Minor League Roundup - 4/8

From Derek Holland in Oklahoma City to Joe Wieland in Hickory, all four of the organization's starting pitchers had strong efforts on opening day. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at Thursday's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 3 - Albuquerque 6 (12 innings)
L - Geary (0-1)
HR - Smoak (1)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Making just his second-ever Triple-A start, lefty Derek Holland was excellent. The southpaw gave up one run while scattering five hits over six innings pitched. He walked zero and fanned six.

Holland's only costly mistake of the night came when he allowed a solo home run to Albuquerque DH Michael Restovich. It was the only extra-base hit he allowed.

First baseman Justin Smoak got his season start off on the right foot, as he went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two walks. Smoak's round-tripper was an opposite-field shot off Isotopes starter James McDonald.

There was a scary moment early in the game–McDonald plunked leadoff man Craig Gentry square on the head with a fastball, and Gentry was forced to leave the game. He did walk off on his own power.

Although OKC only scored three runs, the club totaled 13 hits in the 12 innings. Shortstop Gregorio Petit singled three times and drove home one run in six at-bats.

Esteban German (2/5, BB), Matt Brown (2/5, BB), Chad Tracy (2/6) and Brandon Boggs (2/5, BB) all had multiple hits.

Pitching in his first-ever Triple-A game, right-hander Omar Beltre was excellent. The 27-year-old fanned four batters over two hitless innings, allowing only one walk.

Pedro Strop entered in the ninth with a 3-1 lead, but he promptly gave it up in two pitches–a single and a two-run homer.

Reliever Geoff Geary suffered the loss after he walked four batters and allowed three unearned runs in 1.2 innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
6.0 5 1 1 0 6 1 1.50

AA: Frisco 2 - Springfield 1
W - Beavan (1-0)
SV - Phillips (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU

Tall right-hander Blake Beavan was outstanding on opening night in Frisco, tossing six innings of one-run ball. He allowed just two hits, giving up a solo home run in the fourth and an infield single to lead off the fifth.

In typical form, Beavan pounded the strike zone and needed just 68 pitches to complete the six frames. He walked zero and struck out three. Beavan worked a six-pitch sixth, inducing three groundouts. His final eight outs came via ground ball or strikeout.

Lefty reliever Ben Snyder picked up the hold, fanning two in 1.1 scoreless frames. He allowed a hit and walked a batter. Both of Snyder's strikeouts came against right-handed hitters.

Zach Phillips, another left-hander with Double-A experience, entered in the eighth inning with two on and one out. He quickly fanned the next two hitters to end the threat. Phillips walked the leadoff man in the ninth, but he got a strikeout and two groundouts to earn his first save of the season.

Snyder and Phillips combined to strike out five batters in three shutout innings.

Offensively, the RoughRiders were driven by leadoff man James Tomlin (1/3, RBI, BB) and cleanup hitter Wes Bankston (1/3, RBI, BB), who drove home both of the club's runs.

Frisco had two runs on five singles–they didn't have any extra-base hits.

Playing in his first Double-A game, designated hitter Matt Lawson was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Also in his first contest, three-hole hitter Joey Butler singled twice in four trips.

Second baseman Marcus Lemon had a rough day at the plate, striking out in all four of his plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Blake Beavan
6.0 2 1 1 0 3 1 1.50

A+: Bakersfield 5 - Lancaster 4
W - Boscan (1-0)
SV - Eppley (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU

Making his Cal League debut, starting pitcher Wilfredo Boscan was introduced to the hitter-friendly circuit when he gave up a home run to the second hitter he faced.

Boscan eventually settled down, and after yielding two consecutive singles after the homer, he retired 15 of the next 17 hitters he faced.

Overall, although he wore down late, Boscan got a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings pitched. The Venezuelan righty gave up six hits while walking two and striking out five.

The offense was powered by its corner infielders, third baseman Tom Mendonca and first baseman Jared Bolden.

Mendonca and Bolden both had a pair of doubles in the contest. Bolden drove home two runs, as well.

Engel Beltre (1/4), Davis Stoneburner (1/3), David Paisano (1/4) and Jake Kaase (1/3) combined for the team's other hits. Beltre stole his first base of the season.

Relievers Justin Miller, Corey Young and Cody Eppley all closed the door on the JetHawks, throwing one scoreless inning apiece.

Player of the Game: 1B Jared Bolden
3 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 .667

A: Hickory 0 - (@) Hagerstown 1 (6 innings – Rain)
L – Wieland (0-1)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Hickory's opening game was delayed 30 minutes from the start due to rain, and the rains eventually came back in the bottom of the sixth inning, where the game was called.

Starting pitcher Joe Wieland was the star of the day as well as the hard-luck loser. He surrendered one run on five hits over five innings of work, walking one and fanning two.

Wieland worked up in the zone early on, and he allowed the lone run on two consecutive doubles to the second and third hitters he faced. But the right-hander settled down to record 11 groundouts and just one flyout in the outing.

Matt Thompson made his full-season debut in the sixth inning, and he allowed a leadoff bunt single then threw two pitches to the second hitter before the game was called. Thompson is scheduled to start on Sunday.

Offensively, the Crawdads were shut out, managing just two hits. Shortstop Leury Garcia had a pair of bunt singles and his first stolen base of the season.

Catcher Vin DiFazio, who batted third, singled once in three at-bats.

Second baseman Edwin Garcia was 0-for-1 with a base on balls.

Hagerstown left-hander Daniel Rosenbaum, Washington's 22nd-round pick last summer, was dominant, striking out seven batters and yielding just two hits in 5.1 innings of work.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
5.0 5 1 1 1 2 0 1.80

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