Minor League Roundup - 4/15

The Hickory Crawdads recorded their third shutout in seven games this season on Wednesday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - (@) Nashville 7
L - Mathis (0-1)
HR - Harrison (1)
2-4, 1.5 GB

Oklahoma City starting pitcher Doug Mathis surrendered five runs in the first two innings, but just one was earned. He was hurt by errors from corner infielders Esteban German and Scott Thorman.

Mathis ended up finishing his outing with four scoreless innings. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out four.

Left-hander Mike Ballard followed and allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work. Ballard threw 10 pitches in the inning, all of which went for strikes.

Designated hitter Ben Harrison provided Oklahoma City's only run with a solo homer in the top of the fourth. He also walked. The round-tripper was OKC's first of the season.

Scott Thorman hit his first double of the season.

Hard-throwing reliever Derrick Turnbow had his best outing of the season, tossing a scoreless inning and giving up one hit.

Player of the Game: DH Ben Harrison
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 .350

AA: Frisco - OFF
3-3, 1.0 GB

The RoughRiders enjoyed a scheduled day off on Wednesday. They will have their home opener against the Springfield Cardinals on Thursday evening.

A+: Bakersfield 6 - (@) San Jose 8
L - Main (0-1)
HR - Lawson (2)
3-4, 4.0 GB

Wednesday night's contest pitted Michael Main against Tim Alderson, a pair of first round picks from the 2007 MLB Draft.

The night didn't go well for either pitcher.

Main coughed up seven runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits in just three innings pitched. He walked three and struck out two.

Alderson surrendered four runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings. He fanned six without issuing a walk.

Bakersfield's brightest spot came from the offense, which pushed across six runs on 14 hits. Left fielder Tim Smith was a perfect 5-for-5 with a double.

Cleanup man Ian Gac, who was 2-for-5, also hit a two-bagger.

Second baseman Matt Lawson isn't known as a power hitter, but he was 3-for-5 with his second home run of the season.

Backstop Elio Sarmiento singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.

In the field, Engel Beltre made a pair of errors -- giving him three on the year -- but he also gunned down a runner at home plate. He was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts at the plate, dropping his early-season average to .097.

Relievers Corey Young (2 IP) an Brennan Garr (1 IP) didn't allow a run or a hit in their outings. Both hurlers walked a pair of batters.

Player of the Game: LF Tim Smith
5 2 5 1 0 1 0 0 .450

A: Hickory 8 - (@) Greenville 0
W - Boscan (1-1)
HR - De Los Santos (1), Fry (1)
4-3, 1.0 GB

The 2009 minor league season is only seven games old, but the Crawdads recorded their third shutout on Wednesday.

Wilfredo Boscan was the starter this time, and he limited Greenville to two hits in six scoreless innings. The young Venezuelan walked two and struck out four.

Catcher Leonel De Los Santos belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning. He also singled in the contest.

DH Eric Fry was the game's top offensive performer, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and a base on balls.

Third baseman Jake Kaase fell a homer short of the cycle in a 3-for-5 effort.

Clark Murphy (1/5, 2B) doubled while David Paisano (2/5, BB) and Mike Bianucci (2/4) both singled twice.

Reliever Wilmer Font walked two batters but didn't allow any other damage in two-thirds of an inning.

Fabio Castillo helped pick up the mess, and he ended up pitching 2.1 shutout innings in relief. The righty gave up two hits and struck out two batters.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
6.0 2 0 0 2 4 0 0.84


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