Minor League Roundup - 4/19

The Frisco RoughRiders set a team record with 24 hits on Saturday evening while Bakersfield second baseman Jose Vallejo flashed his new-found power. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 7 – (@) Iowa 4
W – Murray (2-0)
HR – Gold (4)
13-4, 3.0 GU

Boggs reached base three times.
A.J. Murray had a strong effort on Saturday night, as he gave up two runs in five innings. The lefty did throw quite a few pitches [95], but he only allowed four hits. Murray walked two and struck out three.

First baseman Nate Gold (.264/.365/.556) hit the team's only home run of the game. It was his fourth of the season.

Nelson Cruz saw his on-base percentage rise to a gaudy .525 with a hit and two more walks. He has 15 walks in 13 games this season. Cruz also stole his fifth base.

LF Brandon Boggs singled, doubled, and walked in the game. Though he has generally had trouble against right-handed pitchers in his career, the switch-hitting Boggs is currently boasting a .385/.457/.590 line against them in 39 at-bats this season.

Chris Shelton singled twice, walked, and drove in three runs.

Player of the Game: LF Brandon Boggs
4 1 2 1 0 1 1 2 .346

AA: Frisco 15 – (@) Corpus Christi 5
W – Feldman (2-0)
HR – Majewski (1)
12-3, 2.0 GU

The ‘Riders set a team record with 24 hits on Saturday night.

Majewski hit his first home run of the year.
Leading the charge was the 7-8-9 spots in the batting order. 2B Adam Fox was 4-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI; 3B Emerson Frostad went 4/6 with three doubles and two RBI; and RF Dustin Majewski was 3/6 with a double, a home run, and four runs batted in.

But that wasn't all. Every member of the Frisco starting lineup had at least one hit in the game. Catcher Max Ramirez singled three times and walked twice, bringing his batting average up to a solid .291. Ramirez scored four runs in the game.

Craig Gentry (2/5, 2B), Elvis Andrus (3/5), Ben Harrison (1/6), Chris Davis (2/6) and Steve Murphy (2/5, 2B, 3B, BB) helped to round out the hit parade.

Starting pitcher Scott Feldman gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings, but he obviously received plenty of run support, enabling him to earn his second victory of the year. Feldman gave up eight hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Jake Dittler (2.1 IP) and Chris Michalak (1 IP) closed it out with scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: 3B Emerson Frostad
6 2 4 3 0 2 0 1 .314

A+: Bakersfield 8 – Lancaster 5
W – Stewart (2-0)
HR – Vallejo (2)
8-9, 4.0 GB

Borbon has five steals.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.353/.413/.515) could not be having a more impressive start to the season. The speedy 21-year-old went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, four RBI, and two stolen bases on Saturday. He now has a .353 batting average, five doubles, two home runs, and six stolen bases.

Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon also had three hits and two stolen bases, giving him five steals on the season.

Grant Gerrard (2/5, 2B), John Whittleman (1/3, 2B, BB), and Mauro Gomez (2/4, 2B) all doubled.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon singled twice and walked. He swiped his second base this year.

Starter Zach Phillips surrendered four unearned runs in 4.1 innings for the Blaze. He allowed three hits, walked four, and fanned five.

Player of the Game: 2B Jose Vallejo
5 3 3 1 1 4 0 0 .353

A: Clinton 4 – (@) Dayton 3 (11 innings)
W – Santana (2-1)
HR – Gac (6)
10-3, 2.5 GB

Ian Gac (.429/.500/.898) stole the show once again on Saturday night with his sixth home run of the season. The 22-year-old also singled twice in the contest.

Reed has been a strike-throwing machine in '08.
Shortstop Andres James was the only other L-King with multiple hits. He singled twice in four at-bats.

Evan Reed surrendered two runs in six innings. He allowed four hits, walked none, and struck out four. The appearance was Reed's first since he tossed five shutout innings for Frisco in a Double-A spot-start. The California native has issued just two free passes in 17 total innings this season.

Closer Josh Lueke blew his second save of the year when he allowed an inherited runner to score, but he did not allow a run of his own in 1.1 innings. The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out two.

Julio Santana earned the victory with two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Right fielder Tim Smith won the game with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th.

Player of the Game: RHP Evan Reed
6.0 4 2 2 0 6 0 1.50


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