Minor League Roundup - 5/20

Bakersfield lost its seventh consecutive game on Thursday evening, but centerfielder Engel Beltre raised his average all the way to .295 with a five-hit performance. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - (@) Portland 6
L - Hunter (1-1)
21-19, 1.0 GU

Tommy Hunter ran into his first struggles of the season with Oklahoma City, as he surrendered six runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings, walking two and striking out four. He suffered his first loss.

Craig Gentry (2/4, 2B), Chris Davis (1/5, 2B), Brandon Boggs (1/3, 2B, BB) and Mitch Moreland (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Playing in his first minor league game since 2006, first baseman Ryan Garko went hitless in four official at-bats, striking out once. He was also hit by a pitch from Portland starter Radhames Liz.

Reliever Alexi Ogando fanned two batters in two blank innings, allowing one hit. In his first six Triple-A innings, Ogando has walked zero and struck out eight.

Player of the Game: CF Craig Gentry
4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 .304

AA: Frisco 4 - (@) Midland 2
W - Beavan (6-2)
SV - Eppley (1)
22-18, 2.0 GU

Frisco picked up the series split at Midland behind Blake Beavan's (2.88 ERA/.207 BAA) excellent performance.

The 21-year-old right-hander matched a season high with eight innings, allowing just two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Beavan has pitched eight innings in each of his last two starts. Over his last three outings, he has yielded three runs on 12 hits over 22 innings, walking two and fanning 13.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.320/.399/.453) led the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in.

Right fielder Joey Butler (1/4, 2B, BB) hit his ninth double of the season.

Renny Osuna (1/4, BB), Elio Sarmiento (1/3, BB) and James Tomlin (2/4) also reached multiple times.

Reliever Cody Eppley fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first Double-A save. The strike-throwing sidearmer threw 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes.

Between High-A and Double-A this season, the 24-year-old Eppley has yet to surrender a run in 22 innings. He has six strikeouts in his first four Double-A frames.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
8.0 5 2 2 1 2 0 2.88

A+: Bakersfield 8 - (@) Modesto 9 (10 innings)
L - Laughter (0-1)
17-22, 7.0 GB

Bakersfield lost on a walkoff for the second straight night, extending its losing streak to seven games.

Starting pitcher Wilmer Font had a rough night in his first High-A start, yielding six runs in just two innings pitched. He allowed four hits, walked five, and struck out two.

Left-hander Tim Murphy helped keep the Blaze in the game with outstanding long relief work, allowing just a run on two hits over five innings. Murphy struck out just one, but he posted a 10:3 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre raised his average all the way up to .295 by going 5-for-6 with his second triple of the season.

Erik Morrison (3/5) and Tom Mendonca (3/5) both singled three times while Davis Stoneburner (2/5) and Jose Felix (2/5) had two hits apiece.

Andrew Laughter allowed the winning run to cross the plate after retiring just one batter in the bottom of the tenth. He got a leadoff groundout, but it was followed by a triple and a run-scoring single.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
6 2 5 0 0 2 0 0 .295

A: Hickory 3 - Rome 2
W - Ramirez (4-3)
SV - Lueke (10)
25-16, 2.5 GU

Neil Ramirez (6.00 ERA/.283 BAA) continues to be nearly impossible to figure out.

After giving up three home runs [and six total runs] in 3.2 innings during his last start, Ramirez went out and tossed seven scoreless innings on Thursday. He surrendered only three hits, walked zero, and struck out eight.

Though Ramirez has been hit-or-miss on the season, and he has been more hittable than past years, he is sporting a solid 40:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 39 innings this season.

The Crawdads didn't have any extra-base hits in the game, but Joe Bonadonna (2/3, BB) and Edwin Garcia (2/3, BB) both singled twice.

Matt West (1/3, BB) and Michael Ortiz (1/3, BB) both singled once and walked once.

Closer Josh Lueke (0.46 ERA/.167 BAA) earned his 10th save after hurling two hitless innings, getting three strikeouts.

In 19.2 innings with the Crawdads, the Kentucky native has walked five and struck out 36.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
7.0 3 0 0 0 8 0 6.00

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