Minor League Roundup - 4/21

Kiker allowed one hit in seven innings

Pitching prospects Kasey Kiker and Wilfredo Boscan combined surrender just three hits in 14 scoreless innings for their respective clubs on Tuesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 9 - Omaha 15
L - Gabbard (0-1)
HR - Richardson (2), Golson (1)
5-7, 0.5 GB


When Neftali Feliz struggles, he generally still doesn't get hit very hard. But that wasn't the case on Tuesday, as he surrendered five runs on seven hits in three innings, walking two and striking out two.

Despite the poor start, the RedHawks stayed in the game early on with the help of their offense.

Catcher Kevin Richardson extended his hot start, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and a base on balls.

Right fielder Greg Golson (.342/.395/.500 in 38 at-bats) was 1-for-3 with a round-tripper, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Royce Huffman (3/5, 2B) singled twice and doubled once.

Speedsters Julio Borbon and Joaquin Arias both had two singles in five at-bats.

Second baseman German Duran fanned three times in five at-bats. He is just 1-for-23 to start the season.

The game got away from OKC in the fourth and fifth innings, when Kason Gabbard gave up six runs in one inning of work. The left-hander allowed three hits and walked five batters.

Thomas Diamond also struggled, surrendering three runs on seven hits in 2.1 frames.

Utility infielder Casey Benjamin closed out the game with a scoreless inning of work.

Player of the Game: C Kevin Richardson
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 .556


AA: Frisco 1 - Arkansas 0 (13 innings)
W - Diaz (1-0)
6-6, 1.0 GB


Kasey Kiker was flat out awesome on Tuesday morning. Going up against fireballing right-hander Jordan Walden, Kiker held Arkansas to just one hit in seven scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out seven.

The game had just 14 total hits in 13 innings, including nine from the Frisco bats. Craig Gentry (2/6, 2B) and Dustin Majewski (2/3, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.

Third baseman Adam Fox had a pair of base hits in five at-bats.

The RoughRiders bullpen was outstanding, keeping the Travs off the board for the game's final six innings.

Clayton Hamilton (0.90 ERA/.147 BAA in 10 innings) gave up two hits in two scoreless innings.

John Bannister (1.2 IP), A.J. Murray (0.1 IP), Andrew Laughter (1.2 IP) and Jose Diaz (0.1 IP) finished out the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Kasey Kiker
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 1 0 0 2 7 0 2.65


A+: Bakersfield 2 - (@) Visalia 5
L - Beavan (0-2)
3-10, 9.0 GB


Tall right-hander Blake Beavan got the start for the Blaze and yielded five runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out six.

First baseman Mitch Moreland (1/5, 2B) had the club's only extra-base hit with a double while Tim Smith (2/4) and Jonathan Greene (2/3, BB) both singled twice.

Reliever Tanner Roark gave up two hits in two scoreless innings. Although Roark has surrendered 12 hits in eight innings this season, he's struck out nine without issuing a walk, leading to just two runs allowed.

Brennan Garr fanned one in a blank frame. In his return to the Cal League, Garr has yet to yield a run in 5.2 innings.

Player of the Game: 3B Jonathan Greene
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 .310


A: Hickory 12 - Lexington 0
W - Boscan (2-1)
7-6, 2.0 GB


Wilfredo Boscan lowered his ERA to a pristine 0.51 with seven shutout frames on Tuesday evening. The Venezuelan righty held Lexington to two singles while walking one and striking out eight.

Right fielder Mike Bianucci raised his average to .405 with three hits -- including a double -- and two walks. Bianucci may not be in Hickory for much longer.

Not to be outdone, shortstop Jake Kaase went 4-for-5 with his fifth double of the year.

Matt West (2/4, 2B, BB) and Doug Hogan (2/4, 2B) singled once and doubled once.

Leadoff man David Paisano extended the best start of his professional career with two singles in four at-bats. He also stole his fourth base.

Hard-throwing reliever Matt Nevarez punched out two in a pair of hitless, scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Wilfredo Boscan
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 2 0 0 1 8 0 0.51


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