Minor League Roundup - 4/26

Slugging outfielder John Mayberry had his best game of the season on Thursday, hitting three home runs while driving in seven. Lone Star Dugout looks at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 11 – New Orleans 3
W – Rowe (1-0)
HR – Diaz (2), Relaford (1)

Oklahoma was locked up in a tight game with the New Orleans Zephyrs until the bottom of the fifth, when the RedHawks busted out for five runs.

Victor Diaz (.359/.398/.551) brought home the inning's first run with an RBI double into right field. Diaz also homered in the contest.

Jason Botts (3/5) and Marlon Byrd (3/5, 2B), who singled after Diaz, were brought home on Desi Relaford's three-run shot, his first of the season.

Every starter reached base twice except catcher Miguel Ojeda. Freddy Guzman, Kevin West, and Tug Hulett each had two hits.

Though starting pitcher Francisco Cruceta fanned eight in 4.2 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits while walking six.

Texas Tech product Steven Rowe was solid in relief, as he did not permit a run in 2.1 innings.

A.J. Murray (0.00 ERA/.069 BAA) did not allow a run despite walking three in two innings. The left-hander allowed no hits and struck out three.

Player of the game: RF Victor Diaz
5 2 2 1 1 2 0 2 .359

AA: Frisco 8 – (@) San Antonio 4
W – Mendoza (3-0)
HR – Frostad (4), Fasano (1), Webster (1)

Right-hander Luis Mendoza (5.23 ERA/.282 BAA) pitched well enough to get his third win of the season on Thursday. The former Red Sox farmhand gave up four runs – three earned – on seven hits in six innings. He allowed all four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Starting his second game of the season, right fielder Anthony Webster went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

First baseman Emerson Frostad (2/4) and DH Jim Fasano (1/4) also went deep.

Harlingen native Randy Williams and Brandon Puffer combined for three innings of scoreless ball to close out the victory.

Player of the game: RF Anthony Webster
5 2 3 1 1 3 0 0 .308

A+: Bakersfield 13 – Visalia 3
W – Walker (1-2)
HR – Mayberry (3, 4, 5), Boggs (3)

The Blaze capped off a perfect night for the organization's minor league clubs with a blowout victory over the Visalia Oaks.

Right fielder John Mayberry (.226/.278/.488) led the way with three home runs and seven runs batted in. Left fielder Brandon Boggs also hit a home run, his third of the season.

Shortstop Matt Smith (3/5), Thomas Berkery (2/4), Truan Mehl (3/4, 2B), Brian Valichka (2/4), and Tony Roth (2/4, 2 2B) all had multiple hits. Valichka is hitting .382 in 10 games with the Blaze.

Andy Walker tossed seven strong innings, as he yielded three runs on seven hits without issuing a walk. Walker struck out four.

Left-hander Danny Ray Herrera appeared in his first game of the season. The 5-foot-8 hurler did not permit a run despite allowing two singles and a walk.

Player of the game: RF John Mayberry
5 4 3 0 3 7 0 0 .226

A: Clinton – Great Lakes – PPD (Rain)

Thursday's game was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday evening.

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