Minor League Roundup - 5/14

Every single starting pitcher in the organization—from the Major Leagues to Low-A Hickory—turned in an outstanding performance on Thursday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 7 - Portland 2
W - Feliz (2-1)
?14-18, 2.5 GB

Neftali Feliz (4.38 ERA/.253 BAA) returned to action on Thursday and he didn't appear to have any issues. The righty turned in his best start of the season, surrendering just a solo home run in five innings of work. He also walked one and struck out seven.

Third baseman Esteban German (.308/.414/.385) was 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in.

Julio Borbon (2/5), Brandon Boggs (2/4), Max Ramirez (2/4) and Kevin Richardson (2/4) all singled twice.

First baseman Nate Gold went 0-for-0 with three walks and a sacrifice fly.

Elizardo Ramirez hurled two blank innings in his first relief appearance of the season, dropping his ERA to 3.03.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
5.0 1 1 1 1 7 1 4.38

AA: Frisco 5 - (@) Corpus Christi 2
W - Kiker (3-2)
SV - Garr (1)
16-17, 2.5 GB

Kasey Kiker (2.54 ERA/.187 BAA) pitched one of his best games of the season, allowing only two runs on a pair of solo homers in six innings. He gave up four total hits, walked two, and struck out a season-high eight batters.

Third baseman John Whittleman (1/3) knocked in three runs while centerfielder Craig Gentry was 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of RBIs. He also stole his eighth base.

Steve Murphy (3/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while Marcus Lemon was 2-for-5 with his seventh double of the year.

DH Justin Smoak singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.

Hard-throwing reliever Jose Diaz struck out one in two innings.

Brennan Garr earned his first Double-A save of the year with a scoreless ninth. He walked two but didn't allow a hit.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
6.0 4 2 2 2 8 2 2.54

A+: Bakersfield 5 - Modesto 4 (11 innings/Game 1)
W - Falcon (1-0)

The Blaze and Nuts played a full game -- and more -- in game one because it was the continuation of the suspended game on April 29, when the lights failed in the first inning.

Michael Kirkman took over for Gomez and cruised. The southpaw scattered seven hits in seven innings, allowing just one unearned run. He walked one and struck out eight.

Right-hander Josh Lueke made his first appearance of the season and threw two shutout innings. Lueke gave up one hit, walked none, and struck out one.

Second baseman Matt Lawson singled three times in five at-bats.

Joey Butler singled twice and walked twice.

Mitch Moreland (2/5,2 B), Mauro Gomez (1/5, 2B) and Jonathan Greene (2/5, 2B) all doubled.

Renny Osuna (3/4) singled three times while Elio Sarmiento (2/5) had a pair of hits.

Reliever Ryan Falcon earned the victory with a perfect 11th inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
7.0 7 1 0 1 8 0 1.80

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Modesto 3 (7 innings/Game 2)
L - Phillips (0-1)
HR - Gac (2)
15-19, 8.0 GB

Zach Phillips (2.14 ERA/.154 BAA) got his first start of the season and pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits.

Engel Beltre (.226/.273/.323) was 1-for-3 with a triple, his first of the season.

First baseman Ian Gac belted his second home run of the season in the fifth inning off rehabbing starter Greg Smith.

Adalberto Flores (2.16 ERA/.203 BAA) closed it out with two scoreless frames, striking out three.

Flores has 26 strikeouts in 16.2 innings this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Adalberto Flores
2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 2.16

A: Hickory 5 - Lake County 0
W - Font (2-0)
?17-16, 1.5 GB

Wilmer Font (1.50 ERA/.202 BAA) had his best start of the season, tossing five scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out a season-high six batters.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci (.366/.429/.667) was 2-for-4 with his 11th double of the season.

Erik Morrison singled twice in four at-bats and drove home one run.

Left-hander Yoon-Hee Nam (0.93 ERA/.108 BAA) yielded just one hit in three shutout frames. He walked none and punched out four.

In 19.1 innings this season, the 21-year-old South Korea native has allowed only seven hits in 19.1 innings.

Fabio Castillo closed out the game by hurling a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilmer Font
5.0 4 0 0 3 6 0 1.50


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