Minor League Roundup - 4/30

The Frisco RoughRiders and Hickory Crawdads worked their way into a tie for first place in their respective divisions on Friday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 10 - New Orleans 1
W - Kirkman (3-0)
HR - Brown (5), Boggs (2)
15-7, 2.0 GU

RedHawks starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (2.12 ERA/.185 BAA) turned in another excellent effort, tossing 6.2 shutout innings. The southpaw limited New Orleans to four hits while walking two and striking out a season-high eight batters.

After surrendering four runs in his first Triple-A start, Kirkman has allowed three total earned runs in his last four outings, spanning 24.2 frames.

Suddenly red-hot centerfielder Brandon Boggs (.304/.407/.522) went 1-for-2 with a home run and two free passes. The 27-year-old has four extra-base hits in his last two games.

Boggs isn't the only streaking OKC hitter. The RedHawks posted double-digit runs for the second consecutive day, and almost everyone got in on the action.

Esteban German (2/5, 2B), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2/4, 2B) and Mitch Moreland (2/4, 2B) all doubled once. Designated hitter Emerson Frostad had one double and one triple in four trips.

Third baseman Matt Brown was just 1-for-5, but the lone hit was a two-run shot in the third inning––his fifth homer of the year.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
6.2 4 0 0 2 8 0 2.12

AA: Frisco 4 - (@) Corpus Christi 3
W - Roark (3-1)
SV - Snyder (1)
11-10, 0.0 GU

Frisco pulled back into a three-way tie for first place in the Texas League's South Division with a victory over the Hooks on Friday night.

Tanner Roark was victorious in his first start of the season, giving up three runs while scattering eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one.

Right-handed reliever Brennan Garr (2.31 ERA/.190 BAA) was the star of the day on the mound, as he retired all nine batters he faced in three perfect innings. The 26-year-old struck out two.

In Garr's third outing of the season, he allowed three runs in 1.2 innings. Take out that game, and his season line is sparkling: 10 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 12 k.

Every hitter in the Frisco lineup had at least one base hit. DH Marcus Lemon (2/4, 2B) and catcher Elio Sarmiento (2/3, BB) were the only ones with multiple knocks.

Matt Lawson (1/5, 2B), Andy Jenkins (1/5, 2B), John Whittleman (1/4, 2B) and Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Left-hander Ben Snyder walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but he got out of the jam without allowing any runs to earn the save.

Player of the Game: RHP Brennan Garr
3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.31

A+: Bakersfield 5 - (@) Stockton 6
L - Tufts (0-1)
7-12, 5.0 GB

Jake Brigham had an inconsistent start on Friday night, as he allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in five innings of work. The righty struck out five.

Catcher Chris Gradoville, temporarily filling in for Jose Felix, was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre was 0-for-1 with a walk. He was also hit by a pitch twice and stole two bases.

Corey Young worked 1.1 perfect innings of relief, retiring all four batters he faced.

Player of the Game: C Chris Gradoville
4 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 .545

A: Hickory 9 - (@) Charleston 2
W - Font (3-0)
13-10, 0.0 GU

Hickory continued to steam over the Charleston RiverDogs on Friday evening, putting themselves into a two-way tie for first place in the Sally League's Northern Division.

Wilmer Font earned his third victory after a strong effort that included allowing two runs in five innings. He spread out six hits while walking three and fanning four.

Righty Trevor Hurley lowered his earned-run average to 0.63 after he struck out five in 2.1 scoreless innings. Hurley gave up two hits and didn't walk a batter.

Kyle Ocampo closed out the game by blanking Charleston for 1.2 frames.

At the plate, the streaking Hickory offense plated nine runs on 10 hits.

Michael Ortiz (2/4, 2B), Joe Bonadonna (2/4, 2B), Ed Koncel (1/4, 2B) and Cristian Santana (1/5, 2B) all doubled once in the game.

Ortiz got off to an incredibly slow start, but his recent hot streak has pulled his batting average all the way to .293. Ortiz has multiple hits in each of his last four games.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza continued to do his job, getting two singles and a walk in five plate appearances. He also stole two bases.

Player of the Game: RHP Trevor Hurley
2.1 2 0 0 0 5 0 0.63

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