Minor League Roundup - 5/2

Pitching ruled the farm on Wednesday, as all four of the organization's starting pitchers turned in excellent performances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – Albuquerque 3
W – Rowe (2-0)
HR – West (1)

Left-hander John Koronka (5.05 ERA/.281 BAA) put together his third consecutive quality start on Wednesday, as he allowed three runs in seven innings. The southpaw scattered nine hits while walking two and fanning six.

First baseman Kevin West, who was 2-for-4, hit his first home run since being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma.

The game ended when catcher Miguel Ojeda (2/3) lined a game-winning single into centerfield in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Righty Steven Rowe (0.00 ERA/.132 BAA) picked up the victory in relief of Koronka. The Texas Tech product gave up two hits and no runs in two innings. Rowe has yet to allow a run in 10.2 innings with Oklahoma this season.

Player of the game: LHP John Koronka
7.0 9 3 3 2 6 0 5.05

AA: Frisco 5 – San Antonio 3
W – Hurley (4-0)
SV – Ingram (5)

Eric Hurley (1.75 ERA/.221 BAA) surrendered two runs in six innings on Wednesday en route to his fourth victory of the season. Hurley allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out three.

Designated hitter Jim Fasano (.308/.333/.423) drove in three of Frisco's five runs, as he was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Right fielder Steve Murphy and third baseman Travis Metcalf each went 2-for-4 while centerfielder Anthony Webster was 1-for-4 with his third double.

Former Houston Astro Brandon Puffer (0.61 ERA/.185 BAA) walked one in two-thirds of an inning.

Jesse Ingram (6.75 ERA/.214 BAA) picked up his fifth save despite allowing an unearned run and one walk in one inning.

Player of the game: RHP Eric Hurley
6.0 5 2 2 3 3 1 1.75

A+: Bakersfield 4 – (@) High Desert 3 (10 innings)
W – Knippschild (1-1)
HR – Boggs (4)

If there was a prospect that was in need of a solid outing, it was Bakersfield hurler Michael Schlact.

After beginning the year with two good starts, Schlact had struggled in his last three. But the native Georgian rebounded nicely on Wednesday, as he yielded just three runs on five hits in eight innings. The tall righty struck out two without issuing a walk.

Schlact's eight innings marked his second longest outing in the California League. He went 8.1 innings in a start against San Jose last June.

Leadoff hitter Matt Smith (.313/.407/.328) continued to do his job, as he was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. Smith has walked seven times over the past five games.

Second baseman Micah Furtado was 2-for-4 with his sixth double.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs provided the game-winning blast with a solo home run in the top of the tenth inning. The round-tripper was Boggs' fourth of the season.

University of Kansas product Ryan Knippschild picked up the victory with two blank frames.

Player of the game: RHP Michael Schlact
8.0 5 3 3 0 2 0 5.29

A: Clinton 7 – Cedar Rapids 3
W – Swanson (4-1)
HR – Whittleman (4)

A couple of streaking LumberKings continued to do so on Wednesday evening.

6-foot-1 lefty Glenn Swanson (2.03 ERA/.218 BAA) improved to 4-1 on the season with six strong innings. Swanson gave up five hits, two runs, walked one, and punched out eight. He now has 30 strikeouts versus just three walks in five starts this season.

John Whittleman's (.372/.468/.641) batting average kept creeping up towards .400, as he was 3-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the season. The third baseman has recorded multiple hits in each of his last four games. He has three doubles and two home runs over that span.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo's average rose to .310 with two singles in four at-bats. Vallejo also stole his sixth base.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry's (1/4, BB) average sits at a modest .226, but he has reached base via hit or base on balls in each of his last nine games.

Left fielder Chad Tracy, first baseman Mauro Gomez, and catcher Kevin Gossage all singled twice.

Player of the game: 3B John Whittleman
4 2 3 0 1 2 0 1 .372

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