Minor League Roundup - 4/11

The Hickory Crawdads improved to 3-1 on the young season with an impressive extra-inning victory on Sunday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Albuquerque 9
L - Geary (0-2)
2-2, 1.0 GB

RedHawks starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso needed 82 pitches to complete just four innings, and he allowed three runs [two earned] on three hits. The right-hander walked one, hit one, and struck out one.

Leadoff man and centerfielder Esteban German saw his early-season batting average drop to .471 after he went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Second baseman Hernan Iribarren (2/5, 3B) and right fielder Mitch Moreland (1/3, 3B, BB) both tripled in the contest.

Corner infielders Justin Smoak and Matt Brown each singled one and walked twice in five plate appearances.

Craig Gentry got a single in a pinch-hit appearance. It was his first game action since being plunked on the head by a James McDonald fastball on Wednesday evening.

The game got out of hand when right-hander Geoff Geary surrendered five runs on five hits over three innings of work. He has been hung with the loss in each of his first two appearances this season, yielding eight total runs over 4.2 frames.

Player of the Game: RF Mitch Moreland
3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 .133

AA: Frisco 1 - Springfield 4
L - Kiker (0-1)
HR - Butler (1)
2-2, 1.0 GB

Kasey Kiker's 2010 debut with Double-A Frisco looked much like his late-season starts last summer––he missed bats and wasn't hittable, but he was also a bit too wild.

Kiker threw 78 pitches [47 strikes] over 4.2 innings and yielded just two hits while striking out seven. However, the hits both went for extra bases [double, homer] and he walked three, hit one, and uncorked a wild pitch. Kiker ended up surrendering three runs and getting hung with the loss.

Right fielder Joey Butler continued his excellent start to his Double-A career, going 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk. In four games, the University of New Orleans product is 6-for-13 with three walks and no strikeouts.

Catcher Kevin Richardson (2/4) singled twice while left fielder Matt Lawson (1/4, 2B) hit his second double. Richardson also picked a runner off at second base.

Southpaw Ben Snyder struck out four batters in two perfect innings of relief, giving him six punchouts in his first 3.1 innings this season.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 .462

A+: Bakersfield 1 - Lancaster 2 (Suspended – 2nd inning)
3-0, 1.0 GU

Saturday's Bakersfield game was suspended due to high winds kicking up dust and rocks. The game may not be resumed, as Lancaster isn't scheduled to return to Bakersfield for the remainder of the season.

Before the game was halted, starting pitcher Kennil Gomez allowed two runs on three hits in one inning, walking one and striking out one. He also plunked a batter.

The Blaze got one run back in the bottom of the first against Astros prospect and Austin native Brad Dydalewicz. Engel Beltre was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first, and third baseman Tom Mendonca later singled him home.

A: Hickory 5 - (@) Hagerstown 2 (10 innings)
W - Ocampo (1-0)
SV - Lueke (1)
3-1, 0.0 GU

Starting pitcher Matt Thompson threw strikes and missed bats in his first Sally League start on Saturday, as he allowed two runs [one earned] over five innings. He surrendered seven hits [six singles] while walking zero and fanning seven.

Thompson allowed both of his runs in the first inning, and he settled down nicely after surrendering five hits over the first two frames. In the last three innings, the native Texan gave up two hits [one double, one infield single] while recording six strikeouts.

Right-hander Trevor Hurley shined in his 2010 debut, retiring all nine hitters he faced, striking out four of them.

Cody Podraza (2/3, 2B, 2 BB), Matt West (1/4, 2B), Miguel Velazquez (3/4, 2B) and Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B) all doubled in the game.

Kyle Ocampo entered a tie ballgame in the bottom of the ninth inning, and while he worked his way into a jam, he also worked his way out of it. The 21-year-old gave up a single and a double before intentionally walking a hitter to load the bases with nobody out. Then he got two consecutive swinging strikeouts before inducing a flyout to left field to end the threat.

Hickory came back in the top of the 10th to score three runs, two of which came on Leury Garcia's two-RBI triple. He also had a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly in the game.

Josh Lueke picked up his first save with a scoreless bottom of the 10th.

Player of the Game: SS Leury Garcia
3 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 .267

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