Minor League Roundup - 5/17

The Texas Rangers' affiliates went winless on Monday evening, but there were some positive moments, particularly from the Triple-A bullpen trio of Pedro Strop, Alexi Ogando, and Tanner Scheppers. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - Fresno 3 (Game 1 – 7 innings)
L - Kirkman (4-1)

Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman battled with control for the second consecutive start, walking five batters over five innings. He allowed three runs [two earned] on five hits, striking out seven.

In 43.2 innings this season, the southpaw has allowed 31 hits [.195 BA] while walking 28 and striking out 41. Fellow lefties are batting just .140 against Kirkman this season.

Shortstop Gregorio Petit was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. His two-bagger was Oklahoma City's only extra-base hit of the game.

Craig Gentry (2/4), Chris Davis (2/4) and Hernan Iribarren (2/3) all singled twice.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland had one hit in three trips.

Reliever Willie Eyre finished out the game with two scoreless innings of relief, walking two and striking out one.

Player of the Game: SS Gregorio Petit
3 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 .279

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - Fresno 1 (Game 2 – 7 innings)
L - Beltre (0-3)
21-17, 1.0 GU

The RedHawks were swept in the doubleheader after Fresno pitcher and Giants prospect Madison Bumgarner tossed a seven-inning, three-hit shutout, walking two and striking out eight.

Right-hander Omar Beltre came off the disabled list and made the spot start for OKC, giving up one run on two hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out three. It would also be the only run of the game for either side.

Chris Davis (1/3), Brandon Boggs (1/3) and Emerson Frostad (1/2) all singled for Oklahoma City's only hits of the game.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry was 0-for-1 with a pair of walks.

The hard-throwing bullpen trio of Pedro Strop, Alexi Ogando and Tanner Scheppers combined for five hitless innings, also throwing plenty of strikes.

Strop pitched two perfect innings on just 21 pitches [17 strikes], striking out two.

Ogando worked a 1-2-3 frame of his own on 10 pitches, fanning one.

Scheppers walked one in his two innings, but he yielded no hits and struck out two.

Strop has been particularly solid of late. Over his last three appearances, he hasn't allowed a run or a hit in six innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Pedro Strop
2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.30

AA: Frisco 2 - (@) Midland 3 (10 innings)
L - Flores (0-1)
20-17, 1.0 GU

Frisco dropped its series opener despite an excellent start from lefty Richard Bleier. The 23-year-old took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and he allowed just two runs on two hits in seven innings overall, walking two and striking out four.

Normally a ground ball machine, Bleier only had four groundouts versus 12 flyouts on Monday, although four of those balls in the air were infield popups.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.312/.396/.457) singled three times and walked once in five plate appearances.

At this point, Lawson's season is looking like more than just a hot start. The Missouri State product is batting .323/.400/.462 with nine walks and nine strikeouts in 16 games this month.

Third baseman Renny Osuna singled twice in four trips, raising his average to .308.

Reliever Adalberto Flores was stuck with the extra-innings loss after giving up one run in 2.2 innings. He fanned one without walking a hitter.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
7.0 2 2 2 2 4 0 5.79

A+: Bakersfield 3 - (@) San Jose 5
L - Boscan (2-5)
HR - Stoneburner (6)
17-19, 3.5 GB

San Jose finished off the four-game sweep of the Blaze on Monday evening.

Bakersfield starter Wilfredo Boscan permitted five runs on 10 hits over six innings of work, walking zero and fanning four.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner continued his red-hot month, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run. He leads the club with six round-trippers on the season.

Mike Bianucci (2/4, 3B) tripled while Chris Gradoville (1/4, 2B) hit his sixth double.

Jose Felix (0/2, 2 BB) and Jared Bolden (1/3, BB) both reached base twice.

Reliever Mark Hambruger struck out two batters in a hitless, scoreless inning.

Making his 2010 and High-A debut, lefty Yoon-Hee Nam hurled a shutout frame. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.

Player of the Game: SS Davis Stoneburner
5 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 .293

A: Hickory - (@) Kannapolis – PPD (Rain)
22-15, 1.0 GU

The Crawdads and Intimidators were washed out on Monday evening. They'll play a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, with Robbie Erlin and Matt Thompson schedule to take the mound for Hickory.

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