Minor League Roundup - 4/13

Derek Holland made his Triple-A debut on Monday evening while the Frisco RoughRiders played a doubleheader. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - (@) Nashville 4
L - Holland (0-1)
1-3, 1.5 GB

Derek Holland didn't have the easiest time in his first Triple-A start. The young left-hander allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings pitched. He fanned five and threw 81 pitches.

Right fielder Ben Harrison went 2-for-4 with a walk and his second double of the year.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Brandon Boggs (2/5, 2 RBI) and Casey Benjamin (2/3, BB) both singled twice.

Scott Thorman and Royce Huffman both went 0-for-4. The first base duo has combined to begin the season 0-for-18.

Rehabbing righty Willie Eyre tossed a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and one walk.

Beau Vaughan had the game's most impressive outing, as he fanned three batters in 1.2 innings. He allowed only one hit.

Southpaw reliever Kason Gabbard worked around two hits and a walk to post 1.1 scoreless frames.

Player of the Game: RF Ben Harrison
4 0 2 1 0 1 1 1 .357

AA: Frisco 8 - (@) Arkansas 2 (7 innings/Game 1)
W - Hunter (1-0)

Guilder Rodriguez entered the 2009 season with 25 extra-base hits in 501 career minor league games.

On Monday, he went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run batted in to bring his average to .500 for the season.

Manny Pina (2/4, 2B), Dustin Majewski (1/4, 2B), Justin Smoak (1/4, 2B) and Marcus Lemon (1/4, 2B) also added doubles for the RoughRiders.

Starting pitcher Jared Hyatt worked out of trouble, allowing two runs in four innings. He surrendered five hits and walked three while striking out just one.

Tommy Hunter was outstanding in relief, hurling three shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts.

Player of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez
3 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 .500

AA: Frisco 3 - (@) Arkansas 4 (8 innings/Game 2)
L - Bannister (0-1)
HR - Tracy (1)
2-3, 2.0 GB

Making his first start of the season, Michael Schlact allowed two runs in three innings pitched, throwing 50 pitches. Schlact exited the game after his arm tightened up during warmups for the fourth inning. He's expected to make his next start at this point.

Clayton Hamilton was excellent in long relief, as he yielded just a solo home run in three innings pitched. The veteran righty walked one and fanned four.

DH Chad Tracy (.278/.409/.500 in 18 at-bats) had a big game, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

Justin Smoak (1/2, 2B, 2 BB), John Whittleman (1/4, 2B) and Marcus Lemon (1/3, 2B). The two-bagger was Lemon's third in just 14 at-bats.

Frisco lost the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when reliever John Bannister allowed a walkoff solo home run to Arkansas cleanup hitter Mark Trumbo.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
4 1 2 1 1 3 0 1 .278

A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) San Jose 3
W - Gomez (1-0)
SV - Falcon (1)
HR - Gac (1), Greene (1), Lawson (1)
2-3, 3.0 GB

First baseman Ian Gac put the Blaze on top in a hurry with his two-run homer in the top of the first inning. It would be his only hit of the game.

Jonathan Greene (1/2, HR, 2 BB) hit a round-tripper in the second inning.

Second baseman Matt Lawson, who was 3-for-4, added a solo homer in the seventh.

Starter Kennil Gomez yielded two runs -- one earned -- in five innings. He scattered seven hits, walked three, and struck out four. Gomez also had his sinker working, as he got seven groundouts against only three flyouts.

Getting his first action of the season, reliever Ryan Tatusko pitched two scoreless innings.

Lefty Ryan Falcon struck out five in two innings. He allowed one solo home run.

First baseman Mitch Moreland singled twice in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: DH Ian Gac
4 1 1 0 1 2 0 2 .143

A: Hickory 4 - (@) Greenville 5
L - Nevarez (0-1)
3-2, 1.0 GB

Richard Bleier was solid in his first start of the year, surrendering two runs -- one earned -- in five innings. He allowed four singles, walked two, and struck out three.

Leadoff hitter Jake Kaase (1/4, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit of the night.

Leonel De Los Santos (1/3) and Clark Murphy (2/4) each had single runs batted home.

Third baseman Matt West singled and walked. It was his first hit of the season.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
5.0 4 2 1 2 3 0 1.50


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