Minor League Roundup - 5/5
Bear Bay tossed seven shutout innings
Bear Bay tossed seven shutout innings
Posted May 6, 2007

Bakersfield righty Bear Bay helped combine on his team's second shutout of the season on Saturday. Lone Star Dugout looks at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 7 – Omaha 6
W – Feldman (1-0)
HR – Byrd (3), Botts (2), Mahar (1)

The RedHawks and Omaha Royals played an eventful game on Saturday afternoon, as eight runs were scored in the game’s final three innings.

Josh Rupe (4.34 ERA/.266 BAA) set the stage with an outstanding pitching performance. Over seven innings, Rupe yielded just two runs on five hits while mixing his pitches well. The right-hander walked just one and struck out three.

Despite striking out three times in the game, right fielder Kevin Mahar hit a home run that left the entire ballpark in the bottom of the third inning.

Designated hitter Marlon Byrd did the same in the bottom of the eighth. Byrd, who was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer, went deep for the third consecutive game.

Jason Botts (.218/.318/.336) followed Byrd’s at-bat with an opposite field shot that cleared the bullpen in left field. Botts, who also doubled and walked, now has hits in six of his last seven games.

Southpaw A.J. Murray tossed a perfect eighth inning, but Scott Feldman’s first Triple-A appearance of the year was rough, to say the least. The sinkerballer allowed four runs on five hits in an inning, as he blew a three-run ninth inning lead.

But the RedHawk bats fought back in the bottom of the frame, as singles from Freddy Guzman, Tug Hulett, and Kevin West plated two runs for the walkoff victory.

Player of the game: DH Marlon Byrd
5 2 4 2 1 2 0 0 .327

AA: Frisco 1 – Midland 11
L – Galarraga (1-3)

Though Frisco starter Armando Galarraga had allowed just one run over his first five innings, things fell apart when he came back out for the top of the sixth.

Galarraga surrendered a walk and two doubles before being pulled for pitcher Randy Williams. In all, the right-hander gave up four runs on four hits in five innings. He walked five and struck out three.

Leadoff hitter Anthony Webster went 2-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base.

Right fielder Steve Murphy (.330/.385/.443) was 1-for-4 with a double.

Player of the game: CF Anthony Webster
4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .268

A+: Bakersfield 2 – San Jose 0
W – Bay (3-1)
SV – Shoemaker (3)

Two pitchers that were acquired via trade in April – Bear Bay and Scott Shoemaker – combined for the shutout on Saturday night.

Making his fifth start in the Rangers organization, Bay (2.83 ERA/.231 BAA) allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven scoreless innings.

In 28.2 innings with the Blaze this season, the 23-year-old Bay has allowed just 25 hits while walking 10 and striking out 27.

Shoemaker (1.98 ERA/.184 BAA), who picked up his third save, contributed two hitless innings.

Third baseman Chris Davis had the team’s only extra base hit, as he was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Player of the game: RHP Ronald Bay
7.0 3 0 0 2 7 0 2.83

A: Clinton 3 – (@) Lansing 2
W – Poveda (3-0)
SV – Haar (4)

Omar Poveda (2.19 ERA/.167 BAA) picked up his third win of the season, as he yielded just two runs on four hits in six innings. The righty walked two and struck out five.

Outfielder K.C. Herren (.290/.338/.493), who was 4-for-5 with a double and a triple on Frida night, went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple on Saturday.

Third baseman David Peterson singled twice while first baseman Wally Backman had a double in four at-bats.

Lefty Tim Gudex fanned five in 2 1/3 scoreless frames.

Player of the game: RHP Omar Poveda
6.0 4 2 2 2 5 0 2.19

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