Texas League North (Affiliate, Record, Last Week’s Record)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Kansas City Royals), 27-25 (3-3)

Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels), 25-26 (3-3)

Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers), 25-27 (5-1)

*Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals), 24-27 (2-4)

Texas League South (Affiliate, First-Half Record)

Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s), 34-18 (3-3)

San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres), 27-25 (3-3)

*Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros), 25-27 (3-3)

Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers), 20-32 (2-4)

*First Half Champion

Leading Off, Tulsa Drillers

Thursday, August 11th: 1-2 L vs. Midland

Designated hitter Kyle Garlick hit his seventh homer in front of Scott Barlow‘s valiant effort of six innings, one run, one walk, four hits and seven strikeouts.

Friday, August 12th: 7-0 W vs. Frisco

The bottom of the order dominated for the Drillers. The eight and nine batters, Edwin Rios andJoey Curletta, had four hits with each going deep. Second base All-Star Willie Calhoun added three hits and a pair of RBIs, bringing his season total to 74. Chase De Jong struck out six in six scoreless.

Saturday, August 13th: 7-3 W vs. Frisco

Top Dodgers’ hitting prospect Cody Bellinger hit No. 17 out of the park. Garlick doubled twice, Rios drove in three. Starter Alfredo Figaro gave up just one hit over six strong to pick up his second win.

Sunday, August 14th: 11-3 W vs. Frisco

Calhoun showed why he’s one of the emerging prospects in baseball. He went 3-for-5 with two home runs (24, 25) and drove in four runs (79). He’s second in the Texas League in RBI. Designated hitter Jacob Scavuzzo drove in three and hit one out. Tim Locastro stole his eighth base, Bellinger stole his seventh. Seth Frankoff delivered six innings of one-run ball to tally his first Double-A win.

Monday, August 15th: Off

Tuesday, August 16th: 9-5 W @ Midland

Moving things south to Texas, Kyle Garlick continued his strong week. He went 4-for-5 with two RBIs (30) and two runs scored. Cody Bellinger (18th home run) and Jacob Scavuzzo (10th) also stayed hot while Joe Broussard picked up a five-out save (fourth), allowing no base runners.

Wednesday, August 17th: 5-3 W @ Midland

Edwin Rios drove in two as one of four Drillers with multi-hit games. Yasiel Sierra picked up his first win at the level and Broussard worked consecutive days for another save.

Batting Second, Midland RockHounds

Thursday, August 11th: 2-1 W @ Tulsa

Starting the game at shortstop and ending at first base, Wade Kirkland hit his second home run.Heath Fillmyer put up a 6:0 K:BB ratio in five innings and Andres Avila went two scoreless for a hold (4).

Friday, August 12th: 3-1 W @ Springfield

Top prospect Franklin Barreto stole his 26th base. The RockHounds’ bullpen solidified victory.Corey Walter pitched three perfect innings and Sam Bragg pitched two.

Saturday, August 13th: 8-2 W @ Springfield

The league’s home run leader Matt Chapman went deep for his 29th and also collected three RBIs to pad his league leading 83. He had three hits. Catcher Beau Taylor walked three times and scored twice. Viosergy Rosa homered (seven) and J.P. Sportman stole his 14th base.Daniel Gossett scattered a run over six innings to pick up his fourth win.

Sunday, August 14th: 3-6 L @ Springfield

Barreto went 2-for-4 and Tyler Marincov picked up his 51st and 52nd RBIs. Starter Brandon Mann had the strikeout pitch working with 10 in six innings.

Monday, August 15th: Off 

Tuesday, August 16th: 5-9 L vs. Tulsa

Center fielder Brett Vertigan went 3-for-5 with his second home run. Three RockHounds walked twice.

Wednesday, August 17th: 3-5 L vs. Tulsa

The versatile Sportman moved to second base and had three RBI to give him an even 50 for the season. Bragg pitched three scoreless innings.

In the Hole, Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Thursday, August 11th: 13-3 W @ Corpus Christi

All-Star third baseman Mauricio Ramos went 3-for-5 with his eighth home run and drove in four (46). Corey Toups (6) and Zane Evans (3) also homered. Center fielder Alfredo Escalera had three hits and also drove in three. Aroni Nina picked up his first save of the season of the five out variety.

Friday, August 12th: 0-1 L @ San Antonio

Starter Eric Skoglund gave up just three hits and struck out 10 batters in six innings. RelieverEvan Beal went six up six down, striking out half.

