Minor League Roundup - 5/26

The Clinton LumberKings got yet another solid start from a young prospect on Monday afternoon, but they also got some help from new catcher Justin Pickett. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – (@) Iowa 6
L – Mendoza (1-1)
HR – Gold (9)
28-23, 2.5 GU

Luis Mendoza struggled in his rehab start on Monday, giving up five runs on six hits in two innings of work. The right-hander, who threw 37 pitches, didn't have a walk or a strikeout.

Right fielder Nelson Cruz was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Hitting in the cleanup spot, Chris Davis took advantage of his first Triple-A start by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. He also struck out twice.

DH Nate Gold (1/4, HR) broke out of a lengthy slump with a two-run homer while Taylor Teagarden extended his hitting streak to 15 games with one single in four at-bats.

Elizardo Ramirez permitted just one unearned run in six innings of relief work. The hurler scattered six hits, walked one and fanned two.

Player of the Game: RHP Elizardo Ramirez
6.0 6 1 0 1 2 0 3.75

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 5
L – Ballard (3-3)
33-17, 7.0 GU

Mike Ballard made his first start since May 15 and surrendered four runs in five innings. The southpaw gave up nine hits while walking three and fanning two.

Second baseman Thomas Berkery (.237/.333/.395) was 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.

Dustin Majewski (.295/.386/.447) doubled and walked in his four plate appearances.

Left-hander Zack Parker, who had made two starts with the ‘Riders, came out of the ‘pen to post a scoreless eighth inning. It wasn't an easy frame though, as Parker gave up a hit and a walk while committing one throwing error.

Player of the Game: 2B Thomas Berkery
3 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 .237

A+: Bakersfield 8 – (@) Inland Empire 12
L – Stewart (2-2)
HR – Vallejo (7)
30-21, 2.0 GB

The Blaze took an 8-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but quick two-inning implosion did the club in on Monday night.

Starting pitcher John Bannister pitched well early on, but he allowed three runs without recording an out in the sixth inning. In all, Bannister allowed four runs on five hits and five walks in five innings.

Relievers Ryan Falcon (0.1 IP, 2 ER) and Jordan Stewart (1.1 IP, 6 ER) both saw their ERA's skyrocket after the game. Stewart's outing was especially rough, as he doubled his earned run total for the season [from six to 12] in Monday's game.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.289/.343/.441) was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer. Vallejo has 18 extra-base hits, including seven homers, in 211 at-bats this season. With Clinton in '07, Vallejo had 23 extra-base hits, with just one homer, in 513 at-bats.

Julio Borbon (2/5) and Marcus Lemon (2/3, BB) both singled twice while third baseman John Whittleman was 1-for-5 with a double.

Right fielder Grant Gerrard (.244/.280/.449 in May) singled once in four at-bats. After his hot start, Gerrard's season OPS has dipped all the way to .791.

Josh Lueke tossed 1.1 scoreless frames to close out the ballgame for Bakersfield.

Player of the Game: 2B Jose Vallejo
5 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 .289

A: Clinton 7 – (@) Cedar Rapids 2
W – Beavan (4-1)
HR – Beltre (3)
35-12, 6.5 GU

Blake Beavan (2.90 ERA/.226 BAA) was excellent on Memorial Day afternoon, giving up only two unearned runs in six innings. The tall hurler scattered four singles, walked none, and struck out four.

Beavan has now issued only one free pass in 31 professional innings.

Former Padres farmhand and 22-year-old catcher Justin Pickett was the star offensively, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and three runs batted in. Pickett has a good deal of raw power, but he struggled to consistent make contact in his two seasons with the San Diego organization. This season is his first at the Single-A level.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre was 2-for-5 with his third home run of the year.

Mitch Moreland (.319/.365/.507) was 3-for-5 with his 14th double of the year. Third baseman Jonathan Greene (1/5, 2B) also doubled and committed his 15th error of the year.

Left-hander Ryan Turner (2 IP) and righty Julio Santana (1 IP) combined to toss up three blank frames in relief of Beavan.

Player of the Game: C Justin Pickett
4 1 3 2 1 3 0 0 .435


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