Minor League Roundup - 5/7

After Friday night's action, the Texas Rangers organization has three of its four full-season affiliates sitting alone in first place in their respective divisions. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Iowa 4
L - Ballard (2-1)
17-12, 2.0 GU

The RedHawks faced off against former Rangers first-round pick Thomas Diamond on Friday evening.

Diamond didn't earn the victory, but he pitched well, allowing just two runs [one earned] over five innings pitched. The big right-hander walked five and struck out five.

Oklahoma City starter Mike Ballard yielded four runs on six hits in 5.2 innings, walking five and striking out six.

The club didn't have an extra-base hit in the game.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2/4, BB), Emerson Frostad (2/5) and Gregorio Petit (2/3, BB) all singled twice.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs' incredible streak seemed to come to a halt, as he struck out four times in five plate appearances.

OKC was just 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the contest.

Veteran righty Elizardo Ramirez finished off the game with 2.1 scoreless innings, walking zero and striking out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Elizardo Ramirez
2.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 7.71

AA: Frisco 9 - (@) San Antonio 0
W - Kiker (1-3)
HR - Richardson (4)
16-12, 1.0 GU

Padres top pitching prospect Simon Castro held the ‘Riders hitless through four innings, facing just one batter over the minimum.

But he fell apart in the fifth, as the first six batters of the frame all reached base safely. Frisco ended up sending 10 men to the plate in the inning, getting four runs against the righty.

The support was more than enough for the Frisco pitching staff, which posted its second shutout in as many days, as they took sole possession of first place.

Left-hander Kasey Kiker earned his first victory of the season, yielding just two hits in 5.2 scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Ryan Tatusko (3.12 ERA/.234 BAA) followed the performance up with his best Double-A outing, hurling 2.1 blank innings. He gave up two hits, walked zero, and fanned four.

After starting out with some control problems, Tatusko appears to be settling in. Over his last three outings, he has logged seven innings, yielding zero runs on four hits, walking one and striking out eight.

Ben Snyder finished it off with a scoreless ninth.

At the plate, catcher Kevin Richardson was 1-for-3 with a homer and two walks. It was his second round-tripper in as many nights.

Joey Butler (1/5, 2B) hit his fourth double.

Third baseman Renny Osuna had a perfect night, getting two singles and two walks in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
5.2 2 0 0 4 4 0 5.22

A+: Bakersfield 9 - Stockton 3
W - Zegarac (1-0)
HR - Bianucci (3), Felix (2), Kaase (1, 2)
11-14, 4.5 GB

Bakersfield played a bit of long ball on Friday night, belting four homers in the blowout victory over the Ports.

Second baseman Jake Kaase (.295/.348/.426) had a career-best night, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three runs batted in.

Catcher Jose Felix (1/2, HR) and left fielder Mike Bianucci (1/4, HR) also went yard in the game. Felix added a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan pitched well early, but a rough fifth inning left him ineligible to pick up the victory. The Venezuelan righty yielded two runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, walking two and striking out one.

Boscan had faced just one over the minimum through four innings, but he allowed three singles, a double and two walks in the fifth before being lifted for reliever Shane Zegarac.

Zegarac picked up his first win of the season by retiring all four batters he faced, getting one strikeout.

Justin Miller lowered his season earned-run average an even 1.00 with two blank frames.

DH Mitch Hilligoss (3/4) raised his season average to .284 with three singles while shortstop Davis Stoneburner was 1-for-3 with a double and two free passes.

Player of the Game: 2B Jake Kaase
4 3 3 0 2 3 0 0 .295

A: Hickory 10 - Greenville 6
W - Thompson (3-0)
SV - Nelo (1)
HR - DiFazio (4), Koncel (4)
18-11, 1.5 GU

Matt Thompson (2.27 ERA/.274 BAA) continued to roll on Friday night, as he yielded just one run in 6.2 innings. The Burleson native allowed just four hits while walking one and striking out a season-high nine batters.

In 31.2 innings this season, Thompson has walked six, fanned 38, and coaxed almost 2.5 groundouts per flyout. Certainly not bad numbers for a 20-year-old in full-season ball.

Right fielder Ed Koncel put the Crawdads on top early with his grand slam in the bottom of the third inning. He added a double and a walk later in the contest.

Catcher Vin DiFazio also had a big night, going 4-for-5 with a double, a homer, and four runs batted in.

Third baseman Matt West was just 0-for-2 at the plate, but he was plunked three different times.

Hector Nelo picked up his first save by fanning three in 1.2 innings, dropping his ERA to 3.45.

Player of the Game: RHP Matt Thompson
6.2 4 1 1 1 9 0 2.27

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