Minor League Roundup - 4/26

Clinton starting pitcher Neftali Feliz has been inconsistent this season, but he flashed his good side on Saturday evening with eight strikeouts in five innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – Albuquerque 5
W – Maeda (1-0)
SV – Tejeda (1)
HR – Cruz (7), Benjamin (3), Mench (2)
16-7, 2.0 GU

Nelson Cruz had another perfect day at the plate on Saturday, as he went 1-for-1 with a home run and two walks. He was also hit by a pitch and he stole two bases, giving him eight on the year.

Cruz has remained on fire.
Kevin Mench and Casey Benjamin each went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

Starting pitcher Doug Mathis (3.38 ERA/.250 BAA) permitted four runs – three earned – on six hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Left-hander Yukinaga Maeda made his U.S. debut in relief of Mathis. The former Yomiuri Giant allowed one run in two innings, giving up three hits and fanning one. He earned the victory.

Second baseman Drew Meyer (.255/.314/.277) singled twice in four at-bats. He stole his third base.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden appeared in his first game at the Triple-A level. The Dallas native was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Robinson Tejeda earned the save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two batters.

Player of the Game: RF Nelson Cruz
1 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 .349

AA: Frisco 3 – Corpus Christi 2
W – Hodges (3-1)
SV – Gordon (1)
HR – Harrison (1)
16-5, 3.5 GU

Trey Hodges (2.25 ERA/.229 BAA) earned his third win in four decisions by allowing just two runs in seven innings. The Hooks managed four hits against him, while Hodges walked one and punched out five.

Harrison hit his first homer.
Leadoff man Craig Gentry (2/4, 2B) and second baseman Adam Fox (2/3) each had two hits on the night.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus (.271/.319/.306) broke out of a small slump by getting a single and a walk in four plate appearances.

Ben Harrison won the game with his two-run round-tripper in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was his first home run of the year.

Pitcher Brian Gordon earned the save for Frisco with two scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit, walked one, and struck out two.

Gordon, 29, split the 2007 season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock in the Astros organization. He appeared in one game with the Hooks this season before being released. The right-hander had a workout with the ‘Riders in Corpus Christi last weekend and he was recently signed.

Player of the Game: RHP Trey Hodges
7.0 4 2 2 1 5 2 2.25

A+: Bakersfield 7 – (@) High Desert 3
W – Reed (1-0)
HR – Vallejo (3)
11-12, 5.0 GB

Coming into the 2008 season, Jose Vallejo had four home runs in 1,212 career at-bats. The second baseman had a career high of two, coming with Single-A Clinton in 2006.

Laughter has been the system's best reliever.
Vallejo smacked his third home run of the season – in 98 at-bats – on Saturday evening. The speedster also doubled and drove in three runs. Despite hitting in the one or two hole all season long, Vallejo has driven in 17 runs in 23 games this season.

Making his first High-A start, Evan Reed was uncharacteristically wild, walking four batters in five innings. But the California native was still decent, as he gave up three runs on seven hits, striking out five.

First baseman Mauro Gomez (.263/.314/.363) was 2-for-4 with a double.

Catcher Manny Pina (.160/.259/.180) singled and walked in four trips.

Reliever Andrew Laughter (0.00 ERA/.222 BAA) pitched in with three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out three. The Louisiana-Lafayette product has not allowed a run in 12 innings this season.

Jordan Stewart (0.71 ERA/.205 BAA) pitched a scoreless inning despite allowing three hits.

Player of the Game: 2B Jose Vallejo
5 1 2 1 1 3 0 2 .347

A: Clinton 1 – Lansing 6
L – Castillo (0-1)
14-5, 1.0 GB

Moreland has hit safely in eight of his nine games this year.
The L-Kings were shut down by Lansing starter Kyle Ginley, who moved to 4-0 with a 0.89 ERA on the season.

With his fastball sitting around 93-95 and topping out at 97 mph, Neftali Feliz gave up only two hits in five shutouts innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Fabio Castillo was roughed up for the first time this season, as he yielded six runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (.324/.361/.471) singled twice in three at-bats while second baseman Matt Lawson (1/3) drove in Clinton's only run.

Chris Dennis hurled 1.2 perfect frames of relief with one strikeout.

Player of the Game: RHP Neftali Feliz
5.0 2 0 0 1 8 0 4.64


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