Minor League Roundup - 5/9

Starting pitchers Doug Mathis and Edinson Volquez were masterful on Wednesday while Clinton third baseman John Whittleman remained hot at the plate. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – (@) Las Vegas 4
L – Astacio (0-1)


Making his first start of the season, pitcher Ezequiel Astacio surrendered four runs – three earned – on four hits in just 3 1/3 innings. The former Astros prospect walked one and struck out four.

Leadoff hitter Freddy Guzman (.239/.361/.349) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Second baseman Tug Hulett and shortstop Ramon Vazquez also doubled for their only hit of the day.

Right-handers Franklyn German (1.2 IP) and Wes Littleton (2 IP) and southpaw A.J. Murray (1 IP) combined for 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Pitcher Scott Shoemaker was promoted to Oklahoma to replace righty Francisco Cruceta, who was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Player of the game: RHP Wes Littleton
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.02


AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 1
W – Mathis (3-1)
SV – Ingram (8)
HR – Webster (3)


Frisco hurler Doug Mathis (1.40 ERA/.211 BAA) allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings. The former Missouri Tiger walked four and struck out four.

Centerfielder Anthony Webster (.288/.333/.596) was 2-for-3 with a home run, his third of the season.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf (.288/.349/.505) and second baseman German Duran (.299/.346/.546) each singled and walked.

Player of the game: RHP Wes Littleton
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 1 0 0 4 4 0 1.40


A+: Bakersfield 0 – (@) Inland Empire 2
L – Volquez (0-4)


Though the Blaze were no-hit by Inland Empire starter Marlon Arias, the news wasn't all bad. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings. The hard-throwing righty walked only one batter while striking out five.

Player of the game: RHP Edinson Volquez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 2 2 1 5 0 7.13


A: Clinton 4 – Burlington 6
L – Ballard (3-3)
HR – Whittleman (5)


Clinton starter Michael Ballard lasted eight innings, but he yielded six runs on 11 hits. The former University of Virginia pitcher struck out 14 without issuing a walk.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.333/.437/.616) was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run on Wednesday. The home run was Whittleman's fifth of the season.

Left fielder K.C. Herren and DH Chad Tracy added two singles.

Player of the game: 3B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 1 1 3 0 1 .333

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