Hometown Heroes: Houston bullpen duo among major league standouts

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Former Centenary star James Hoyt continues to shine for red hot Houston since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Hoyt picked up his first win Tuesday night, pitching two shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out five as the Astros rallied past Texas 8-7, scoring five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for their Major League-leading 12th come-from-behind victory and their third straight win. In three appearances, Hoyt is 1-0 with a perfect ERA in 4 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

Will HarrisHoyt’s teammate, former Slidell star Will Harris of LSU, continues his fine work out of the Houston bullpen as well. Harris pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two Rangers to get the save for Hoyt. In nine appearances, Harris is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a save.

In 11 1/3 innings, Harris has allowed just two runs on 10 hits, walking just one and striking out nine. Harris and Hoyt are a large reason why the Astros are a Major League-best 18-9.

Former Northshore High star Logan Morrison belted his sixth home run Tuesday night as Tampa Bay won at Miami 3-1. Morrison has a 3-game hit streak (4-for-8/.500) to raise his average to 262 with 15 RBI.

Former UL-Lafayette star Danny Farquhar picked up the win over the Marlins, pitching one perfect inning in relief of Alex Cobb, striking out one for his first win of the season.

Former LSU star Nick Goody continues to shine for Cleveland. Goody now has six scoreless outings out of the Indians bullpen, allowing just two hits while striking out nine.

Former Barbe star Wade LeBlanc picked up his first save for Pittsburgh Tuesday night as the Pirates walloped the Reds 12-3 in Cincinnati. LeBlanc went three innings, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out three. LeBlanc is 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA in nine appearances with 10 strikeouts.

Former Hahnville and Tulane pitcher Aaron Loup is quietly doing an excellent job out of the bullpen for Toronto. Loup has posted nine consecutive scoreless outings for the Blue Jays. He is 0-0 with an 0.84 ERA in 10 appearances. He has allowed 10 hits and has 12 strikeouts.

Former Hamilton Christian and McNeese State star Jace Peterson has heated up for Atlanta. Peterson has hit in six of his last seven games (9-for-20/.450) to raise his average to .269 with three doubles, one triple and four RBI for the Braves.

Former St. Paul’s and LSU star Ryan Schimpf had a huge week for San Diego. Schmipf homered in four of six games and now has seven home runs on the year with 14 RBI for the Padres, despite a .156 batting average. Seven of Schimpf’s 12 hits have been home runs, justifying his spot as a starter.

Former LSU pitcher Jason Vargas, who battled injuries throughout 2016, is making up for lost time. Vargas won his fourth game Monday night for Kansas City at Chicago in a 6-1 win over the White Sox. Vargas pitched six innings, allowing just one run on five hits, striking out one. On the season, Vargas is 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA. In 31 2/3 innings, Vargas has allowed just five earned runs on 26 hits, walking just five and striking out 29.

At Triple-A Oklahoma (Los Angeles Dodgers) of the Pacific Coast League, former Holy Cross and LSU star Joe Broussard has made four scoreless appearances for the Dodgers since being recalled from Double-A Tulsa. Broussard has pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, striking out 16.

Former St. Thomas More and LSU outfielder Andrew Stevenson was promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse (Washington Nationals) of the International League. Stevenson went 1-for-4 in his Chiefs’ debut Tuesday night against Pawtucket. At Harrisburg, Stevenson was batting .350 with five doubles, one triple and 12 RBI.

At Double-A Springfield (St. Louis Cardinals) of the Texas League, former ULM pitcher Tyler Bray picked up his first win for the Cardinals on Apr. 30 in an 11-10 win over Arkansas. Bray went 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits, fanning a pair of batters. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven relief appearances. In 12 innings, Bray has allowed three runs on 10 hits, striking out 16.

Former Northwestern State hurler Mason Melotakis continues to open eyes with Chattanooga (Minnesota Twins) of the Southern League. Melotakis has made nine scoreless relief outings for the Lookouts. He is 1-0 with a perfect ERA and three saves. He picked up his third save Monday night in a 5-2 win at Jackson, pitching a perfect ninth inning. Melotakis has pitched 11 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, striking out eight.

Former Captain Shreve and LSU pitcher Austin Ross continues to pitch very well for Pensacola (Cincinnati Reds) of the Southern League. Ross is now 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts for the Blue Wahoos. In 34 1/3 innings, Ross has been dominant, allowing just 18 hits while striking out 25.

