Minor League Roundup - 4/26

The Oklahoma City and Hickory offenses came up big on Monday evening, combining for 23 total runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 12 - Memphis 4
W - Moscoso (1-1)
HR - Boggs (1), Petit (1)
13-6, 3.0 GU

Starter Guillermo Moscoso struggled a bit early on, but he settled down to retire the last 10 batters he faced and helped protect a big RedHawks lead.

In all, Moscoso threw 84 pitches in six innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He struck out five [including three in the first] and didn't walk a batter.

Oklahoma City jumped on top with a seven-run bottom of the third inning against Lufkin native Trey Hearne.

Brandon Boggs (2/4, HR, BB) and Gregorio Petit (2/4, HR) both hit their first home runs of the season. Petit had three runs batted in on the night.

Rehabbing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia once again caught all nine innings, and he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Craig Gentry (2/4, BB), Chad Tracy (2/5) and Chris Davis (2/4, BB) all singled twice.

In his first 17 games this season, the 26-year-old Gentry has posted an impressive .293/.397/.466 line with five stolen bases in six attempts.

Reliever Omar Beltre struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning, dropping his earned-run average to 2.08. He has 12 strikeouts in his first 8.2 Triple-A innings.

Player of the Game: SS Gregorio Petit
4 2 2 0 1 3 0 0 .258

AA: Frisco 2 - San Antonio 9
L - Bleier (1-2)
8-9, 1.0 GB

Richard Bleier worked a 1-2-3 first inning, getting three quick groundouts.

In the second, he yielded five singles, two walks and a double, leading to eight runs allowed. The southpaw gave up eight runs on six hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler batted in the leadoff spot to begin his rehab assignment. He was 0-for-3 with a base on balls.

In all, the RoughRiders offense managed just five singles in the game. Right fielder Joey Butler led the way, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in.

Left fielder Matt Lawson was the only other Frisco hitter to reach base twice. He singled once and walked once in four trips, raising his average to .302.

Brennan Garr continued to rack up the strikeouts, this time fanning four in 1.2 innings of relief. He didn't allow a run despite giving up two hits and a walk.

Ultra-dominant reliever Tanner Scheppers worked two perfect innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced. In 10 innings this season, Scheppers has surrendered just one hit while walking zero and fanning 18.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Scheppers
2.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.90

A+: Bakersfield 4 - Modesto 6
L - Boscan (1-3)
HR - Bianucci (1)
6-9, 4.0 GB

Mike Bianucci led the Texas Rangers organization in home runs last season, blasting 30 between Single-A Hickory and High-A Bakersfield.

Just two games into his 2010 season, Bianucci already has his first.

Playing DH and batting cleanup on Monday night, the Auburn product was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.

Starter Wilfredo Boscan largely cruised through his first six innings, but he was unable to retire any of the four hitters he faced in the seventh.

Boscan's seventh began with three singles––one to the outfield, one to third base, and one bunt single to first––before plunking a batter to bring home a run. All four men eventually scored.

Overall, the Venezuela native yielded five runs [four earned] in six innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Pitching in his first game of the season, left-hander Shane Zegarac struck out two and plunked one in a scoreless, hitless inning of relief.

Mark Hamburger returned to action with a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the Game: DH Mike Bianucci
4 2 2 0 1 2 0 1 .273

A: Hickory 11 - (@) Savannah 2
W - Thompson (1-0)
HR - Koncel (3), Santana (3), DiFazio (2)
9-10, 1.5 GB

In a close loss on Sunday afternoon, the Crawdads defense committed six errors. During Monday's 11-2 victory, it was the Savannah defense that had six miscues.

Starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3.15 ERA/.301 BAA) had another solid, strike-throwing start. He worked a season-high six innings, allowing one run while scattering seven hits. He walked just one and fanned seven.

In 20 innings on the year, the 20-year-old prospect has four walks and 23 strikeouts.

The Hickory offense had its best game of the year, plating 11 runs on a season-best 18 hits.

Cristian Santana (1/5, HR), Ed Koncel (3/5, 2B, HR) and Vin DiFazio (1/5, HR) all went yard. DiFazio was playing his first game back from the disabled list.

First baseman Michael Ortiz helped shake off a slow start by going 4-for-5 with his first triple of the season.

Edwin Garcia (2/5, 2B) and Leury Garcia (3/6, 2B) both doubled. Leury committed another error, giving him 10 on the young season.

DH Jared Prince (.318/.361/.455), who is quietly off to a nice start, singled twice and walked once.

Lefty Chad Bell allowed one run––on a solo homer––in two innings of relief. He fanned two without giving up a walk.

Player of the Game: 3B Ed Koncel
5 2 3 1 1 2 0 1 .188

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