Minor League Roundup - 4/27

The Hickory Crawdads got another victory on Tuesday behind strong pitching and the powerful bat of outfielder Miguel Velazquez. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Memphis 9
L - Eyre (0-1)
HR - Saltalamacchia (2)
13-7, 2.0 GU

Though the RedHawks gave up quite a few runs on Tuesday afternoon, starter Mike Ballard (4.29 ERA/.316 BAA) was solid. The 26-year-old lefty worked five innings, allowing just two runs [one earned]. He gave up four hits while walking one and fanning four.

Memphis blew the game open against reliever Willie Eyre, who surrendered six runs [two earned] on six hits and a walk in just two-thirds of an inning.

Designated hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 1-for-4 on the day, and the one hit was a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. After the game, ‘Salty' found out he was no longer rehabbing, as he was optioned to OKC to get regular playing time.

The Rangers also optioned backstop Taylor Teagarden. After Max Ramirez went 0-for-4, he received the promotion to the majors to back up new starter Matt Treanor.

First baseman Chris Davis (2/4) singled twice while third baseman Andy Jenkins (1/4, 3B) hit his first triple.

Right-hander Jailen Peguero continued to miss bats at an excellent rate, recording four strikeouts in two hitless, scoreless innings. He walked two.

Through 10.1 innings this season, the 29-year-old Dominican Republic native has 14 strikeouts while allowing just five hits. While Peguero's fastball velocity is generally just 90-91 mph, he relies on a solid sweeping slider and uses it with great frequency.

Player of the Game: DH Jarrod Saltalamacchia
4 1 1 0 1 3 0 2 .333

AA: Frisco 4 - San Antonio 7
L - Kiker (0-2)
8-10, 2.0 GB

San Antonio threw three pitchers with plus fastballs at the RoughRiders on Tuesday night, and the final result was just one earned run [four total] on six hits for the Frisco offense.

Padres top prospect Simon Castro was excellent, giving up four runs [just one earned] on five hits in 7.1 innings. He got plenty of ground balls, walked just two, and struck out six.

Across the diamond, lefty Kasey Kiker struggled with control once again. He issued five walks and allowed five hits in 3.2 innings, leading to six runs. Kiker also hit two and fanned five.

Though Kiker still doesn't get hit hard when he struggles, he has issued 15 walks and plunked five in 20 innings this year.

Rehabbing second baseman Ian Kinsler batted leadoff once again, and he was 1-for-2 with a walk, a sacrifice fly and a strikeout.

Renny Osuna raised his average to .283 with one single and one triple in four at-bats.

Marcus Lemon played left field for the first time in his professional career and singled once in four trips. Though Lemon spent some time in the outfield during Spring Training, this was his first game out there with Frisco.

Reliever Ben Snyder helped keep the ‘Riders in the game with four excellent innings of long relief, giving up one run and striking out three.

Zach Phillips retired all four batters he faced, getting one strikeout. The 23-year-old is quietly off to an excellent start, hurling 8.1 shutout frames while allowing three hits, walking one and striking out 10.

Player of the Game: LHP Ben Snyder
4.0 3 1 1 2 3 0 1.23

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Modesto 4
L - Main (0-1)
HR - Stoneburner (2)
6-10, 4.5 GB

Bakersfield lost its fourth consecutive game on Tuesday, but starter Michael Main came through with a strong effort.

The 21-year-old made it through 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Last season with the Blaze, Main posted a 6.83 ERA while giving up 72 hits and walking 37 in just 58 innings. Through four starts in 2010, he has surrendered just 13 hits and walked five in 17 frames.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner (.241/.318/.414) belted his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning. He also walked.

Mitch Hilligoss (2/4), Jake Kaase (1/3) and Engel Beltre (1/4) had the rest of the team's hits.

Beltre and right fielder David Paisano each had an outfield assist in the contest.

Lefty Shane Zegarac came on in relief of Main, and he struck out the only batter he faced. Righty Cody Eppley hurled 1.2 hitless innings, fanning two and walking zero.

Through his first seven innings, the sidearming Eppley has yet to allow a run, giving up five hits, walking one, and striking out 10. He is also getting 2.67 groundouts per flyouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Michael Main
5.1 6 2 2 1 5 0 3.63

A: Hickory 4 - (@) Savannah 3
W - Ramirez (2-1)
SV - Lueke (6)
HR - Velazquez (3)
10-10, 1.0 GB

Neil Ramirez bounced back from a very rough start with decent results. He got his second victory and yielded three runs in five innings of work. The righty gave up just two hits, but one was a two-run homer. He also walked three and struck out five.

Three-hole hitter Miguel Velazquez (.301/.363/.562) continues to heat up, as he was 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and four runs batted in on Tuesday.

During the four-game set at Savannah, the 21-year-old Puerto Rico native was 7-for-17 with a double and two round-trippers, walking twice and striking out just once.

Outside of Velazquez, Hickory had just three hits. They were singles from Cody Podraza (2/5) and Leury Garcia (1/4).

Robbie Erlin lowered his earned-run average to 0.73 with three more scoreless innings in relief. He allowed just one single while walking one and striking out four.

Josh Lueke fanned two more in a shutout frame to earn his sixth save. He has 18 strikeouts versus three walks in 8.1 innings on the year.

Player of the Game: CF Miguel Velazquez
4 1 3 1 1 4 0 0 .301

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