Minor League Roundup - 4/17

Top prospect Eric Hurley posted an outstanding start and lefty A.J. Murray was perfect once again on Tuesday. Rangers Insider takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 5 – Nashville 4
W – Murray (2-0)
SV – Francisco (2)

The RedHawks got off to a quick start on Tuesday, as four consecutive base hits scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Ramon Vazquez (.275/.375/.375) led off the game with a double, his fourth of the season.

Right fielder Victor Diaz (.409/.471/.614) singled three times in four at-bats.

Left fielder Jason Botts was 2-for-4 with a double, his fifth.

Starting pitcher Mike Wood was flawless through four innings, but he struggled in the fifth. After permitting just one base hit over his first four frames, Wood allowed four runs to cross the plate in the top of the fifth.

Lefty A.J. Murray picked up the win in relief of Wood, as he retired all six batters he faced. Murray has not allowed a baserunner in four innings this season.

Frank Francisco closed the game out with a hitless ninth inning. Francisco struck out one.

Player of the game: LHP A.J. Murray
2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Springfield 2
W – Hurley (2-0)
HR – Richardson (3), Frostad (2), West (2)

The RoughRiders took their fourth consecutive game on Tuesday behind – you guessed it – another dominant pitching effort from top prospect Eric Hurley.

Hurley, who has a 0.98 ERA in three appearances this season, yielded just two hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings. The 21-year-old did not issue a walk and struck out six.

In 18.1 innings for Hurley this season, he has allowed just 11 hits, walked two, and fanned 16. The opposition is hitting .169 against Hurley.

The middle of the order flexed their muscles as well, as Kevin West, Emerson Frostad, and Kevin Richardson hit back-to-back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the fifth inning. West was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day.

Left fielder Steve Murphy, who is hitting .356, singled twice in four at-bats.

Player of the game: RHP Eric Hurley
7.1 2 1 1 0 6 1 0.98

A+: Bakersfield 4 – Stockton 5
L - Giles (1-1)

Bakersfield starter Michael Schlact struggled to find the strike zone in Tuesday's loss, as he issued six free passes in 3.1 innings. Schlact allowed three runs on four hits, fanning one.

Making his first appearance with Bakersfield, Ryan Knippschild gave up one hit in 2.2 scoreless frames. Knippschild, who appeared in one game with Double-A Frisco, struck out two.

Leadoff hitter Micah Furtado was the only hitter with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-5 with his fourth double of the season.

Playing in his first game with the Blaze, Mississippi State product Thomas Berkery was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

Player of the game: LHP Ryan Knippschild
2.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

A: Clinton 0 – (@) West Michigan 5
L – Giles (1-1)

Virginia product Michael Ballard allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, picking up the loss. Ballard, who benefited from two double plays, walked four and struck out one.

The Clinton bats were held silent by West Michigan starter Christopher Cody, as the L-Kings had only four hits.

Designated hitter Chad Tracy (.225/.244/.400) had the team's only extra base hit, as he was 1-for-4 with a double.

Lefty Tim Gudex fanned three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Gudex has allowed only two hits while fanning eight in 5.1 innings this season.

Another solid lefty out of the pen, Jared Locke, threw a hitless eighth inning. Locke has not allowed a hit in four innings this season.

Player of the game: LHP Tim Gudex
1.2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00

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