Minor League Roundup - 4/24

All four of the Rangers' minor league affiliates got excellent starting pitching performances on Friday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 0 - Omaha 3
L - Hyatt (0-1)
7-8, 0.5 GU

Jared Hyatt just seems to pitch well no matter where he goes.

The 24-year-old righty went up to Triple-A on Friday night, and he held the Omaha Royals to one run in 5.2 innings. Hyatt gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out two.

Hyatt also pitched well in limited action for the RedHawks last season, surrendering just one run in 9.1 innings.

The Royals duo of Lenny DiNardo and Carlos Rosa held Oklahoma City to two hits.

Catcher Max Ramirez (1/3, 2B) hit his second double of the year while third baseman Esteban German singled once in four at-bats.

Scott Thorman doesn't generally play the outfield, but he recorded an outfield assist by gunning down a runner at home plate from left field.

Pitching in his first game of the season, Bryan Corey allowed two runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.

Derrick Turnbow hurled a shutout inning, yielding two hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Jared Hyatt
5.2 5 1 1 3 2 0 1.59

AA: Frisco 5 - (@) Corpus Christi 1
W - Murray (2-0)
HR - Tracy (3), Pina (2)
7-7, 2.0 GB

Clayton Hamilton performed admirably in his spot-start on Friday evening.

The hurler pitched four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks. He didn't strike out a batter.

Left-hander A.J. Murray followed with three shutout frames, striking out three without issuing a base on balls.

Designated hitter Chad Tracy helped break the game open with his three-run homer in the seventh inning, giving Frisco a 4-0 lead. Tracy also singled and he had four total RBIs.

Catcher Manny Pina, who was 4-for-5, tacked on a solo round-tripper in the seventh inning. He is off to a 17-for-35 start, or a .489 batting average.

Infielders Jose Vallejo (3/4, 2B, BB) and John Whittleman (2/5, 2B) both doubled.

Justin Smoak raised his average to .283 with two singles in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: C Manny Pina
5 1 4 0 1 1 0 1 .486

A+: Bakersfield 4 - Stockton 2
W - Murphy (2-2)
SV - Garr (1)
HR - Lawson (4)
6-10, 6.0 GB

After beginning his season with three below-average starts, Tim Murphy finally settled down on Friday night. The UCLA product held a struggling Stockton club to two runs over six innings. He scattered six hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Second baseman Matt Lawson (.390/.410/.627 in 59 at-bats) led off the game for Bakersfield with his fourth home run of the season.

Mitch Moreland played in right field and went 1-for-4 with his sixth double of the season.

Centerfielder Joey Butler (2/4) and shortstop Renny Osuna (2/5) both singled twice.

DH Jonathan Greene was 0-for-0 with three walks and an RBI sacrifice fly.

Left-hander Ryan Falcon (2 IP) and righty Brennan Garr (1 IP) kept the Ports off the board and hitless for the final three innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Tim Murphy
6.0 6 2 2 1 2 0 7.71

A: Hickory 3 - Lexington 1 (6 innings -- Rain)
W - Bleier (2-0)
8-8, 2.0 GB

Richard Bleier picked up a complete game with the help of a rain-shortened game on Friday. The Florida native was phenomenal yet again, surrendering one unearned run on two hits over six innings. He walked one, struck out five, and recorded a 10:2 groundout-to-flyout ratio.

Catcher Doug Hogan went 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs batted in. The hit was plenty for Bleier.

Leadoff man David Paisano was 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Clark Murphy and Jared Bolden also singled.

Player of the Game: LHP Richard Bleier
6.0 2 1 0 1 5 0 0.50


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