Minor League Roundup - 5/18

Mauro Gomez had an amazing four extra-base hit game for the Bakersfield Blaze on Monday, as he recorded three doubles and a home run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - Tacoma 0 (Game 1)
W - Mathis (3-2)
SV - Gordon (2)
HR - German (2)

The RedHawks and Rainiers played a pair of nine-inning games on Monday.

Doug Mathis got it kicked off with six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He struck out six.

Relievers Bryan Corey (2 IP) and Brian Gordon (1 IP) combined to finish off the shutout.

At the plate, infielder Esteban German was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk.

Catcher Max Ramirez singled three times in four at-bats.

Casey Benjamin was 1-for-3 with his first triple of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Doug Mathis
6.0 4 0 0 3 6 0 3.28

AAA: Oklahoma City 9 - Tacoma 1 (Game 2)
W - Ramirez (1-3)
HR - Huffman (2)
17-20, 2.0 GB

Elizardo Ramirez returned from the bullpen for Monday's nightcap by pitching five scoreless innings. He gave up five hits and fanned two without walking a batter.

Third baseman Royce Huffman (.258/.368/.412) was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two walks, and four runs batted in.

Greg Golson (3/5, 2B) hit his fourth double of the season.

Julio Borbon (3/6) and Esteban German (3/4, BB) both singled three times while left fielder Casey Benjamin (2/4, BB) had two hits.

DH Max Ramirez was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in.

Beau Vaughan (2 IP) and Mike Hinckley (1 IP) kept the shutout going by combining for three scoreless frames.

Player of the Game: 3B Royce Huffman
3 2 2 1 1 4 2 0 .258

AA: Frisco 7 - Midland 6 (10 innings)
W - Diaz (2-0)
17-18, 2.0 GB

Mike Ballard gave up five runs -- four earned -- in 5.1 innings during his return to Double-A on Monday evening. The southpaw walked two and struck out seven.

Chad Tracy (2/5, 2B) and Justin Smoak (1/4, 2B, 2 BB) both doubled in the game.

Marcus Lemon (2/4, 2 BB), Emerson Frostad (2/5, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4, BB) all singled twice and walked at least once.

Right-hander Pedro Strop got back on the right track by striking out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning.

Jumbo Diaz earned the victory after he fanned three in two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and walked two.

Player of the Game: LF Chad Tracy
5 1 2 1 0 3 0 1 .248

A+: Bakersfield 10 - (@) Visalia 5
W - Beavan (3-4)
HR - Gomez (7)
17-21, 8.0 GB

Mauro Gomez is officially the hottest hitter in the entire system.

Gomez (.330/.394/.625) had a four extra-base hit game on Monday. He was 4-for-5 with three doubles, one home run, and four runs batted in. He is now 23-for-62 with 12 extra-base hits in May.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (.257/.348/.389) went 3-for-5 with two doubles, giving him two-baggers in four consecutive games.

Joey Butler (1/5, 2B) and Davis Stoneburner (2/5, 2B) both doubled once.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre (.340/.386/.472 in May) was 2-for-5 with his second triple of the season.

Starter Blake Beavan delivered a quality start, as he allowed three runs in six innings.

Left-hander Tim Murphy came off the disabled list and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in two innings.

Matt Lawson (2/6) and Cody Podraza (2/4) both picked up a pair of singles.

Player of the Game: DH Mauro Gomez
5 2 4 3 1 4 0 0 .330

A: Hickory 4 - Delmarva 3 (14 innings)
W - Nam (4-1)
HR - Morrison (4), Fry (2)
?19-18, 2.5 GB

Joe Wieland pitched in his first game of the year for the Hickory Crawdads on Monday evening.

The 19-year-old hurler gave up two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings, walking none and striking out five. He hadn't surrendered a run until the fifth inning.

Second baseman Erik Morrison was 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run, a walk, and two RBIs.

Eric Fry (1/4, HR, BB) hit a game-tying homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Reliever Fabio Castillo (0.40 ERA/.247 BAA) yielded just an unearned run in 3.1 innings. He gave up three hits and didn't record a walk or a strikeout.

Righty Mark Hamburger (2.00 ERA/.232 BAA) and lefty Yoon-Hee Nam (0.81 ERA/.118 BAA) both hurled three shutout innings. Nam was especially impressive, getting five strikeouts.

Player of the Game: LHP Yoon-Hee Nam
3.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.81


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