Minor League Roundup - 5/21

Three of the Texas Rangers' four minor league affiliates came away victorious on Friday evening, and Frisco starter Tanner Roark highlighted the night by tossing seven scoreless innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 9 - (@) Portland 3
W - Eyre (2-3)
HR - Garko (1), Richardson (1)
22-19, 1.0 GU

Doug Mathis had a rocky outing in his first game back at Triple-A, as he allowed three runs on five hits over three innings pitched. Mathis walked just one hitter, but he plunked three more.

The bullpen trio of Willie Eyre, Zach Phillips and Jailen Peguero did outstanding work, as each of the three tossed two shutout innings to carry the RedHawks to victory.

Phillips' two frames were interesting, as he threw 52 pitches and walked three batters. But he yielded just one hit and struck out three.

First baseman Ryan Garko gave OKC its first––and only––lead of the game with his grand slam off starter Will Inman in the fourth inning.

Catcher Kevin Richardson added a three-run jack off Inman in the fifth.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs was 1-for-2 with a double and three walks.

Chad Tracy (2/4) singled twice while Mitch Moreland (0/3, 2 BB) walked twice. Moreland also gunned down a runner at home plate from right field.

Player of the Game: 1B Ryan Garko
5 1 1 0 1 4 0 1 .111

AA: Frisco 2 - (@) San Antonio 1
W - Roark (5-1)
23-18, 2.0 GU

Tanner Roark (3.96 ERA/.250 BAA) improved to 5-1 on the season after tossing seven scoreless innings against the Missions on Friday evening.

The Illinois native surrendered just three hits while walking one and striking out three. He threw 92 pitches.

The RoughRiders had just five hits in the game, but three of the knocks were doubles.

The two-baggers came from Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B), Wes Bankston (1/4, 2B) and Taylor Teagarden (1/3, 2B).

Second baseman Matt Lawson singled twice in four at-bats, raising his average to .325.

Reliever Warner Madrigal walked three batters in one inning, but he struck out one and didn't allow a run. Mardigal threw only 12 of his 24 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Roark
7.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 3.96

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Lake Elsinore 8
L - Brigham (1-4)
17-23, 7.5 GB

The scuffling Blaze lost their eighth straight, dropping an 8-2 decision to Padres affiliate Lake Elsinore on Friday night.

Starter Jake Brigham's inconsistencies continued, as he surrendered eight runs [six earned] on eight hits over three innings of work. He walked four and struck out three.

Lefty reliever Yoon-Hee Nam followed with three perfect innings, striking out three. Only one of the nine hitters he faced was able to get the ball out of the infield.

Tyler Tufts [2 IP] and Andrew Laughter [1 IP] also worked scoreless ball out of the ‘pen.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre raised his average to .305 by going 3-for-5 with his sixth double of the season. Beltre has now raised his batting average by 34 points over the last two nights.

Catcher Doug Hogan singled three times in three plate appearances.

Mike Bianucci (1/5, 2B) doubled once while DH Mitch Hilligoss (2/4) singled twice.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
5 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 .305

A: Hickory 5 - Rome 3
W - Wieland (3-2)
SV - Hurley (1)
HR - Velazquez (8)
26-16, 2.0 GU

Joe Wieland (3.35 ERA/.241 BAA) appears to be taking full advantage of his extended pitch count, as he worked at least seven innings for the third consecutive outing.

The 20-year-old pitched exactly seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out six.

During his four starts in May, Wieland has logged 27.2 innings, walking just three and striking out 24.

Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez (.304/.369/.540) played a key role in Hickory's comeback victory, as he belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh for his lone hit of the evening.

Cristian Santana (1/4, 3B) hit an RBI triple while DH Leonel De Los Santos (1/3, 2B) had a run-scoring double.

The double was De Los Santos' first extra-base hit in 63 official at-bats this season.

Relievers Kyle Ocampo and Trevor Hurley both worked scoreless innings to close out the game. Hurley picked up his first save of the season, as closer Josh Lueke was recently promoted to Double-A Frisco.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
7.0 7 3 3 1 6 0 3.35

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