Minor League Roundup - 5/10

The bats performed well throughout the organization on Thursday, as Taylor Teagarden made his return to the Bakersfield lineup and K.C. Herren continued to terrorize the Midwest League pitching. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 16 – (@) Las Vegas 17
L – Murray (2-1)
HR – Gold (2), Vazquez (1)

Oklahoma lost a back-and-forth marathon affair on Thursday that is really exhausting to just write about.

Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon struggled, as he allowed nine runs – seven earned – on 10 hits in just 3.1 innings.

Making his first Triple-A appearance in the Rangers organization, Scott Shoemaker did not permit a run in 3 2/3 innings. Shoemaker gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out two.

Leadoff hitter and shortstop Ramon Vazquez was 4-for-7 with a double and a three-run homer in the top of the tenth inning.

The team's second hitter, second baseman Tug Hulett, was 3-for-7 with two doubles and four RBI.

Centerfielder Marlon Byrd raised his average to .350 with four hits – including two doubles – in six at-bats.

DH Jason Botts (2/5, BB), RF Kevin Mahar (3/6), and catcher Guillermo Quiroz (3/5) also had multiple hits.

First baseman Nate Gold had just one hit, but it was a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Relievers Steven Rowe and Scott Feldman each coughed up three runs on two hits and two walks in one inning apiece.

Southpaw A.J. Murray picked up the blown save and the loss when he allowed a walkoff three-run homer to Las Vegas catcher Kelly Stinnett in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Player of the game: SS Ramon Vazquez
7 4 4 1 1 3 0 0 .252

AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 8
L – Kometani (1-2)
HR – Duran (7)

Frisco second baseman German Duran (.307/.352/.584) smacked his team-leading seventh home run of the season on Thursday afternoon. The former TCU Horned Frog also added his fifth double of the year.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs was 2-for-4 with a double, his first extra base hit since being promoted to Frisco late last week.

Starter Kea Kometani surrendered four runs – three earned – on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Though the righty walked just two, he also hit two batters while uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

Player of the game: 2B German Duran
4 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 .307

A+: Bakersfield 10 – (@) Inland Empire 6
W – Herrera (2-0)

Just one night after being no-hit, the Blaze were able to pound out double-digit runs.

The top three hitters in the order – SS Matt Smith, 2B Micah Furtado, and RF John Mayberry – each contributed two hits and a walk in four at-bats. Furtado, who had three RBI, also had a double.

Making his return to the Bakersfield lineup, designated hitter Taylor Teagarden (.333/.538/.611) appeared to pick up exactly where he left off. The Dallas native was 1-for-2 with a double and three walks.

After getting off to a hot start, right-hander Kendy Batista (4.26 ERA/.267 BAA) has cooled off lately. Batista allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings.

Lefty Danny Ray Herrera picked up the win with two scoreless frames. Herrera, who allowed one hit, fanned four without issuing a walk.

Player of the game: 2B Micah Furtado
4 1 2 1 0 3 1 1 .244

A: Clinton 3 – (@) Burlington 4
L – Hollis (1-1)

Right fielder K.C. Herren (.356/.411/.586) continued to torch Midwest League pitching, as he was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk. The triple was Herren's fourth in seven games. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Though he had a costly error in the ninth inning, third baseman John Whittleman had three hits – including a double – in five at-bats.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon also went 2-for-3 with a free pass.

Starting pitcher Omar Poveda surrendered three runs on four hits in six innings. The native of Venezuela walked three and punched out six.

Relief pitcher Brennan Garr (3.09 ERA/.195 BAA) struck out five while allowing just one hit in two scoreless innings.

Burlington scored their winning run on a balk from hurler Jon Hollis.

Player of the game: RF K.C. Herren
3 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 .356

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