Minor League Roundup - 5/19

Lone Star Dugout was on hand for Frisco's game on Saturday while the Bakersfield Blaze hit four home runs in one game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 8 – Iowa 4
W – Astacio (1-2)

The RedHawks took their second consecutive game on Saturday behind a four-run outburst in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Though no hitter stood out in particular, DH Frank Catalanotto (2/5, 2B), CF Marlon Byrd (2/5), LF Jason Botts (2/4, BB), 1B Nate Gold (2/5, 2B), and catcher Guillermo Quiroz (2/3, BB) all had multiple hits.

Starting pitcher Bruce Chen surrendered four runs on four hits and a walk in three innings. He did not record a strikeout.

Reliever Michael Bumstead, who had been struggling since being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma, gave up just one hit in three scoreless innings. Bumstead struck out three.

Ezequiel Astacio, who returned to the bullpen on Saturday, hurled two perfect innings, fanning three.

Player of the game: DH Frank Catalanotto
5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 .333

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) San Antonio 4
L – Mathis (3-3)

In a game that was attended by Lone Star Dugout, starting pitcher Doug Mathis (1.91 ERA/.257 BAA) was rolling through four innings. Up to that point, Mathis had excellent command of his low-90's sinker, curveball, and changeup. His change was his most effective pitch.

However, the right-hander struggled to locate his stuff in the fifth and sixth and ended up yielding four runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five, including fanning the side in the second frame.

San Antonio starter Roger Deago – a lefty who checks in at 5-foot-10, 180-pounds – had the Frisco hitters guessing all night. The RoughRiders managed just three hits off Deago and six for the game.

Shortstop Casey Benjamin (.287/.366/.434) was the star offensively, as he was 3-for-3 with a base on balls.

DH Anthony Webster was 1-for-3 with a double, the team's only extra base hit. Webster also scored on some heads-up baserunning in the top of the first inning. After being hit by a pitch, Webster moved to second on a fielder's choice. He then swiped his eighth base of the season, putting him on third. The outfielder would score on a Brandon Boggs groundout to third base. Though third baseman Chase Headley looked Webster back to the bag, the speedster took off for home when Headley threw the ball to first. Webster scored with ease.

Kea Kometani struck out two in two hitless innings of relief work. The native Hawaiian has tossed four scoreless innings since moving to the bullpen earlier in the week.

Player of the game: SS Casey Benjamin
3 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 .287

A+: Bakersfield 11 – (@) Stockton 5
W – Diaz (2-0)
HR – Mayberry (11), Teagarden (7), Mehl (2), Thon (1)

The Bakersfield Blaze were both patient and powerful on Saturday evening.

Leadoff hitter Truan Mehl was 2-for-3 with a home run – his second in as many days – and three walks. Mehl raised his average to .337.

Right fielder John Mayberry had just one hit in four at-bats, but it was a three-run homer, his 11th of the year. The Stanford product also drew a pair of walks.

DH Taylor Teagarden was also 1-for-4 with a home run. He walked once.

Freddie Thon (2/5) hit a three-run homer, his first of the season, in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Micah Furtado (2/5, BB) and Thomas Berkery (2/3, 2 BB) each singled twice while left fielder Terry Blunt was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Starting pitcher J.B. Diaz yielded five runs – three earned – in five innings. He gave up five hits while walking three and fanning two.

Making his first Cal League appearance of the season, University of Miami product Danny Touchet gave up just one hit in three scoreless innings. Touchet struck out three.

Relief pitcher Josh Giles struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the game: CF Truan Mehl
3 2 2 0 1 2 3 0 .337

A: Clinton 6 – Dayton 4
W – Coffman (3-0)
SV – Garr (1) HR – Tracy (4), Peterson (1)

Centerfielder Craig Gentry, who is hitting .328/.416/.403 in May, went 1-for-3 with a walk and his 17th stolen base of the season.

Left fielder Chad Tracy and shortstop David Peterson each went 1-for-4 with a round-tripper.

K.C. Herren (.353/.400/.612) doubled and tripled in four at-bats. Herren is hitting .453 (29-for-64) with six doubles, five triples, and two home runs in the month of May.

Starting pitcher Broc Coffman held Dayton at bay, as he surrendered just two runs on four hits in five innings.

Northern Colorado product Brennan Garr (3.07 ERA/.212 BAA) gave up just one hit in two scoreless innings. Garr, who picked up his first save of the season, struck out three.

Player of the game: LF-RF K.C. Herren
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 .353

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