Minor League Roundup - 5/11

Zach Phillips fanned seven in five innings

Friday night was a wild one, as Oklahoma scored 19 runs in three innings and John Whittleman and K.C. Herren continued their dominance of the Midwest League. Lone Star Dugout recaps all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 19 – (@) Las Vegas 5
W – Rupe (2-2)
HR – Gold (3), Relaford (2)


After a wild night in which the RedHawks scored 16 runs and still lost, the OKC offense was even more potent in an easy victory on Friday evening.

Every hitter in the Oklahoma lineup notched at least two hits and all 19 runs came in the first five innings of the game. Former Ranger Matt Riley was caught in the mess, as he allowed six runs on seven hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

First baseman Nate Gold (.232/.306/.446) hit his second home run in as many days, as he was 3-for-6 with a double, a home run, and four RBI.

Third baseman Desi Relaford also homered, doubled, singled, walked three times, and drove in four runs.

Second baseman Tug Hulett (2/6, 3 RBI), right fielder Kevin Mahar (2/4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI), and shortstop Ramon Vazquez (2/6) had two hits.

Centerfielder Freddy Guzman (3/6, 3B), left fielder Marlon Byrd (3/6, 2B, BB, 3 RBI), and DH Jason Botts (3/5, BB, 2 RBI) each had three hits.

Backstop Miguel Ojeda led the team with four hits – including a double – in six plate appearances.

OKC starter Josh Rupe picked up the win despite allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings. Rupe improved to 2-2 on the season.

Player of the game: 3B Desi Relaford
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 3 2 1 1 4 3 0 .261


AA: Frisco 10 – Corpus Christi 4
W – Galarraga (2-3)


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A+: Bakersfield 1 – Rancho Cucamonga 2
L – Bay (3-2)
HR – Mayberry (9)


Bakersfield starting pitcher Bear Bay (2.60 ERA/.224 BAA) was stuck with the loss despite allowing just one run on three hits in six strong innings. The native Texan walked five and struck out seven.

Right fielder John Mayberry hit a solo home run – his ninth of the season – in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Third baseman Chris Davis was 3-for-4 with his 11th double.

Centerfielder Truan Mehl (.321/.356/.411) was 2-for-4 with a double.

Making his first appearance since April 27, right-hander Anthony Pluta tossed a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the game: RHP Ronald Bay
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 1 1 5 7 0 2.60


A: Clinton 5 – (@) Burlington 0
W – Phillips (4-1)
HR – Whittleman (6), Herren (2)


Third baseman John Whittleman (.364/.461/.664) added his third consecutive multi-hit game on Friday, as he was 3-for-3 with a home run and a free pass. The Kingwood High School product leads the Midwest League in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.

Outfielder K.C. Herren (.363/.414/.626), who rates second in the league in hitting, was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four RBI.

Left-hander Zach Phillips (2.51 ERA/.239 BAA) tossed five scoreless innings. Phillips, who recorded the majority of his seven strikeouts on his curveball, gave up five hits and two walks. The southpaw has fanned 41 batters in 32 1/3 innings this season.

John Slusarz and Brett Zamzow combined for four innings of scoreless relief.

Player of the game: 3B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 2 3 0 1 1 1 0 .364

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