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*40-year old Carlos Beltran feels blessed.
*Dallas Keuchel is generating ground balls at a 70% clip - far better than his 2014 Cy Young season.
*The Chicken & Waffle Cone made Mental Floss' list of outrageous ballpark foods.
*I wrote about the importance of the first 20 games of the season.
*Power Rankings update! FanRag: 4th. ESPN: 1st. What?
*Check out the Hardball Times' review of Keith Law's new book. Then go buy it.
*Travis Sawchik: The new generation of ballparks is pushing us away.
*Tommy Stokke has a good look at Mike Foltynewicz
*Inside the data-driven program that helped revive Dan Straily's career.
PreStros Report: Game of April 24
Fresno was down 9-0 by the time they got on the board to Salt Lake, but managed to make it interesting in a 12-9 loss. Keegan Yuhl got roughed up, allowing 10H/9R (8ER), 0K:2BB in 4IP. Tyson Perez threw two shutout innings before Ryan Thompson allowed 6H/3ER, 2K:0BB in 2IP. Position Player Andrew Aplin threw a hitless/scoreless 9th inning. A.J. Reed was 2x4 with a walk and 3RBI; Colin Moran was 2x5 with a homer and 3RBI; Tyler White was 1x4 with a walk and a two-run home run.
Midland beat the dog piss out of Corpus (10-7), holding the Hooks to two hits in a 9-0 loss. Kyle Smith, Eric Peterson, and Jacob Dorris combined for 8.1IP, 14H/8ER, 10K:3BB. Jack Mayfield and Jamie Ritchie had the only hits, while six different Hooks walked.
Buies Creek was off.
Quad Cities (10-8) poured it on Peoria in a 14-4 win. Hector Perez threw 4.1IP, 2H/1ER, 4K:4BB; Ryan Hartman threw 3.2IP, 4H/2ER, 3K:2BB. Lucas Williams allowed a run in the 9th. Ray Henderson-Lozano was 2x5 with a pair of home runs and 3RBI. Jake Rogers (2B, HR, BB, 2RBI), Stephen Wrenn (BB, RBI), and Rodrigo Ayarza (RBI) had two hits each. Ronnie Dawson was 1x4 with two walks and 2RBI.