Stars of the Day:
AAA: Leonys Martin
AA: Trevor Hurley / Ryan Strausborger
Lo-A: Will Lamb, Phil Klein / Chris Grayson AAA: Round Rock 3, at Omaha 6
Record: 2-3, -2.0
The Express have blown a lead of two or more runs in every loss. Leonys Martin (.429/.500/.667) fell a triple short of a cycle and stole his third base in five games. Tommy Mendonca collected his first two AAA hits. Tanner Scheppers struck out two in a clean innings on just 11 pitches. Zach Jackson (6.1 IP, 4 R) took the loss. AA: Frisco 2, at Springfield 4
Record: 3-2, tied for 1st
Making his first appearance since Tommy John surgery after 2010, Tim Murphy allowed three runs on five hits, a walk and a strikeout in 3.2 innings. The lefty Murphy, Texas's 3rd rounder in 2008 out of UCLA, pitched well in relief at Frisco during 2010 but has a spotty record as a starter. (Making most of his starts with Bakersfield hasn't helped.) Trevor Hurley tossed 2.1 scoreless innings.
Back from a couple of days out, Ryan Strausborger went 3-4 with a triple and his third steal. Jurickson Profar singled and stole his first base. High-A: off
1B Andrew Clark has retired. Texas's 13th rounder from Louisville in 2010 batted .304/.419/.431 in 188 games and led last year's Hickory squad with a .422 OBP. Catcher Brett Nicholas, assigned to Hickory's DL when the season started, is now active with Myrtle Beach. Low-A: Hickory 4, at Greenville 3
Record: 3-1, tied for first
LF Chris Grayson's three-run homer in the 8th provided the difference. Grayson also walked and made a couple of diving catches. Singling twice were SS Luis Sardinas and 2B Rougned Odor. In the 1st, Hickory faced rehabbing Andrew Miller, who struck out Sardinas and broke the bats of Grayson and Odor on groundouts.
With no walks or strikeouts, Will Lamb held the Red Sox affiliate scoreless for four innings on three hits. Drafted in last year's second round out of Clemson (just down the road from Greenville), Lamb spent most of his college career patrolling center field but was valued for his arm by the Rangers. Phil Klein struck out two in the 9th for the save.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Jason Botts doubled twice and Drew Meyer singled and doubled in Oklahoma's 7-2 victory. AA Frisco lost to Springfield's Jaime Garcia, who would join St. Louis's rotation permanently in 2010. Future MLB third baseman Travis Metcalf was 2-4. With three more walks, Taylor Teagarden ran his total to eight in just 19 plate appearances for Bakersfield. Clinton was postponed by snow again. Today's Starters
AAA: Mark Hamburger
AA: Justin Grimm
Hi-A: Kyle Hendricks
Lo-A: Andrew Faulkner
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)