Minor League Roundup - 5/24

All four starting pitchers were dominant on Saturday evening, but Bakersfield lefty Kasey Kiker was especially impressive. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – (@) Iowa 0
W – Tejeda (1-1)
HR – Teagarden (2)
28-21, 3.5 GU

After an extremely slow start in Double-A, Taylor Teagarden (.315/.???/.???) appears to have found his stroke with Triple-A Oklahoma. The backstop extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks.

Robinson Tejeda (2.18 ERA/.170 BAA) was rock-solid on the mound as usual, giving the RedHawks six scoreless frames. The righty gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out eight.

Nelson Cruz (2/5, 2B), Jason Botts (2/5, 2B) and Travis Metcalf (2/4, 2B) all singled and doubled in the game.

Relievers Wes Littleton, Bill White, and Kea Kometani each chipped in with a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Robinson Tejeda
6.0 4 0 0 2 8 0 2.18

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 2
W – Puffer (3-0)
SV – Gordon (2)
33-15, 8.0 GU

Visiting Northwest Arkansas for the first time, the RoughRiders were not polite guests on Saturday night. Frisco rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat the Naturals.

Ben Harrison (2/4, 2B) and Adam Fox (1/3, 2B) both helped pave the way in the eighth inning, as they led off the frame with back-to-back doubles.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry (.277/.339/.364), a native of Arkansas and a former Arkansas Razorback, was 2-for-4 with a double.

Starting pitcher Matt Harrison had a typical start, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings while throwing 93 pitches. Harrison scattered seven hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Brian Gordon (0.00 ERA/.111 BAA in 16 IP with Frisco) tossed two perfect innings to earn his second save of the season.

Player of the Game: LHP Matt Harrison
5.2 7 2 2 2 3 1 3.15

A+: Bakersfield 6 – Visalia 1
W – Kiker (3-0)
SV – Hamilton (4)
HR – Restko (3)
29-20, 1.0 GB

Kasey Kiker (4.83 ERA/.270 BAA) was flat out dealing on Saturday night. The left-hander went a career-high 7.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked only one while striking out nine.

In Kiker's two home starts with the Blaze, he has surrendered five hits in 14.2 frames.

J.T. Restko (1/4, HR) and Julio Borbon (1/4, 2B) had Bakersfield's only extra-base hits.

Truan Mehl (.285/.362/.331) singled twice and stole his 15th base in 18 attempts.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon was 0-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt. He now has 22 walks in 31 games.

Closer Clayton Hamilton fanned two in 1.1 hitless innings. He earned his fourth save.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
7.2 3 1 1 1 9 0 4.83

A: Clinton 6 – (@) Cedar Rapids 4 (13 innings)
W – Ueno (1-0)
SV – Flores (5)
33-12, 5.5 GU

Fabio Castillo's second start of the season was nearly as effective as his first. The young righty gave up only one run on two hits in five innings of work, walking three and punching out five.

The L-King offense went 13 innings, collecting 15 hits, and had just one extra-base knock.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre (.257/.286/.376) had that one hit. He was 3-for-7 with a double and one RBI.

Middle infielders Renny Osuna (4/6, BB) and Andres James (4/5) each singled four times.

Reliever Chris Dennis (0.60 ERA/.204 BAA) fanned three in two scoreless innings.

Keisuke Ueno earned the victory after allowing one unearned run in three innings. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Fabio Castillo
5.0 2 1 1 3 5 1 2.88


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