Minor League Roundup - 4/28

The Bakersfield Blaze turned in one of their best efforts of the season on Monday night, as they racked up 10 runs while getting strong pitching. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – (@) Portland 5
L – Kometani (2-1)
HR – Cruz (8)
17-8, 2.0 GU


Teagarden picked up his first AAA hit.
Nelson Cruz (.366/.531/.775) hit yet another home run in a 2-for-5 effort. He is currently tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in home runs and he ranks second with a 1.305 OPS.

Veteran hurler Steve Rowe got the spot start on Monday and allowed one run in three innings.

Kea Kometani, who is off to a slow start, was stuck with the loss after allowing three runs in two innings. He has walked eight while striking out nine in 10.1 innings this year.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt in his second Triple-A game.

DH Nate Gold and 3B Ryan Roberts both reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Yukinaga Maeda yielded one run on two hits in three innings of relief. He struck out three without walking a batter. The run allowed was a monster home run off the bat of Padres prospect Chase Headley.

Player of the Game: RF Nelson Cruz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 2 0 1 2 0 2 .366


AA: Frisco 5 – Corpus Christi 8
L – Ballard (2-1)
HR – Harrison (2), Murphy (2)
16-7, 1.5 GU


Is Harrison returning to his 2006 form?
Despite his struggles, starting pitcher Mike Ballard ended up giving Frisco seven innings on Monday. He allowed five runs on 10 hits, walking one and striking out three. Ballard threw 101 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Ben Harrison (.318/.333/.591) continued to heat up, as he went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk.

Smoking hot outfielder Steve Murphy also belted his second home run of the season. He was 2-for-4 with a base on balls.

Catcher Max Ramirez (3/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while right fielder Dustin Majewski (2/4, 2B) had one two-bagger.

Warner Madrigal allowed one run on two hits and a walk in his one inning. The hard-throwing righty struck out two.

Player of the Game: DH Ben Harrison
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 0 1 1 1 1 .318


A+: Bakersfield 10 – (@) High Desert 3
W – Kiker (1-0)
HR – Vallejo (4), Whittleman (3)
13-12, 5.0 GB


The Blaze got above the .500 mark for the first time all season behind a strong effort from 2006 first-round pick Kasey Kiker.

Pina had a career night.
The left-hander pitched a career high seven innings and even faced two batters in the eighth. Kiker surrendered three runs on five hits, walking two and fanning four.

In addition to the solid performance by Kiker, the Bakersfield bats had a much-needed field day.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo had just four career home runs entering the 2008 season. Vallejo smoked his fourth home run of the year [25 games] on Monday.

Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon (.271/.297/.314) singled four times in six at-bats. He also stole his sixth base in as many attempts.

John Whittleman has been hot-and-cold thus far, but he was able to hit his third home run of the road trip. The native of Texas was 2-for-3 with a couple of walks on the night.

Backstop Manny Pina (.200/.286/.255) was 3-for-5 with two doubles. It was only the second three-hit game of Pina's career and it was the first time he had more than one extra-base hit in a single game.

Grant Gerrard (2/6), Truan Mehl (1/4, BB) and K.C. Herren (1/4, BB) also reached multiple times.

Clayton Hamilton closed out Bakersfield's third consecutive victory with two shutout frames.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 5 3 3 2 4 1 6.00


A: Clinton 10 – Great Lakes 3
W – Turner (2-1)
HR – Greene (2), Lawson (1)
16-5, 1.0 GU


Lefty Derek Holland (2.79 ERA/.205 BAA) surrendered two runs on six hits in four innings of work. He did not factor in the decision.

Osuna reached base four times.
The Clinton bullpen was saved by Georgia Tech product Ryan Turner, who gave his team three scoreless innings while notching a pair of strikeouts.

After seeing his average dip slightly below the .400 mark in his last game, Ian Gac reached the plateau again after going 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.

Shortstop Renny Osuna (.277/.377/.369) singled three times and walked once in five trips to the dish.

Infielders Jonathan Greene (1/3, HR) and Matt Lawson (1/4, HR) each went deep for the L-Kings.

Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) and Tim Smith (2/5, 2 2B) both doubled.

Although they weren't racking up extra base hits, outfielders Cristian Santana and Miguel Alfonzo combined to drive in five of their team's runs.

Player of the Game: 3B Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 .206


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