Minor League Roundup - 4/12

Moreland hit a clutch home run

The Rangers' farm system was winless on Monday night, but Frisco left-hander Martin Perez made his 2010 debut. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City 5 - Round Rock 6
L - Beltre (0-1)
HR - Moreland (1)
2-3, 1.0 GB


The RedHawks fell behind early when starter Mike Ballard surrendered four runs on eight hits in just 3.1 innings of work, but they gradually rallied throughout the game.

Veteran relievers Clay Rapada (2.2 IP) and Willie Eyre (2 IP) combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit, walking zero, and striking out five.

Right fielder Mitch Moreland came through in the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying two-run homer off Round Rock's Casey Daigle. Moreland also singled in the game.

Unfortunately, Omar Beltre eventually got stuck with the loss. While he fanned three batters in 1.2 innings, he also gave up four hits and a walk, leading to two earned runs.

DH Chad Tracy (1/5, 2B), 1B Justin Smoak (2/4, 2B, BB) and C Max Ramirez (3/5, 2B) all doubled. Tracy swiped his first base of the year.

Left fielder Andy Jenkins was 3-for-5 with a run batted in.

Player of the Game: RF Mitch Moreland
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 2 .211




AA: Frisco 0 - Springfield 1
L - Reed (0-1)
2-3, 1.0 GB


Making his first start of the 2010 season, Martin Perez tossed 4.2 scoreless innings, throwing 71 pitches. The southpaw allowed just two hits [both singles] while walking four and striking out three.

Reliever Brennan Garr was impressive in relief of Perez, as he retired all four batters he faced, striking out two.

Zach Phillips also hurled 1.1 scoreless innings.

The RoughRiders offense managed just five hits in the game, and catcher Kevin Richardson's double (1/4, 2B) was the team's only extra-base knock.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez singled twice and stole his first base of the season.

In five games this season, Frisco has scored a total of eight runs. They have two runs in their last three games.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
4.2 2 0 0 4 3 0 0.00




A+: Bakersfield - Stockton (Postponed – Rain)
3-0, 1.0 GU


The Blaze didn't play for the second day in a row. Sunday's game was called after just one inning due to dust being kicked up by the wind, and Monday's contest was rained out.



A: Hickory 2 - (@) Asheville 10
L - Ramirez (0-1)
3-2, 1.0 GB


Even when Neil Ramirez struggled last season, he was never hit particularly hard. That certainly wasn't the case on Monday evening, as he yielded seven runs on eight hits [three doubles, one homer] in just 4.2 innings. Ramirez walked two and struck out five.

The Tourists also ran all over Ramirez and catcher Vin DiFazio, swiping four bags in five tries in less than five innings.

Hickory's pitching wasn't great on Monday, and the offense was nothing to write home about either. The Crawdads bats plated just two runs on three hits.

Leadoff man Cody Podraza was 1-for-3 with a triple, an RBI, and a base on balls.

Shortstop Edwin Garcia was 2-for-4 with his second two-bagger of the year.

Making his second appearance of the season, sinkerballer Braden Tullis gave up two unearned runs on two hits in 2.1 innings.

Player of the Game: CF Cody Podraza
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 .214




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