Minor League Roundup - 5/26

It was excellent starting pitching all around in the organization on Wednesday, as Blake Beavan, Wilmer Font and Joe Wieland combined to surrender just one earned run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - (@) Tacoma – SUSP (Rain)
24-20, 1.0 GU

For the fifth time in seven days in the Pacific Northwest, the RedHawks were halted by rain. The game was tied at one through four innings, and it'll be picked up on Thursday evening to be followed by another seven inning game.

AA: Frisco 2 – Northwest Arkansas 1
W - Beavan (7-2)
SV - Harrison (1)
HR - Butler (5)
26-19, 4.0 GU

The RoughRiders came away victorious in the battle of the Texas League's two division leaders on Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Blake Beavan (2.56 ERA/.203 BAA) was outstanding, hurling seven scoreless innings against by far the best offensive team in the league. Beavan allowed four hits while fanning five and walking zero.

He only threw 81 pitches [including 60 strikes] and likely would have gone even deeper into the game had Matt Harrison not been scheduled for two innings on his rehab assignment.

Regardless, the 21-year-old has now worked at least seven innings in each of his last three starts. Over his last four outings, he has surrendered just three runs in 29 innings, walking two and striking out 17.

Harrison surrendered one run in his two innings, but he walked zero and struck out four. Harrison threw 31 pitches. He is expected to join the Rangers in Minnesota for this weekend's series.

It was a struggle, but the RoughRiders were able to scratch and claw their way to victory against former first-round selection Aaron Crow.

Right fielder Joey Butler (.286/.365/.451) had an excellent night, going 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two walks, and a stolen base. He scored both of Frisco's runs.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden (2/4) and third baseman Andy Jenkins (2/3, HBP) both singled twice.

As mentioned, the Naturals are the best offensive team in the league, and it isn't close. Their .794 team OPS is nearly 70 points better than second-best Springfield [.728].

Frisco ranks fourth in the circuit with a .665 team OPS, which is particularly intriguing given the fact that no single Texas League team has finished the season with a sub-.700 OPS since 2006.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
7.0 4 0 0 0 5 0 2.56

A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) Inland Empire 2
W - Hamburger (1-1)
SV - Laughter (1)
HR - Mendonca (1)
19-25, 8.5 GB

Wilmer Font's first High-A start couldn't have been a bigger disaster. And his second couldn't have been any better.

After surrendering six runs in just two innings his last time out, Font tossed seven scoreless frames at Inland Empire on Wednesday night.

Font's seven innings was a career high––his previous high was 5.2 with Hickory last season. He scattered four singles while walking one, hitting one, and striking out six.

Coming into the night, third baseman Tom Mendonca was hitting .174 with just two doubles in 20 May games, but he came up big for the Blaze on Wednesday. The 22-year-old belted a game-winning two-run homer––his first of the year––in the top of the ninth.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while DH Chris Gradoville (1/3, 3B, BB) belted his second triple.

Backstop Jose Felix had a pair of singles in four trips, raising his batting average to .269.

Andrew Laughter fired a perfect ninth inning to pick up his first save in 2008. Returning from a shoulder injury, the 25-year-old has permitted one run in his first 4.1 innings this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilmer Font
7.0 4 0 0 1 6 0 6.00

A: Hickory 8 - Delmarva 5
W - Wieland (4-2)
29-18, 3.0 GU

Joe Wieland (3.16 ERA/.233 BAA) picked up his fourth win of the season on Wednesday after tossing six strong innings.

The 20-year-old righty surrendered two runs [one earned], walking zero and striking out three. He posted a strong 11:3 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

In fact, for the game, the Crawdads got 18 outs on the ground with only three in the air.

Andrew Doyle (0.00 ERA/.111 BAA in May) followed with two shutout innings, yielding one hit and striking out one. The Oklahoma product hasn't allowed a run in 14 innings this month.

Scuffling sinkerballer Braden Tullis gave up three runs [one earned] on three hits in one inning. Though he hasn't been the beneficiary of great defense lately, he has allowed nine runs over 3.2 innings during his last five appearances.

First baseman Ed Koncel (2/4, 3B) tripled while left fielder Cristian Santana (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled.

Backstop Zach Zaneski raised his batting average to .405 in 42 official at-bats with three singles.

Travis Adair (2/5), Miguel Velazquez (1/4, BB) and Jared Prince (2/4, BB) also reached multiple times.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia stole two more bases, giving him 26 in 28 attempts this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
6.0 4 2 1 0 3 0 3.16

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