0-1, 1.0 GB
Doug Mathis got the opening day nod for the RedHawks, and he pitched well against a very talented Springfield club. The right-hander went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked one, struck out four, and posted a solid 10:4 groundout-to-flyout ratio.
DH Ben Harrison (2/4, 2 RBI) and right fielder Greg Golson (2/4, RBI) both singled twice and combined to drive home all three of Oklahoma City's runs. Harrison also stole his first base of the season.
Left fielder Brandon Boggs (1/4, BB) and second baseman Casey Benjamin (0/2, 2 BB) reached base a pair of times.
Rehabbing right-hander Willie Eyre fanned two in two-thirds of an inning, walking one. Sidearming reliever Beau Vaughan followed with three punchouts in 1.1 perfect innings.
After the RedHawks fought back and took the lead against Cardinals relief prospect -- and native Texan -- Jess Todd, the OKC bullpen began to struggle.
Making his first Triple-A appearance, Pedro Strop threw just nine of his 18 pitches inside the strike zone. He blew the save by yielding one run one one hit and one walk in an inning. He also struck out one batter.
Veteran Derrick Turnbow retired the first batter of the tenth inning, but he proceeded to walk four consecutive batters [two intentional], forcing home the game-winning run.
0-1, 1.0 GB
Omar Poveda made his first Double-A appearance since a spot-start in 2006, and he didn't have much success. The 21-year-old needed 57 pitches to get through two innings, giving up six runs -- three earned -- on five hits. He walked one and didn't record a strikeout.
But Poveda's struggles on Thursday shouldn't be too surprising. He has taken a handful of starts before settling in at each level he's pitched at.
Tommy Hunter followed Poveda and coughed up five runs in 2.2 innings. He struck out four, but gave up five hits and walked two.
Relievers Kea Kometani (1.2 IP, 4 R) and Andrew Laughter (1.2 IP, 1 R) both had their share of trouble.
Cardinals prospect Brett Wallace, the 13th overall pick in last summer's draft, hit a pair of home runs in the game. He went yard off Poveda and Kometani.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon had Frisco's only extra-base hit of the game. He was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs.
Jose Vallejo (2/5), Justin Smoak (2/5) and Dustin Majewski (2/4) all singled twice.
Third baseman John Whittleman singled once and walked once.
0-0, 0.5 GB
Bakersfield's season opener was rained out. The teams will make it up with a doubleheader beginning Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Central.
0-1, 1.0 GB
Wilfredo Boscan allowed five runs in 4.2 innings, but he pitched an excellent game.
Appearing in his first game with a full-season club, the 19-year-old Venezuelan was perfect through his first three innings. He served up a solo home run to Tim Beckham [last year's number one overall pick] in the fourth, but didn't allow another baserunner in the inning.
Then, in the fifth, things fell apart -- for Boscan's defense. In a span of six hitters, the Crawdads committed four errors [two from 2B Jason Ogata, one from 1B Clark Murphy, one from SS Edward Martinez], leading to four unearned runs. None of the six hitters Boscan faced in the fifth managed to hit the ball out of the infield.
At the end of his outing, Boscan had given up five runs -- just one earned -- in 4.2 innings. He gave up just one hit, did not issue a walk, and did not hit a batter.
Diminutive lefty Joseph Ortiz gave up four hits and two walks in one inning, leading to two earned runs.
Perhaps the best news of the night came from hard-throwing right Wilmer Font, who struck out two batters in 1.1 scoreless innings. Font allowed just one hit.
The Hickory offense was limited to just three hits in the game, but they also drew seven walks.
Catcher Doug Hogan drove in all of Hickory's runs with a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
DH Jake Kaase and centerfielder Jared Bolden both singled once in four at-bats.
Eric Fry, Mike Bianucci and Matt West all walked twice.
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