Minor League Roundup - 4/29

John Whittleman had two more hits on Sunday

Bakersfield right-hander Kendy Batista returned from the disabled list on Sunday while Clinton third baseman John Whittleman continued his hot-hitting. Lone Star Dugout looks at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 0 – New Orleans 7
L – Simon (1-3)


After beginning the season with three solid starts, Alfredo Simon (5.22 ERA/.217 BAA) has hit a bit of a slump. The right-hander yielded seven runs on six hits and three walks in just four innings on Sunday afternoon.

Texas Tech product Steven Rowe tossed four innings of hitless ball in relief of Simon. Rowe, who fanned two, has not allowed a run in 8.2 innings since being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Lefty A.J. Murray (0.00 ERA/.094 BAA) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning.

The Oklahoma offense didn't get much going on Sunday, but second baseman Tug Hulett (.356/.492/.489) did continue to hit. Hulett was 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk.

Player of the game: RHP Steven Rowe
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00


AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Corpus Christi 5
L – Vasquez (0-1)


Frisco starter Kea Kometani (5.85 ERA/.314 BAA) gave up three runs in 5.2 innings. Kometani allowed six hits while walking three and fanning one.

Second baseman German Duran (.290/.329/.536) was 1-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the season.

Twenty-four-year-old backstop Salomon Manriquez (.306/.357/.639) went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Manriquez, who has four home runs this season, is still without a double.

Shortstop Adam Fox was the star of the day, as he was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two stolen bases.

Player of the game: SS Adam Fox
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 .366


A+: Bakersfield 7 – Lancaster 5
W – Batista (1-0)
SV – Shoemaker (2)
HR – Berkery (1), Harrigan (1)


Making his first start in ten days, righty Kendy Batista (1.96 ERA/.163 BAA) showed no signs of rust. Batista surrendered just two runs on three hits over six innings, walking two and striking out five. The right-hander was returning from Bakersfield's seven-day disabled list.

Third baseman Chris Davis (.244/.278/.537) was 3-for-4 with a double, his seventh of the season.

Shortstop Thomas Berkery (2/3, 2B, HR, BB) and catcher Hunter Harrigan (1/4, HR) each had a round-tripper.

Truan Mehl (2/5), Micah Furtado (2/3), and Terry Blunt (3/4) also added multiple hits.

Player of the game: RHP Kendy Batista
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 3 2 2 2 5 0 1.96


A: Clinton 5 – Great Lakes – 3
W – Ballard (2-2)
SV – Zamzow (1)


The middle of the order pushed the L-Kings to victory on Sunday.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.292/.338/.361) was 2-for-3 with a walk and his fifth stolen base. The 20-year-old Dominican second baseman hit just .234/.289/.284 for Clinton last season.

The team's third hitter, Chad Tracy, was 2-for-4 with a double.

Third baseman John Whittleman, the cleanup man, was also 2-for-4 with a double. Whittleman is hitting .323 with seven doubles and two home runs.

Left-hander Michael Ballard gave six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and fanned two.

Scott Rice, a 6-foot-6 reliever, began what is presumably a rehab assignment with the LumberKings. Rice walked two but did not allow a run or a hit in two innings. He struck out two. The native Californian is expected to join Triple-A Oklahoma when his rehab assignment ends.

Player of the game: 3B John Whittleman
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 .323

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