Minor League Roundup - 6/16

Oklahoma City picked up a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday evening, with both starting pitchers logging complete games. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 4 - New Orleans 1 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Mathis (2-2)
HR - Saltalamacchia (8)

RedHawks starting pitcher Doug Mathis (4.24 ERA/.336 BAA) picked up a seven-inning complete game in the first game of the doubleheader.

Mathis scattered nine hits through seven innings, giving up one run. He fanned zero without issuing a walk.

The 27-year-old righty has worked at least six innings in each of his last four starts with OKC.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the offensive star, as he was 2-for-2 with a double, a solo home run, and an intentional walk.

DH Chad Tracy (0/2, SF), left fielder Andy Jenkins (1/2) and second baseman Hernan Iribarren (1/2, 2B) also drove in runs.

Player of the Game: C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 .255

AAA: Oklahoma City 7 - New Orleans 0 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Ballard (4-4)
HR - Garko (5)
37-28, 2.5 GU

Oklahoma City finished off the doubleheader sweep in game two, and they didn't even need to utilize the bullpen.

Mike Ballard (4.68 ERA/.299 BAA) hurled a seven-inning complete game shutout, scattering four hits. He threw just 84 pitches [63 strikes] while fanning eight and walking zero.

Ballard's eight-punchout total was his most since he fanned eight with Double-A Frisco on July 15, 2008.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland (.267/.336/.419) continued to heat up of late, going 2-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in.

Ryan Garko (1/3, HR) hit a solo homer while Esteban German (1/4, 2B) doubled and drove in three.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
7.0 4 0 0 0 8 0 4.68

AA: Frisco 6 – Midland 7
L - Lueke (1-1)
HR - Lawson (6), Bankston (3)
36-27, 3.5 GU

The RoughRiders lost a late lead and dropped a one-run decision to Midland on Wednesday afternoon.

Making his sixth start of the season, Ryan Tatusko (3.04 ERA/.263 BAA) surrendered four runs on eight hits over five innings, walking one and striking out two.

The Frisco offense was able to keep Tatusko afloat, though.

Left fielder Matt Lawson (.312/.404/.489) was 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs batted in. He now has round-trippers in three of his last six games.

Lawson was going up against a left-handed starter, and he has posted a dominant .378/.424/.678 line in 90 at-bats against southpaws this season.

Slugger Wes Bankston went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in.

Joey Butler (1/5, 2B), James Tomlin (1/3, 2B, BB) and Jake Kaase (2/2, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

The 24-year-old Kaase is 12-for-40 [.300] with five walks and five strikeouts since getting the promotion from High-A Bakersfield.

Josh Lueke lost both the lead and the game when he gave up three runs [two earned] in just one inning of work. He allowed three hits, walked two batters, and uncorked a wild pitch.

Player of the Game: 1B Wes Bankston
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 1 .222

A+: Bakersfield 5 – Stockton 8
L - Castillo (1-3)
26-39, 16.0 GB

The Blaze fell to 16 games behind first-place San Jose, who has already locked up the Cal League's North Division for the first half.

Wilmer Font didn't have his best of starts, but it wasn't quite disastrous either. The big righty yielded five runs [four earned] over six innings pitched. He allowed six hits while walking two and striking out nine.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca raised his average to .234 by going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Davis Stoneburner (2/5, 2B), Engel Beltre (2/5) and Chris Gradoville (2/4) also had multiple hits.

Beltre was returning to the lineup for the first time in a few days after crashing into the outfield wall.

Reliever Fabio Castillo suffered the loss after his lapse of control, as he walked three batters and allowed three hits in 1.1 innings.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
3 1 2 1 0 2 1 0 .234

A: Hickory 3 - West Virginia 5
L - Ramirez (6-5)
38-28, 1.0 GB

The Crawdads remained one game behind first-place Lakewood as they lost Wednesday night's contest to West Virginia.

The Power played some longball against Neil Ramirez, who surrendered three home runs in five innings. In all, he allowed five runs on eight hits, walking zero and fanning three.

Hickory was held to only four hits.

Right fielder Jared Prince kept the ‘Dads in the game early on, with his three-run double in the second inning. It was his 20th two-bagger of the season.

Infielders Michael Ortiz (2/3, 3B) and Travis Adair (1/3) had the other knocks.

Relief pitchers Joe Ortiz, Daniel Gutierrez, Tyler Tufts and Trevor Hurley all pitched one scoreless, hitless inning.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Prince
4 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 .294

DSL: DSL Rangers 14 - (@) DSL Angels 11
W - Jimenez (1-0)
10-5, 0.5 GU

The Rangers took over sole possession of first place with Wednesday morning's victory, as they came back with four runs in the top of the ninth.

The DSL Rangers' offense busted out for 14 runs on 15 hits, and three players had three knocks apiece.

Leadoff man Luis Mendez (.229/.356/.313) was 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and four runs batted in. The 17-year-old switch-hitting middle infielder is getting his first professional experience this season.

Outfielders Chris Garia (3/5, BB) and Ruben Sierra (3/5, BB) both singled three times and walked once.

Francisco Lugo (.294/.379/.431) belted his third triple of the season. He was 1-for-6.

Curacao native Christefer Obispo (2/3, 3B, BB) tripled, walked, and scored four runs.

On the mound, starter Victor Payano allowed three runs [one earned] in three innings, walking two and striking out one.

Reliever and strikeout machine Arlett Mavare fanned just one in three frames, but he also gave up only one unearned run. He didn't yield a hit and walked zero.

Player of the Game: 2B Luis Mendez
5 2 3 1 0 4 0 0 .229

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