Former Riverside and Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Tate Scioneaux improved to 4-0 with a perfect ERA with a victory for Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) of the Eastern League on Apr. 29. In seven appearances, Scioneaux has allowed just seven hits in 13 innings, walking just two while striking out 13 for the Curve.

Former Covington and Tulane pitcher Randy LeBlanc was promoted from Class A Fort Myers to Double-A Chattanooga (Minnesota Twins) of the Southern League on Apr. 28. LeBlanc was 2-0 with an 0.43 ERA in three appearances at Fort Myers.

At Class A Charleston (New York Yankees) of the South Atlantic League, former Louisiana Tech pitcher Phillip Diehl is now 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in five relief appearances for the RiverDogs. In 19 1/3 innings, Diehl has allowed just 14 hits and has 19 strikeouts.

Former Barbe and LSU star Jared Foster remains hot for Inland Empire (Los Angeles Dodgers) of the California League. Foster has hit in eight of nine games (16-for-39/.410), including seven two-hit games in those nine games. Foster has four doubles, two triples, a home run and 11 RBI for the 66ers.

Former Sam Houston and McNeese State star Andrew Guillotte of Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays) of the Florida State League had a 12-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday night against Tampa in a 5-4 victory. Guillotte was 18-for-41/.439 during that streak. On the season, Guillotte is batting .305 with seven doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI and nine stolen bases for the Blue Jays.

Former Ouachita Parish and LSU outfielder Mark Laird belted his first home run of the season Monday night for Clearwater (Philadelphia Phillies) of the Florida State League. Laird has a 3-game hit streak (5-for-13/.385) to raise his average to .302 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI in 53 at-bats for the Threshers.

In the Mexican League at Acerreros del Norte, former LSU slugger Matt Clark is batting .324 with six doubles, six home runs and 32 RBI. Clark has a five-game hit streak (7-for-20/.350) and he has hit in eight of nine games.

Major Leagues
Alex Bregman—Astros (LSU) .253, 5 doubles, 2 stolen bases, 6 RBI
Clay Buchholz—Phillies (McNeese St.) 2G, 0-1, 12.27 ERA, 7.1 INN, 5 K’s (injured)
Danny Farquhar—Rays (UL Lafayette)  14G, 1-1, 4.63 ERA, 11.2 INN, 9 H, 10 K’s
Kevin Gausman—Orioles (LSU)  6G, 1-2, 7.50 ERA, 30 INN, 20 K’s
Nick Goody—Indians (LSU) 6G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 INN, 2 H, 9 K’s
Will Harris—Astros (Slidell, LSU)  11G, 1-0, 1.59 ERA, 1 SV, 11.1 INN, 10 H, 9 K’s
Aaron Hill—Giants (LSU) .120 (3-for-25), 1 HR, 2 RBI  (10-day D.L.)
James Hoyt—Astros (Centenary) 3G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.2 INN, 2 H, 10 K’s
Jacoby Jones—Tigers (LSU) .150, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBI  (10-day D.L.)
Wade LeBlanc—Pirates (Barbe) 9G, 1-0, 2.76 ERA, 1 SV, 16.1 INN, 13 H, 10 K’s
DJ LeMahieu—Rockies (LSU) .255, 5 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Aaron Loup—Blue Jays (Hahnville, Tulane) 10G, 0-0, 0.84 ERA, 10.2 INN, 10H, 12 K’s
Jonathan Lucroy—Rangers (UL Lafayette) .232, 2 double, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Seth Lugo—Mets (Parkway, Centenary) 10-day DL
Mikie Mahtook—Tigers (St. Thomas More, LSU) .194, 2 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Wade Miley–Orioles (Loranger, SLU)  5G, 1-1, 2.32 ERA, 31 INN, 20 H, 38 K’s
Logan Morrison—Rays (Northshore) .262, 2 double, 6 HR, 15 RBI
Aaron Nola—Phillies (Catholic, LSU)  3G, 2-0, 4.50 ERA, 16 INN, 20 H, 15 K’s (10-day D.L.)
Jace Peterson—Braves (Hamilton Christian, McNeese) .269, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 RBI
Rob Segedin—Dodgers  (Tulane) 2G, .250 (1-for-4), 1 R  (10-day D.L.)
Ryan Schimpf–Padres (St. Paul’s, LSU) .156, 1 double, 7 HR, 14 RBI
Stuart Turner—Reds (Eunice, LSU-E) .200 (4-for-20), 3 doubles, 3 RBI
Jason Vargas—Royals (LSU)  5G, 4-1, 1.42 ERA, 31.2 INN, 26 H, 29 K’s
Taijuan Walker—Diamondbacks (Shreveport) 6G, 3-1, 4.19 ERA, 34.1 INN, 32 H, 39 K’s
Rickie Weeks Jr.—Rays (Southern) .167 (7-for-42), 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Class AAA
Brian Bogusevic—Pawtucket (Tulane) 2G, .250 (2-for-8), 4 RBI (7-day D.L.)
Reid Brignac—Fresno (St. Amant) .256, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR, 14 RBI
Joe Broussard—Oklahoma City (Holy Cross, LSU)  4G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.2 INN, 6 H, 16 K’s
Wil Browning—Buffalo (ULM) 6G, 3-1, 6.52 ERA, 9.2 INN, 10 K’s
Joey Butler—Syracuse (UNO) .238, 1 double, 2 RBI (7-day D.L.)
Garin Cecchini—Omaha (Barbe) .173, 3 doubles, 1 RBI
Gavin Cecchini—Las Vegas (Barbe) .240, 6 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB
J.T. Chargois—Rochester (Sulphur)  2G, 0-0, 1 SV, 2.2 INN, 1 H, 2 K’s (7-day D.L.)
Preston Claiborne—Round Rock (Tulane) 10G, 1-0, 2.79 ERA, 3 SV, 9.2 INN, 9 H, 12 K’s
Louis Coleman—Louisville (LSU) 8G, 0-1, 2.25 ERA, 1 SV, 12 INN, 9 H, 13 K’s
Jose De Leon—Durham (Southern)  7-day DL
Johnny Giavotella—Norfolk (Jesuit, UNO) .268, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 10 RBI
Chaz Hebert—Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Breaux Bridge) 7-day DL
TJ House—Buffalo (Slidell) 4G, 3-1, 1.64 ERA, 22 INN, 17 H, 28 K’s
Tyler Jones—Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (LSU) 8G, 1-1, 5.73 ERA, 11 INN, 11 H, 11 K’s
Phil Maton—El Paso (Louisiana Tech) 9G, 0-1, 3.60 ERA, 3 SV, 10 INN, 6 H, 11 K’s
Jim Miller—Rochester (ULM)  Has not pitched
Jared Mortensen—Fresno (LSU-S) 3G, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 4.2 INN, 4 K’s
Alex Presley—Toledo (Neville) .176, 8 BB, 2 RBI, 3 SB
Nick Rumbelow—Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (LSU) 7-day DL
Andrew Stevenson—Harrisburg (St. Thomas More, LSU) 1G, .250 (1-for-4)
Josh Zeid—Memphis (Tulane)  4G, 1-1, 5.75 ERA, 20.1 INN, 19 H, 19 K’s