Saturday, August 13th: 9-7 W @ San Antonio (11)

It was a big day for Toups. He went 2-for-4 with a double, homer (7), stolen base (14), scored two runs and walked three times. Ramos was 3-for-5 with a pair of his own doubles and an RBI (48). Speedster Terrance Gore stole two bases (36, 37). Reid Redman and Mark Petersoncombined for 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Sunday, August 14th: 0-4 L @ San Antonio

In left field now, Escalera went 2-for-4. Daniel Stumpf struck out the side in his inning of work.

Monday, August 15th: Off

Tuesday, August 16th: 2-7 L vs. Corpus Christi

Ryan O’Hearn finished the week strong, starting Tuesday with his 11th home run. Escalera doubled twice and starter Evan Grills pitched beautifully (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K) for his fifth win.

Wednesday, August 17th: 11-6 W vs. Corpus Christi

O’Hearn hit two more out of the park for his 12th and 13th. He drove in a whopping six runs and also walked. Designated Hitter Frank Schwindel went 4-for-5. Toups, Evans and Logan Moonall had three hits. Ashton Goudeau relieved the rehabbing Jason Vargas with 5 1/3 great innings. He struck out seven and won his fifth game.

Batting Cleanup, San Antonio Missions

Thursday, August 11th: 0-4 L vs. Arkansas

Catcher Rocky Gale and third baseman Josh VanMeter had a pair of hits and starter Kyle Lloydpitched six spotless innings.

Friday, August 12th: 1-0 W vs. Northwest Arkansas

Franchy Cordero hit his ninth home run and Seth Simmons allowed just a single hit in six innings and struck out five. Relievers T.J. Weir and Kyle McGrath combined for three hitless innings.

Saturday, August 13th: 7-9 L vs. Northwest Arkansas (11)

Corder went 3-for-6 at the top of the order. Gabriel Quintana started a strong back half of the week with a 3-for-5 day that included his 58th RBI. Nelson Ward and Ryan Miller drove in two. Ward stole his 27th base, good for third in the Texas League (second among active players). The Missions’ bullpen continued to provide great relief. Brad Wieck (three scoreless innings), Adam Climber (2) and Jose Torres (2) were dominant.

Sunday, August 14th: 4-0 W vs. Northwest Arkansas

Cordero walked three times while shortstop River Stevens stole his fourth base. Gale had a pair of RBIs and Luis Tejada reached base in all four at-bats. Dinelson Lamet struck out nine batters and surrendered just two hits in six innings to pick up his fifth win. The team of Weir and McGrath were back at it with four perfect innings. McGrath struck out all four batters he faced.

Monday, August 15th: Off

Tuesday, August 16th: Rain 

Wednesday, August 17th: 5-2 W (7) ,1-5 L (7) @ Arkansas

Quintana homered in both halves of the doubleheader for numbers 16 and 17. Ward stole his 28th bag. Walter Lockett had a strong game one start with six innings of work. He allowed four hits and a run to pick up his fourth win.

Hitting 5th, Arkansas Travelers

Thursday, August 11th: 4-0 W @ San Antonio

Two hits and stolen base No. 9 were the stats for Anthony Phillips, who played short, movingTim Arakawa to left field. Arakawa walked twice and had a stolen base of his own, his sixth. Starter Chris O’Grady was strong (7.2 IP 5 K 1 BB) in his 4th win. 21-year-old Eduardo Paredes notched his fourth save. He faced four batters and punched them all out.

Friday, August 12th: 1-2 L @ Corpus Christi

Starter Alex Blackford pitched six no-hit innings. He struck out five batters. Bo Way continued the rampant running attack of the Travelers with stolen base 18. He’s sixth in the league.

Saturday, August 13th: 5-4 W @ Corpus Christi (10)

Catcher Jose Briceno went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and his third home run, and Alex Yarbroughhad three hits to move his batting average to .270. Reliever Eric Alonzo did not allow a hit in two and a third to pick up his first Double-A win.

Sunday, August 14th: 1-7 L @ Corpus Christi

Catcher Wade Wass hit his first home run of the season and Andrew Daniel, playing third base, had two hits.

Monday, August 15th: Off

Tuesday, August 16th: Rain

Wednesday, August 17th: 2-5 L (7), 5-1 W (7) vs. San Antonio

Bo Way went deep (2) in game one, and in game two David Fletcher and Zach Weiz had a pair of RBIs. Chris O’Grady started game two and picked up his second win of the week with five great innings, allowing a run and striking out six without walking a batter.

Due Up 6th, Corpus Christi Hooks

Thursday, August 11th: 3-13 L vs. Northwest Arkansas

The Astros are seeing what top power prospect J.D. Davis can do out in left field now. He had two RBIs and played a clean defensive game.

