Minor League Roundup - 4/26

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads got a strong all-around effort on Tuesday, including eight strikeouts from starter Justin Grimm and a grand slam off the bat of Jonathan Roof. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – Oklahoma City 9
L - Hankins (3-1)
13-7, 1.5 GU

Oklahoma City busted out for a nine-run second inning against Round Rock starter Derek Hankins. It was the RedHawks' only scoring of the game, but it was plenty to earn the victory.

Hankins appeared to have just one of ‘those' nights after a few strong outings to begin his season. The right-hander coughed up nine runs (five earned) on nine hits in just 1.2 innings. Astros prospect Koby Clemens got him for a pair of home runs in the second inning.

The Express bullpen combined for 7.1 scoreless innings after Hankins. Right-hander Seth McClung hurled the first 1.1 frames before plunking Clemens––and getting tossed along with Manager Bobby Jones––after his two long balls.

Chris Mobley (4.05 ERA/.213 BAA) turned in his best Triple-A outing, logging four shutout frames. He gave up three hits while walking and striking out two.

Yoshinori Tateyama (1.64 ERA/.256 BAA) kept the RedHawks off the board for the final two innings. The 35-year-old has walked two and fanned 14 in 11 innings with the Express this season.

Shortstop Luis Cruz (.241/.259/.443) went 2-for-4 with his second double––Round Rock's only extra-base hit of the evening.

Catcher Robinzon Diaz singled three times in four trips. Esteban German was just 1-for-5, but he drove home a run and swiped his seventh base of the season.

Joey Butler was 1-for-4 with three punchouts. In his first 11 Triple-A games, the 25-year-old is 10-for-40 (.250) with three extra-base hits, three walks, and 18 strikeouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Chris Mobley
4.0 3 0 0 2 2 0 4.05

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) San Antonio 6
L - Castillo (0-2)
HR - Bianucci (6)
6-12, 6.0 GB

The RoughRiders and Missions played a wild back-and-forth contest on Tuesday afternoon.

After Frisco had clawed its way back to take a 4-3 lead, the Missions struck for three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Frisco's Mike Bianucci appeared to have hit the go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth, but it was ultimately overturned and ruled a ground-run double. Then third baseman Tom Mendonca struck out to end the game.

Perhaps even more notable was what happened after the game. The Frisco team and a handful of fans behind the dugout got into an incident, which is detailed in this San Antonio Express-News story. While no physical contact was made, there were objects thrown from both sides.

In the game, starting pitcher Jake Brigham allowed three earned runs in five innings for the fourth consecutive outing––all four of his Double-A games. He permitted four hits while walking three and striking out six.

The 23-year-old Brigham is treading water in Double-A, but he is holding his own giving his previous lack of experience above the lower levels. In 20 innings, he has allowed 22 hits, walked eight, and struck out 21.

DH Mike Bianucci (.304/.372/.594) was 2-for-5 with a double and his sixth home run of the season. Slugging third baseman Tom Mendonca doubled twice in five trips. Also adding a double was left fielder Jonathan Greene, who was 1-for-3 with a HBP.

Engel Beltre (2/5), Jose Ruiz (2/4) and David Paisano (2/3) all singled twice.

Justin Miller (1 IP) and Ben Snyder (1.1 IP) worked scoreless relief before hard-throwing righty Fabio Castillo picked up both his second blown save and loss of the young season. Castillo permitted three runs in two-thirds of an inning, allowing a three-run blast to Missions DH Cody Decker.

Player of the Game: DH Mike Bianucci
5 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 .304

A+: Myrtle Beach – Potomac – PPD (Rain)
12-5, 0.5 GB

The Pelicans and P-Nats were postponed due to rain on Tuesday evening. The two clubs will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, beginning at 6:05 p.m. Eastern.

A: Hickory 9 – Augusta 1
W - Osborne (1-0)
HR - Herrera (2), Roof (2), Villanueva (2)
13-6, 0.5 GB

The Crawdads were the only team to earn a victory in the Rangers' organization on Tuesday.

Hickory starting pitcher Justin Grimm (3.00 ERA/.186 BAA) set the tone early by striking out seven batters through his first three innings. The University of Georgia product worked 5.2 total frames, giving up one run while scattering five hits. He walked two and struck out eight.

Nine-hole hitting second baseman Jonathan Roof (.308/.333/.462) isn't known for his power, but he created separation between the Crawdads and GreenJackets with his sixth-inning grand slam. Roof also doubled earlier in the game, giving him five runs batted in.

DH Odubel Herrera (1/5, HR) and third baseman Christian Villanueva (1/3, HR, BB) both hit their second home run of the season. Villanueva is suddenly batting .298 on the year.

Jurickson Profar (2/3, BB) and Jhonny Gomez (1/2, 2 BB) reached base three times apiece while left fielder Jake Skole (2/4) singled twice in four trips.

Houston native Zach Osborne lowered his earned-run average to 1.26 with 2.1 more scoreless innings. Osborne, who picked up the victory, gave up three hits and struck out one without waking a batter.

Former non-drafted free agent Jorge Marban made his full-season debut by tossing hitless ball in the ninth inning. The 22-year-old righty walked one and struck out two.

Player of the Game: 2B Jonathan Roof
4 2 2 1 1 5 0 0 .308

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