Minor League Roundup - 5/14

The Texas Rangers minor league affiliates were just 1-3 on Friday evening, but there were a couple strong performances, including right-hander Tommy Hunter's five scoreless innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 6 - Sacramento 3
W - Hunter (1-0)
21-14, 2.0 GU

Tommy Hunter threw scoreless ball for his third consecutive start, this time tossing five innings against Sacramento. The big right-hander needed just 58 pitches, allowing three hits, walking one, and striking out two.

Hunter threw three innings in his first start of the season, four in his second, and five on Friday evening. He appears to be a start or two away from being ready for any potential big league call-up.

Third baseman Esteban German continued to smoke the ball, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk.

Shortstop Gregorio Petit was 2-for-4 with a double and his fourth stolen base of the season.

Chris Davis (1/2, 2 BB), Chad Tracy (1/2) and Brandon Boggs (1/4) all singled once. Davis stole a base while Tracy had a pair of sacrifice flies.

Relievers Jailen Peguero [1.2 IP], Clay Rapada [1 IP] and Elizardo Ramirez [1.1 IP] all surrendered one run.

After getting out to a fast start, Peguero is beginning to struggle a bit. The 29-year-old has allowed five runs on 10 hits and five walks over his last three appearances, spanning 6.1 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Tommy Hunter
5.0 3 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 1 - Corpus Christi 4
L - Perez (2-1)
19-15, 1.0 GU

Martin Perez had his first real struggles in terms of runs allowed on Friday, as he yielded four runs in four innings pitched. The southpaw gave up six hits while walking two and striking out two. He threw 82 pitches.

Righty Ryan Tatusko (2.22 ERA/.221 BAA) followed with four outstanding innings of long relief. He allowed just one hit, walked one, and fanned two. Tatusko, who has run into problems with walks at times this season, threw just 46 pitches in the four frames.

The RoughRiders didn't have any extra-base hits in the contest.

Joey Butler (2/5) singled twice while Matt Lawson (0/3, 2 BB) and Andy Jenkins (1/2, 2 BB) both walked twice.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden singled, walked, and struck out in four plate appearances.

Brennan Garr worked a perfect top of the ninth to finish out the game for Frisco's pitching.

Player of the Game: RHP Ryan Tatusko
4.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.22

A+: Bakersfield 7 - (@) San Jose 8
L - Young (1-2)
HR - Morrison (2)
17-16, 2.0 GB

Bakersfield had its winning streak snapped on Friday evening, as San Jose came back in the ninth for a walkoff victory.

Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel was a bit shaky, allowing four runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings. He walked three and struck out six.

Second baseman Erik Morrison was key in the Blaze's offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) and Tom Mendonca (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. The Virginia native has an impressive .291/.382/.521 slash line in 32 contests this season.

Player of the Game: 2B Erik Morrison
4 2 2 1 1 3 0 0 .192

A: Hickory 7 - (@) Greensboro 11
L - Ramirez (3-3)
HR - Prince (4), Zaneski (1)
21-14, 2.0 GU

Neil Ramirez (7.31 ERA/.311 BAA) ran into more problems on Friday, as he gave up six runs in just 3.2 innings. Ramirez surrendered seven hits, including three home runs, while walking two and fanning three.

It was the third time in seven starts that Ramirez has allowed at least five earned runs.

Catcher Zach Zaneski (1/4, HR) and right fielder Jared Prince (1/4, HR, BB) both hit two-run bombs during Hickory's comeback attempt in the top of the seventh inning.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez doubled twice in five trips, giving him 11 two-baggers on the season.

Vin DiFazio (2/4, BB) singled twice while Ed Koncel (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled once.

Koncel played third base, as Matt West was getting the night off one day after taking a pitch to the knee.

Closer Josh Lueke struck out all three batters he faced, dropping his ERA to 0.55. The right-hander has fanned 31 in 16.1 innings with the Crawdads this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Josh Lueke
1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.55

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