Minor League Roundup - 5/31

The Frisco offense dominated Rockies prospect Christian Friedrich on Monday afternoon while Blake Beavan and Wilmer Font gave their respective clubs excellent starts. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) New Orleans 5
L - Hunter (1-2)
28-22, 1.5 GU

Tommy Hunter struggled in what was likely his last minor league start before getting a call-up to take Derek Holland's rotation spot.

The big right-hander surrendered five runs on 10 hits over five innings, walking three and striking out two.

Hunter began his season with 12 scoreless innings over his first three Triple-A starts, but he has allowed 12 runs in his last three outings.

Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (.273/.386/.497) extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 1-for-3 with a pair of free passes.

Mitch Moreland's 16th double of the season was Oklahoma City's only extra-base hit of the game. After a slow start, Moreland has posted a strong .286/.363/.462 line in May with 13 doubles, 11 walks, and 13 strikeouts.

Hard-throwing righty Tanner Scheppers walked three batters in three innings, but he kept New Orleans off the scoreboard by allowing only one hit. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Scheppers
3.0 1 0 0 3 1 0 1.13

AA: Frisco 9 – Tulsa 6
W - Beavan (8-2)
HR - Frostad (2), Teagarden (2)
30-20, 5.0 GU

The RoughRiders battered Rockies prospect and Tulsa starter Christian Friedrich on Monday afternoon, scoring eight runs and chasing the southpaw after 3.1 innings.

Starter Blake Beavan (2.71 ERA/.210 BAA) earned his organization-leading eighth win after he gave up three runs in 6.1 innings. He scattered seven hits, struck out three, and walked zero.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.317/.412/.470) absolutely went off, posting a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles, a walk, and four runs batted in.

Taylor Teagarden (1/4, HR) and Emerson Frostad (1/4, HR) both hit round-trippers, combining to drive in five runs. Teagarden also struck out twice.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez reached base on a single and two walks.

Player of the Game: 2B Matt Lawson
4 1 3 2 0 4 1 0 .317

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Visalia 1 (10 innings)
W - Castillo (1-1)
HR - Beltre (4)
22-27, 8.5 GB

A wild afternoon in Bakersfield ended with a walkoff home run and a bench-clearing brawl.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre (.305/.354/.426) was 2-for-5 with a double and a homer in the game. He watched the home run at the plate before flipping his bat in the air, causing a stir among the Visalia players on the field.

Beltre was met by a couple Visalia players as he rounded third base, and both benches cleared within seconds. There are sure to be forthcoming suspensions from the Cal League office.

Starter Wilmer Font (3.94 ERA/.200 BAA) was excellent, pitching seven innings for his second consecutive outing. The 20-year-old yielded one run on three hits, walking two and striking out six.

Mitch Hilligoss raised his average to .287 by going 2-for-3 with a double and a free pass.

Davis Stoneburner (2/5,2 B) hit his 14th double of the season.

Relievers Mark Hamburger [2 IP] and Fabio Castillo [1 IP] combined for three innings of scoreless relief, striking out two batters apiece.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilmer Font
7.0 3 1 1 2 6 0 3.94

A: Hickory 1 - (@) West Virginia 8 (5 innings – Rain)
L - Wieland (4-3)
32-20, 3.5 GU

Hickory's game on Monday afternoon was shortened to just five innings due to rain.

Because of the rain, starter Joe Wieland picked up the complete game despite surrendering eight runs on 11 hits [including two homers] in five innings. He fanned four without issuing a walk.

The Crawdads offense managed just four hits in the game, coming from Leonel De Los Santos (1/2, 2B), Matt West (1/2), Jared Prince (1/2) and Leury Garcia (1/2).

Garcia was caught stealing for only the third time all season.

Player of the Game: C Leonel De Los Santos
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .128

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – DSL Tigers 3
W - Grullon (1-0)
SV - Jimenez (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU

Monday's DSL Rangers game was rained out, but the club actually opened the season with a 6-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Starting pitcher Victor Payano, making his professional debut, struggled with control. The tall southpaw issued five walks in 1.1 innings. He allowed just one run on one hit, however.

Right-handed reliever Jose Mavare fanned eight in 4.2 innings, giving up one hit and walking two. The 20-year-old posted a 1.36 earned-run average in 59.2 DSL innings last summer.

Centerfielder Ruben Sierra had an excellent day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a triple and three walks.

Middle infielders Luis Mendez (2/4, BB) and Luis Villegas (2/5) both singled twice.

Outfielders Francisco Lugo and Hector Martinez both went 1-for-3 with a pair of free passes.

Third baseman Robert Morillo was 1-for-2 with a double and a run batted in.

Left-hander Juan Grullon, who pitched with the AZL Rangers last season, earned the victory after allowing two unearned runs in two innings of work.

Jose Jimenez got the save with a blank ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Mavare
4.2 1 0 0 2 8 0 0.00

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