Minor League Roundup - 4/18

Hard-throwing prospect Edinson Volquez took a step towards getting back on the right track on Wednesday. Rangers Insider takes a look at Volquez's start in addition to the rest of Wednesday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – Nashville 9
L – Mathis (0-3)

Making his third appearance at the Triple-A level, Doug Mathis surrendered eight runs on eight hits in just five innings. Mathis, who has a 10.66 ERA, walked one and fanned three.

Though the RedHawks had 11 hits in the game, they were unable to bring home more than two. Oklahoma left 14 runners on base in the game's nine innings.

First baseman Kevin West, who moved up from Frisco to replace the injured Nate Gold, was 1-for-4 with a double.

Second baseman Ramon Vazquez (.295/.396/.409) went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Right fielder Marlon Byrd singled three times in five at-bats.

Reliever Franklyn German posted two perfect innings, fanning three.

Wes Littleton followed, allowing one run on four hits in two innings. The sidearming righty fanned two.

Player of the game: 2B Ramon Vazquez
4 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 .295

AA: Frisco – OFF

Frisco was off on Wednesday. Kevin West has been promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma. His replacement on the Frisco roster has not yet been announced.

The ‘Riders begin a four-game home series with the Corpus Christi Hooks beginning Thursday at 7:00 p.m. CST.

A+: Bakersfield 1 – Stockton 7
L – Marte (0-1)

It would be difficult to tell based on the final score, but Wednesday night's game in Bakersfield was actually a pitcher's duel until the ninth inning.

Perhaps the best news in an otherwise bleak night for the organization was the performance of pitcher Edinson Volquez.

Volquez, who had struggled in his first two appearances, allowed just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. The hard-throwing righty fanned eight.

The Bakersfield bullpen took over and things got out of hand in a hurry. Relievers Jose Marte, Jon Wilson, and Anthony Pluta combined to allow seven earned runs in just 2.1 innings of work.

The Blaze were able to manage just three singles in the game. Micah Furtado (1/2, 2 BB), Thomas Berkery (1/3) and Terry Blunt (1/3) had the hits.

Player of the game: RHP Edinson Volquez
6.0 2 0 0 1 8 0 9.00

A: Clinton 3 – (@) West Michigan 4
L – Giles (1-1)

Though Omar Poveda posted his roughest line of the season – allowing three runs on six hits in five innings – he was not hit particularly hard.

Like his first two starts, the opposition had trouble getting the ball out of the infield on Poveda. Of the six hits the right-hander allowed, three were of the infield variety. He also coaxed four more infield popups. Poveda was burned on a run-scoring balk in the second and a two-run homer in the third.

Left fielder Chad Tracy continued to heat up, as he was 2-for-5 with a double.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon, 18, had two hits, a walk, and a stolen base in four plate appearances.

Former UT-Arlington Maverick Jeremiah Haar yielded three hits and a walk in three scoreless frames. Harr fanned three.

Player of the game: RHP Jeremiah Haar
3.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 1.29

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