Minor League Roundup - 4/18

The Hickory Crawdads posted their fourth shutout in ten games on Saturday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 8 - Memphis 3
W - Vaughan (1)
HR - Richardson (1)

Thomas Diamond made the spot-start in place of Derek Holland, who was called up to the big leagues. Diamond pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out one.

Catcher Kevin Richardson played in his first game of the season and went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and three runs scored.

Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon (2/5, 2B) had the team's only other extra-base hit.

Reliever Beau Vaughan had a long day. After initially being sent down to Double-A Frisco, the Rangers chose to call up Holland. That left an open spot on the OKC roster, so Vaughan became a RedHawk once again. He pitched 3.1 scoreless innings on Saturday night, recording three punchouts.

Pedro Strop surrendered two runs on two hits in one inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Beau Vaughan
3.1 2 0 0 2 3 0 0.00

AA: Frisco 2 - Springfield 4
L - Laughter (0-1)

Marcus Lemon managed to raise his batting average to .586. He did so by singling three times in five at-bats. Lemon, who played second base, had two RBIs and a stolen base.

Starting pitcher Jared Hyatt was excellent, giving up just one run in five innings pitched.

Andrew Laughter was saddled with the loss after surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

Left-hander Beau Jones fanned one in a perfect, 10-pitch inning.

Player of the Game: SS Marcus Lemon
5 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 .586

A+: Bakersfield 2 - Lake Elsinore 5
L - Gomez (1-1)

Saturday just wasn't Davis Stoneburner's night. The James Madison product went 0-for-2 at the plate, was plunked twice, and committed four errors in the field.

The errors led to four unearned runs on Kennil Gomez's slate. Gomez gave up those runs in five innings. He allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out five.

Second baseman Matt Lawson brought his average to .485 with three hits -- including a double -- in five at-bats. He also stole his third base of the year.

Third baseman Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) hit his second two-bagger of the year.

Engel Beltre (2/5), Mitch Moreland (2/5), Tim Smith (2/5) and Mauro Gomez (2/4) all had a pair of singles.

Relief pitcher Corey Young tossed two shutout innings. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out three.

Evan Reed allowed two hits and walked three in two innings, but he limited Lake Elsinore to just one run.

Player of the Game: 2B Matt Lawson
5 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 .485

A: Hickory 4 - (@) Asheville 0
W - Bleier (1-0)
HR - Bianucci (3)

One day after going 6-for-6 with two home runs, Mike Bianucci began his Saturday with yet another home run, his third in two games.

Starting pitcher Richard Bleier was outstanding, hurling six scoreless innings. He scattered five hits, walked one, and fanned six.

Relievers Tyler Tufts (2 IP) and Mark Hamburger (1 IP) helped seal Hickory's fourth shutout in ten games this season.

Eric Fry (2/4, 2B), Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B) and Matt West (1/4, 2B) all doubled.

Second baseman Jason Ogata singled twice in four at-bats.

Going against Asheville starter Christian Friedrich, Hickory batters combined to strike out 16 times on Saturday.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
6.0 5 0 0 1 6 0 0.75


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