Minor League Roundup - 5/18

Robbie Erlin stole the show on Tuesday afternoon, as he tossed five perfect innings with nine strikeouts in his first professional start at Single-A Hickory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - Fresno 4
L - Ballard (2-2)
21-18, 1.0 GU

The suddenly struggling Oklahoma City offense produced just one run on six hits on Tuesday, leading to another loss against Fresno.

Starting pitcher Mike Ballard allowed four runs [three earned] on five hits in five innings. He walked five while striking out just one.

Relievers Elizardo Ramirez [3 IP] and Jailen Peguero [1 IP] both worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen. After a slow start, the 27-year-old Ramirez is beginning to settle down. He has yielded just one run over his last 9.2 innings.

DH Emerson Frostad was 2-for-4 with a double, the team's only extra-base hit.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2/4), Hernan Iribarren (1/4) and Mitch Moreland (1/4) singled for the other knocks.

Saltalamacchia committed a throwing error, his third since being sent to Triple-A.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry was 0-for-2, but he walked twice for the second consecutive day. Gentry also stole his sixth base.

Chad Tracy was 0-for-2 with a walk and a HBP. Tracy is just 7-for-60 [.117] during May, including 2-for-34 over his last 10 contests.

Player of the Game: RHP Elizardo Ramirez
3.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.48

AA: Frisco 8 - (@) Midland 4
W - Garr (3-1)
21-17, 1.0 GU

Making his first Double-A start, Ryan Tatusko struggled with the strike zone and threw just 31 strikes out of 66 pitches. The righty walked five, but he only allowed one run in three innings.

Brennan Garr picked up the victory after surrendering just one run of his own in three innings, walking one and fanning three.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs batted in.

James Tomlin (1/4, 2B) doubled while Renny Osuna (2/5) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) both singled twice.

Cody Eppley and Beau Jones finished the game with one scoreless inning apiece. Eppley fanned two in his frame.

Player of the Game: C Taylor Teagarden
2 2 1 0 0 2 3 0 .316

A+: Bakersfield 3 - (@) Modesto 5
L - Main (1-2)
17-20, 5.0 GB

Bakersfield's losing streak reached five on Tuesday, as they dropped the series opener to Modesto.

Starter Michael Main (4.14 ERA/.269 BAA) surrendered five runs in five innings, but just one of those runs was earned. He allowed eight hits while walking one and fanning four.

DH Chris Gradoville (.302/.348/.492) was 2-for-3 with a double, Bakersfield's only extra-base hit of the game. He was also hit by a pitch.

Davis Stoneburner (2/5), Mitch Hilligoss (1/3, BB) and Jared Bolden (1/3, BB) also reached base multiple times.

The Blaze got strike bullpen work out of Mark Hamburger (3.21 ERA/.259 BAA), who worked two perfect innings, fanning two.

Making his 2010 debut, right-hander Andrew Laughter worked a shutout inning. He walked one and hit a batter but didn't yield any further damage.

Player of the Game: DH Chris Gradoville
3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .302

A: Hickory 5 - (@) Kannapolis 2 (Game 1 – 7 innings)
W - Lueke (2-1)

There's no other way to put it––Robbie Erlin was masterful in his first professional start.

The southpaw worked five perfect innings, striking out nine batters and lowering his season earned-run average to 0.36.

In 25.1 innings on the season, Erlin has yielded just one run on 11 hits, walking four and striking out 31.

Right fielder Jared Prince (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled and walked while centerfielder Miguel Velazquez was 1-for-4 with three runs batted in.

Matt West reached base in all three plate appearances, hitting one single and getting plunked twice.

Josh Lueke picked up the victory with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
5.0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0.36

A: Hickory 3 - (@) Kannapolis 4 (Game 2 – 7 innings)
L - Nelo (0-2)
23-16, 1.5 GU

Andrew Doyle's first professional start wasn't quite as good as Erlin's, but it wasn't too shabby either. The University of Oklahoma product worked four scoreless innings, giving up one hit, walking two, and fanning one.

Doyle had a disastrous early-season outing in which he allowed six runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. Since that contest, he has posted the following line––18.0 ip, 11 h, 2 r, 7 bb, 13 k.

Matt West (1/4, 2B), Miguel Velazquez (1/4, 2B) and Zach Zaneski (1/3, 2B) all doubled once.

First baseman Michael Ortiz singled twice in three trips.

Leury Garcia had one single and one sacrifice bunt in four plate appearances. He also swiped his 19th base of the season, which leads the South Atlantic League.

Player of the Game: RHP Andrew Doyle
4.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 3.48

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