Minor League Roundup - 4/29

Fox hit a grand slam

Frisco and Hickory were both powered by ninth-inning rallies on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - OFF
8-10, 0.5 GB


The RedHawks used Wednesday as a travel day, going from Omaha back home to Oklahoma City. They'll face New Orleans on Thursday night.

AA: Frisco 6 - (@) San Antonio 0
W - Bannister (1-1)
HR - Fox (1)
9-10, 4.0 GB


The RoughRiders and Missions were scoreless through eight innings, but Frisco burst through with six runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Starting pitcher Tommy Hunter set the tone with five shutout frames, scattering six singles. He walked one and struck out four.

Andrew Laughter followed with a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.

Left-hander Joseph Torres struck out three in 1.2 innings, walking one without surrendering a hit.

And that set the stage for the ninth.

Former Rangers farmhand John Hudgins entered for the ninth inning and quickly retired the first two batters he faced. Then he walked Jose Vallejo, gave up a single to Justin Smoak, walked Chad Tracy, walked Steve Murphy (scoring a run) and walked Guilder Rodriguez (scoring another run).

The Stanford product had issued four walks in five hitters, giving up a hit to the other.

Brandon Gomes came on to face Adam Fox, and Fox made him pay by smashing a grand slam to left field for his first home run of the season.

John Bannister finished the game by recording two strikeouts in 1.1 scoreless innings. He earned the victory.

Player of the Game: 3B Adam Fox
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 4 0 0 .194


A+: Bakersfield 1 - Modesto 3 (Suspended)
6-13, 8.5 GB


Bakersfield's game was suspended in the bottom of the first inning due to a power outage.

Kennil Gomez had surrendered three runs in the first inning, and the Blaze had already struck back with one of their own.

A: Hickory 6 - (@) Kannapolis 4
W - Nam (2-1)
SV - Nevarez (2)
10-10, 2.5 GB


The Crawdads took home the two-run victory by scoring five runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel went four innings, giving up two runs on four hits.

Fabio Castillo (0.00 ERA/.222 BAA in 10.1 innings) followed with two more shutout frames. He allowed two hits and struck out one without issuing a walk.

Pitching in his first game of the season, big right-hander Ryan Schlecht surrendered two runs in one inning.

Designated hitter Jason Ogata (.246/.353/.386) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in.

David Paisano (2/5, 2B), Tim Rodriguez (1/3, 2B), Mike Bianucci (1/5, 2B) and Jake Kaase (1/2, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

First baseman Clark Murphy raised his average to .250 with two singles in four at-bats. He's recorded a hit in seven of his last eight contests.

Left-hander Yoon-Hee Nam (0.96 ERA/.156 BAA) struck out two in a blank frame. Matt Nevarez earned the save with one strikeout in a perfect inning.

Player of the Game: DH Jason Ogata
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 3 2 0 2 0 0 .246


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