Minor League Roundup - 5/3

Tommy Hunter made his 2010 debut on Monday evening while Hickory won its seventh consecutive game. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Omaha 4
L - Geary (3-3)
15-10, 1.0 GU

Right-hander Tommy Hunter was optioned to Oklahoma City this past weekend, and he made his first 2010 outing on Monday evening. Pitching against the Omaha Royals, the Indiana native tossed three scoreless innings, giving up two hits. He walked one and didn't strike out a batter, throwing 38 pitches.

At the plate, the RedHawks only had four singles in the contest.

They came from Esteban German (1/4), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1/3), Mitch Moreland (1/3) and Emerson Frostad (1/3).

Omar Beltre had a rare rough outing, yielding two runs on four hits and three walks in 1.2 innings. He also allowed a solo homer to Scott Thorman.

Player of the Game: RHP Tommy Hunter
3.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 6 - (@) Corpus Christi 1
W - Perez (2-0)
HR - Bankston (1), Lawson (1), Osuna (1)
12-12, 1.0 GB

Left-hander Martin Perez (2.49 ERA/.225 BAA) continued to excel at the Double-A level, as he earned his second victory of the season on Monday.

The 19-year-old worked five innings, allowing just one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out four.

In 21.2 innings this season, Perez has yielded 18 hits while walking 13 and striking out 23.

The Frisco offense played a bit of longball in the game, with three players hitting solo home runs.

Third baseman Renny Osuna (.315/.351/.566) continued to be one of the team's better producers, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored.

Matt Lawson (1/5, HR) and Wes Bankston (1/4, HR) also hit their first round-trippers.

Leadoff man and left fielder Marcus Lemon had three singles and a sacrifice bunt in five plate appearances.

Righty Ryan Tatusko (3.60 ERA/.236 BAA) turned in his second consecutive strong outing, working 2.2 scoreless innings while fanning two.

Zach Phillips finished out the game by retiring all four batters he faced, striking out two. It was pretty much par for the course for the reliever, who has yet to allow a run in 11 innings this season.

Player of the Game: 3B Renny Osuna
4 3 3 0 1 1 0 1 .315

A+: Bakersfield - OFF
8-13, 6.0 GB

The entire Cal League took the day off on Monday. Bakersfield travels to Visalia on Tuesday evening.

A: Hickory 6 - Asheville 1
W - Ramirez (3-1)
HR - Velazquez (5)
15-10, 0.5 GU

At this point, it's pretty much impossible to figure out Neil Ramirez. Through five starts this season, Ramirez has had a couple of the worst outings of his professional career––and a couple of the best.

On Monday, it was the good side. The 20-year-old yielded just one run in six innings of work. He allowed five hits, walked zero, and struck out nine.

Though he has a 6.17 ERA on the season, Ramirez has fanned 26 while walking just eight in 23.1 innings this season.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez (.311/.382/.589) continued his tear, going 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs batted in. Velazquez has 11 RBI over his last eight contests.

Cristian Santana (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while Matt West (1/4, 2B) hit his third double.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza singled twice and was hit by a pitch once, raising his on-base percentage to .416.

Chad Bell [2 IP] and Andrew Doyle [1 IP] combined for three innings of perfect relief to close out the Crawdads' seventh straight victory. Bell struck out one, and neither pitcher allowed a ball to be hit in the air.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
6.0 5 1 1 0 9 0 6.17

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