Minor League Roundup - 4/17

Coming in to Friday night's contest, the Hickory Crawdads had scored 16 runs in their last four games. They matched that output on Friday, and outfielder Mike Bianucci had a night to remember. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 1 - Memphis 6
L - Ramirez (0-1)
HR - Huffman (1)
3-5, 0.5 GB

Memphis scored five runs -- three earned -- off Oklahoma City starter Elizardo Ramirez in the game's first three innings.

Left-hander Mike Ballard helped keep the game close by fanning four in 2.2 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and walked one.

First baseman Royce Huffman provided the RedHawks' only run of the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the third.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs (1/3, BB) reached base a pair of times, getting a single and a base on balls.

Greg Golson fanned three times in three plate appearances. The Austin native is batting .333 on the year, but he also has 10 strikeouts in his first 24 at-bats.

Warner Madrigal yielded one run on two walks in 1.2 innings pitched. He didn't allow a hit.

Player of the Game: LHP Mike Ballard
2.2 1 0 0 0 4 0 3.86

AA: Frisco 7 - Springfield 5
W - Murray (1-0)
SV - Diaz (2)
4-4, 1.0 GB

Making his first start of the season, Tommy Hunter threw 69 pitches and surrendered four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in five innings. He fanned two without walking a batter.

Hunter was outstanding through four innings, as he kept Springfield off the scoreboard and surrendered only three hits. Hunter's fifth-inning struggles shouldn't come as a surprise since he hadn't been stretched out this year.

Appearing in his first game of the year, A.J. Murray gave up one run in two innings, walking two and yielding one hit. Murray, who is featuring a new low three-quarters arm angle, recorded five ground ball outs and one flyout.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon raised his batting average to .583 by going 3-for-4 with his fourth double of the season.

John Whittleman (1/4, 2B, BB) also doubled.

First baseman Justin Smoak (2/3, 2 BB) reached base four times while Dustin Majewski (1/3, 2 BB) also walked twice.

Relievers Clayton Hamilton and Jose Diaz each tossed a scoreless inning, allowing zero hits.

Player of the Game: SS Marcus Lemon
4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 .583

A+: Bakersfield 1 - Lake Elsinore 3
L - Kirkman (1-1)
HR - Greene (2)
3-6, 6.0 GB

Lefty starter Michael Kirkman scattered seven hits in five innings on Friday, giving up two runs. He walked one and struck out six.

Tanner Roark had an excellent relief appearance, giving up one run in three innings. He fanned five without issuing a walk.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre had his best game of the season by going 2-for-4 with his second double.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Jonathan Greene fanned three times, but he also belted a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Brennan Garr fanned two in a perfect ninth inning. He's yet to allow a run in three appearances, spanning 4.2 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Roark
3.0 4 1 1 0 5 0 3.00

A: Hickory 16 - (@) Asheville 6
W - Nam (1-0)
HR - Bianucci (1, 2)
5-4, 1.0 GB

The Crawdads haven't done much offensively this season -- until Friday night's game.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci had a night to remember, going 6-for-6 with a double, two home runs, and seven runs batted in. The Auburn product belted a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning.

Cleanup hitter Eric Fry was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three runs batted in.

Jason Ogata (1/5, 2B, BB) and Doug Hogan (1/5, 2B) also had extra-base hits.

Centerfielder David Paisano got off to a slow start, but he raised his average to .400 with four singles in six at-bats. He also scored four runs in the game.

Edward Martinez entered the game at its midway point, but he still had time to go 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel yielded four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.

Yoon-Hee Nam picked up his first win of the year. Despite walking three batters in 1.1 innings, he didn't allow a run.

Big right-hander Matt Nevarez punched out a pair in one scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: RF Mike Bianucci
6 3 6 1 2 7 0 0 .414


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