Minor League Roundup - 4/10

Tuesday's minor league action included a perfect day for Victor Diaz, a shutout in Bakersfield, and a doubleheader sweep for Clinton. Rangers Insider looks at all of yesterday's games.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – (@) Nashville 5
L – Koronka (0-1)


Starting pitcher John Koronka allowed four first-inning runs and the RedHawks never fully rebounded, losing a one-run game in Nashville.

Koronka, who threw 88 pitches, allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings. The lefty walked three, struck out three, and allowed a pair of first-inning home runs.

Former Mets prospect Victor Diaz (.435/.481/.783) had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Jason Botts recorded his second consecutive multi-hit game with a pair of singles in five at-bats.

First baseman Nate Gold was 0-for-4 with three punchouts. After a hot start, Gold has gone 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in his last two games.

Ezequiel Astacio (2 IP) and Franklyn German (1 IP) teamed up for more scoreless relief from the Oklahoma bullpen. The Hawks' bullpen remained unscored on in 16.2 innings this season.

Star of the game: RF Victor Diaz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 4 1 0 3 1 0 .435


AA: Frisco 9 – Springfield 11
L – Knippschild (0-1)
HR – Metcalf (1)

Despite holding a 7-0 lead through the game's first two innings, the RoughRiders dropped their second consecutive game to the Springfield Cardinals.

Frisco was forced to go with a makeshift starter-by-committee approach for the game, as scheduled starter Daniel Haigwood was designated for assignment to clear room for Rangers' starter Jamey Wright on the 40-man roster.

Steven Rowe started the game, yielded one run in 2.2 innings. Michael Bumstead struggled in relief of Rowe, as he gave up six earned runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

Reliever Jesse Ingram also struggled. The native of California allowed two runs on two hits and a pair of walks in 1.2 innings.

Contributing to Frisco's early lead were designated hitter Kevin West – whose bases-clearing double scored the game's first three runs – and third baseman Travis Metcalf, who blasted a three-run homer in the first inning.

Shortstop Casey Benjamin reached in all five plate appearances. Benjamin had a single, a double, and three walks.

First baseman Emerson Frostad (.353/.421/.647) singled three times in five at-bats while second baseman German Duran (.294/.294/.529) was 2-for-4 with a double.

Pitcher Eric Gagne tossed an effortless ninth inning, getting one strikeout, one groundout, and one infield popout. The closer will join the Rangers in Seattle later this week.

Star of the game: SS Casey Benjamin
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 3 2 1 0 0 3 0 .300


A+: Bakersfield 5 – (@) Stockton 0
W – Schlact (1-0)


Bakersfield starting pitcher Michael Schlact was sharp on Tuesday, despite not getting much help from his defense.

Though the Blaze committed three errors in the first three innings of the game, the right-hander permitted just four hits over five scoreless frames. Schlact struck out for and did not walk a batter.

The shutout was in jeopardy in the sixth inning when Anthony Pluta walked the bases loaded with one out, but Josh Giles came on to retire the final two hitters without allowing a run. Patrick Donovan, who allowed eight earned runs in his first two appearances of the season, did not allow a run in two innings.

Shortstop Matt Smith (1/3, 2 RBI) recorded his first extra base hit of the season with a two-run double in the second inning.

Brandon Boggs (.313/.522/.625), who was 1-for-3 with a walk, also doubled.

DH Micah Furtado went 2-for-3 with a two-base hit and a free pass.

Player of the game: RHP Michael Schlact
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 4 0 0 0 4 0 2.70


A: Clinton 8 – (@) Wisconsin 1 (7 innings/Game 1)
W – Coffman (1-0)


Lefty Broc Coffman appeared in four games for the Clinton LumberKings in 2006. In those four appearances – spanning 19.1 innings – Coffman allowed one earned run while holding the opposing to a .171 batting average.

Coffman's mastery of the Midwest League continued on Tuesday, as the southpaw permitted one run over five innings. The 6-foot-2 pitcher allowed three hits, did not walk a batter, and fanned seven.

Despite the game being a short seven innings, the first seven hitters in the lineup each recorded a base hit.

Second baseman David Peterson led the way with three singles while CF Craig Gentry (2/3, BB) and 1B Mauro Gomez (2/3, BB) each singled twice.

Right fielder Grant Gerrard was 2-for-4 with a double.

Making their first appearances of the season, relievers Brett Zamzow and Jared Locke each posted 1-2-3 innings.

Player of the game: LHP Broc Coffman
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 3 1 1 0 7 0 1.80



Broc Coffman fanned seven on Tuesday evening


A: Clinton 11 – (@) Wisconsin 1 (7 innings/Game 2)
W – Ballard (1-0)


Clinton's second game was just as dominant, as the L-Kings improved to 4-1 on the young season.

Left fielder Truan Mehl fell just a home run short of the cycle in Tuesday's nightcap. In four at-bats, Mehl knocked in four runs while hitting a single, a double, and a triple.

Marcus Lemon (.214/.267/.286) contributed with three hits in four at-bats, including a double. The hits were Lemon's first of the season.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.364/.563/.455) was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk while right fielder Grant Gerrard (.467/.556/.667) went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

After allowing hits to the first two batters he faced, lefty Michael Ballard settled down to post an outstanding start. The former Virginia Cavalier allowed one unearned run on two hits over five innings. Ballard walked three and struck out seven.

John Slusarz struck out the side in the sixth while Nate Fogle closed it out with a perfect ninth.

Player of the game: LF Truan Mehl
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 1 0 4 0 1 .714



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