Minor League Roundup - 5/30

The Texas Rangers' two Single-A teams posted dominant efforts on Sunday, blowing away their respective opponents. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 8 - (@) New Orleans 3
W - Ballard (3-3)
HR - Saltalamacchia (6), Davis (4)
28-21, 1.5 GU

Starter Mike Ballard (5.17 ERA/.304 BAA) picked up his third win of the season after he surrendered three runs in six innings. The 26-year-old scattered 11 hits while walking one and striking out one. It was the third consecutive start he had struck out one hitter.

Third baseman Chris Davis (.304/.356/.472) had another big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in. Davis has 28 RBI in 31 games at Triple-A.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was 1-for-4, hit a three-run homer in the top of the third inning.

Brandon Boggs (2/5, 2B) and Gregorio Petit (1/5, 2B) both doubled once.

Left fielder Hernan Iribarren (.230/.292/.311) singled twice, walked once, and stole his fifth base of the year.

Relievers Elizardo Ramirez [2 IP] and Clay Rapada [1 IP] closed out the game with three total innings of hitless, scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: 3B Chris Davis
5 2 3 0 1 3 0 0 .304

AA: Frisco 2 – Tulsa 9
L - Perez (2-3)
HR - Frostad (1)
29-20, 4.0 GU

Martin Perez failed to pitch five innings for the fifth consecutive start on Sunday afternoon.

The 19-year-old yielded five runs [four earned] while giving up a season-high eight hits. He walked two and struck out two.

First baseman Emerson Frostad was 2-for-4 with a single and a solo home run. He scored both of Frisco's runs.

Joey Butler (2/4, 2B) singled once and doubled once. It was his 11th double of the season.

Andy Jenkins (0/2, 2 BB) and Elio Sarmiento (1/2, BB) also reached base multiple times.

Right-hander Evan Reed fanned one in a perfect, nine-pitch ninth inning. His earned-run average dropped to 1.83.

Player of the Game: 1B Emerson Frostad
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 .326

A+: Bakersfield 9 - Visalia 3
W - Pimentel (5-1)
21-27, 9.5 GB

The Blaze cranked out nine runs on 20 hits [including 18 singles] on Sunday evening.

First baseman Mitch Hilligoss (.280/.335/.350) led the way, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and a run batted in.

Engel Beltre (3/5), Jose Felix (3/4, BB) and Andres James (3/5, 2B) all had three hits apiece.

The players with two knocks were David Paisano (2/4, BB), Erik Morrison (2/5) and Tom Mendonca (2/5).

Starter Carlos Pimentel walked five in six innings, but he gave up just three runs on six hits. He fanned three.

Relievers Shane Zegarac [2 IP] and Andrew Laughter [1 IP] finished out the night with three scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: 1B Mitch Hilligoss
4 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 .280

A: Hickory 8 - (@) West Virginia 0
W - Ramirez (5-3)
HR - Santana (8), Bonadonna (1), Ortiz (1)
32-19, 4.5 GU

The Crawdads posted a dominant victory on Sunday, scoring eight runs while limiting West Virginia to only four hits in the shutout effort.

Hickory starter Neil Ramirez continued to show signs of improvement, hurling six shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked three, and struck out seven.

The 21-year-old Ramirez has posted a strong line in his last three starts: 18.2 ip, 11 h, 1 er, 6 bb, 19 k.

Centerfielder Joe Bonadonna (.256/.326/.337) put the game away with his three-run round-tripper in the top of the seventh inning.

First baseman Michael Ortiz (2/4, HR) and DH Cristian Santana (1/5, HR) also went yard.

?Catcher Zach Zaneski raised his average to .440 with two doubles and a walk in five plate appearances. The backstop moved into the three-hole for the first time on Sunday.

Ed Koncel (1/4, 2B) and Matt West (1/4, 2B) doubled once while leadoff man Travis Adair had two knocks in five trips.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
6.0 2 0 0 3 7 0 4.80

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