Minor League Roundup - 5/12

The three Texas Rangers affiliates in action on Wednesday all came out victorious, with all three getting excellent pitching performances. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - Sacramento 0
W - Moscoso (2-2)
SV - Scheppers (1)
20-13, 2.5 GU

Right-hander Guillermo Moscoso (2.95 ERA/.250 BAA) turned in his best start of the season, pitching seven scoreless innings against Sacramento. He allowed four hits while walking four and striking out a season-high nine.

River Cats starting pitcher Lenny DiNardo threw a complete game, but he allowed one run on nine hits over eight innings and suffered the loss, dropping to 1-5 on the season.

Rehabbing right fielder Nelson Cruz singled twice in four at-bats and drove home the only run of the game.

Third baseman Esteban German also singled twice and stole his 14th base in 14 tries.

Left fielder Wes Bankston had two knocks in three at-bats.

Chad Tracy was hitless, dropping his average to .269. After batting .342 in April, Tracy is just 5-for-37 [.135] in May.

Catcher Kevin Richardson batted ninth and was 1-for-3. Richardson was promoted back to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Taylor Teagarden went to Frisco. With Teagarden and Jarrod Saltalamacchia on different teams, both can get consistent playing time behind the plate.

Tanner Scheppers picked up his first Triple-A save with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out three. Scheppers threw 44 pitches in the two frames.

Player of the Game: RHP Guillermo Moscoso
7.0 4 0 0 4 8 0 2.95

AA: Frisco - OFF
19-13, 3.0 GU

The Texas League was off on Wednesday. Frisco begins a four-game series with the second-place Corpus Christi Hooks on Thursday evening.

A+: Bakersfield 2 - High Desert 1
W - Boscan (2-4)
SV - Eppley (6)
HR - Stoneburner (5), Beltre (3)
16-15, 2.0 GB

Bakersfield got back above .500 on Wednesday afternoon, getting its fifth consecutive win.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan (4.54 ERA/.237 BAA) worked a season-high seven innings, limiting High Desert to just one run on four hits. He walked just one and struck out three.

Despite being one of the youngest pitchers in the Sally League, Boscan is holding his own thus far. In his first 39.2 frames, he has surrendered 36 hits while walking 11 and striking out 26.

Centerfieler Engel Beltre raised his average to .261 by going 3-for-4 with a solo home run, his third of the season.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner, who was 2-for-4, belted his fifth round-tripper of the year.

Chris Gradoville (1/3, 2B, HBP) doubled while Jared Bolden (1/2, BB) singled once and walked once.

Relievers Corey Young and Cody Eppley both worked 1-2-3 innings to finish out the game. Eppley struck out two batters in his frame.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
7.0 4 1 1 1 3 1 4.54

A: Hickory 11 - (@) Greensboro 3
W - Font (4-1)
HR - Prince (3)
21-12, 4.0 GU

Hickory extended its division lead to four games with yet another victory.

The Crawdads are now 13-2 over their last 15 games, and they haven't surrendered more than six runs in any single game since April 19. The pitching staff leads the circuit with 313 strikeouts, and their 84 walks are second fewest.

Wednesday's starter, right-hander Wilmer Font, turned in an excellent outing. Font allowed just one run on three hits over five innings, walking two and striking out six.

The offense did its job, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits, including five extra-base knocks.

Outfielder Jared Prince (.259/.331/.407) was 3-for-4 with a double, a grand slam, and two walks. He had five total runs batted in on the night, and he now has eight in his last three games.

Miguel Velazquez (3/5, 2B, BB), Leury Garcia (2/5, 2B) and Matt West (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Second baseman Edwin Garcia singled twice in five trips, raising his average to .244.

Designated hitter and five-hole hitter Taylor Vail went hitless in three official at-bats, but he drew a pair of walks.

Chad Bell worked a scoreless eighth inning and Trevor Hurley spun a perfect ninth. Hurley's ERA currently sits at 0.47.

Player of the Game: LF-RF Jared Prince
4 2 3 1 1 5 2 0 .259

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