Minor League Roundup - 5/30

Ever since his first few outings of the season, Clinton starter Neftali Feliz has owned the Midwest League in a big way. That continued on Friday, as Feliz struck out eight in five innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – (@) Omaha 1 (7 innings/Game 1)
W – Nippert (3-1)


Dustin Nippert (4.59 ERA/.313 BAA) had one of his best starts as a RedHawk, giving up one run on six hits in six innings. The tall righty walked two and struck out five.

Although he has given up 41 hits in 33.1 innings at the Triple-A level this season, Nippert has walked just seven batters. He got into trouble with walks as a Ranger earlier in the year, giving up eight free passes in 8.2 innings.

Nelson Cruz led the offense with a double and a walk in four plate appearances.

DH Jason Botts and 3B Ryan Roberts each singled and drove in a pair of runs.

Yukinaga Maeda fanned two in a perfect seventh inning to close out the game.

Player of the Game: RHP Dustin Nippert
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 6 1 1 2 5 0 4.59


AAA: Oklahoma 3 – (@) Omaha 2 (7 innings/Game 2)
W – Rowe (1-0)
SV – Madrigal (2)


The RedHawks were able to earn the doubleheader sweep behind the work of Johnny Allstaff.

Kameron Loe got the start and gave up two first inning runs, but he ended up settling down. The right-hander went three innings, yielding two total runs while striking out three.

Steven Rowe followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering four hits.

Right fielder John Mayberry drove in a pair of runs on a second inning triple. He walked in his other two plate appearances.

Left fielder Jason Botts was also perfect, going 2-for-2 with a free pass.

Warner Madrigal struck out one in a scoreless seventh for his second Triple-A save.

Player of the Game: RF John Mayberry
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
1 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 .318


AA: Frisco 4 – Tulsa 6
L – Harrison (3-2)


Matt Harrison struck out seven batters without issuing a walk in six innings, but he also gave up 11 hits. The left-hander surrendered five runs, three of which were earned.

Catcher Max Ramirez broke out of a slump to notch three hits – including a double – in five at-bats.

Left fielder Steve Murphy and second baseman Thomas Berkery each went 1-for-4 with a double.

Reliever Brennan Garr was effective, notching five punchouts in two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Brennan Garr
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 5.14


A+: Bakersfield 3 – (@) Visalia 2
W – Hyatt (6-0)
SV – Hamilton (5)


Georgia Tech product Jared Hyatt (3.06 ERA/.187 BAA) has yet to show signs of slowing down. The hurler went six innings, giving up only two runs – one earned – on three hits. He struck out four and walked two.

J.T. Restko (1/5, 2B) and Davis Stoneburner (1/3, 2B, BB) had the team's only extra-base hits.

Backstop Manny Pina raised his average to .279 with three singles in four plate appearances.

Jordan Stewart (1.1 IP) and Clayton Hamilton (1.2 IP) kept the Oaks at bay for the remainder of the game.

Player of the Game: RHP Jared Hyatt
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 2 1 2 4 0 3.06


A: Clinton 5 – Beloit 2 (7 innings/Game 1)
W – Feliz (5-1)
HR – Gac (15)


Neftali Feliz lowered his ERA to 2.05 with five more shutout frames on Friday. The fireballer gave up only two hits, walked two, and tied his season high with eight strikeouts.

Feliz has allowed 34 hits – no home runs – in 52.2 innings this season.

First baseman Ian Gac went 2-for-3 in the game. He launched his 15th home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the second.

Mitch Moreland (1/3, 3B) hit his first triple of the year.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 2 0 0 2 8 0 2.05


A: Clinton 2 – Beloit 6 (7 innings/Game 2)
L – Castillo (0-2)


Fabio Castillo just had one of those nights on Friday. He gave up six hits and walked four in 2 2/3 innings, leading to an ugly six runs allowed. Castillo had not given up six earned runs combined in his last seven outings [25.2 IP].

Catcher Justin Pickett (.440/.500/.720 in 25 at-bats) was 1-for-2 with a double. He also reached on a hit by pitch.

First baseman Mitch Moreland and left fielder Tim Smith each singled twice in three at-bats.

Keisuke Ueno (1.1 IP), Hector Nelo (1 IP) and Chris Dennis (2 IP) all held Beloit scoreless in relief of Castillo.

Player of the Game: C Justin Pickett
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 .440


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