Texas Rangers Minor League Report - August 2nd
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OKLAHOMA REDHAWKS - With five wins in seven games this past week, the RedHawks continue to maintain their spot atop the Pacific Coast League's Eastern Division standings, leading second-place Nashville by 8 1/2 games as play is set to get underway on August 2nd. Jason Conti, among others, had a solid week for Oklahoma, collecting 12 hits in 32 at-bats, including a home run and three doubles. He drove in six runs and scored five more, while Marshall McDougall tallied a team-high eight runs scored to go with a pair of home runs and six RBI. Peter Zoccolillo tallied 10 hits in 31 plate appearances and Jason Jones joined McDougall with two homers of his own. Reliever Bart Miadich was perhaps the most impressive of the RedHawk hurlers, refusing to allow a run and yielding only a single hit in his 5 1/3 innings of work spread out over three outings. FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS - It was an up-and-down week for the RoughRiders, who went 0-2 to start, but bounced back to win three of their next four. As a result, Frisco finds itself just a half game back of the top spot in the Texas League's East Division. The team has made up some ground in the last two games, topping first-place Wichita in each and it will face the Wranglers two more times before moving on to battle Arkansas for four straight. Both Santiago Perez and Rashad Eldridge have been swinging hot bats in the last week, batting .478 and .462, respectively. Perez hit a homer and added four RBI and seven runs scored while stealing four bases, and Eldridge tallied three doubles and finished the week with five runs scored. Mike Curry hit .348 for the week with a home run and nine RBI, while Jason Bourgeois knocked in seven runs despite hit poor .208 batting average. STOCKTON PORTS - The Ports split six games last week, but trail first-place Modesto by just a single game in the California League's North Division standings. Dustin Smith has been on a tear of late, hitting .462 in his last four games, while Jeremy Cleveland has eight hits in his last 21 at-bats, including a pair of home runs. At the other end of the spectrum, Joaquin Arias has just three hits in his last 23 plate appearances, while Joshua Hoffpauir is a mere 2-for-18. Relief pitcher Omar Beltre appeared in a team-high three games last week, not allowing an earned run in a combined 2 2/3 innings. In contrast, starter Nick Masset was touched for seven runs on 10 hits in a combined 12 1/3 innings in his two trips to the hill. CLINTON LUMBERKINGS - With victories in two of their last three games, the LumberKings are hoping momentum has swung back in their favor as they try to keep pace in the race for the Midwest League's Western Division (second-half) title. As it stands, Clinton is tied with Quad Cities for second place, six games back of front-running Kane County. Larry Grayson had a solid week at the plate, going 6-for-18 with two home runs, while Justin Hatcher collected three hits in eight at-bats. Struggling considerably, Abigail Sandoval hit a mere .182 (4- for-22) and Kevin Richardson batted just .176 (3-for-17), although two of his three hits were home runs. Relief pitcher Gary Hogan was rock-solid in tossing four innings of shutout ball over two outings, while starter Brian Mattoon gave up five runs (none of them earned) in five innings during his only trip to the mound. SPOKANE INDIANS - The Indians started the week poorly, dropping their first two games, but victories in four of their last five has the team pointed back in the right direction. As it is, Spokane is currently just one game back of first-place Tri-City in the Northwest League's East Division, and the team begins a three-game set against the Dust Devils starting on August 5th. Jim Fasano has been swinging a hot bat for the Indians recently, going 11-for-30 with a home run and six RBI in his last seven games. As for Timothy Hulett, he hit .360 for the week, collecting nine hits, while Ben Harrison and Travis Metcalf each scored a team-high nine runs. Harrison and Metcalf also provided some serious power, clubbing seven homers and finishing the week with 16 RBI combined. Several Spokane pitchers performed well in the last week, highlighted by Clint Brannon's effort in his two appearances. Brannon permitted just one earned run in a combined seven innings of work.