Class AA
Caleb Adams—Mobile (UL Lafayette)  .196, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI   (7-day D.L.)
Tyler Bray—Palm Beach (ULM)  3G, 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 1 SV, 12 INN, 10 H, 6 K’s
James Dykstra—Frisco (LSU) 7G, 0-1, 1.45 ERA, 2 SV, 18.2 INN, 9 H, 15 K’s
Ryan Eades—Chattanooga (Northshore, LSU) 6G, 0-0, 8.18 ERA, 11 INN, 11 H, 9 K’s
Ian Gibault—Montgomery (Tulane) 3 G, 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 4 INN, 2 H, 6 K
Brock Hebert—Arkansas (South Terrebonne, SLU) .180, 1 double, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Leon Landry—Pensacola (Baker, LSU) .182, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 RBI
Randy LeBlanc—Fort Myers (Covington, Tulane) 1G, 0-1, 36.00 ERA, 2 INN, 8 H, 8 ER
Tyler Mapes—Harrisburg (Tulane) 7-day DL
Mason Melotakis—Chattanooga (Northwestern St.) 9G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 11.2 INN, 5 H, 8 K’s
Austin Ross—Pensacola (Captain Shreve, LSU) 5G, 3-0, 0.79 ERA, 34.1 INN, 18 H, 25 K’s
Tate Scioneaux—Altoona (Riverside, SLU) 7G, 4-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 INN, 7 H, 13 K’s
Kade Scivicque—Mississippi (LSU) .309, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Blake Trahan—Pensacola (Kinder, UL Lafayette) .236, 2 doubles, 7 RBI, 3 SB
Justin Williams—Montgomery (Terrebonne) .304, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HR, 9 RBI

