Minor League Roundup - 5/31

Clinton right fielder Mitch Moreland helped spark a ferocious comeback with his grand slam on Saturday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 9 – Omaha 13
L – Mendoza (1-2)
HR – Cruz (16), Roberts (2)

Luis Mendoza's second Triple-A rehab start was a bit of a disaster, as he didn't get out of the first inning. The sinkerballer recorded just two outs, giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk.

Left-hander Yukinaga Maeda wasn't much better in relief, as he allowed four runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Luckily, Elizardo Ramirez (3.65 ERA/.281 BAA) was able to put out the fire and keep the RedHawks in the game with 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball. He allowed seven hits and struck out six without walking a batter.

DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a home run, his 16th of the season.

Second baseman Ryan Roberts (1/4, HR, BB) also hit a home run.

Centerfielder Jason Ellison raised his average to .282 with four hits – including a double – in five at-bats.

Chris Davis, German Duran, and Drew Meyer all singled twice in five at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Elizardo Ramirez
6.2 7 2 2 0 6 0 3.65

AA: Frisco 4 – Northwest Arkansas 3
W – Hunter (2-1)
SV – Gordon (3)
HR – Ramirez (13), Harrison (10)

Workhorse hurler Tommy Hunter worked at least seven innings for the second time in three Double-A starts, as he gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings. The Alabama alum scattered eight hits, seven of which were singles, while walking three and fanning four.

DH Max Ramirez and LF Ben Harrison each hit solo home runs.

Outfielder Dustin Majewski was 3-for-4 with two doubles, giving him 12 on the season.

Brian Gordon didn't allow a baserunner in 1 2/3 innings of relief en route to his third save of the season. Gordon has yet to allow an earned run in 18 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers organization.

Player of the Game: RHP Tommy Hunter
7.1 8 3 3 3 4 0 4.66

A+: Bakersfield 2 – (@) Visalia 4
L – Bannister (1-5)

Starter John Bannister dropped to 1-5 on the season with Bakersfield after yielding four runs on six hits in 5.2 frames. He struck out three and walked one batter.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon (1/4, 2B) had the club's only extra-base hit with his fourth double of the year.

Julio Borbon (2/5) and Jose Vallejo (1/3, BB) each reached base a pair of times and stole a base. The speedy duo has 21 steals apiece.

K.C. Herren (1/3, BB) also reached twice.

Player of the Game: RHP J.B. Diaz
2.1 0 0 0 0 4 0 2.18

A: Clinton 8 – Beloit 6
W – Dennis (2-1)
SV – Quintero (1)
HR – Moreland (5)

A lot happened in this game.

The L-Kings fell into an early hole after Derek Holland allowed five runs in the second inning. The lefty ended up giving up five total runs in three innings of work for his weakest outing of the season.

RF Mitch Moreland (2/5, HR) helped get Clinton back into the game with a fifth inning grand slam.

Although the club did end up pulling out the come-from-behind victory, perhaps the most intriguing part of the night was the brawl at home plate that resulted in the ejection of nine players.

Engel Beltre (4/5) and Tim Smith (2/5, 2B) also had multiple hits in the game.

Renny Osuna, Miguel Alfonzo, Matt Lawson and Engel Beltre were the Clinton players tossed from the game.

Player of the Game: RF Mitch Moreland
5 1 2 0 1 4 0 1 .327


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