Minor League Roundup - 4/7

Though the offenses struggled for the organization's minor league clubs on Saturday, the starting pitchers turned in solid performances across the board. Rangers Insider looks at Saturday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – (@) Memphis 3
L – Simon (0-1)


Making his RedHawks debut, starting pitcher Alfredo Simon surrendered three runs – two earned – on four hits in 5.1 innings. Simon cruised through the first five innings of his outing, allowing just two hits. However, the right-hander allowed three runs while recording just one out in the sixth frame.

Also making his OKC debut was outfielder Marlon Byrd. The former Washington National was 2-for-4 with a double.

Victor Diaz and Dave Matranga each singled twice. Diaz is hitting .417 (5-for-12) in his first three games of the season.

Reliever Ezequiel Astacio fanned one in a hitless inning.

Star of the game: RHP Alfredo Simon
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.1 4 3 2 2 5 0 3.38


AA: Frisco 0 – Arkansas 1
L – Gagne (0-1)


The RoughRider bats scratched out just three hits against the Arkansas Travelers on Saturday evening.

Angels super-prospect Nick Adenhart limited the ‘Riders to just one hit in five scoreless frames, fanning eight.

Left fielder Steve Murphy was the only Frisco hitter to reach base twice, as he was 1-for-2 with a base on balls.

Throwing in his second consecutive game, reliever Eric Gagne yielded one run in an inning. Gagne retired the first two hitters he faced before allowing a solo home run to 21-year-old prospect Sean Rodriguez, who hit 29 home runs between two minor league stops last season.

Armando Galarraga, who had a 5.49 ERA in nine Texas League starts in 2006, tossed 6.1 scoreless frames in relief of Gagne. The native of Venezuela allowed three singles while walking three and fanning five.

Star of the game: RHP Armando Galarraga
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.1 3 0 0 3 5 0 0.00


A+: Bakersfield 5 – (@) Lancaster 19
L – Walker (0-1)
HR – Blalock (1)

Left fielder Jake Blalock, brother of Rangers first baseman Hank, proved to be one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing night for the Blaze. The 23-year-old left fielder was 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Blalock also picked up an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home. The native San Diegan has hit .429 with three doubles and a home run in his first three games of the season.

Starting pitcher Andy "Ace" Walker, who gave up 24 long balls in 121 minor league innings last season, allowed two more in his 2007 debut. Walker gave up eight runs on nine hits in just three innings.

Former Astros prospect Tony Pluta, 24, yielded four runs on four hits and two walks in a pair of innings.

Player of the game: LF Jake Blalock
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 .429


A: Clinton 4 – Quad Cities – 7 (7 Innings/Game 1)
L – Phillips (0-1)


With gametime temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, the L-Kings played a Saturday day-night doubleheader in brutally cold conditions.

Southpaw Zach Phillips struggled in the opening game of the twinbill, as he allowed five runs on six hits in three innings.

Though left fielder Truan Mehl (2/3, 2B) was the only Clinton player to record multiple hits in the contest, CF Craig Gentry, DH Chad Tracy, and RF Grant Gerrard each doubled in the game.

Yale product Jon Hollis hurled two innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.

Player of the game: LF Truan Mehl
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 .667


A: Clinton 2 – Quad Cities 1 (7 innings/Game 2)
W – Swanson (1-0)
SV – Haar (1)
HR – Tracy (1)


Left-handed pitcher Glenn Swanson, a former draft-and-follow signee from UC-Irvine, stole the show in the nightcap.

Swanson, who did not allow a run in the outing, permitted just two baserunners over six innings. The 23-year-old southpaw fanned four in his first professional start.

Swanson received all of the help he would need in the game's first inning. Following a triple from second baseman Jose Vallejo, left fielder Chad Tracy launched his first home run of the season off former TCU pitcher Brad Furnish.

Player of the game: LHP Glenn Swanson
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0.00



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