Class A
Stephen Alemais—West Virginia (Tulane) .243, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 SB
Adam Atkins—St. Lucie (La. Tech)  2G, 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 3.1 INN, 3 K
Grant Borne—Potomac (Catholic-BR, Nicholls) 2G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 7.2 INN, 5 H, 6 K’s
Domenick Carlini—Cedar Rapids (SLU) 3G, 0-1, 6.97 ERA, 10.1 INN, 8 K’s
Eric Carter—Peoria (UL Lafayette) 8G, 1-0, 2.38 ERA, 2 SV,  11.1 INN, 10 H, 11 K’s
Chris Chinea—Palm Beach (LSU) .256, 6 doubles, 2 HR, 12 RBI
Andro Cutura—Cedar Rapids (Pearl River, SLU) 7-day DL
Ryan Deemes—Buies Creek (Holy Cross, Nicholls) 5G, 2-0, 4.50 ERA, 2 SV, 8 INN, 10 K’s
Phillip Diehl—Charleston (LA Tech) 5G, 3-0, 2.33 ERA, 19.1 INN, 14 H, 19 K’s
Jameson Fisher—Kannapolis (Zachary, SLU) .253, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 13 RBI
Kaleb Fontenot—Hickory (Sacred Heart-VP, McNeese) 8G, 1-0, 3.95 ERA, 1 SV, 13.2 INN, 12 H, 21 K’s
Jared Foster—Inland Empire (Barbe, LSU) .297, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB
Jake Fraley—Charlotte (LSU) .132, 1 HR, 5 RBI (7-day D.L.)
Trent Giambrone—Myrtle Beach (Grace King) .239, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBI
Taylor Guilbeau—Potomac (Zachary) 3G, 0-0, 11.74 ERA, 7.2 INN, 11 K’s
Andrew Guillotte—Dunedin (Sam Houston, McNeese) .305, 7 doubles, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 9 SB
Conner Hale—Clinton (LSU) .213, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBI  (Released)
Nick Hartman—Lansing (LSU-Eunice) 3G, 0-0, 12.00 ERA, 3 INN
Taylor Henry—Columbia (Airline, Centenary) 6G, 1-0, 2.77 ERA, 13 INN, 12 H, 8 K’s
Kyle Keller—Greensboro (Jesuit, SLU)  7G, 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 3 SV, 9.1 INN, 7 H, 12 K’s
Mark Laird—Clearwater (Ouachita Parish, LSU) .302, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Tanner Rainey—Daytona (St. Paul’s, SLU) 12G, 0-1, 1.98 ERA, 1 SV, 13.2 INN, 4 H, 22 K’s
Austin Robichaux—Inland Empire (Notre Dame, UL Lafayette)  3G, 0-0, 4.09 ERA, 11 INN, 10 H, 4 K’s
Ty Ross—San Jose (LSU) Restricted List
Colin Rodgers—Wilmington (Parkview Baptist) 4G, 0-0, 2.03 ERA, 13.1 INN, 9 H, 14 K’s
Jake Rogers—Quad Cities (Tulane) 284, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 5 HR, 13 RBI
Trevor Simms—Visalia (Tulane) 5G, 2-2, 6.46 ERA, 23.2 INN, 20 K’s
Riley Smith—Kane County (LSU) 3G, 0-0, 2.84 ERA, 6.1 INN, 5 H, 6 K’s
Jesse Stallings—Dayton (Grant, LSU)  9G, 0-0, 2.53 ERA, 1 SV, 10.2 INN, 10 K’s
Nick Thurman—Clinton (Belle Chasse, UL Lafayette) .324, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Stefan Trosclair—Peoria (Sulphur, LSU-E, UL Lafayette) .284, 3 doubles, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 HR, 12 RBI
Chase Vallot—Wilmington (St. Thomas More) .164, 6 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Jacob Waguespack—Clearwater (Dutchtown) 8G, 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 1 SV, 10 INN, 7 H, 13 K’s
Jake Winston—Kane County (Vidalia) 1G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 INN, 2 K’s


Matt Clark—Acereros del Norte (LSU) .324, 6 doubles, 6 HR, 32 RBI
Chad Gaudin—Acereros del Norte (Crescent City) 12G, 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 12 INN, 10 K’s    
Santos Saldivar
—Pericos de Puebla (Southern) 3G, 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 3 INN, 3 H,  5 K’s

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame, Professional Bowlers Tour) and many state and local awards for his work in the field, Ken currently serves as Sports Director of WGSO, 990 AM and hosts award-winning shows, including Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report and The Three Tailgaters Show with Ed Daniels and Rick Gaille. In 1988, Ken was chosen by the Professional Bowlers Association to receive its annual radio broadcasters national award for…

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