Minor League Roundup - 4/19

Pitching ruled the day for the Rangers' affiliates on Thursday, as Alfredo Simon, Kendy Batista, and Zach Phillips all turned in outstanding efforts. Rangers Insider looks at Thursday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – Nashville 3
L – Simon (1-2)

Two weeks ago, the RedHawks made Fort Worth native Yovani Gallardo's Triple-A debut a rough one. On Thursday night, Gallardo got the better of the RedHawks.

Gallardo allowed just one run on three hits over six innings, fanning seven. The lone run came on a Desi Relaford RBI groundout following Marlon Byrd's triple in the bottom of the second inning. Byrd, who has been hot lately, was 3-for-4.

Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (2.66 ERA/.130 BAA) continued to tear through the PCL. Simon surrendered three runs – two earned – on three hits in seven innings. He walked two and fanned five.

In 20.1 innings pitched this season, Simon has allowed just eight base hits. He has been tough on righties in particular, as they are hitting .079 off him.

Willie Eyre (0.00 ERA/.071 BAA) followed with a perfect eighth inning. Eyre has allowed just two hits in 7.1 innings this year.

A.J. Murray posted a scoreless ninth inning, but allowed his first baserunner of the season. "The Pirate" allowed a two-out double to Nashville first baseman Brad Nelson. Murray has now allowed one hit in five innings this season.

Player of the game: RHP Alfredo Simon
7.0 3 3 2 2 5 0 2.65

AA: Frisco – Corpus Christi – PPD (Wet grounds)

Though it was a perfect day for a ball game in Frisco on Thursday, a water valve below the field broke before the start of the game. The break caused the field to be too wet for baseball.

Thursday night's game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

A+: Bakersfield 2 – Stockton 7
L – Izquierdo (0-1)
HR – Mayberry (2)

For the second day in a row, the Blaze lost a lopsided game that was close until the late innings.

Starting pitcher Kendy Batista (1.59 ERA/.167 BAA) went six innings, giving up just one run on four hits and a walk. Batista struck out eight.

Reliever Ivan Izquierdo, who had thrown scoreless innings in his first two appearances of the season, allowed six runs – four earned – on four hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning.

Though he allowed both of his inherited runners to score, reliever J.B. Diaz helped to put out the fire. Diaz allowed three hits in 2.2 scoreless innings.

Scuffling slugger John Mayberry (.232/.271/.464) hit his second home run of the season in the game.

Micah Furtado (1/4), Freddie Thon (1/4), and Jake Blalock (1/3, BB) each had a double.

Player of the game: RHP Kendy Batista
6.0 4 1 1 1 8 0 1.59

A: Clinton 3 – (@) West Michigan 0
W – Phillips (1-1)
SV – Hollis (1)

Zach Phillips put together his second consecutive quality start, as he allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings. Though the lefty walked five, he was helped out by a pair of double plays. Phillips struck out six.

Slick-fielding second baseman Jose Vallejo, who is hitting .282 this season, was 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases.

Left fielder K.C. Herren raised his average to .286 with three singles in four at-bats.

Reliever Brennan Garr did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings of work. Garr walked two and struck out two.

The Rangers' 9th round pick in last year's draft, the Rangers elected to make Garr a full-time pitcher because of his power arm. The right-hander threw just 13.1 innings with Northern Colorado, but hit .346/.395/.541 as the team's full-time third baseman.

Jon Hollis, who had an 8.15 ERA in 35.1 innings at Yale last season, yielded a hit and a walk in 2.1 innings. The righty walked one and fanned three.

Player of the game: LHP Zach Phillips
5.0 3 0 0 5 6 0 4.05

Zach Phillips tossed five scoreless innings on Thursday

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