Minor League Roundup - 8/18

The Spokane Indians busted out the bats and posted a 10-run inning in their dominant victory on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - Reno 1
W - Madrigal (4-2)
65-58, 4.0 GU


Rich Harden threw 101 pitches (64 strikes) in Wednesday's successful six-inning rehab start. The veteran righty struck out 10 batters while allowing one run on three hits and three walks.

Harden and reliever Warner Madrigal teamed up to strike out 15 batters in the game.

Madrigal (4.18 ERA/.228 BAA) worked three perfect innings on 41 pitches, striking out five batters.

Three Oklahoma City players combined for all seven of the club's hits.

Right fielder Hernan Iribarren singled three times in four trips, raising his average to .266.

Ryan Garko singled twice and walked twice while first baseman Chris Davis was 2-for-4 with his 26th double.

Second baseman Alex Cora was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a fielding error in his debut with the Rangers organization.

Player of the Game: RHP Warner Madrigal
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 4.18




AA: Frisco 3 - (@) Northwest Arkansas 4
L - Mobley (1-1)
23-28, 4.0 GB


Clayton Hamilton gave an admirable performance in his first game since being re-signed. The tall righty allowed two runs while scattering six hits in 5.2 innings. He fanned two without issuing a walk.

Hamilton split time between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City in both 2008 and '09 before being released in Spring Training this year. He had been pitching in a semi-pro league in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

The ‘Riders were able to collect just four hits against Royals super-prospect Danny Duffy.

Catcher Jose Felix went 1-for-3 with his second Double-A two-bagger.

Renny Osuna (2/4) and Joey Butler (1/3, BB) had the other knocks. Osuna had an RBI and his 14th stolen base of the season.

Right-handed reliever Mark Hamburger worked 1.1 innings without yielding a run.

Player of the Game: RHP Clayton Hamilton
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.2 6 2 2 0 2 0 3.18




A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Modesto 6
L - Pimentel (7-7)
30-21, 1.0 GB


The Blaze fell out of first place on Wednesday night, as the Stockton Ports won for the 11th consecutive time.

Right-hander Carlos Pimentel returned to High-A and lasted just two innings. He gave up three runs on six hits without recording a walk or a strikeout.

Sinkerballer Kennil Gomez yielded two runs on four hits in four innings, walking one and striking out four.

Tom Mendonca (1/4, 2B) and Cody Podraza (1/3, 2B) both doubled and drove home a run.

First baseman Chris McGuiness had perhaps his roughest game in the Rangers organization, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a base on balls.

Player of the Game: LF Cody Podraza
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .333




A: Hickory 7 - (@) Kannapolis 4
W - Thompson (9-8)
SV - Ortiz (2)
27-23, 3.5 GB


Miguel De Los Santos (4.63 ERA/.221 BAA) worked the first three innings before the game was stopped by a rain delay. The Dominican Republic native allowed a run on one hit, walking two and striking out four.

Earlier in the day, De Los Santos was selected by los Toros del Este in the second round of the Dominican Winter League draft.

Matt Thompson earned the victory despite permitting three runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. He struck out six without issuing a base on balls.

Hickory's offense didn't produce an extra-base hit, but 10 singles and nine free passes led to seven runs.

Three-hole hitter Jared Prince contributed with a single, two walks, and three runs batted in.

Jonathan Roof (2/4), Zach Zaneski (2/3, 2 BB) and Yefry Castillo (2/5) singled multiple times.

Diminutive (and dominant) lefty Joe Ortiz punched out four in 2.1 hitless innings to close out the game. He has 51 strikeouts versus five walks in 34.1 innings with the ‘Dads.

Player of the Game: LHP Joe Ortiz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.1 0 0 0 0 4 0 1.31




SSA: Spokane 17 - (@) Salem-Keizer 1
W - McBride (2-4)
HR - Profar (3)
11-10, 2.0 GB


The game was locked in a scoreless tie until Spokane busted out for 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning. They added one more in the seventh and six in the ninth just for good measure.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.238/.304/.351) cranked the game's only home run, a three-run shot in the top of the ninth. The talented 17-year-old also doubled, walked, laid down a sacrifice bunt, and scored four runs.

First-round pick Jake Skole (.269/.341/.366) moved up to the three-hole and went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, and two RBI.

Andrew Clark (1/5, 2B) had the club's other extra-base hit.

Infielders Mike Olt (2/5) and Alejandro Selen (2/4) each singled twice and drove in a pair.

Jared Hoying singled once and walked twice. He has now hit safely in 15 consecutive games, including 29 of the last 30.

Lost in all the hitting was a strong start from young righty Nick McBride. The North Carolina native hurled six scoreless frames, giving up four hits, walking one, and striking out one.

Dominican righty Francisco Mendoza fanned four while yielding one run in two innings. He has a 4.50 ERA on the summer.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 4 2 1 1 3 1 0 .238




RK: AZL Rangers 2 - AZL Athletics 1 (12 innings)
W - Marban (1-0)
25-20, 2.0 GU


Young pitching prospect Richard Alvarez has had a rough summer, but he is beginning to right the ship. The 18-year-old struck out a season-high eight batters over five innings, giving up one run on three hits.

Though Alvarez has a 5.89 ERA in 18.1 innings this summer, he has racked up 24 punchouts.

The Surprise Rangers offense went up against former Rangers hurler Jason Jennings, who was rehabbing for the Athletics. Jennings allowed one run in four innings of work.

Right fielder Ruben Sierra had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a walk and both of his club's RBIs. He drove home the game-winning run with a walkoff single in the 12th inning.

Jhonny Gomez (2/4, BB) singled twice, raising his average to .316.

The bullpen did outstanding work, with Paul Strong (2 IP), John Kukuruda (1 IP), Jose Monegro (2 IP) and Jorge Marban (2 IP) combining for seven scoreless innings.

Kukuruda allowed the only hit, and they teamed up to strike out 11 batters while walking only one.

The five Rangers pitchers struck out 19 hitters in 12 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Richard Alvarez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 1 1 1 8 0 5.89




DSL: DSL Rangers 6 - DSL Blue Jays 2
W - Beltre (1-0)
41-22, 5.5 GU


Starting pitcher Santo Perez had a ‘rough' outing by his standards, giving up two runs in four innings. The tall righty allowed four hits and walked two without getting a strikeout.

The 21-year-old has issued only nine walks in 59 innings this season.

Designated hitter Robert Morillo (.278/.377/.381) knocked three singles in four trips. He also stole a base.

Diego Cedeno (1/3, 2B, BB) and Johan Santa (1/3, 2B) had one double apiece.

Dario Beltre (1 IP), Jorge De Jesus (2 IP) and Luis Moreno (2 IP) closed it out with an impressive five innings of no-hit relief.

De Jesus (2.43 ERA/.160 BAA) was particularly impressive, as he struck out four over his two perfect innings. The 18-year-old has 46 punchouts in 33.1 frames this season.

Player of the Game: DH Robert Morillo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 .278




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