Minor League Roundup - 5/22

The Oklahoma City RedHawks slugged their way to another victory over Portland on Saturday, while Frisco and Hickory also extended their first-place leads. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 7 - (@) Portland 1
W - Ramirez (3-0)
HR - Saltalamacchia (4), Iribarren (2)
23-19, 1.0 GU

Right-hander Omar Beltre remained in the rotation for a second start, and he got the job done for 3.2 innings. The Dominican Republic native walked four batters, but he didn't allow a run or a hit, striking out four.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a big night, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.

Second baseman Hernan Iribarren was also 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in.

Third baseman Chris Davis was 3-for-4 with a double, raising his Triple-A batting average to .327.

Mitch Moreland (1/4, 2B) doubled for the ninth time this season.

Esteban German had just one single in four trips, but he also stole his 16th base. The 32-year-old hasn't been caught stealing this season.

Tanner Scheppers fanned four batters in two innings of relief. He gave up a run on three hits.

The suddenly economical and strike-throwing Pedro Strop fired 19 of his 23 pitches for strikes over two perfect innings, striking out four.

Over his last three outings, Strop has been particularly dominant: 7 ip, 0 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 7 k.

Player of the Game: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .325

AA: Frisco 3 - (@) San Antonio 1 (13 innings)
W - Garr (4-1)
SV - Eppley (2)
24-18, 3.0 GU

Frisco picked up the extra-inning victory on Saturday to improve its record to six games over .500.

Starting pitcher Richard Bleier gave the ‘Riders six strong innings, posting his third quality start in his last four outings. The southpaw gave up one run while scattering eight singles. He walked one and fanned two.

In his three home starts this season, the Florida native has given up 16 earned runs in only 12 innings. During his six road starts, he has a 3.32 ERA in 40.2 frames.

Right fielder Joey Butler raised his average to .290 by going 2-for-6 with a double and a triple.

Wes Bankston (3/5, 2B, BB) and James Tomlin (1/4, 2B, BB) also doubled once.

Leadoff hitter Renny Osuna was 2-for-7 with a pair of stolen bases, his second and third of the season.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden and left fielder Marcus Lemon both went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts.

The Frisco bullpen combined for seven innings of one-run ball in the game.

Righty Adalberto Flores worked three scoreless frames on just 29 pitches. He gave up one hit while walking zero and fanning one.

Ben Snyder struck out two in two perfect innings, throwing 19 pitches.

Closer Cody Eppley earned his second Double-A save, but he also gave up his first run in 23 innings this season. The righty surrendered one run on three hits, walking zero and striking out one.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
6.0 8 1 1 1 2 0 5.30

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Lake Elsinore 4
L - Boscan (2-6)
17-24, 8.5 GB

The losing streak reached nine on Saturday.

A quick check of the overall team numbers highlights some of Bakersfield's issues. In the 10-team league, this is how they rank in some key offensive categories: 10th in batting average, 10th in on-base percentage, 10th in slugging percentage, 9th in walks.

The Blaze pushed across just two runs on five hits––none of which went for extra bases––in Saturday's contest.

Erik Morrison (2/3), Jared Bolden (1/3), Chris Gradoville (1/4) and Engel Beltre (1/4) had the knocks.

Beltre extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan surrendered four runs [three earned] on nine hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Justin Miller issued three walks in 1.1 innings, but he also struck out three and didn't yield a hit while throwing scoreless ball.

Corey Young fanned two in 1.2 shutout frames to finish out the game for the Blaze.

Player of the Game: LHP Corey Young
1.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.35

A: Hickory 1 - Rome 0
W - Ross (5-4)
SV - Hurley (2)
27-16, 3.0 GU

The Crawdads extended their lead over second-place Hagerstown to three games with another victory on Saturday evening.

Starting pitcher Robbie Ross (2.55 ERA/.250 BAA) was outstanding, hurling seven shutout innings. He allowed only three singles while walking zero and fanning four.

In 49.1 innings this season, the 20-year-old Ross has yet to surrender a home run, posting a 2.45:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

Jared Prince (1/2, 2B, BB) and Cristian Santana (1/3, 2B) both doubled. Prince's 29th RBI of the season drove home Hickory's only run of the game.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia returned to the lineup and singled once in four trips. Garcia missed a few days after taking a ground ball to the eye against Kannapolis.

Relievers and former Big 12 players Andrew Doyle and Trevor Hurley finished out the game with one scoreless inning apiece. Hurley got his second save in as many nights.

Doyle has been outstanding in May, giving up just four hits over 12 shutout innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
7.0 3 0 0 0 4 0 2.55

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