Appel Is Awesome in Final Double A Start

Two of Double-A's top prospects locked down in a pitching duel Tuesday night at Whataburger Field, with Nolan Ryan and Cal Ripken, Jr., on hand.

In the end, Mark Appel captured his first Texas League win with a breakout performance as Corpus Christi edged Frisco 1-0 before 4,629.

Appel (1-2) pitched eight-plus innings of two-hit ball in his longest outing of 2014. The No. 1 overall selection in last year's draft fanned 10 and walked one. Appel, a two-time All-American at Stanford, threw just 88 pitches (62 strikes) while peaking at 98 mph and regularly touching 96. His pitch count by inning: 13-9-11-11-14-13-8-8.

Frisco's Jake Thompson allowed three hits and walked three while striking out six over 6 1/3. Fifty-eight of his 92 pitches found the strike zone.

The Hooks failed to score until the eighth, when they tagged Joseph Ortiz (0-2) with the loss. Carlos Perdomo lashed a lead-off single to right, moved to second on Delino DeShields' sacrifice bunt and third when Tony Kemp grounded out to second base. Colin Moran's sinking RBI blooper was almost gloved by diving left fielder Nick Williams.

Appel was lifted for Tyson Perez after Hanser Alberto doubled to open the ninth. Perez notched his 11th save in as many tries by leaving the bases loaded. He pitched around walks to Jake Skole and Williams (intentional), whiffing Jorge Alfaro and Trever Adams.

Williams had the only other hit off Appel, a two-out single in the first. J.T. Wise drew a one-out walk during the fifth, but was erased on a double play.

Corpus Christi staged a two-out rally in the third that went for naught. Thompson induced Moran's bounce out to the right side after yielding a single to Perdomo and walking DeShields and Kemp.Perdomo and Hooks right fielder Brandon Meredith had two hits each.

--CC Hooks


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