Minor League Roundup - 8/10

Brigham retired the final 26 batters

Hickory right-hander Jake Brigham dazzled with 12 strikeouts in his first career complete-game shutout on Tuesday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - (@) Colorado Springs 7
L - Strop (1-2)
61-55, 3.0 GU


The RedHawks suffered the loss despite a fierce comeback effort that included a game-tying six-run eighth inning.

Starting pitcher Doug Mathis (5.21 ERA/.317 BAA) was knocked around for six runs (five earned) on six hits over 3.1 innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Oklahoma City's offense was stymied by Sky Sox starter and promising arm Jhoulys Chacin. The Venezuela native hurled seven scoreless innings, but his bullpen wasn't able to hold the lead.

Meanwhile, the RedHawks bullpen was outstanding.

Left-hander Zach Phillips and righty Tanner Scheppers tossed 2.1 scoreless innings apiece. Both pitchers walked zero and struck out four.

The 23-year-old Phillips lowered his Triple-A earned-run average to 2.82. He hasn't permitted a run over his last six outings, spanning 7.2 innings.

Catcher Kevin Richardson (1/4, 2B) doubled for the club's only extra-base hit of the game. He also stole a base and drove in two.

Craig Gentry (2/3, 2 BB) and Matt Brown (2/4, BB) had a pair of singles.

Ryan Garko singled once, walked twice, and drove in two runs.

For his second consecutive outing, Pedro Strop was on the mound for a walkoff loss. The hard-throwing closer allowed a run-scoring single after the game was extended by Esteban German's second throwing error of the night.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Scheppers
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.1 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.95




AA: Frisco - OFF
21-23, 2.0 GB


The reeling RoughRiders got the day off. They'll host the first-place Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Wednesday night.



A+: Bakersfield 6 - (@) High Desert 2
W - Ross (4-2)
HR - Hogan (3), Podraza (1)
28-16, 4.0 GU


With the wind blowing out at 22 miles per hour, Bakersfield starter Robbie Ross found a way to keep the ball in the park––don't let them hit it in the air.

Ross (4.18 ERA/.254 BAA) held the Mavericks to two runs on five hits over five innings. He walked one, fanned five, and recorded eight groundouts against zero flyouts.

The 21-year-old lefty didn't have any 1-2-3 frames, but he scattered the baserunners and worked through jams to limit the damage. High Desert was just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position for the game, leaving 12 stranded.

Left fielder Cody Podraza continued to mash the ball in the Cal League, going 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI.

Catcher Doug Hogan, who was 1-for-4, belted a solo shot in the sixth inning.

David Paisano (2/5, 3B) got his fifth triple while Andres James (2/4, 2B) hit his 15th double.

Cleanup man Chris McGuiness singled twice, raising his Bakersfield average to .296.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca's dreadful slump was prolonged, as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The Fresno State product has punched out 13 times over 22 hitless at-bats over his last six contests.

Relievers Justin Miller (2 IP), Trevor Hurley (1 IP) and Fabio Castillo (1 IP) finished it out with four innings of shutout ball.

Player of the Game: LF Cody Podraza
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 3 3 0 1 2 0 1 .370




A: Hickory 2 - (@) Greensboro 0
W - Brigham (3-3)
HR - West (9)
25-18, 1.5 GB


Jake Brigham (3.10 ERA/.212 BAA) surrendered singles to the first two batters of the game.

Then the next man lined into a double play, and Brigham went on to retire the final 26 batters of the game.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout, walking zero and striking out a career-high 12 batters.

Brigham appeared to pick up the pace as the game progressed. He struck out seven batters over the game's final 3.2 innings.

On July 24, Brigham had a career-worst outing in which he coughed up 10 runs on 10 hits in 2.1 innings. He has been dominant in nearly every other start since returning to Hickory. With that game excluded, he has posted the following line with the 'Dads – 50 ip, 30 h, 8 er, 11 bb, 36 k.

Brigham got his support from a Jared Bolden (2/4) run-scoring single and a Matt West (1/4, HR) solo round-tripper.

Leadoff man Travis Adair went 2-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .331.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
9.0 2 0 0 0 12 0 3.10




SSA: Spokane - OFF
8-5, 1.0 GU


After playing 33 games in the last 33 days (one off-day and one doubleheader), the Indians got a much-earned day of rest on Tuesday.



RK: AZL Rangers 7 - (@) AZL Mariners 1
W - Mavare (3-1)
22-18, 3.0 GU


The Baby Rangers' division lead went up to three games with a strong all-around performance against the Mariners.

Switch-hitting cleanup hitter Tomas Telis (.309/.337/.392) was one of the offensive leaders, going 4-for-5 with a double.

Telis, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, got out to a slow start as he struggled to find his bat speed and swing. He has picked it up in a big way of late, though, hitting 17-for-38 with four walks and just three strikeouts over his last 10 contests.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas went 3-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice bunt. The two-bagger was the first extra-base hit of the 17-year-old's professional career.

Teodoro Martinez (1/5, 2B) and Travis Meiners (2/4, 2B) also doubled.

Second baseman Oduber Herrera (.349/.385/.444) singled twice and walked once. He ranks fourth in the Arizona League in hitting.

Right-hander Ezequiel Rijo (4.00 ERA/.250 BAA) scattered four singles over four shutout frames. He walked none and punched out four.

Second-round pick Cody Buckel made a successful professional debut, tossing a perfect frame with a pair of strikeouts.

Anthony Haase (1 IP) and Arlett Mavare (2 IP) also pitched shutout relief. Mavare struck out five and picked up his third state-side victory.

Player of the Game: DH Tomas Telis
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 4 1 0 2 0 0 .309




DSL: DSL Rangers 4 - DSL Tigers 3 (7 innings - Game 1)
W - Payano (2-1)
SV - Medina (7)


Victor Payano (3.86 ERA/.241 BAA) struck out a season-best nine batters over five innings. He permitted two runs, four hits, and walked zero.

After getting out to a slow start, Payano appears to be figuring it out and improving with each outing. The talented 17-year-old has fanned 16 (while walking two) in 9.2 frames over his last two starts.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto scored three runs with his bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning.

Alex Gonzalez (2/3) and Esdras Abreu (1/1, BB) had the club's other three hits.

Player of the Game: LHP Victor Payano
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 4 2 2 0 9 0 3.86


DSL: DSL Rangers 8 - DSL Tigers 2 (7 innings - Game 2)
W - Gil (3-1)
36-20, 3.0 GU


With Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of the last-place DSL Tigers, the Rangers now have won 16 of their last 17 games, including 12 straight.

Leonel Gil dropped his ERA to a ridiculous 0.28 with three no-hit, no-run innings. The 19-year-old lefty walked one and struck out two.

Gil has surrendered just one total run (earned or unearned) in 32 innings this summer.

Middle infielders Johan Santa (2/3, 2B) and Belarmino Campos (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled.

Versatile utilityman Alex Gonzalez singled, walked, and swiped his 10th base.

Though it wasn't a save situation, right-hander Dario Beltre pitched a scoreless seventh with one strikeout.

Player of the Game: LHP Leonel Gil
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.28




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