Minor League Roundup - 4/16

After being one of the worst teams in minor league baseball one year ago, the Clinton LumberKings suddenly look like one of the best. Rangers Insider looks at all of Monday's action in the minor league system.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – Memphis 7
L – Koronka (0-2)
HR – Ojeda (1)

Twenty-six-year-old John Koronka (8.40 ERA/.333 BAA) continued his battle with poor command on Monday, as the lefty allowed seven runs – five earned – on eight hits in just four innings. Koronka walked two, struck out three, and gave up a pair of long balls.

Though the RedHawks found themselves trailing 7-1 through four innings, the OKC bats clawed their way back into it.

Second baseman Ramon Vazquez had two doubles and a walk in five plate appearances.

The struggling Jason Botts (.175/.298/.275) was 2-for-4 with a double and a free pass. Four of Botts' seven hits this season have gone for two bases.

Catcher Miguel Ojeda, who was 2-for-5, launched a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Oklahoma bullpen also helped to keep their team in the game, as righty Ezequiel Astacio was dominant in three innings of work. The former Astros prospect retired all nine batters he faced, fanning two.

Righty Wes Littleton (0.00 ERA/.174 BAA) was pounding the strike zone once again on Monday. With just six of Littleton's 23 pitches missing the zone, the Cal State Fullerton product allowed three singles in two scoreless frames.

Player of the game: RHP Ezequiel Astacio
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AA: Frisco 7 – (@) Springfield 4
W – Kometani (1-1)
SV – Bumstead (1)
HR – Manriquez (2), Metcalf (2), Murphy (1)

The RoughRiders won on Monday as a couple of Double-A newcomers continued to warm up to the Texas League pitching.

Left fielder Steve Murphy (.341/.413/.488) went 1-for-4 with a walk and a home run, his first at the Double-A level.

First baseman Emerson Frostad (.355/.412/.548) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Catcher Salomon Manriquez (1/3) hit a solo home run, his second of the season, in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Travis Metcalf (1/4) followed up with a two-run bomb just two batters later. The home run was also Metcalf's second of the year.

Second baseman German Duran was 2-for-4 with a double and shortstop Casey Benjamin singled twice in five at-bats.

Hawaii native Kea Kometani rebounded from a rough first start with five solid innings. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits. Kometani struggled with control, as he walked five and struck out two.

Veteran reliever Michael Bumstead got his first save of the season with two blank frames. Bumstead gave up one hit, walked one, and fanned a pair.

Player of the game: C Salomon Manriquez
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A+: Bakersfield – OFF

The Blaze enjoyed a scheduled off day on Monday. They return to action on Tuesday night against the Stockton Ports at Sam Lynn Ballpark.

A: Clinton 7 – Beloit 6 (10 innings)
W – Hollis (1-0)

The L-Kings won their seventh consecutive game as second baseman Jose Vallejo came through in the clutch.

Vallejo, who hit just .234/.289/.284 as a 19-year-old at Clinton last season, was 2-for-4 with a pair of walks, including a walkoff single to left field. Through his first 26 at-bats, Vallejo has hit .308 this season.

Southpaw Broc Coffman (0.90 ERA/.211 BAA) got Clinton off on the right foot with five shutout innings. Coffman, who yielded five hits and struck out four, has a 0.90 ERA in his first three starts this season. In over 19 innings with the LumberKings last season, Coffman posted a 0.47 earned run average.

Twenty-two-year-old first baseman Mauro Gomez, who was 2-for-5 with a double, provided the team's only extra base hit of the night.

Left fielder K.C. Herren (.227/.292/.318) helped to shake a slow start with three singles in five at-bats.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.320/.485/.440) singled and walked twice.

Player of the game: 2B Jose Vallejo
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