Minor League Roundup - 5/9

The Hickory Crawdads got back in the win column on Sunday, while Bakersfield swept a doubleheader and Frisco won its seventh straight. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Iowa 6
L - Peguero (1-1)
HR - Bankston (2)
18-13, 1.0 GU

Wes Bankston may have gotten off to a slow start in Double-A, but he's certainly having no problems hitting in his first few Triple-A games this season.

The 26-year-old left fielder provided all of Oklahoma City's offense on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run, his second round-tripper in as many nights.

Spot starter Geoff Geary scattered seven hits over four innings, allowing just one run, which came on a solo homer. He walked one and struck out one.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who batted cleanup, singled once and walked once in four plate appearances.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland returned to the lineup for the first time since the sixth, and he had one single in four trips.

Player of the Game: LF Wes Bankston
4 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 .300

AA: Frisco 8 - Midland 3
W - Beavan (4-2)
HR - Jenkins (3), Lawson (2)
18-12, 3.0 GU

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.291/.373/.445) put Frisco on top with his second-inning grand slam, and that was more than enough support for the day.

Starting pitcher Blake Beavan (3.57 ERA/.225 BAA) limited the RockHounds to just one run on three hits over six innings. He fanned three without issuing a walk.

Left fielder Andy Jenkins, who was 2-for-4, added a solo home run for insurance in the fifth inning.

Joey Butler (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked once.

John Whittleman (0/2, 2 BB) and Renny Osuna (1/2, 2 BB) also reached base multiple times.

Through 22 games, the 25-year-old Osuna has posted an impressive .333/.407/.528 slash line.

Former Rangers farmhand Dan Sattler, who was released last year and missed much of last season with an injury, tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Midland.

Evan Reed finished the game with a scoreless ninth, lowering his earned-run average to 0.68.

Frisco now has seven consecutive wins. The pitching staff has not surrendered more than five runs in a contest in its last 12 games.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
6.0 3 1 1 1 3 0 3.57

A+: Bakersfield 1 - Stockton 0 (Game 1 – 8 innings)
W - Zegarac (2-0)

The Blaze won game one of Sunday's doubleheader in extra-inning walkoff fashion.

Carlos Pimentel (3.34 ERA/.246 BAA) kept the Ports at bay through the first seven innings, allowing no runs on just four hits. He struck out three without issuing a walk.

The 20-year-old Pimentel has allowed one run or fewer in four of his six starts this season.

Reliever Shane Zegarac allowed three baserunners in the top of the eighth, but he got out of the frame without any damage done and eventually picked up his second win.

After starting out in Extended Spring Training, the former 42nd round selection has thrown seven scoreless innings with the Blaze, racking up seven strikeouts.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) hit his ninth double while left fielder Mike Bianucci (2/4) singled twice. Bianucci drove in the game-winning run.

Engel Beltre was 1-for-3 in the game. He was also walked intentionally once.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
7.0 4 0 0 0 3 0 3.34

A+: Bakersfield 4 - Stockton 2 (Game 2 – 7 innings)
W - Tufts (1-1)
SV - Eppley (4)
HR - Bianucci (4)
13-15, 4.0 GB

Tim Murphy (1.23 ERA/.196 BAA) got the spot start in game two, and he pitched well enough to keep the Blaze in the game.

The California native allowed just an earned run in 3.1 innings, giving up three hits, walking four, and striking out four.

Through his first 14.2 frames this season, Murphy has been difficult to hit, but he has walked 12 while striking out 11.

Designated hitter Mike Bianucci hit a solo home run, his fourth of the season.

David Paisano (1/4, 2B), Tom Mendonca (2/3, 2B) and Andres James (2/3, 2B) all doubled once and drove in one run.

Right-hander Cody Eppley earned his fourth save by striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.

On the season, Eppley has been about as perfect as a reliever can be. He has hurled 16 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits, walking just one, and striking out 21.

Player of the Game: DH Mike Bianucci
3 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 .288

A: Hickory 5 - Greenville 4
W - Wieland (1-2)
SV - Lueke (9)
HR - Garcia (2), Prince (2)
19-12, 2.0 GU

With Hickory's starters now on a pitch count of 100, right-hander Joe Wieland took full advantage of it, throwing 95 pitches over a career-high 7.2 innings on Sunday.

Wieland scattered five hits over that span, allowing four runs [three earned], including a pair of solo homers. He walked just one while striking out seven.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia (.256/.328/.350) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second of the season.

Garcia also stole two bases, giving him 17 in 19 tries this year. He stole just 19 bases and attempted 25 in 83 contests in 2009.

Left fielder Jared Prince dealt the deciding blow with his three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. He also singled.

Vin DiFazio (2/3, 2B, BB) and Matt West (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez singled twice in four trips.

Josh Lueke picked up his ninth save with 1.1 scoreless innings to close it out. He walked one, plunked one, and struck out two.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
7.2 5 4 3 1 7 2 3.16

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