Minor League Roundup - 5/8

A pair of Dominican Republic natives -- Julio Borbon and Neftali Feliz -- kept their hot streaks going with excellent performances on Thursday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – Sacramento 6 (9 innings/Game 1)
L – Loe (2-2)
HR – Gold (8), Mayberry (2)

Dustin Nippert's second rehab start wasn't quite as smooth as his first. The big right-hander surrendered four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three without issuing a free pass.

Right fielder Kevin Mench (.282/.344/.464) has slowly begun to heat up. He was 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks.

Left fielder John Mayberry was just 1-for-4, but he hit a two-run homer, his second at the Triple-A level.

First baseman Nate Gold was also 1-for-4 with a home run.

Relievers Steven Rowe and Bill White each tossed 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball. White was particularly impressive, punching out three batters.

Kameron Loe was stuck with the loss after coughing up two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Player of the Game: RF Kevin Mench
2 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 .280

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – Sacramento 7 (7 innings/Game 2)
L – Ramirez (4-3)
HR – Botts (1)
21-14, 2.0 GU

Jason Botts returned to the Triple-A level as a DH on Thursday night and seemed to pick up where he left off. The slugger was 2-for-3 with a solo home run.

Starter Elizardo Ramirez gave up six runs – four earned – in five innings of work. He allowed 12 hits and struck out three without walking a batter.

Pitching in his first Triple-A game, Warner Madrigal hurled a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit and walked one batter.

Catcher Kevin Richardson (.318/.385/.591) singled and walked in three plate appearances.

Player of the Game: DH Jason Botts
3 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 .667

AA: Frisco 12 – (@) Corpus Christi 8
W – Puffer (2-0)
HR – Ramirez (8)
23-10, 4.5 GU

The RoughRiders were powered by a 10-run fourth inning on Thursday night.

Catcher Max Ramirez (.398/.480/.722) fell a triple short of the cycle, as he was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and a walk.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry also had three hits – all singles – in six at-bats. He knocked in three runs.

Steve Murphy (2/5, 2B), Emerson Frostad (2/4, 2B, BB) and Corey Ragsdale (2/5, 2B) all singled and doubled in the contest.

Elvis Andrus (2/5) and Ben Harrison (2/4, HBP) singled twice.

Starting pitcher Matt Harrison surrendered one run in 4.1 innings of work. He allowed three hits and struck out two without walking a batter.

Brandon Puffer and Brennan Garr each threw scoreless innings.

Andrew Laughter made his first Double-A appearance and allowed two unearned runs on a hit and two walks.

Player of the Game: C Max Ramirez
4 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 .398

A+: Bakersfield 7 – (@) Modesto 3
W – Hyatt (3-0)
20-14, 4.0 GB

Julio Borbon (.321/.370/.404) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits – including a double – in four at-bats.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon (.302/.436/.413) had the team's only other extra-base hit. He was 2-for-4 with a double.

Starting pitcher Kasey Kiker gave up three runs, just one earned, in four innings. He yielded six hits while walking two and fanning five.

Jared Hyatt earned the victory with four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out four.

Chad Tracy (2/4, BB), John Whittleman (2/5), Mauro Gomez (2/5), and Manny Pina (2/4) all singled twice. Pina's average is all the way up to .282.

Righty Jordan Stewart (1.76 ERA/.196 BAA) fanned two in a scoreless inning of relief.

Player of the Game: CF Julio Borbon
4 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 .321

A: Clinton 7 – Peoria 3
W – Feliz (3-1)
SV – Castillo (3)
HR – Greene (3)
22-7, 2.0 GU

Neftali Feliz (3.13 ERA/.213 BAA) allowed just two hits in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday night. He didn't give up any runs, walked three, and struck out five.

Feliz has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts, spanning 15.1 innings. Over that time, he has given up 10 hits, walked five, and struck out 23.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (.227/.324/.386) was 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk.

Ian Gac, Jose Felix, and Andres James all went 2-for-4 in the game.

Tim Smith (1/4, 2B, 2 RBI) hit his ninth double of the season.

Right-hander Fabio Castillo allowed three runs – one earned – on five hits in 3 2/3 frames. He struck out two and walked none.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
5.1 2 0 0 3 5 0 3.13


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