Minor League Roundup - 5/9

Volquez allowed just four hits in seven innings

Starting pitchers Doug Mathis and Edinson Volquez were masterful on Wednesday while Clinton third baseman John Whittleman remained hot at the plate. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 1 – (@) Las Vegas 4
L – Astacio (0-1)


Making his first start of the season, pitcher Ezequiel Astacio surrendered four runs – three earned – on four hits in just 3 1/3 innings. The former Astros prospect walked one and struck out four.

Leadoff hitter Freddy Guzman (.239/.361/.349) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Second baseman Tug Hulett and shortstop Ramon Vazquez also doubled for their only hit of the day.

Right-handers Franklyn German (1.2 IP) and Wes Littleton (2 IP) and southpaw A.J. Murray (1 IP) combined for 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Pitcher Scott Shoemaker was promoted to Oklahoma to replace righty Francisco Cruceta, who was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Player of the game: RHP Wes Littleton
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.02


AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 1
W – Mathis (3-1)
SV – Ingram (8)
HR – Webster (3)


Frisco hurler Doug Mathis (1.40 ERA/.211 BAA) allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings. The former Missouri Tiger walked four and struck out four.

Centerfielder Anthony Webster (.288/.333/.596) was 2-for-3 with a home run, his third of the season.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf (.288/.349/.505) and second baseman German Duran (.299/.346/.546) each singled and walked.

Player of the game: RHP Wes Littleton
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 1 0 0 4 4 0 1.40


A+: Bakersfield 0 – (@) Inland Empire 2
L – Volquez (0-4)


Though the Blaze were no-hit by Inland Empire starter Marlon Arias, the news wasn't all bad. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings. The hard-throwing righty walked only one batter while striking out five.

Player of the game: RHP Edinson Volquez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 2 2 1 5 0 7.13


A: Clinton 4 – Burlington 6
L – Ballard (3-3)
HR – Whittleman (5)


Clinton starter Michael Ballard lasted eight innings, but he yielded six runs on 11 hits. The former University of Virginia pitcher struck out 14 without issuing a walk.

Third baseman John Whittleman (.333/.437/.616) was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run on Wednesday. The home run was Whittleman's fifth of the season.

Left fielder K.C. Herren and DH Chad Tracy added two singles.

Player of the game: 3B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 1 1 3 0 1 .333

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