Minor League Roundup - 4/20

Sunday was another strong day for first basemen Chris Davis and Ian Gac, two of the system's top sluggers. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 7 – (@) Iowa 4
W – Mathis (4-0)
SV – Francisco (5)
14-4, 3.0 GU

Meyer is looking to rebound from a sub-par 2007.
Doug Mathis collected his fourth win in as many starts with seven solid innings on Sunday afternoon. The sinkerballer allowed four runs – all coming in the third and fourth innings – on eight hits, walking none and fanning four.

Second baseman Drew Meyer raised his average to .294 with two singles and a walk in four official at-bats. He also stole two bases.

Nate Gold was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks while Casey Benjamin went 1-for-3 with a double.

Relievers Kazuo Fukumori and Frank Francisco each tossed hitless innings to close out the victory. Francisco fanned two more hitters, giving him 16 in nine innings.

The RedHawks won their fourth consecutive game.

Player of the Game: DH Kevin Mench
4 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 .232

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Corpus Christi 10
L – Harrison (1-1)
HR – Davis (4, 5)
12-4, 2.0 GU

Murphy capped off a great series with two hits.
Chris Davis (.352/.407/.722) was one of the few bright spots on a rough day for Frisco. The first baseman slugged two home runs and singled once. He scored three times and drove in three runs.

Starting pitcher Matt Harrison struggled once again, as he allowed six runs – three earned – in two innings. He gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out one. Much like his previous two starts, Harrison fell behind most hitters he faced and ended up throwing a lot of pitches. The lefty, who walked off the field with a team trainer, appeared to leave the game with some sort of injury, though it did not seem serious.

Hooks killers Steve Murphy and Emerson Frostad each singled twice in four at-bats. The duo combined for 16 hits in 31 at-bats in the series.

Alfredo Gonzalez (3 IP) and Brandon Puffer (2 IP) each pitched in with shutout relief.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris Davis
4 3 3 0 2 3 0 0 .352

A+: Bakersfield 2 – Lancaster 4
L – Falcon (2-2)
8-10, 5.0 GB

Whittleman hit his sixth double.
Scheduled starting pitcher Omar Poveda was a late scratch due to some shoulder soreness.

Taking his place was Georgia Tech product Jared Hyatt. Hyatt pitched well in his spot-start, allowing one run in four innings. He gave up two hits, walked three and struck out four.

Chris Dennis returned from the disabled list to allow one run in two innings. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out two.

Third baseman John Whittleman (1/4, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit while left fielder K.C. Herren (1/2, BB) was the only Blaze hitter to reach base twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Jared Hyatt
4.0 2 1 1 3 4 1 4.09

A: Clinton 11 – (@) Dayton 1
W – Gomez (2-0)
HR – Gac (7)
11-3, 2.0 GB

Another strong all-around performance helped propel the L-Kings to their fourth consecutive win.

Beltre had a three-hit effort.
First baseman Ian Gac's (.426/.500/.907) ridiculous start continued, as he went 2-for-5 with a grand slam. Gac finished with five RBIs in total.

Starter Kennil Gomez (2.02 ERA/.186 BAA) yielded only two hits in six scoreless innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.263/.311/.404) had his best game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a double.

Shortstop Renny Osuna (3/4, 2B, 2 BB) also had three hits.

Cristian Santana (1/5, 2B, BB), Jose Felix (2/5, 2B), and Miguel Alfonzo (2/4, 2B, BB) also had multiple hits.

Right-hander Adalberto Flores fanned two in a shutout inning. He has given up one earned run in 8 2/3 innings since allowing four earned runs in his first outing of the year.

Player of the Game: 1B Ian Gac
5 2 2 0 1 5 0 1 .426


Subscribe to LoneStarDugout.com today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Total Access Pass and all premium content on LoneStarDugout.com, Scout™ Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Scout.com Websites, and Player Pages, detailing the progress and careers of players from high school, the minors, and the pro ranks.

Sample the LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at no risk for 7 days, then pay only $7.95 or $21.95. If you want to save 2 months off the monthly subscription price, simply choose the annual LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at $79.95.

Future Rangers Top Stories