Minor League Roundup - 4/21

With a pair of doubleheaders on the docket, there was quite a bit of minor league action on Saturday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's action on the farm.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – (@) Round Rock 5
W – Francisco (1-0)
HR – Botts (1)

The RedHawks were dealt a five-run deficit after starter Francisco Cruceta (3.31 ERA/.197 BAA) allowed five runs in 5.1 innings, but the bats rallied back in the final three innings for a win over PCL-rival Round Rock.

Victor Diaz (.328/.377/.492) started the comeback with a two-RBI double in the top of the seventh inning. Jason Botts then launched a two-run homer over the centerfield fence to cut the Round Rock lead to one. The home run was Botts' first of the season.

After a Victor Diaz sacrifice fly tied the game in the top of the eighth, reliever Frank Francisco (0.00 ERA/.000 BAA) fanned the side in the bottom of the frame.

Backstop Guillermo Quiroz, who was 2-for-4, singled home the game-winning run in the top of the ninth.

Francisco came back out for the ninth and immediately made the game interesting. The hard-throwing righty hit the leadoff batter and walked the next two. Francisco then settled down to coax an infield popup and a pair of strikeouts to preserve the victory.

In six innings this season, Francisco has yet to allow a hit while striking out 14.

Middle infielders Ramon Vazquez and Drew Meyer were each 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Player of the game: RF Victor Diaz
4 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 .328

AA: Frisco 13 – Corpus Christi – 6 (7 innings/Game 1)
W – Mendoza (2-0)
HR – Manriquez (3)

The opener of Saturday's twinbill in Frisco was a wild one, as there were 13 total runs scored in the game's first inning.

After Frisco starter Luis Mendoza surrendered four first inning runs, Astros prospect Jimmy Barthmaier coughed up eight runs on nine hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

Mendoza, who settled down after a rocky first, went on to allow five runs on nine hits over six innings. Though he only walked one, the right-hander threw a wild pitch and hit two batters.

Leadoff hitter Todd Donovan was 2-for-2 with a couple of walks. Donovan also flashed his speed, as he swiped a league-leading sixth base.

Shortstop Casey Benjamin was 2-for-4 with two doubles and four runs batted in.

Right fielder Kevin Mahar (2/3), left fielder Steve Murphy (1/2, BB), DH Jim Fasano (2/4) and second baseman German Duran (0/2, 2 BB) each reached base a pair of times.

With the RoughRiders already leading 9-4, catcher Salomon Manriquez put the game away with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth. The home run was his third of the season.

Player of the game: C Salomon Manriquez
4 2 2 0 1 4 0 1 .261

AA: Frisco 0 – Corpus Christi – 4 (7 innings/Game 2)
L – Chenard (0-1)

The ‘Riders and Hooks followed up game one's offensive fireworks with a low-scoring affair in the nightcap.

Spot starter Kenneth Chenard was tagged with the loss, as he allowed three runs on six hits in four innings.

Bill White and Michael Bumstead each followed with scoreless innings while struggling reliever Jesse Ingram yielded a solo home run in the ninth.

Frisco had just three hits in the contest. Kevin Mahar and Adam Fox each singled while Steve Murphy smacked his sixth double of the season.

Player of the game: LF Steve Murphy
3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 .382

A+: Bakersfield 2 – (@) Modesto 7 (7 innings/Game 1)
L – Walker (0-2)

Left fielder Brandon Boggs, who had been slumping of late, was 2-for-3 with a triple.

Despite three errors in the field, third baseman Chris Davis was solid at the plate, hitting a single and a double in three at-bats.

Starting pitcher Ace Walker yielded five runs – one earned – on two hits in five innings. The right-hander walked three and punched out three.

Outfielder John Mayberry was 1-for-2 with a walk while catcher Brian Valichka added a double in three at-bats.

Player of the game: LF Brandon Boggs
3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .267

A+: Bakersfield 1 – (@) Modesto 2 (7 innings/Game 2)
L – Knippschild (0-1)

Right-handed pitcher Scott Shoemaker was excellent in his Bakersfield debut, as the starter faced the minimum through four innings. Shoemaker allowed one hit, but promptly picked the runner off at second base.

Bakersfield's lone run came on a run-scoring double off the bat of shortstop Thomas Berkery. The Mississippi State product was 2-for-3.

Catcher Hunter Harrigan doubled for the team's other extra base hit.

Reliever Jorge Vasquez fanned one in two-thirds of an inning.

Vasquez, 25, was recently signed to a minor league contract. The righty, who throws a low-90's fastball and an above-average slider, has a 4.38 ERA in nine career big league games. The native of the Dominican Republic had a 2.22 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 65 innings with Double-A Altoona in 2006.

Backstop Taylor Teagarden sat out his fourth consecutive game.

Player of the game: RHP Scott Shoemaker
4.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

A: Clinton 3 – (@) South Bend 5
L – Locke (0-1)

Starting pitcher Broc Coffman (1.76 ERA/.237 BAA) turned in his third solid outing in as many tries. The southpaw surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Coffman gave up six hits, did not issue a walk, and fanned two.

Though 6-foot-6 lefty Jared Locke did not issue a hit in one inning, both of his walks came around to score with pitcher Jeremiah Haar in the game. Locke was hung with the loss.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon (.263/.349/.342) reached base three times. The 18-year-old went 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.

First baseman Mauro Gomez had a single and a double in four at-bats.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo was replaced in the bottom of the first after popping out in the top of the inning.

Player of the game: SS Marcus Lemon
3 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 .263

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