramirez (8-7)
18-13, 1.5 GB


The Crawdads picked up a rain-shortened victory in Augusta on Monday night.

Inconsistent starter Neil Ramirez was flat-out dominant, striking out 10 batters over six scoreless innings. He scattered five hits and didn't issue a free pass.

Though the 21-year-old has been hittable, he has 103 strikeouts against only 30 walks in 104.2 innings this season. He has 41 walks and 56 punchouts in 66.1 frames last year.

Jared Prince, Vin DiFazio, and Jared Bolden all went 1-for-3 with a two-bagger.

DiFazio has at least one extra-base hit in five of his six games since returning from the disabled list. He went 1-for-1 with two walks in the other contest.

Shortstop Jonathan Roof singled once and walked twice in four trips.

Sam Brown retired the first batter he faced in the seventh before the game was suspended––and eventually called––due to rain.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 5 0 0 0 10 0 4.73




SSA: Spokane 5 - Tri-City 1
W - Johnson (1-2)
HR - Skole (1)
22-16, 3.0 GU


The playoff-bound Indians improved to six games above .500 with Monday night's win.

Former fifth-round pick Nick McBride began the game by retiring the first 12 batters he faced, and he finished by allowing just one unearned run on two hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out nine.

After getting out to a rough start, the 19-year-old appears to be getting his feet under him. He has pitched 12 total innings without giving up an earned run in his last two outings.

Leadoff hitter Jake Skole was 2-for-4 with his first professional home run, a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh.

Jason Kudlock (1/4, 2B) and Kevin Rodland (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.

DH Andrew Clark reached in all four of his plate appearances, singling twice and walking twice.

First baseman Clark Murphy raised his average to .366 with a pair of base hits in four at-bats.

Alejandro Selen committed a rather problematic 10th error in just 11 games at second base.

Kevin Johnson [2 IP] and Ben Rowen [1 IP] kept Tri-City off the scoreboard for the final three innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 1 0 1 9 0 4.66




RK: AZL Rangers 4 - (@) AZL Angels 11
L - Melo (3-3)
15-14, 3.0 GB


Carlos Melo (4.67 ERA/.192 BAA) ran into control issues that included four walks and a hit batter in just 1.2 innings. He surrendered three total runs.

Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez (.339/.389/.443) was 1-for-4 with his eighth double, the club's only extra-base knock.

Oduber Herrera (2/3) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) both singled twice. Herrera also had a sacrifice bunt.

The speedy Surprise Rangers had four more stolen bases in Monday's game, getting two from Travis Meiners, one from Christian Villanueva, and one from Alinson Perez.

Virginia Commonwealth product Joe Van Meter appeared in his first game since July 26 and tossed a perfect inning with one strikeout.

The Rangers are in the process of moving the 21-year-old former collegiate infielder to the mound on a full-time basis.

The Angels broke the game wide open when righty Jonathan Rojas coughed up six runs on six hits in one inning. Rojas uncorked three wild pitches in the frame.

Australian hurler Aaron Thompson (3.86 ERA/.243 BAA) finished it out with three shutout innings, walking three and striking out four.

Player of the Game: RHP Aaron Thompson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 3.86




DSL: DSL Rangers 9 - (@) DSL Tigers 1
W - S. Perez (3-2)
HR - Alfaro (1), Obispo (1)
22-19, 3.5 GB


The DSL Rangers appear to be heating up and firing on all cylinders, as they picked up their second consecutive blowout victory on Monday.

Starter Santo Perez (3.25 ERA/.220 BAA) held the Tigers to one run on two hits over six innings. He struck out three without issuing a walk.

Perez has walked just four batters in 36 innings this season.

Talented 17-year-old Jorge Alfaro went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, his first professional round-tripper. He also walked and was hit by a pitch.

First baseman Christefer Obispo hit a solo home run, walked once, and struck out three times.

Hector Martinez (2/5, 2B), Hanser Alberto (2/5, 2B) and Guy Edmonds (1/4, 2B, BB) all doubled. Alberto picked up his 13th steal of the summer.

Luis Moreno [2 IP] and Dario Beltre [1 IP] finished the game out with scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: DH Jorge Alfaro
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 .177




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