Minor League Roundup - 5/4

The Blaze earned a series victory with an all-around strong performance in Visalia on Sunday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – (@) Tacoma 10
L – Hurley (1-2)
20-11, 3.5 GU

Former RedHawk Tug Hulett doubled his season extra-base hit total with a home run and a double on Sunday.

Hulett hit a three-run homer against Eric Hurley, who was touched up for seven runs on nine hits in five innings. Hurley, who walked three and struck out five, allowed two total home runs. His ERA shot up to 7.32 on the season.

Joaquin Arias, Nelson Cruz and John Mayberry all went 2-for-4 with a double.

Player of the Game: DH Joaquin Arias
4 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 .315

AA: Frisco 6 – Midland 10
L – Gonzalez (1-1)
HR – Ramirez (7), Harrison (4)
21-8, 4.5 GU

Catcher Max Ramirez (.390/.475/.700) went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. The former Indians prospect now has five multi-hit efforts in his last six games. He is 19-for-35 (.543) in his last 10 games.

DH Ben Harrison (.362/.429/.681) was 2-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the season and second in as many days.

Third baseman Emerson Frostad singled twice and walked.

Starter Mike Ballard issued five walks while allowing five hits in five innings, leading to four runs allowed. The University of Virginia product struck out six.

Player of the Game: C Max Ramirez
5 2 3 1 1 2 0 0 .390

A+: Bakersfield 8 – (@) Visalia 3
W – Hunter (4-3)
HR – Lemon (1)
17-14, 6.0 GB

After struggling early in the game, starting pitcher Tommy Hunter settled down and pitched into the seventh inning. The right-hander went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

Although Hunter has been slightly inconsistent in his first seven starts, he has worked at least into the seventh inning each of the last three times out. He has issued only five walks, while striking out 37, in 43.1 innings this season.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon (.294/.438/.412) hit his first home run of the year. He was 2-for-5 on the afternoon.

Previously struggling hitters J.T. Restko and Chris Gradoville each went 3-for-5 with a double.

DH Chad Tracy (2/5, 2B) and RF Truan Mehl (1/3, 3B, 2 BB) also had extra-base hits for Bakersfield.

John Whittleman (.264/.376/.453) went 1-for-2 with three walks. He now has 19 walks and 32 strikeouts in 106 official at-bats.

Andrew Laughter (0.00 ERA/.217 BAA) did not allow a run or a hit in 2.1 innings. He has yet to surrender an earned run in 16.1 frames this season.

Player of the Game: SS Marcus Lemon
5 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .294

A: Clinton 11 – (@) Kane County 4
W – Holland (2-0)
HR – Gac (10, 11), Beltre (2), Dominguez (1)
20-6, 3.0 GU

Ian Gac (.378/.475/.796) put an end to his seven-game home run drought on Sunday by going yard a couple of times. Gac, who hit a pair of three-run shots, is now in a tie with Nelson Cruz for first place on the Minor League home run list.

Streaky centerfielder Engel Beltre (.295/.331/.446) went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, and his fourth stolen base of the season. Beltre was 9-for-15 in the three-game set with Kane County.

Catcher Carlos Dominguez (2/4) also homered. It was his first of the season.

Starting pitcher Derek Holland turned in a solid effort by limiting the Cougars to one run in five innings. He gave up seven hits, walked two, and struck out five.

Jorge Quintero, who had not pitched since he made a start on April 22, tossed a scoreless inning of relief, walking one.

Player of the Game: 1B Ian Gac
5 2 2 0 2 6 0 1 .378


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