Minor League Roundup - 5/10

Ross helped Hickory get the shutout

The Hickory Crawdads pitching staff hurled a four-hit shutout on Monday morning, making them the first Sally League team to reach 20 wins this season. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - (@) Iowa – PPD (Rain)
18-13, 1.5 GU


Monday afternoon's getaway day game was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader with Oklahoma City returns to Des Moines in July.



AA: Frisco 8 - Midland 7 (12 innings)
W - Tatusko (4-0)
HR - Jenkins (4), Butler (3)
19-12, 4.0 GU


The RoughRiders won their eighth consecutive game on Monday evening, taking a full four-game lead in the Texas League's Southern Division.

Tanner Roark got the start and surrendered four runs in his first two innings, but he settled down afterwards. The right-hander ended up allowing four runs in five innings, giving up three hits and three walks. He struck out two.

Third baseman Andy Jenkins (.255/.345/.529 in Double-A) was 1-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three runs batted in. He has four round-trippers in just 51 at-bats with Frisco.

Right fielder Joey Butler, who was 3-for-5, added a solo home run in the seventh inning.

James Tomlin (3/5, 2B) and Kevin Richardson (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Guilder Rodriguez singled three times and stole his third base of the season.

The rehabbing Joaquin Arias played first base and singled once in five trips.

Frisco won the game in walkoff fashion on a sacrifice fly off the bat of leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon.

Midland tied the game in the top of the ninth, when closer Zach Phillips allowed his first runs of the year and blew his first save. The southpaw gave up two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings, striking out two.

Ryan Tatusko (2.66 ERA/.243 BAA) used some clutch pitching, getting double plays to get out of a couple james in his three-inning appearance. The tall reliever didn't allow a run in the three innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out three.

Over his last six outings, the 25-year-old has been outstanding, posting the following line: 14.1 ip - 10 h - 1 r - 8 bb - 15 k.

Player of the Game: 3B Andy Jenkins
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 .255




A+: Bakersfield 4 - Stockton 2
W - Gomez (1-2)
SV - Hamburger (1)
14-15, 3.5 GB


Bakersfield got its best outing of the season from starting pitcher Kennil Gomez, who just may be turning a corner.

The right-handed sinkerballer limited Stockton to just one run on four hits in six innings, walking three and striking out four. Gomez got nine groundouts versus four in the air.

Right fielder David Paisano (.315/.368/.435) went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him six two-baggers on the year.

Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2B) and Engel Beltre (1/3, 2B) both doubled once. Beltre drove in a pair of runs, with one coming on a hit and the other on a sacrifice fly.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca and second baseman Erik Morrison both singled once, walked one, and struck out twice.

Mark Hamburger (4.09 ERA/.313 BAA) got the save by yielding just a solo home run in three innings pitched. He struck out two without walking a hitter.

Player of the Game: RHP Kennil Gomez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 4 1 1 3 4 0 5.79




A: Hickory 3 - Greenville 0
W - Ross (4-3)
SV - Tullis (2)
HR - DiFazio (5), Koncel (5)
20-12, 3.0 GU


Hickory continued rolling on Monday morning, as three pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout of Greenville.

Starter Robbie Ross (2.45 ERA/.239 BAA) tossed six scoreless innings, giving up just two singles. He struck out four, walked zero, and got 10 groundouts versus just two airouts.

The 20-year-old southpaw was inconsistent in his first few starts, but he has yielded just one unearned run over his last three outings, spanning 18 innings.

Robbie Erlin (0.44 ERA/.157 BAA) continued to lower his earned-run average by pitching two more shutout frames. Erlin gave up two hits and struck out three without walking a batter.

Right-hander Braden Tullis fanned two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his second save. He has racked up 20 punchouts in 17.1 innings this season.

Sluggers Vin DiFazio (1/4, HR) and Ed Koncel (1/3, HR) gave Hickory all the runs they'd need, as each belted a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia doubled once in four at-bats. Second baseman Edwin Garcia was 2-for-5 with a two-bagger.

Playing in his first full-season game, left fielder Taylor Vail batted fifth and went hitless in three at-bats.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 0 0 0 5 0 2.45




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