Minor League Roundup - 5/17

Omar Poveda fanned nine on Thursday

Lone Star Dugout was on hand to see Frisco's ninth inning comeback in San Antonio while Omar Poveda and John Whittleman came through in the clutch for the Clinton LumberKings. We take a look at all of Thursday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 2 – Iowa 9
L – Shoemaker (0-1)
HR – Byrd (5)


Oklahoma's mini-slump was prolonged on Thursday, as the RedHawks dropped their fourth consecutive game.

Starting pitcher Josh Rupe was pulled after throwing two scoreless innings, but it wasn't because he was being called up. Rupe appeared to leave the game with an arm injury.

Reliever Steve Rowe followed Rupe by fanning a pair in two perfect innings.

Making his first rehab appearance at Triple-A, designated hitter Frank Catalanotto was 1-for-3. He was also hit by a pitch.

Right fielder Marlon Byrd, who was 1-for-4, hit his fifth home run of the season.

Player of the game: RF Marlon Byrd
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 .362


AA: Frisco 6 – (@) San Antonio 5
W – Vasquez (1-1)
SV – Ingram (9)


In a game that Lone Star Dugout attended, the Frisco RoughRiders used a late rally to defeat the San Antonio Missions, 6-5.

Starting pitcher Luis Mendoza allowed just three hits in six innings, but two of them left the ballpark. Mendoza, who yielded five earned runs, walked five and fanned two.

The native of Mexico was working with a low-90's fastball that appeared to gain velocity as the game progressed. Mendoza, who showed a tendency to work above the belt with his heater, also threw a curveball.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf (.292/.363/.507) and catcher Salomon Manriquez (.267/.313/.500) were particularly impressive at the plate, as both were 3-for-4 with a double.

Closer Jesse Ingram (6.65 ERA/.229 BAA) converted his ninth save in as many attempts with a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the game: 3B Travis Metcalf
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 .292


A+: Bakersfield 7 – Lancaster 8
L – Marte (0-2)
HR – Mayberry (10), Davis (8, 9)


Third baseman Chris Davis (.250/.289/.557) had a monster game on Thursday afternoon, as he was 3-for-5 with a double and two home runs. The double was Davis' 14th while the homers were his eighth and ninth of the season.

Slugging outfielder John Mayberry (.235/.296/.481) was 2-for-5 with a home run, his tenth.

Starting pitcher Ace Walker surrendered five runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Reliever Anthony Pluta, who walked four in one inning earlier in the week, walked three in two innings on Thursday. Pluta did not allow a hit or a run.

Southpaw Ryan Knippschild recorded a perfect tenth inning.

Player of the game: 3B Chris Davis
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 3 3 1 2 2 0 1 .250


A: Clinton 1 – Dayton 0
W – Poveda (4-0)
SV – Haar (5)
HR – Whittleman (8)


Clinton starter Omar Poveda (2.17 ERA/.175 BAA) struck out nine over 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Thursday. Poveda, who has fanned 44 while walking just 15 in 49.2 innings this year, gave up five hits and two walks.

Third baseman John Whittleman smacked his eighth home run of the season in a 1-for-3 effort. It was the game's only run.

Closer Jeremiah Haar (1.75 ERA/.242 BAA) notched his fifth save with 2.1 blank frames. Haar yielded two hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out three.

Player of the game: RHP Omar Poveda
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.2 5 0 0 2 9 0 2.17

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