Trent Thornton delivered a very strong start, throwing seven innings and allowing just one run with a 5:0 K:BB. Reliever Ryan Thompson claimed the win (3) in relief with a pair of innings giving up just one base runner.

Saturday, August 13th: 4-5 L vs. Arkansas (10)

Top pitching prospect Francis Martes struck out seven in six.

Sunday, August 14th: 7-1 W vs. Arkansas

Center fielder Ramon Laureano went 2-for-4 with the fantasy combo meal: a home run and stolen base. It was his third homer and second stolen base in his young career. He also drove in three runs and scored two of his own. James Ramsay hit his fourth home run. David Paulinowas strong in victory, his fifth. He surrendered four hits in six innings with a 6:0 K:BB ratio. Kyle Smith breezed through three innings for a nine out save (2).

Monday, August 15th: Off

Tuesday, August 16th: 7-2 W @ Northwest Arkansas

Back at third base, J.D. Davis hit his 17th and 18th home runs. Garrett Stubbs hit his third, walked twice and stole his second base. Tim Hill went nine up, nine down out of the bullpen.

Wednesday, August 17th: 6-11 L @ Northwest Arkansas

Laureano and Conrad Gregor each had two hits and a home run. Laureano stole his second base of the week and third of the season.

7th, Springfield Cardinals

Thursday, August 11th: 5-1 W vs. Frisco

Paul DeJong and Luis Cruz had three hits apiece as starter J.C. Sulbaran was flat out dominant in eight innings. He allowed just two base runners (2 H, 0 BB), a run (HR) and picked up his third win of the season.

Friday, August 12th: 1-3 L vs. Midland

Enter Luke Voit. The first baseman had a big week with a 2-for-4 game on this night including his 17th home run. Another great eight from their starter as Johnny Walter went eight innings. He had eight strike outs and allowed as many runs (2) as hits.

Saturday, August 13th: 2-8 L vs. Midland

Voit doubled (15), singled and recorded his 62nd RBI. DH Jhohan Acevedo reached base in all three at bats.

Sunday, August 14th: 6-3 W vs. Midland

Voit, again. He went 3-for-3 and walked. He launched his 18th home run. Paul DeJong hit his 20th home run, tied for 3rd in the Texas League. Daniel Poncedeleon struck out seven and allowed four hits in six good innings. Josh Lucas got a four-out save in perfection, striking out two. He is tied for second in the league with 14 saves.

Monday, August 15th: Off

Tuesday, August 16th: 3-4 L @ Frisco

Jonathan Rodriguez hit out a two-run shot (8) and catcher Luis Cruz hit his third. Voit reached base four more times (2 H, 2 BB). 2015 32nd rounder Thomas Spitz led off and stole second in his Double-A debut.

Wednesday, August 17th: 6-9 L @ Frisco

Center fielder Blake Drake went 2-for-4 with a home run, his 4th. He drove in three runs and scored two. Reliever Chandler Hawkins provided two much-needed scoreless frames. Robby Rowland went four up, four down with a pair of Ks.

And 8th, Frisco RoughRiders

Thursday, August 11th: 1-5 L @ Springfield

Andy Ibanez hit his fifth home run as his acclimation to Double-A starts to pick up serious momentum. Juan Grullon retired all six batters he faced.

Friday, August 12th: 0-7 L @ Tulsa

Ibanez doubled twice and recent Cuban signee Alexeis Bell had three hits.

Saturday, August 13th: 3-7 L @ Tulsa

Former Major Leaguer Darin Mastroianni went 2-for-5 with an RBI in his RoughRiders debut.Luke Jackson struck out two in two scoreless innings.

Sunday, August 14th: 3-11 L @ Tulsa

Right fielder Eduard Pinto stayed hot since his promotion. He went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .385. Kellin Deglan utilized a half day off with his eighth homer and new catcherCarson Blair had two hits. Ryne Slack relieved 1.2 hitless.

Monday, August 15th: Off

Tuesday, August 16th: 4-3 W vs. Springfield

Mastroianni stole his first base and recent call-up Jack Snodgrass continued his excellent pitching. He struck out seven and gave up just three hits and a run in five innings. Joe Filomenopicked up his second save with two punch outs.

Wednesday, August 17th: 9-6 W vs. Springfield

Bell had his potential breakout game with Frisco. He went 4-for-4 with a big home run and fell just a triple short of the cycle (he doubled in his last at-bat). Pinto and Ibanez had two hits and three RBIs. Starter Reed Garrett danced around some trouble in the first two innings to put up a great start. He allowed an unearned run in six innings and registered his third win. Slack struck out two in the ninth to pick up his fourth save.