Minor League Roundup - 7/20

Rijo allowed just one hit

The AZL Rangers lost a pitcher's duel on Monday, but starter Ezequiel Rijo gave up just one hit over five innings of work. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) New Orleans 1
W - Rupe (3-6)
SV - Madrigal (11)
HR - Richardson (10)
47-47, 2.0 GB


Josh Rupe (5.91 ERA/.320 BAA) turned in perhaps his most effective outing in 12 Triple-A starts this season. He pitched six innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Rupe walked two and struck out one, throwing 87 pitches.

Catcher Kevin Richardson (.275/.310/.675 in July) belted his fifth home run of a month, a three-run shot that provided all three of Oklahoma City's runs. He also walked once.

Speedsters Julio Borbon (2/5) and Greg Golson (2/4) both singled twice.

Closer Warner Madrigal (2.02 ERA/.194 BAA) struck out five in two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 1 1 0 1 3 1 1 .211


AA: Frisco 1 - San Antonio 2
L - Beavan (1-3)
14-9, 2.0 GU


Blake Beavan scattered eight hits (seven singles) in 6.1 innings, allowing just two runs. He fanned one without walking a batter.

In 41 Double-A innings, the 20-year-old Beavan has walked just four batters.

Marcus Lemon (1/3, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit while Mitch Moreland (1/4) had Frisco's only run batted in.

Leadoff man Craig Gentry singled once and walked once in four trips.

Relief pitchers Zach Phillips and Thomas Diamond both tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. Phillips has yet to allow an earned run in 13 Double-A innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.1 8 2 2 0 1 0 5.49


A+: Bakersfield 1 - (@) San Jose 7
L - Gomez (3-8)
HR - Greene (14)
13-12, 7.0 GB


In 2008, Kennil Gomez walked just 20 batters in 88 innings.

Over his last five starts, Gomez has walked at least four batters four times.

The right-hander's struggles with control continued on Monday, as he issued five walks in 3.2 innings and gave up seven runs on five hits. Gomez fanned four.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (.265/.342/.476) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 14th of the season.

Ian Gac and Tim Rodriguez both singled twice in four at-bats.

Glenn Swanson (2.1 IP) and Adalberto Flores (2 IP) both pitched scoreless relief. Flores fanned five batters.

Player of the Game: RHP Adalberto Flores
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 3.24


A: Hickory 0 - (@) Savannah 8
L - Font (6-2)
14-10, 0.0 GU


Wilmer Font had a bit of a rough outing on Monday, as he gave up five runs—just two earned—in three innings. Font yielded six hits and walked two while striking out one.

Right fielder Eric Fry was 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.

Michael Hollander (1/4), Erik Morrison (1/3) and Doug Hogan (1/4) had Hickory's other base hits.

Reliever Tyler Tufts fanned three in two scoreless innings and Cody Eppley struck out two in one shutout frame.

Player of the Game: RHP Tyler Tufts
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 2.22


SSA: Spokane 10 - Everett 16
L - Ocampo (1-2)
HR - Prince (4), Velazquez (2), Murphy (1), Ogata (1)
11-19, 8.0 GB


Starting pitcher Braden Tullis got off to his usual excellent start, but he gave up three runs in the fifth inning. Overall, the Idaho native yielded four runs on seven hits in five innings, fanning five and walking none. Tullis has 32 strikeouts and just three walks in 27.1 innings.

Tullis' plus changeup has been devastating on left-handers this season, as they're batting just .184 against him.

Kyle Ocampo was rocked for six runs—four earned—on five hits and two walks in just one inning pitched.

On the bright side, the offense was excellent.

Left fielder Jared Prince (.269/.374/.487) was 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer, his third in his last four games.

Jason Ogata (1/5, HR), Miguel Velazquez (1/5, HR) and Clark Murphy (3/4, HR, BB) all added solo home runs later in the contest.

Leadoff hitter Joe Bonadonna was 2-for-6 with the Indians' only double of the contest.

Cody Podraza (3/5) and Vin DiFazio (2/5) both had multiple singles.

Player of the Game: 1B Clark Murphy
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 3 3 0 1 1 1 0 .227


AZL: AZL Rangers 1 - AZL Giants 2
L - Rijo (2-3)
12-12, 2.0 GB


Ezequiel Rijo (4.91 ERA/.277 BAA) allowed only one run on one hit over five innings, walking one and striking out two.

DH Michael Ortiz (.306/.375/.389) went 3-for-4 for with a pair of doubles, giving him four on the season.

Outfielder Guillermo Pimentel singled once and walked once.

Player of the Game: RHP Ezequiel Rijo
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 4.91


DSL: DSL Rangers1 - OFF
11-28, 18.5 GB


The DSL Rangers1 got a day off on Monday.

DSL: DSL Rangers2 13 - (@) DSL Astros 1
W - Polanco (6-1)
SV - Jimenez (1)
30-10, 8.0 GU


Luis Polanco (1.50 ERA/.159 BAA) surrendered just one hit over six shutout innings, fanning three and walking zero.

Right fielder Francisco Lugo was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in.

Hector Martinez (1/2, 2B), Santiago Chirino (1/5, 2B), Oduber Herrera (3/6, 2B), Esdras Abreu (1/4, 2B) and Luis Cedeno (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez singled twice in four at-bats, raising his average to .308.

Third baseman Alfredo Chalas also singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Luis Polanco
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.50




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