Minor League Roundup - 5/4

K.C. Herren had a four-hit day for Clinton

Friday marked a successful Triple-A debut for 25-year-old outfielder Kevin Mahar, as the Indiana product was 2-for-3 with a triple. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 5 – Omaha 4
W – Simon (2-3)
SV – Astacio (1) HR – Byrd (2)


Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (4.71 ERA/.220 BAA) gave the RedHawks seven strong innings, as he allowed just two runs on six hits. Simon walked just one and fanned three.

Left fielder Marlon Byrd (.301/.393/.441) was 2-for-5 with a home run, his second in as many games.

Playing in his first game at the Triple-A level, right fielder Kevin Mahar was 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Second baseman Tug Hulett (.349/.475/.492) had three singles in five at-bats.

Reliever Ezequiel Astacio (0.00 ERA/.096 BAA) picked up the save despite his roughest outing of the season. The right-hander gave up one unearned run on a hit in two innings. Astacio walked one and struck out three.

Player of the game: RF Kevin Mahar
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 .667


AA: Frisco 6 – San Antonio 4
W – Farnum (2-1)
SV – Ingram (6) HR – Fasano (2)


Frisco pitcher Kea Kometani struggled with command on Friday, as he yielded three runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. Kometani, who has walked 13 and struck out 11 on the season, recorded just one punchout in the game.

The recently-featured Travis Metcalf (.299/.355/.505) stayed hot, as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.

Shortstop Casey Benjamin (1/3, 2B), DH Jim Fasano (2/4, HR), catcher Kevin Richardson (1/4, 2B), left fielder Jake Blalock (1/3, 3B), and second baseman German Duran (2/3, 2B) all chipped in on the extra-base barrage.

Cleanup hitter Emerson Frostad picked up the golden sombrero, as he struck out in each of his four at-bats. Frostad is just 4-for-21 with no extra base hits over his last six games.

Texas A&M product Matt Farnum (3.38 ERA/.194 BAA) earned the victory with two perfect innings of relief.

Closer Jesse Ingram picked up his sixth save, as he retired the game's final two batters.

Outfielder Brandon Boggs was promoted from High-A Bakersfield to take the spot of recently promoted outfielder Kevin Mahar. Frisco also placed starting pitcher Luis Mendoza on the disabled list. Taking Mendoza's place will be 6-foot-6 reliever Scott Rice, who was on a rehab assignment with Single-A Clinton.

Player of the game: DH Jim Fasano
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 .321


A+: Bakersfield 1 – San Jose 13
L – Batista (1-1)
HR – Davis (7)


After five outstanding performances, 25-year-old righty Kendy Batista (3.71 ERA/.232 BAA) struggled for the first time this season.

In just 3 2/3 innings, Batista surrendered 10 hits and six runs. He walked two and struck out three.

Relievers Ivan Izquierdo (1.1 IP, 2 ER) and Jose Marte (0.2 IP, 5 R) were unable to put out the fire.

Southpaw Danny Ray Herrera gave up two singles while notching one strikeout in a scoreless inning.

Third baseman Chris Davis (.225/.255/.529) slugged his seventh home run of the season for his only hit. Sixteen of Davis' 23 hits this season have gone for extra bases.

Johany Abreu, who played in left field on Friday night, was activated from the disabled list.

Player of the game: 3B Chris Davis
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 .225


A: Clinton 9 – (@) Lansing 5
W – Ballard (3-2)
HR – Gomez (2)


Clinton's bats went to work on Friday, as the L-Kings pounded out nine runs on 15 hits in the first game of a weekend series against the Lansing Lugnuts.

The top three hitters in the order – Craig Gentry, Jose Vallejo, and Chad Tracy – each went 2-for-5. Vallejo, who is now hitting .323, has recorded multiple hits in six of his last seven games.

Right fielder K.C. Herren (.277/.329/.446) broke out of a prolonged slump with four hits – including a double and a triple – in five plate appearances.

After an incredibly hot start, outfielder Grant Gerrard has seen his batting average slip all the way to .238.

Starting pitcher Michael Ballard gave up five runs – four earned – on eight hits in five innings. He fanned five without issuing a walk.

Relievers Brett Zamzow (1 IP), Brennan Garr (2 IP), and Jeremiah Haar (1 IP) combined to yield no runs on one hit.

Player of the game: RF K.C. Herren
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 4 1 0 2 0 0 .277

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