W – Kometani (1-0)
1-0, 0.0 GU
Top prospect Eric Hurley was shaky, but he was able to keep his team in the game, allowing the RedHawks to eventually walk off with their first victory of the 2008 season.
Hurley gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings on Thursday, walking two and striking out seven.
One of Hurley's issues since last season's promotion to Triple-A has been home runs. The righty served up 13 round-trippers in 13 starts with the RedHawks last season. He gave up one home run on Thursday, a two-run shot in the top of the third inning.
Metroplex native and UT-Arlington product Ryan Roberts was certainly the offensive star of the night, as he was 3-for-5 with a double. Roberts also knocked in the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth.
Jason Ellison (2/4, 2B), Nate Gold (2/4, BB), and Drew Meyer (2/4) also had multiple hits.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled for his only hit in four at-bats.
The OKC bullpen helped keep the club in the game by combining for five scoreless frames.
Kameron Loe gave up two hits, while fanning three, in two shutout innings. Wes Littleton then retired all six hitters he faced before Kea Kometani worked a perfect 10th.
Outfielder Brandon Boggs did not play on Thursday. He is day-to-day with a minor finger injury.
W – Harrison (1-0)
SV – Madrigal (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU
The ‘Riders got their season started off with a bang by scoring six runs on 13 hits.
The pitching wasn't bad either.
Making his first start as a member of the Rangers organization, Matt Harrison surrendered only one run on four hits – all singles – in 5.2 innings. Though he certainly isn't known for his ability to miss bats, the left-hander recorded six strikeouts without issuing a base on balls.
First baseman Chris Davis notched a team-high three hits, including a double and a run batted in.
Centerfielder Craig Gentry (2/5, 2B), 3B Adam Fox (2/5, 2B), C Taylor Teagarden (2/5) and SS Elvis Andrus (2/5) also had multi-hit efforts. Gentry and Andrus were both playing in their first Double-A game.
Also making his Double-A debut was DH Max Ramirez. The native of Venezuela struck out twice in five hitless plate appearances.
Closer Warner Madrigal fanned two in a perfect ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.
L – Hunter (0-1)
HR – Gerrard (1)
0-1, 1.0 GB
The talented 2008 Bakersfield Blaze pitching staff was introduced to the Cal League on Thursday, as they coughed up 12 runs on 12 hits and seven walks.
Right-hander Tommy Hunter struggled early on, giving up four runs in the game's first two innings. But the Alabama product settled down in a hurry, retiring the last 12 hitters he faced. In all, Hunter gave up four runs in six innings. He allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out three.
Right fielder Grant Gerrard, who was outstanding early last season with Single-A Clinton, went 1-for-3 with a walk and the organization's lone home run of the night. Gerrard batted cleanup for the Blaze.
Jose Vallejo (2/4, 2B) and K.C. Herren (1/3, 2B, BB) each doubled in the contest.
The game got out of hand in a hurry when Bakersfield went to their bullpen in the seventh inning. Relievers Josh Giles and Chris Dennis were erratic, to say the least. The duo combined to permit eight earned runs in 1.2 innings, walking six and uncorking three wild pitches.
Bakersfield veteran J.B. Diaz helped to put out the fire with 1.2 scoreless frames to end it.
3B John Whittleman sat out with flu-like symptoms and SS Marcus Lemon is day-to-day with some tightness in his hamstring.
The L-Kings will try again tomorrow at 7 p.m. Central. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Clinton will face Cedar Rapids beginning at 5 p.m.
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