Minor League Roundup - 4/24

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders were beaten soundly on Sunday afternoon, but Jonathan Greene continued his hot hitting, reaching base three times and belting another home run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – Oklahoma City 4
L - Ramirez (2-1)
12-6, 2.5 GU

After two dominant starts in Triple-A, 21-year-old righty Neil Ramirez finally worked through some struggles. Pitching against Oklahoma City for the second consecutive start, Ramirez worked five innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked three and fanned three.

Ramirez tossed a 1-2-3 first inning and retired the last seven hitters he faced. But the second and third gave him troubles––that's when he threw the majority of his 82 pitches and surrendered all three runs.

Still, through three Triple-A starts, Ramirez has permitted only three earned runs on eight hits in 16 innings.

The Express offense failed to get much going for the second consecutive day.

Third baseman Brian Barden, who was 1-for-4, launched his first home run of the season in the fourth inning. It was a solo shot.

Centerfielder Endy Chavez (2/4, 2B) and DH Brad Nelson (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Chavez now boasts a .349 batting average, and he has hit safely in 14 of his 15 games this season.

Chavez and Craig Gentry––both regarded as excellent defenders––picked up one outfield assist apiece, as both gunned down Tommy Manzella in the game.

Nine-hole hitting catcher Robinzon Diaz singled twice in three trips in his second Triple-A game of the season.

Left-hander Beau Jones made his Triple-A debut on Sunday, hurling 2.1 scoreless frames on 40 pitches. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Player of the Game: LHP Beau Jones
2.1 3 0 0 2 3 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 10
L - Boscan (1-2)
HR - Greene (2)
6-10, 4.0 GB

Sunday's game got out of hand early, as right-hander Wilfredo Boscan was knocked around for seven runs–-four earned––on seven hits in 4.1 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Through four Double-A starts, Boscan has pitched well twice and struggled twice. The end result has been 13 runs allowed in 15.1 innings, walking six and fanning 12.

First baseman Jonathan Greene (.429/.500/.690) posted one of Frisco's two runs with his solo home run. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. The 25-year-old has appeared in 12 games, and he is currently second in the Texas League with a .429 batting average.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca raised his average to .322 by going 2-for-4 with his first triple of the season.

Guilder Rodriguez (3/4) had three singles while Mike Bianucci (2/4) collected a pair of base hits.

Mark Hamburger (3.38 ERA/.205 BAA) turned in a solid long relief effort, allowing only a solo home run in 3.2 innings. The 24-year-old struck out one without walking a batter.

Hamburger sat down the first eight hitters he faced before giving up the round-tripper to T.J. Steele. He then finished out the eighth inning with two strikeouts and a popup to third.

Player of the Game: 1B Jonathan Greene
2 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 .429

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Kinston 3
L - Kelly (0-1)
11-5, 0.5 GB

The Pelicans dropped a one-run game to finish off their four-game set at Kinston.

Right-hander Ryan Kelly (4.80 ERA/.259 BAA) allowed three runs over a season-high five innings pitched. The 23-year-old gave up three hits (including a homer) while walking one and striking out five.

Kelly had saves in each of his first three relief appearances before joining the rotation to take the place of Neil Ramirez, who was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock.

The offense wasn't able to get much going, but the top two hitters in the order gave strong production. Speedy leadoff man Ryan Strausborger (.314/.355/.414) had two singles and a walk in five plate appearances. He also stole his fifth base of the season.

Shortstop Leury Garcia (.262/.324/.354) has heated up after a slow start. On Sunday, the 20-year-old was 2-for-4 with his first triple. He is 13-for-34 (.382) with three doubles and a triple over his last seven games.

Mike Olt (1/4, 2B) and Jared Prince (1/3, 2B, HBP) both doubled once. Olt also struck out twice, and even with the hot start, he has now fanned 14 times in his last eight contests.

Santiago Chirino, normally a second baseman, got the start at third base on Sunday. Manager Jason Wood also moved hot-hitting left fielder Travis Adair into the lineup's three-hole. He had been hitting ninth.

Reliever Kenny Gomez (0.82 ERA/.111 BAA) walked two and plunked one in two innings, but he tossed hitless and scoreless ball. Gomez has yielded one run on four hits in his first 11 innings this season.

Tyler Tufts (1.35 ERA/.174 BAA) worked a shutout eighth inning with one strikeout.

Player of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger
4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 .314

A: Hickory – OFF
12-5, 0.5 GB

After winning four-of-five at Hagerstown, the Crawdads took Sunday off in order to travel back to Hickory. They'll begin a nine-game home stand with a four-game set against the Augusta GreenJackets on Monday evening.

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