Minor League Roundup - 6/17

With just a few games remaining in the Sally League's first half, the Hickory Crawdads picked up a key victory on Thursday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 8 - New Orleans 5
W - Eyre (3-3)
SV - Strop (6)
HR - Saltalamacchia (9), Davis (7), Garko (6)
38-28, 3.5 GU

As the Rangers swept the Florida Marlins on Thursday, the RedHawks finished off a four-game sweep of Florida's Triple-A affiliate.

The offense carried OKC, as three players from the Rangers' opening-day roster went yard.

First baseman Chris Davis struck with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. He also singled and walked.

DH Ryan Garko, who was 2-for-4, added a two-run jack of his own in the fifth.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo home run in the seventh.

Shortstop Gregorio Petit was just 1-for-4, but he drove in three runs.

Starting pitcher Geoff Geary surrendered five runs [four earned] over 4.2 innings, walking two and striking out five.

Relievers Elizardo Ramirez [0.2 IP], Clay Rapada [1.1 IP], Willie Eyre [1.1 IP] and Pedro Strop [1 IP] all worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Eyre earned the victory while Strop got his sixth save.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris Davis
3 2 2 0 1 2 1 0 .346

AA: Frisco 0 – (@) Corpus Christi 2
L - Beavan (8-4)
36-28, 3.5 GU

Blake Beavan (2.61 ERA/.229 BAA) lost for the second time in three starts despite another strong effort.

The 21-year-old hurler scattered eight singles through six innings, giving up two runs. He walked one and fanned five.

Beavan has now logged eight consecutive quality starts, posting the following line: 55.1 ip, 46 h, 4 bb, 33 k.

Leadoff hitter and left fielder Marcus Lemon doubled twice in four at-bats, giving him 11 two-baggers on the year.

Second baseman Matt Lawson belted his 16th double, his lone hit of the evening.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
8 2 2 1 5 0 2.61

A+: Bakersfield 6 – (@) Modesto 2
W - Schlact (1-0)
SV - Hamburger (7)
HR - Whittleman (5)
27-39, 16.0 GB

Michael Schlact picked up his first victory since August 2008 on Thursday night, pitching five strong innings against Modesto.

For the third straight start, Schlact struggled in the first inning, giving up two runs. But he settled down afterward.

In all, the tall righty yielded those two runs while scattering seven hits in five innings, walking three and striking out two. The sinkerball specialist got 10 groundouts versus three in the air.

Leadoff hitter David Paisano (.295/.340/.382) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs batted in. Paisano is 18-for-42 [.429] over his last 10 contests.

John Whittleman (1/4, HR) belted his fifth home run in 15 games while Erik Morrison played third base and went 2-for-4 with a double.

Lefty reliever Tim Murphy (2.22 ERA/.211 BAA) worked three strong innings, allowing one run.

Working with a lower arm slot, Murphy had trouble with walks early in the season, but he has issued only one free pass in 6.1 innings since returning from a minor hamstring injury.

Player of the Game: LF David Paisano
5 0 3 2 0 3 0 0 .295

A: Hickory 4 - Greenville 0
W - Wieland (6-4)
SV - Ocampo (2)
HR - Santana (10)
39-28, 1.0 GB

Joe Wieland and Kyle Ocampo helped carry the Crawdads to a big victory on Thursday night, but Lakewood's win keeps the BlueClaws one game ahead of Hickory with three games remaining in the first half.

The 20-year-old Wieland worked six shutout innings, allowing five hits, walking one, and striking out six.

Ocampo (5.20 ERA/.278 BAA) fanned five batters [and walked zero] over three scoreless frames, giving up three hits.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander has been inconsistent this season, getting knocked around at times. But when he is on, he can be one of the more dominant pitchers on the Crawdads staff.

Left fielder Cristian Santana dealt the big blow with his three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was his only hit of the night.

Ed Koncel (1/4, 3B) tripled while Jared Prince (2/4) and Michael Ortiz (1/3, BB) both reached multiple times.

Shortstop Leury Garcia stole two bases, giving him 35 in 40 attempts.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
6.0 5 0 0 1 6 0 3.71

DSL: DSL Rangers 2 - DSL Mets2 6
L - D. Perez (0-3)
10-6, 0.5 GU

Starter David Perez pitched a season-high 5.1 innings, but he lost for the third time in four starts. The tall righty allowed five runs on nine hits, walking zero and striking out five.

In his first 16.1 innings this season, Perez has walked only two while striking out 20.

Speedy centerfielder Chris Garia raised his average to .244 by going 2-for-4 with a double and his seventh stolen base of the year.

DH Jorge Alfaro (2/4) and C Guy Edmonds (2/3) both singled twice.

Reliever Jesus Diaz made his second professional outing, hurling 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up no hits and fanning one.

Player of the Game: CF Chris Garia
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 .244

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