Minor League Roundup - 4/14

The Hickory Crawdads lost in 15 innings on Tuesday night while the Bakersfield Blaze busted out for 10 runs on 19 hits. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 12 - (@) Nashville 2
W - Mendoza (1-0)
2-3, 0.5 GB

The RedHawks broke the game wide open with an eight-run eighth inning that began with the first seven hitters reaching base.

Starting pitcher Luis Mendoza set the tone for OKC, tossing five scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits, walked two, and struck out six.

Offensively, Royce Huffman broke out of his mini-slump by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk.

Brandon Boggs (2/6, 2B), Ben Harrison (1/3, 2B) and Max Ramirez (2/5, 2B) all had one double apiece.

Third baseman Esteban German (3/5, BB) reached base four times while Julio Borbon (2/6), Greg Golson (2/5) and Casey Benjamin (2/4, BB) had a pair of singles.

At 0-for-3, Joaquin Arias was the only RedHawks player to go with out a hit, but he drove in three runs. Arias had two sacrifice flies and an RBI fielder's choice.

Derrick Turnbow surrendered two runs on four hits in one-third of an inning. Outside of him, the bullpen was outstanding.

Brian Gordon (1.2 IP), Thomas Diamond (1 IP) and Pedro Strop (1 IP) combined to hold the Sounds hitless -- and scoreless -- for the game's final 3.2 innings. Gordon and Diamond both notched a pair of strikeouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Luis Mendoza
5.0 2 0 0 2 6 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 7 - (@) Arkansas 5
W - Poveda (1-1)
SV - Diaz (1)
3-3, 1.0 GB

Omar Poveda walked six batters and threw just 47 strikes in 89 pitches, but he managed to surrender just two runs in five innings. The hurler scattered three singles and struck out five.

Reliever Guillermo Moscoso helped preserve Frisco's lead with a pair of perfect innings, fanning two.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry busted out of his slow start with four singles in five at-bats. He also had a steal of home in the top of the third inning.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (3/5, 2B, 2 RBI) had Frisco's only extra-base hit of the evening. He also stole two bases.

Dustin Majewski (2/5), Manny Pina (2/4) and Marcus Lemon (2/3) all singled twice.

At 9-for-17 with three doubles, Lemon is off to a phenomenal start to the 2009 campaign. Pina, who is hitting .400, isn't far behind.

Player of the Game: CF Craig Gentry
5 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 .261

A+: Bakersfield 10 - (@) San Jose 6
W - Murphy (1-1)
HR - Gomez (1, 2), Moreland (1)
3-3, 3.0 GB

The Bakersfield offense went off in a Cal League special on Tuesday night, scoring 10 runs on 19 hits.

Third baseman Mauro Gomez hit just 21 extra-base hits in 316 at-bats last season, but he went 3-for-5 with a double and two home runs on Tuesday.

First baseman Mitch Moreland also had an excellent night, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in.

Jose Felix (4/5, 2B), Jonathan Greene (4/5, 2B) and Engel Beltre (2/5, 2B) also doubled.

Second baseman Matt Lawson singled twice and knocked home two runs in four at-bats.

Tanner Roark fanned four while giving up one unearned run in four innings of work. Tall righty Adalberto Flores spread three hits and two walks through two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: 3B Mauro Gomez
5 3 3 1 2 2 0 0 .273

A: Hickory 1 - (@) Greenville 2 (15 innings)
L - Ortiz (0-1)
3-3, 1.5 GB

The Crawdads played a crazy game on Tuesday night, losing a 2-1 contest in 15 innings. Hickory had just five hits and committed five errors, but they managed to keep the Drive off the board for the sixth through fourteenth frames.

Starting pitcher Cliff Springston was excellent, yielding only an unearned run on two hits in seven innings pitched. He struck out three without walking a batter.

Left-hander Yoon-Hee Nam was terrific in relief, hurling 2.1 innings of hitless ball.

University of Indiana product Tyler Tufts kept Greenville off the board for 3.1 innings, surrendering two hits and one walk. He struck out two.

DH Eric Fry was Hickory's only batter to record multiple hits. He had two singles in five at-bats.

Jared Bolden (1/5, BB) had the team's lone run batted in.

Player of the Game: LHP Cliff Springston
7.0 2 1 0 0 3 0 0.00


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