Minor League Roundup - 4/21

The Hickory Crawdads defeated Charleston again on Wednesday behind more strong pitching and timely hitting. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 2 - (@) Nashville 4
L - Moscoso (0-1)
HR - Gentry (2)
9-5, 1.0 GU

Starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso needed 95 pitches to complete just five innings, and he allowed four runs on five hits. The right-hander walked two and struck out four.

Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry (.293/.356/.537), who is quietly off to a strong start, was 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and two runs batted in. He also stole his fourth base of the year.

First baseman Justin Smoak was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a base on balls.

The rehabbing Jarrod Saltalamacchia played DH on Wednesday, and he singled once in four at-bats, striking out twice.

Relief pitcher Jailen Peguero threw 41 pitches in two innings, but he didn't allow a run. The Dominican Republic native gave up two hits while walking one and fanning two.

Clay Rapada worked a quick, scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: CF Craig Gentry
3 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 .293

AA: Frisco – OFF
5-7, 2.0 GB

The entire Texas League took the day off on Wednesday.

A+: Bakersfield - (@) Modesto – PPD (Rain)
4-6, 3.0 GB

Bakersfield and Modesto had Wednesday's doubleheader washed out as well. They have yet to announce makeup dates. The Blaze return to action at home on Thursday night.

A: Hickory 3 - Charleston 2
W - Tullis (1-0)
7-7, 1.0 GB

Hickory earned its second consecutive victory over the RiverDogs behind more strong pitching on Wednesday.

Starter Matt Thompson set the tone with five excellent innings. He surrendered two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out four.

In 14 innings this year, the strike-throwing 20-year-old has three walks versus 16 strikeouts, and he is getting over 2.8 groundouts per flyout.

At the plate, Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) and Cristian Santana (2/4, 2B) both doubled. Santana is batting just .255, but he also has two doubles and two round-trippers in 47 at-bats.

Trevor Hurley issued three walks in two innings, but he only allowed one hit and kept Charleston off the scoreboard.

Righty Braden Tullis also put up a pair of zeros, scattering three hits and fanning one.

Tullis was able to earn the victory after Michael Ortiz (2/4) and Leonel De Los Santos (2/4) each singled to drive home the tying and game-winning runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Player of the Game: RHP Matt Thompson
5.0 4 2 2 2 4 1 3.86

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