Texas Rangers Minor League Report - July 5th
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OKLAHOMA REDHAWKS - With victories in four of their last six games, the RedHawks continue their hold on the top spot in the Pacific Coast League's Eastern Division. At 48-35, they are presently 8 1/2 games ahead of both Memphis and Nashville, having recently taken two of three from the Redbirds. Few players in the PCL had the kind of stellar week that Adrian Gonzalez had, as he hit .421 (8-for-19) with a home run and three RBI. Ramon Nivar clubbed three long balls for the week, while Marshall McDougall went long twice. Neither has hit better than .231 over the last six games, but they combined for 11 RBI. Manny Alexander has eight hits in his last 22 at-bats. Sam Narron was solid in a pair of starts last week, allowing just three runs in a combined 15 innings of work. By contrast, major league veteran Rick Helling was shelled in his lone outing, yielding seven runs and nine hits over five innings in a 7-6 loss to Memphis on July 2nd. FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS - The RoughRiders made some waves in the Texas League this past week, winning four straight games and climbing to within a single game of first-place Wichita in the East Division standings. Tydus Meadows certainly had a productive week, hitting .389 (7-for-18) with a league-high tying three home runs and seven RBI. At the other end of the spectrum, both Edgar Gonzalez and former Texas League Player of the Week Ian Kinsler, have struggled greatly in collecting just six hits in their last 42 combined plate appearances. Kameron Loe was brilliant in picking up a pair of wins last week, tossing 14 2/3 innings of three-run ball. Loe, who is 7-6 on the year, owns the eighth-lowest ERA in the league at 3.51. Erick Burks appeared in a team- high four games last week, yielding no earned runs and just two hits over four innings. STOCKTON PORTS - The Ports have suffered losses in three of four games, including each of the last two, since returning to action following the All- Star break. Still, the team finds itself just 3 1/2 games out of first place in the league's North Division. Cameron Coughlin had an impressive week for Stockton, hitting .500 (7-for-14), while Joshua Hoffpauir batted .333 with a team-high four RBI. Not quite enjoying the same kind of success, Jeremy Cleveland collected just one hit in 14 at-bats for the week, while Nate Gold is only one for his last 15. Adam Fox has just two hits in his last 15 trips to the plate. David Mazurek appeared in two games this past week, refusing to allow an earned run in four innings of work. However, Ken Holubec wasn't as fortunate as he was torched for six runs in just 1 2/3 innings over two outings. CLINTON LUMBERKINGS - Clinton split its six games for the week, leaving the team just two games back of first-place Burlington in the Midwest League's Western Division standings. The LumberKings have gotten solid play from a host of players, including Abigail Sandoval (8-for-17, one home run, three RBI) and Josh Kreuzer (10-for-24, one homer, six RBI). Emerson Frostad also had a productive week, hitting .400 with a team-high six runs scored, while Adam Bourassa has nine hits in his last 26 at-bats (.346). Brian Mattoon made two starts last week, going 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA. Fellow starter Edison Volquez was sensational in his only trip to the hill, tossing six innings of shutout ball in a 5-1 win over Lansing on July 1st. SPOKANE INDIANS - The Indians went 3-3 for the week but still maintain their grip on the top spot in the Northwest League's East Division. The club is just one game over .500 at 9-8, but the other three teams in the division have done very little to take advantage. Brandon Cashman was recently named the league's Offensive Player of the Week after belting five home runs and tallying 11 RBI to accompany a 1.048 slugging percentage. Cashman wound up at .286 for the week and five of his six hits left the ballpark. In addition, Chris Alexander had a solid week, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a homer and five RBI, while Jim Fasano batted .348 in collecting a team-high eight hits. John Bannister continues to shine here in the early part of the 2004 season, as he lowered his ERA to 3.32 by allowing just two runs on four hits in nine innings of work over two outings last week. By contrast, Willy Espinal (0-0, 16.20 ERA), Jerome Clayton (1-0, 12.60 ERA) and Justin Lensch (0-2, 5.40 ERA) all had weeks they would rather forget. five innings of work in Friday's 6-4 victory.