Minor League Roundup - 5/15

Right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez made his 2007 debut with Double-A Frisco while Bakersfield slugger Taylor Teagarden had yet another monster game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's action in the minor leagues.

AAA: Oklahoma 5 – (@) Tucson 13
L – Simon (2-4)
HR – Vazquez (2), Quiroz (1)

Oklahoma starter Alfredo Simon (7.83 ERA/.299 BAA) was lit up for 14 runs – 13 earned – on 14 hits in just four innings. It was the second time in as many starts that Simon had allowed double-digit hits despite lasting four innings or fewer.

Wes Littleton followed by yielding two hits in two scoreless innings.

Shortstop Ramon Vazquez (1/3, BB) and catcher Guillermo Quiroz (2/4) each homered.

Drew Meyer and Tug Hulett singled twice while Jason Botts was 2-for-3 with a double.

Pitchers Michael Wagner and Danny Touchet tossed scoreless frames. Both were added to the Triple-A roster on Tuesday after A.J. Murray and Scott Feldman were called up to the big leagues.

Wagner, a 22-year-old native of Seattle, posted a 4-7 record with a 6.38 ERA in 17 appearances – 16 starts – for the Short-Season Spokane Indians in 2006.

Touchet, who appeared in the Arizona Fall League last offseason, had a 5.07 earned run average in 34 appearances for Double-A Frisco in '06.

Both pitchers had been in extended spring training, and Oklahoma's staff was in need of pitching, as Desi Relaford was forced to throw two innings on Monday. It is possible that Touchet and Wagner could return to Surprise when the RedHawks return home for Thursday night's game.

Player of the game: C Guillermo Quiroz
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .316

AA: Frisco 8 – (@) Midland 4
W – Volquez (1-0)
HR – Metcalf (6)

Making his first Double-A start of the season, right-hander Edinson Volquez was effective despite having more problems with the strike zone.

Volquez walked five in five innings of work, but he yielded just two runs on three hits while fanning four.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf (.280/.353/.492) was 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs singled three times in four appearances. Boggs is hitting .375 (9/24) through his first eight Texas League contests.

Red-hot shortstop Casey Benjamin went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple.

Kea Kometani, who was bumped from the rotation to make room for Volquez, gave up two hits in two innings. He did not allow a run while walking one and striking out two.

Player of the game: 3B Travis Metcalf
3 1 1 0 1 3 2 0 .280

A+: Bakersfield 8 – Lancaster 4
W – Pluta (1-0)
SV – Knippschild (2)
HR – Teagarden (5)

Bakersfield designated hitter Taylor Teagarden (.407/.573/.796) saw his on base percentage drop on Tuesday, as he was just 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. It was Teagarden's third home run in his last four games.

Right fielder John Mayberry was 2-for-5 with a double while Johany Abreu and Truan Mehl added two singles apiece.

Starting pitcher Kendy Batista surrendered four runs, three earned, over six innings. The Venezuelan righty gave up five hits while walking two and fanning six.

Lefty Ryan Knippschild fanned five in two hitless innings to earn his second save.

Player of the game: DH Taylor Teagarden
3 2 1 0 1 2 1 1 .407

A: Clinton – (@) Cedar Rapids – CCD (Rain)

Tuesday's game at Cedar Rapids was cancelled due to rain. It will not be made up at a later date.

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