L – Mathis (0-1)
The Oklahoma bats were silenced by the Memphis pitching staff, as the ‘Hawks scratched out just four hits in the shutout.
Making his first Triple-A start, Doug Mathis suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings. The former Mizzou Tiger struck out three and walked three.
Wes Littleton made quick work of the Redbirds in the sixth inning, as he retired all three batters that he faced on 11 pitches. Reliever Frank Francisco was just as efficient, striking out the side in a perfect eighth inning.
Second baseman Ramon Vazquez was the lone offensive star of the day. Vazquez was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. The team's other two hits came from right fielder Victor Diaz and catcher Miguel Ojeda.
W – Hurley (1-0)
HR – Frostad (1)
The top two Erics' in the Rangers organization (Gagne and Hurley) took the hill at Dr Pepper Ballpark on Friday evening.
Gagne – a current Major League star – struck out one and walked one in two-thirds of an inning. The right-hander was lifted because of a strict pitch count. However, Gagne displayed excellent velocity, as his first pitch of the night was clocked at 94 MPH.
Hurley – a budding big league star – proved to be even more impressive. The organization's top prospect worked five scoreless innings, scattering four hits without issuing a walk. Hurley fanned three in the outing, which resulted in his first victory of the year.
Playing in just his second Texas League game, Emerson Frostad went 2-for-3 with a double, a long home run, and a walk. The Canadian first baseman has three extra base hits in his first two Double-A games.
Leadoff hitter Todd Donovan (1/5) and right fielder Kevin Mahar (2/4, BB) each tripled in the contest.
Second baseman German Duran was 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
Former Texas Aggie hurler Matt Farnum fanned two in a hitless ninth inning.
Emerson Frostad doubled and homered on Friday
W – Diaz (1-0)
SV – Wilson (2)
HR – Davis (1), Teagarden (1)
The Blaze won their second consecutive slugfest in as many days, as Bakersfield roughed up 2006 first round pick Daniel Bard for four runs in 2.2 innings.
A first inning double from John Mayberry (1/5) scored one of the runs against Bard, but the real damage was done in the second inning. Brandon Boggs led off with a single to center, Jake Blalock's third double in two days moved Boggs to third, and Taylor Teagarden brought both home with a three-run homer.
Boggs and Blalock each added singles later in the game while Teagarden walked twice.
Native Texan Chris Davis proved to be the difference in the game with a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning. Davis was 1-for-3 with a free pass and five RBI.
The biggest disappointment of the day came from right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Through the first two innings of Volquez's start, he was cruising. Volquez had fanned three while allowing two infield popups and a groundout. But in between striking out the side in the bottom of the third, the righty allowed one single, two home runs, walked two, and uncorked a wild pitch. Volquez carried his struggles over to the next frame, as he yielded two singles, a double, and a triple.
When the dust had settled, Volquez had this ugly line: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
The Rangers hope to see Volquez repeat his performance in the first two innings from now on.
Making his first ever appearance in the United States, 25-year-old Rule 5 pick Kendy Batista hurled a perfect inning with one punchout.
Reliever J.B. Diaz picked up the victory with two scoreless innings.
Due to the bitter cold in Clinton, Iowa, where wind chills bottomed out at 5 degrees Fahrenheit, Friday night's game was postponed.
The L-Kings will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m. CST.
Lefties Glenn Swanson and Zach Phillips are scheduled to get the starts for Clinton.