W - Feliz (1-0)
HR - Benjamin (1), German (1), Thorman (1)
3-4, 0.5 GB
The RedHawks jumped on Nashville starter Chase Wright early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. But they did most of their damage in the top of the fifth. In that frame, OKC scored 12 runs off Wright and former Rangers reliever Wes Littleton.
Littleton was hit particularly hard, as he coughed up six runs without recording a single out.
Oklahoma City hit three home runs in the fifth inning. The round-trippers came from Esteban German (3/7, 2B, HR), Scott Thorman (3/4, 2B, HR, BB) and Casey Benjamin (2/3, 2B, 3 BB). All three players had three runs batted in.
On the mound, it was an exciting night as well. Fireballing prospect Neftali Feliz made his second Triple-A start, and he pitched five strong innings. The 20-year-old allowed two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out five.
Centerfielder Greg Golson also had a big night for the RedHawks, going 2-for-3 with a double, three walks, and three RBIs.
Julio Borbon (2/5, 2 BB), Max Ramirez (2/6) and Joaquin Arias (2/4, BB) had two hits apiece.
Sidearming reliever Beau Vaughan closed out the game with two hitless innings. In three appearances, he's surrendered only one hit in five innings of work.
L - Jones (0-1)
3-4, 1.0 GB
Frisco's home opener was an ugly game all-around. The RoughRiders pitching staff combined to walk 10 batters, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits.
The club stayed in the contest throughout with the help of nine runs and 15 hits from the offense.
Starting pitcher Kasey Kiker was erratic, throwing 84 pitches in just five innings. He gave up five runs on six hits and four walks, striking out five.
Left-hander Beau Jones had all sorts of trouble with control, as he issued four walks and yielded three hits in just 1.1 innings. John Bannister walked two in two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo put an end to his slow start with four singles -- and three RBIs -- in five at-bats. After a 2-for-19 start, Vallejo has gone 7-for-10 over his last two games.
Corner outfielders Steve Murphy (2/5, 2B) and Dustin Majewski (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon raised his average to .550 by going 2-for-3 with a triple and a base on balls. Not known for his power, Lemon has four extra-base hits in six Double-A games.
Manny Pina, who is also off to an excellent start, was 2-for-4 with a walk.
Right-handed relievers Andrew Laughter and Kea Kometani each pitched a scoreless inning, yielding one hit.
L - Beavan (0-1)
3-5, 5.0 GB
Bakersfield had its home opener spoiled by an outstanding performance from Padres pitching prospect Cory Luebke, who gave up just two hits in seven shutout innings.
The Blaze managed just a pair of singles on the night. The knocks came from Matt Lawson (1/4) and Ian Gac (1/3). First baseman Mitch Moreland drew the club's only walk.
Starter Blake Beavan gave up three runs in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.
Relief pitcher Ryan Tatusko hurled 1.1 scoreless frames, walking two and striking out two.
Big righty Evan Reed, who threw between 92-94 mph during his first outing of the year, fanned one in a shutout inning of relief.
L - Perez (0-1)
HR - Hogan (3), West (1)
4-4, 2.0 GB
Some players are slow starters when returning from Tommy John surgery. That doesn't appear to be the case with Jake Brigham.
The 21-year-old righty was excellent for the second consecutive outing, allowing just one run in four innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out five.
Martin Perez was part of a combined no-hitter in his last outing, but he wasn't quite as sharp on Thursday. The young southpaw surrendered three runs in four innings. He struck out six.
Greenville's pitching [including Rice product Bryan Price] kept the Crawdads off the board until the seventh inning. With two outs in the frame, Hickory got back-to-back home runs from Matt West and Doug Hogan. West also singled in the game.
Hogan is just 5-for-23 to begin the season, but he has one double and three home runs.
Leadoff man David Paisano (2/4) and cleanup hitter Mike Bianucci (2/4) had two singles apiece. Paisano swiped a pair of bases while Bianucci had one steal.
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