Minor League Roundup - 6/16

Oklahoma hurler Matt Harrison had his most impressive start since getting promoted to Triple-A, as he worked into the eighth inning for the first time this season. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of Monday's action in the minor leagues.

AAA: Oklahoma 4 – New Orleans 6
L – Harrison (1-1)
HR – Davis (7)
38-34, 2.0 GU

Matt Harrison went a season-high 7.2 innings on Monday evening. He gave up three runs on two hits while walking two and fanning three.

Perhaps the most encouraging statistic of the night was the 108 pitches for Harrison. The left-hander has often struggled with high pitch counts this season, but he was efficient, throwing 66 percent of his pitches for strikes and inducing 13 ground ball outs.

First baseman Chris Davis (.350/.411/.688) was 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his third round-tripper in as many games. Davis now has 20 long balls in 69 games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma.

Nate Gold (2/4, 2B) and Drew Meyer (2/2, BB) each had two hits.

Ryan Roberts (1/3, 2B) and Jason Ellison (1/5, 2B) both doubled.

Player of the Game: LHP Matt Harrison
7.2 8 3 3 2 3 0 4.74

AA: Frisco 12 – (@) Midland 8
W – Diaz (1-0)
HR – Harrison (11, 12), Frostad (5), Berkery (2), Andrus (1)
43-26, 5.0 GU

Frisco launched five home runs in Monday night's contest.

Left fielder Ben Harrison (.302/.393/.552) went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBI. The home runs were Harrison's first of the month.

Thomas Berkery (3/4, HR, BB), Emerson Frostad (1/3, HR, 2 BB) and Elvis Andrus (1/5, HR) also hit home runs.

Craig Gentry (2/4, 2B), Max Ramirez (2/3, 2B, 2 BB), Steve Murphy (1/5, 2B) and Adam Fox (2/3, 2B, 2 BB) all had doubles.

Eight of Frisco's nine starters had at least one extra-base hit in the game. The team combined for nine extra-base knocks.

Tommy Hunter had his toughest Double-A start, as he surrendered eight runs – seven earned – in five innings. He gave up 10 hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Joselo Diaz and Alfredo Gonzalez each hurled two scoreless innings of relief.

Player of the Game: LF Ben Harrison
5 2 3 0 2 4 0 1 .302

A+: Bakersfield 2 – Inland Empire 4
L – Lueke (2-4)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Omar Poveda (4.26 ERA/.204 BAA) had his best start of the season in just his second game back from the disabled list.

The 20-year-old went a season-high seven innings, yielding only two runs [one earned] on three hits. He walked two and struck out six.

First baseman J.T. Restko (.291/.346/.461) singled, doubled, and walked in four trips to the plate.

John Whittleman and Marcus Lemon both went 1-for-3 with a base on balls.

DH Grant Gerrard returned from the DL to go 1-for-5 with a two-base hit.

Player of the Game: RHP Omar Poveda
7.0 3 2 1 2 6 0 4.26

A: Clinton – OFF
41-26, 2.5 GU

The first half champion LumberKings are off for the Midwest League All-Star break.

DSL: DSL Rangers1 7 – (@) DSL Angels 3
W – Rijo (2-0)
SV – Peralta (2)
HR – Alfonzo (2)

Ezequiel Rijo (0.56 ERA/.193 BAA) hurled six scoreless innings on Monday afternoon. He permitted only four hits while striking out three. Rijo did not walk a batter.

Leadoff man Ariel Ventura was 3-for-5 with a triple and an outfield assist at home plate.

Left fielder Edward Alfonzo also picked up an outfield assist at home plate. He was 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his second of the season.

Catcher Tomas Telis singled twice in five at-bats. He picked a runner off at first base.

Player of the Game: RHP Ezequiel Rijo
6.0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0.56

DSL: DSL Rangers2 5 – DSL Pirates 1
W – Mayora (2-0)

Melvin Bryan (1.76 ERA/.115 BAA) helped continue the trend of strong pitching performances from the Rangers' DSL clubs with six strong innings. The native of the Dominican Republic gave up only one run on two hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Centerfielder Alex Gonzalez had the team's only extra-base hit. He was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

First baseman Domingo Del Rosario went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run batted in.

Relievers Michael De La Cruz, Raul Mayora, and Jose Urbina each tossed in a scoreless inning to close out the victory.

Player of the Game: RHP Melvin Bryan
6.0 2 1 1 2 4 0 1.76


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