Minor League Roundup - 4/30

The Frisco offense went off on Thursday, as the middle of the order all belted home runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 8 - New Orleans 7 (10 innings)
W - Strop (1-0)
9-10, 0.5 GB

The RedHawks picked up a nice come-from-behind walkoff win on Thursday night.

Left-hander Mike Ballard (3.78 ERA/.258 BAA) started the game and surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Ballard actually took a shutout into the sixth inning, but he gave up a single, a walk, and a three-run home rot the first three batters he faced, and his day was over.

Reliever Bryan Corey did an outstanding job after Ballard, as he tossed two perfect innings, retiring all six batters he faced.

First baseman Royce Huffman (2/5, 2B) and DH Ben Harrison (2/5, 2B) both singled and doubled.

German Duran (2/5), Brandon Boggs (2/4, BB), Joaquin Arias (2/6) and Esteban German (2/4, BB) all singled twice.

German came through in the bottom of the tenth with his two-out, walkoff RBI single, scoring Duran.

Player of the Game: 3B Esteban German
4 0 2 0 0 2 1 1 .295

AA: Frisco 10 - (@) San Antonio 2
W - Moscoso (1-1)
HR - Tracy (5), Smoak (4), Murphy (3), Pina (3)
10-10, 3.0 GB

The Frisco offense went nuts on the San Antonio bullpen, scoring nine runs in the final four innings.

Starter Guillermo Moscoso (5.50 ERA/.297 BAA) did a solid job, holding the Missions to two runs over five innings. He surrendered three hits while walking three and striking out two.

Beau Jones earned his second hold of the season by striking out two batters in one scoreless inning.

Frisco's three, four, five, and six hitters all belted home runs in the game.

First baseman Justin Smoak (.351/.467/.568) was a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run and two free passes.

DH Chad Tracy (2/5, 2B, BB) smacked a three-run homer in the ninth inning and doubled earlier in the contest. Tracy leads the team with five round-trippers.

Steve Murphy (1/4, HR, BB) and Manny Pina (3/5, 2 2B, HR) both hit solo shots.

The performance brings Pina's average to .481 and -- with four doubles and three homers in 52 at-bats -- he's now slugging .731. Not bad for a catcher that hit .228 with 14 extra-base hits in 281 at-bats just two seasons ago.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon broke out of his slump by going 2-for-5 with a double and a triple.

John Whittleman singled twice and walked once.

A.J. Murray (0.87 ERA/.147 BAA) pitched a shutout inning. He's surrendered just five hits this season in 10.1 innings.

Player of the Game: 1B Justin Smoak
3 2 3 0 1 1 2 0 .351

A+: Bakersfield 5 - Modesto 6
L - Young (0-2)
HR - Butler (2), Osuna (1)
6-14, 8.5 GB

Tim Murphy's start on Thursday produced a mixed bag of results. The left-hander gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings, walking three batters. But he also struck out a season-high eight and recorded seven groundouts versus zero flyouts.

Tall righty Adalberto Flores (3.38 ERA/.250 BAA) came on in relief and struck out three in two scoreless innings. Flores has 16 punchouts in 10.2 innings this season.

Right fielder Joey Butler (.229/.250/.329) was 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in the game.

Renny Osuna was 2-for-4 with a double and a round-tripper.

Mitch Moreland (2/4, 2B), Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) and Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) all doubled while DH Mauro Gomez singled twice in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: SS Renny Osuna
4 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 .230

A: Hickory 4 - Lakewood 6
L - Bleier (2-1)
10-11, 3.0 GB

Third baseman Matt West saw his average fly up on Thursday after he singled four times in four plate appearances, driving in three runs.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci (2/4, 2 2B) provided a pair of doubles, giving him eight on the season.

Eric Fry went 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

Southpaw starter Richard Bleier yielded five runs -- just two earned -- on seven hits in 5.2 innings. The Florida native fanned three without walking a batter.

Reliever Mark Hamburger (2.57 ERA/.207 BAA in 7 innings) struck out one in a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the Game: 3B Matt West
4 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 .254


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