Minor League Roundup - 4/12

Jonathan Greene hit a grand slam

It was another successful day for the Rangers' minor league affiliates, as the clubs combined for a 4-1 record. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 5 – (@) Albuquerque 4
W – Ramirez (2-1)
SV – White (1)
HR – Cruz (1)
8-2, 2.0 GU


Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.348/.484/.565) is once again proving he is too much for Triple-A pitching. The slugger went 3-for-5 with a home run on Saturday evening. He has seven walks versus two strikeouts in seven games.

Making his first start of the season, starter Elizardo Ramirez surrendered three runs on four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Designated hitter Brandon Boggs (.296/.387/.481) singled, tripled, and walked.

3B Ryan Roberts was 2-for-4 with a double.

Lefty Bill White fanned three in 1 2/3 scoreless frames to earn his first save of the season.

Player of the Game: RF Nelson Cruz
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 .348


AA: Frisco 4 – Springfield 2
W – Michalak (1-0)
SV – Garr (1)
HR – Ramirez (2), Ragsdale (1)
7-1, 0.5 GB


Michael Schlact gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings on Saturday. The tall righty allowed three hits, walked three, and fanned five.

Catcher Max Ramirez (1/3, HR, BB) and Corey Ragsdale (1/2, HR) each went deep while CF Craig Gentry (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled.

Chris Michalak (1.2 IP), Dan Touchet (1 IP), and Brennan Garr (1 IP) each hurled scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: C Max Ramirez
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 .214


A+: Bakersfield 1 – (@) San Jose 6
L – Bannister (1-1)
4-6, 2.0 GB


John Bannister was decent in his second start of the year, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Bannister posted a nine-to-one groundout-to-flyout ratio, giving him an 11-1 mark through two starts.

J.T. Restko's double was the team's only extra-base hit.

Sidearming righty Jordan Stewart fanned three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Jordan Stewart
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
1.2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00


A: Clinton 8 – West Michigan 7 (7 innings/Game 1)
W – Lueke (1-0)
HR – Santana (1)


Taking the mound for the first time since April 4, lefty Derek Holland was rusty. He gave up five runs – two earned – on five hits in 3.2 frames. Holland walked four and fanned five.

SS Renny Osuna (2/4, 2B, 3B), DH Cristian Santana (2/4, HR), 3B Jonathan Greene (2/2, BB), and C Jose Felix (2/3, 2B) all had multiple hits.

Santana's knock was the biggest, as he hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

David Paisano was 1-for-1 with a double and a walk.

Player of the Game: C Cristian Santana
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 .421


A: Clinton 5 – West Michigan 2 (7 innings/Game 2)
W – Santana (1-0)
SV – Sattler (1)
HR – Greene (1)
6-1, 1.5 GB


On the heels of a promising first start, power righty Neftali Feliz was all over the place. Feliz walked five batters in two-thirds of an inning. Though he didn't give up a hit, Feliz allowed two runs and did not strike a batter out.

Relievers Ryan Turner (2.1 IP), Julio Santana (3 IP), and Dan Sattler (1 IP) all helped save Feliz by blanking West Michigan for a combined 7.1 frames. The three pitchers allowed just two hits between them while fanning six.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (.182/.357/.318) had the game's big blow with a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning.

CF Engel Beltre (1/3, 2B) and C Carlos Dominguez (2/3, 2B) each doubled.

Player of the Game: 3B Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
2 1 1 0 1 4 1 0 .182


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