Minor League Roundup - 5/8

The Frisco RoughRiders picked up yet another victory on Saturday, as they limited Midland to just one run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - (@) Iowa 2
W - Eyre (1-2)
SV - Strop (4)
HR - Bankston (1)
18-12, 2.0 GU

Tommy Hunter was stretched out a bit more in his second start back from the disabled list, as he threw 54 pitches over four innings. The big right-hander kept Iowa off the scoreboard, giving up just one hit. He walked two and fanned one.

Hunter has struck out just one batter in seven innings over his two appearances, but he has also yet to surrender a run.

Playing in his second Triple-A game of the season, right fielder Wes Bankston belted a two-run homer to give the RedHawks the lead in the top of the sevneth inning.

Chris Davis, who played third base, doubled once in four trips.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs walked twice in four plate appearances.

Taylor Teagarden was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. He is just 1-for-14 with nine punchouts since being optioned back to the minor leagues.

Pitching in his second game with OKC, Tanner Scheppers struggled with command a bit, but he missed bats and got by. The tall hurler threw 40 pitches [21 strikes] over two shutout innings, giving up one hit, walking two, and striking out four.

Pedro Strop walked a pair in the ninth inning, but he blanked Iowa in the ninth to earn his fourth save.

Player of the Game: RHP Tommy Hunter
4.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 3 - Midland 1
W - Garr (2-1)
SV - Phillips (4) 17-12, 2.0 GU

The red-hot RoughRiders prolonged their winning streak to six games with a 3-1 victory over Midland on Saturday evening.

Starting pitcher Martin Perez (2.45 ERA/.229 BAA) struggled with his pitch count once again, but he continued to produce solid overall results. The 19-year-old southpaw held Midland to one run on four hits and two walks over four innings, striking out six.

Brennan Garr (1.80 ERA/.189 BAA) turned in another dominant relief effort, striking out four in two hitless innings.

Righty Alexi Ogando added two hitless innings of his own, walking one and fanning two.

Zach Phillips picked up the save with a scoreless ninth on just 10 pitches, throwing seven strikes.

Frisco pitching has surrendered just eight total runs during the six-game winning streak.

Cleanup hitter Kevin Richardson continued to carry the RoughRiders offensively, as he was 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

Rehabbing infielder Joaquin Arias played first base and batted second in the game. He singled once and walked twice in four plate appearances.

Joey Butler, Andy Jenkins, Matt Lawson, James Tomlin and Renny Osuna all went 1-for-3 with a base on balls.

RockHounds pitchers walked nine batters in the game.

Player of the Game: RHP Brennan Garr
2.0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1.80

A+: Bakersfield 4 - Stockton 5
L - Young (1-1)
11-15, 5.5 GB

Pitching against the Ports for the second time in a week, right-hander Michael Main worked into the seventh inning, but he wasn't able to pick up a victory.

Main went 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner (.407/.484/.852 in May) continued to bust out of his slump in a big way, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. The 25-year-old is on a tear, raising his season OPS to .869.

Leadoff man David Paisano singled three times in six at-bats.

Mitch Hilligoss (1/5, 2B) hit his third double.

Erik Morrison returned from the disabled list and played both first base and left field. The University of Kansas product was walked intentionally once in five hitless plate appearances.

Cody Eppley sat down all five hitters he faced, fanning one. He has yet to surrender a run in 15 innings this season.

Lefty Corey Young suffered the loss after a bout with control. He gave up one run in 1.1 innings, walking four and striking out three.

Player of the Game: SS Davis Stoneburner
3 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 .274

A: Hickory 3 - Greenville 5
L - Ramirez (3-2)
18-12, 1.5 GU

Neil Ramirez (6.35 ERA/.292 BAA) just can't seem to string anything together. Through six starts, the 20-year-old has had a couple of his best professional outings, but he has also had a couple clunkers.

On Saturday, the Virginia Beach native gave up a career-high nine hits over five innings, leading to four runs. He walked two and struck out three.

While Ramirez's walk rate has dropped significantly from last season thus far, Sally League bats are hitting him at a .292 clip through 28.1 innings. They got him at just a .235 average last summer.

Andrew Doyle, who appears to be settling in, turned in his best outing as a pro, tossing three perfect innings with three stirkeouts.

Vin DiFazio (1/5, 2B), Matt West (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) and Ed Koncel (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Shortstop Leury Garcia singled twice and stole his 15th base in 27 games. The speedster had only 19 swipes in 83 contests last season.

Miguel Velazquez raised his average to .336 with three singles in five at-bats. He also stole his fifth base in eight tries.

Player of the Game: RHP Andrew Doyle
3.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5.27

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