Minor League Roundup - 4/28

Right-handers Mike Wood and Doug Mathis were dominant on Saturday while Clinton outfielder Craig Gentry fell just a triple short of the cycle. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 10 – New Orleans 1
W – Wood (2-0)

Mike Wood tossed a gem for the RedHawks on Saturday, as he allowed just four hits in seven innings of one-run ball. The righty, who has a 2.05 ERA in four Triple-A starts, walked one and fanned nine.

Shortstop Ramon Vazquez (.293/.421/.440) was 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and three runs batted in. The 30-year-old infielder has seven doubles, two triples, and 16 walks in his first 21 games.

Left fielder Victor Diaz only had one hit, but he added two more RBI, giving him 28 in just 22 games played.

Catcher Guillermo Quiroz was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in while second baseman Tim Hulett was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

After a slow start to his Triple-A career, Hulett has gone 10-for-16 with four walks over his past five games. The streak has boosted his average up to .333 with a .473 on base percentage.

Player of the game: RHP Mike Wood
7.0 4 1 1 1 9 0 2.05

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Corpus Christi 2
W – Mathis (1-1)

Frisco starter Doug Mathis surrendered just one run on six hits in six innings on Saturday evening in Corpus Christi. Mathis, who recorded 10 groundball outs versus jus three in the air, walked a pair and struck out five.

Playing in just his second Double-A game of the season, left fielder Jake Blalock went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Third baseman Travis Metcalf (.276/.333/.434) was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

DH Salomon Manriquez (2/5) and first baseman Adam Fox (2/4, 2B, BB) had two hits.

Despite walking three, sidearming reliever Brandon Puffer (0.64 ERA/.192 BAA) did not allow any runs in two hitless innings.

Player of the game: RHP Doug Mathis
6.0 6 1 1 2 5 0 2.31

A+: Bakersfield 3 – Lancaster 7
L – Volquez (0-2)

Making his fifth start of the season with High-A Bakersfield, Edinson Volquez displayed solid control, but struggled to hold the Lancaster bats at bay.

The 23-year-old right-hander yielded six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Volquez walked just two, but allowed seven hits – five doubles – while walking two and punching out seven.

Volquez was expected to be promoted to Double-A Frisco after five starts with the Blaze. In his five starts, Volquez has given up 20 hits in 23.1 innings, walking 16 and striking out 27. He currently has an 8.87 earned run average.

Reliever Jon Wilson celebrated his 24th birthday with two perfect innings. The Winthrop product fanned three.

One day after going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, third baseman Chris Davis was 2-for-4 with a double.

First baseman Freddie Thon singled twice in three at-bats.

Player of the game: 3B Chris Davis
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .218

A: Clinton 9 – Great Lakes – 11
L – Gudex (1-1)
HR – Gentry (2)

Leadoff man Craig Gentry (.221/.271/.351) put an end to a lengthy slump on Saturday, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and a walk. The Arkansas native even added an outfield assist for good measure.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.275/.315/.348) was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Vallejo, who has four extra base hits in April, had just 17 extra base knocks in 496 at-bats last season.

Another player that had been slumping, outfielder Grant Gerrard, was 2-for-5 with three RBI.

Starter Broc Coffman had a no-decision, as he allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.

After a hot start, left-handed reliever Tim Gudex has cooled down. Gudex saw his ERA rise to 4.38 after he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. He suffered the blown save and the loss.

Player of the game: CF Craig Gentry
4 3 3 1 1 1 1 0 .221

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