Minor League Roundup - 6/4

A couple of left-handers, Mike Ballard and Tim Murphy, pitched their best games of the season on Thursday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - Memphis 0
W - Corey (2-2)


The RedHawks got a group effort on Thursday, as four pitchers combined for the shutout.

Starter Luis Mendoza returned from the disabled list and went four innings, giving up two hits and a walk. He struck out one.

Bryan Corey (3 IP), Beau Vaughan (1 IP) and Mike Hinckley (1 IP) combined for the final five frames.

Third baseman Emerson Frostad continued his hot-hitting ways, as he was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Steve Murphy (1/2, 3B) tripled while Kevin Richardson (1/3, 2B, BB) hit his fourth double.

Right fielder Greg Golson singled twice in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: C Emerson Frostad
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 3 1 0 2 1 0 .263


AA: Frisco 0 - Tulsa 1 (10 innings)
L - Strop (0-2)


Mike Ballard turned in his best outing since returning to Double-A.

The southpaw scattered eight hits (seven singles) through eight shutout innings, throwing just 92 pitches. He fanned six without walking a batter.

The RoughRiders managed just six singles in the game.

Craig Gentry (2/4) and Adam Fox (2/3, BB) both singled twice while Mitch Moreland (1/4) and John Whittleman (1/4) had the other knocks.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
8.0 8 0 0 0 6 0 4.88


A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) San Jose 0
W - Murphy (3-5)
HR - Gac (6, 7), Smith (4)


Entering Thursday's outing, Tim Murphy had logged just one quality start in eight tries.

He came through with by far his best game of the year on Thursday, hurling six scoreless innings. He held the San Jose lineup to just three singles while walking none and fanning four.

First baseman Ian Gac was 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs, giving him seven on the season.

Left fielder Tim Smith (2/4, HR) socked his fourth round-tripper of the season.

Matt Lawson (2/4, 3B, BB) hit his first triple.

Backstop Jose Felix was 2-for-4 with his fourth double.

Ryan Tatusko pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. Since recovering from his slump, he has logged seven shutout innings, giving up three hits, walking zero, and striking out six.

Player of the Game: LHP Tim Murphy
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 0 0 0 4 0 8.72


A: Hickory - (@) Greensboro (PPD - Rain)


Hickory and Greensboro were washed out on Thursday night.

DSL: DSL Rangers1 9 - (@) DSL Angels 5
W - Rojas (1-0)
HR - Morillo (1)


Third baseman Robert Morillo was 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and three runs batted in for the DSL Rangers1 on Thursday.

Outfielder Jose Mateo (1/2, 2B, 3 BB) and DH Ramon Mota (1/2, 3 BB) both walked three times.

Relief pitcher Jonathan Rojas earned the victory after tossing three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and fanning three.

Player of the Game: 3B Robert Morillo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 .150


DSL: DSL Rangers2 - OFF


The Rangers' other Dominican Summer League club took Thursday off.

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