Minor League Roundup - 5/23

Hickory and Rome matched up a pair of outstanding pitching prospects in Robbie Erlin and Arodys Vizcaino on Sunday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Portland 2
W - Kirkman (5-1)
SV - Strop (5)
24-19, 2.0 GU

Oklahoma City and Portland finally finished off a rain-drenched series on Sunday evening.

Starter Michael Kirkman (2.59 ERA/.202 BAA) worked five innings before the game went into a 3.5 hour delay. The lefty allowed one run on five hits, walking three and striking out four. He threw 100 pitches.

First baseman Chad Tracy (.255/.333/.451) was 1-for-2 with three walks. Tracy is showing signs of coming out of his extended slump, as he has reached base eight times over his last three games.

Esteban German singled once and stole his 17th base. He still hasn't been thrown out on the basepaths this season.

Hard-throwing righties Alexi Ogando and Pedro Strop both worked scoreless, hitless innings to close out the victory.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
5.0 5 1 1 3 4 0 2.59

AA: Frisco 1 - (@) San Antonio 2 (13 innings)
L - Garr (4-2)
24-19, 3.0 GU

The RoughRiders and Missions went 13 innings for the second consecutive day, but there was a different winner this time.

Ryan Tatusko (1.89 ERA/.216 BAA) was much better in his second Double-A start, hurling six scoreless innings against the aggressive San Antonio lineup. He gave up four singles while walking one and striking out one.

In his first start of the season, Tatusko threw 66 pitches in three-plus innings against Midland. He needed only 72 to finish six innings on Sunday.

Making his Double-A debut, right-hander Josh Lueke allowed one run on three hits in one inning. He walked one and struck out two.

Evan Reed (2.04 ERA/.235 BAA) pitched two hitless frames, fanning one.

Lefty Beau Jones (1.13 ERA/.115 BAA) had perhaps Frisco's best performance of the day, as he fanned five while surrendering just one hit over three innings.

The Frisco offense had a rough day, going up against top Padres pitching prospect Simon Castro. They collected only five singles in the 13 innings, and no player had multiple hits.

First baseman Emerson Frostad did reach base three times, going 1-for-4 with a pair of walks.

The ‘Riders lost the game in the bottom of the 13th, with Brennan Garr on the mound. After a leadoff bunt single, a stolen base, and a sacrifice bunt, the winning run scored when Marcus Lemon dropped a fly ball in left field.

Player of the Game: LHP Beau Jones
3.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 1.13

A+: Bakersfield 5 - Lake Elsinore 6
L - Zegarac (2-1)
HR - Paisano (2)
17-25, 9.5 GB

Bakersfield's losing streak reached double digits on Sunday, as they dropped their 10th consecutive game.

Starting pitcher Michael Main was rocky, allowing four runs [three earned] over 5.2 innings. He gave up eight hits [including two home runs] while walking two and fanning seven.

Main leads the California League with 10 home runs allowed in 51.1 innings this season.

Leadoff hitter David Paisano (.281/.322/.383) was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second of the season.

Cleanup hitter Chris Gradoville was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in.

Davis Stoneburner (1/3, 2B, HBP) doubled once and was plunked by a pitch.

Right-hander Andrew Laughter worked a perfect ninth inning, striking out one.

Player of the Game: RF David Paisano
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 .281

A: Hickory 1 - Rome 5
L - Erlin (1-1)
27-17, 2.0 GU

Sunday's game between Hickory and Rome was an outstanding pitching matchup, pairing prospects Robbie Erlin and Arodys Vizcaino.

Vizcaino, the Braves prospect, was outstanding, surrendering just an unearned run in 7.2 innings. He walked zero and struck out nine.

Robbie Erlin (0.30 ERA/.155 BAA) was almost as good, but he suffered his first professional loss. The 19-year-old allowed two unearned runs in five innings, walking zero and striking out six.

In 30.1 innings this season, Erlin has walked four and struck out 37.

Left-hander Chad Bell (3.18 ERA/.200 BAA) helped keep Hickory within striking distance by hurling three shutout innings. The 6-foot-3 Tennessee native gave up just one hit, walked zero, and struck out one.

After a rocky start to his season, Bell is beginning to pick up the pace of late, posting the following line in his last four outings: 6.1 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 5 k.

Braden Tullis allowed three runs [two earned] in one inning of work, raising his ERA to 2.25.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos (1/3, 2B) had Hickory's only extra-base hit, with his second double of the season.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia (.258/.324/.340) singled once in four trips. Garcia committed two errors, giving him 14 on the year, and he also stole two bases, giving him 21 swipes in 23 tries.

Player of the Game: LHP Chad Bell
3.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.18

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