Minor League Roundup - 4/15

The Oklahoma RedHawks capped off a perfect day for the organization's minor league clubs on Sunday with a pair of two-hitters. Rangers Insider looks at Sunday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – Memphis 0 (7 innings/Game 1)
W – Rupe (1-1)
SV – Eyre (1)

Josh Rupe and Willie Eyre combined on Oklahoma's second two-hitter in as many days.

Rupe, who threw just 48 of his 91 pitches for strikes, allowed only two hits in six innings of work. The sinkerballer walked four and fanned six.

Right fielder Victor Diaz provided the game's only offense with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Freddy Guzman (1/3, BB) and Tim Hulett (1/2, HBP) reached base a pair of times while Drew Meyer (1/3) had his third double of the season.

Right-hander Willie Eyre picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Player of the game: RHP Josh Rupe
6.0 2 0 0 4 6 0 3.00

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – Memphis 0 (8 innings/Game 2)
W – Murray (1-0)

The RedHawks posted their third two-hitter in the last three games and their second of the day with a 1-0 shutout of Memphis.

Much like Josh Rupe in game one, starter Francisco Cruceta cruised despite struggling to find the strike zone. In six innings, Cruceta walked four, but only allowed one hit in five scoreless innings. He struck out five.

Reliever Franklyn German tossed the next 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit while fanning two.

A.J. Murray, who picked up the victory, struck out the only batter he faced.

Leadoff hitter Freddy Guzman had a pair of singles and a stolen bases, his fourth of the season.

But the hero was second baseman David Matranga, who hit a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The hit was Matranga's second game-winning knock in as many nights.

Player of the game: RHP Francisco Cruceta
6.0 1 0 0 4 5 0 0.82

A.J. Murray picked up the win in game two on Sunday

AA: Frisco 17 – (@) Arkansas 8
W – Williams (1-0)
HR – Richardson (1, 2)

The Frisco RoughRiders and Arkansas Travelers played what can only be described as "ugly baseball" on Sunday.

The teams combined for 25 runs, 26 hits, seven errors, and and six hit batters.

After an outstanding debut to his 2007 campaign, pitcher Luis Mendoza was erratic, allowing five runs – four earned – on six hits in 3.1 innings. Mendoza did not strike out a batter, walked three, uncorked a wild pitch, and hit a batter.

Backstop Kevin Richardson, who had been quiet up until Sunday, was 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a walk. Richardson hit .271 with 17 home runs for the RoughRiders one year ago.

Also joining in on the hit parade were shortstop Adam Fox (3/4, 2 BB), left fielder Steve Murphy (3/5, 2 2B), and first baseman Emerson Frostad (2/6).

Though third baseman Travis Metcalf (.267/.342/.400) had only one single, he hit three sacrifice flies. Metcalf finished with three runs batted in.

Harlingen native Randy Williams picked up the win, yielding one run on one hit in 3.1 innings.

Player of the game: C Kevin Richardson
4 2 2 0 2 3 1 0 .222

A+: Bakersfield – Modesto – PPD (Rain)

Sunday's game was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on April 22 in Modesto. With a schedule off day on Monday, the Blaze will return to action at home on Tuesday night. Michael Schlact is the scheduled starting pitcher.

A: Clinton 3 – Beloit 2
W – Swanson (2-0)
SV – Slusarz (1)
HR – Gentry (1)

The Clinton LumberKings are currently showing how much minor league clubs can vary from year-to-year. After posting one of the worst records in all of minor league baseball one year ago, the L-Kings are now 7-1 after their win on Sunday.

The Clinton pitching staff has allowed three runs or fewer in each of their last six games. The team ERA currently stands at 2.35.

UC Irvine product Glenn Swanson (1.64 ERA/.189 BAA) surrendered two runs on five hits in five innings. The lefty walked one and fanned four.

Reliever Jared Locke, a 6-foot-6 southpaw from Spartanburg, South Carolina, tossed two perfect frames. Locke has not allowed a man to reach in three innings this year.

Center fielder Craig Gentry (.259/.310/.407) led off the top of the first with a solo home run that cleared the left field fence.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.318/.464/.455) also showed his extra base power, as he smoked a pair of doubles in four at-bats.

Red-hot outfielder Grant Gerrard (.480/.567/.680) was 2-for-2 with a double, his fifth of the season, and two walks.

Slick-fielding second baseman Jose Vallejo singled twice in four appearances.

Player of the game: LHP Jared Locke
2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00

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