It was one of those nights for former Crowder and current Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins) pitcher Mike Kickham on Tuesday against the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee).

It was one of those nights for former Crowder and current Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins) pitcher Mike Kickham on Tuesday against the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee).
On the one hand, Kickham struck out seven and walked none. …
But, on the other hand, he allowed seven runs (all earned) on six hits — including three home runs — over 3 2/3 innings.
Kickham entered the game ranked in the Southern League top 5 in ERA. After Tuesday night, Kickham’s ERA elevated 57 points to 3.18 and he dropped to 13th overall in the league.
On the season, Kickham stands at 5-6 overall with a 3.18 ERA, balancing 82 strikeouts against 14 walks over 93 1/3 innings.
If the season ended today, Kickham’s 3.18 ERA wound rank the second best total over a professional career that started in 2010. Kickham recorded a 3.05 ERA in 2012 pitching for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco).
Kickham’s current teammates include outfielder Braxton Lee, one of the two prospects involved in a recent trade with the Tampa Bay Rays that sent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays for prospects Lee and former Crowder pitcher Ethan Clark.
Lee currently leads the Southern League with a .332 batting average (102 for 307) and in his first 13 games for the Jumbo Shrimp, Lee’s not been cursed with bad luck, hitting .400 (18-45) with three doubles, one home run, and eight RBI. Lee’s eight RBI are nearly half of what he accumulated in RBI for the Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay) in 67 games.
Clark, who pitches for the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers, owns a 3-3 record and a 3.45 ERA this season between stops at Bowling Green and Greensboro. Clark earned Midwest League pitcher of the week honors in his final start for Bowling Green, in which Clark pitched six scoreless innings and picked up a career-high nine strikeouts.
In his first 11 games with Tampa Bay, Hechavarria batted .243 (9-37) with one run scored, one double, and three RBI, striking out seven times and walking just once.

Beeks recently featured in Boston Globe
Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks seems to be liked by the Boston Globe.
Back in March, the Globe headlined a story about an exhibition between the Red Sox and Team USA, “A star is born? Maybe it’s Red Sox prospect Jalen Beeks.”
Well, recently, the Globe — courtesy sports writer Brad Almquist — wrote a profile on Beeks called “Jalen Beeks using spring start as a springboard.”
Of course, that March start against Team USA was a dramatic event, a good story seemingly almost too good to be true.
Until 11 minutes before the game, Beeks was scheduled to pitch for Team USA against the Red Sox, but when the Red Sox’ scheduled starter Roenis Elias strained his rib cage muscle during warm-umps, Boston manager John Farrell called for help and wound up making the start against Team USA.
On the mound, over two innings pitched, Beeks pitched two scoreless innings and struck out the first two batters he faced, Christian Yelich and Adam Jones. Nolan Arenado’s double was the lone item to break up the monotony of outs during Beeks’ two innings.
“I didn’t have much time to think,” Beeks told Almquist, “but it was a good thing. If I am going to make it in the bigs, I have to face the best guys. I took it as a challenge.
“It’s a little mind-blowing thinking I had the opportunity to face Hall of Famers in that lineup. It was an All-Star team.”
Since that story in the Globe, Beeks was placed on the Temporary Inactive List by Pawtucket.
On the season, between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, Beeks owns a 7-4 record with a 2.59 ERA and 99 strikeouts and 36 walks over 87 innings.
Almquist’s story on Beeks ended dramatically, “With the Red Sox searching for a reliable No. 5 starter, Beeks could face major league competition again sooner rather than later.”

Hilliard collects three hits Wednesday
Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado Rockies) outfielder Sam Hilliard enjoyed a three-hit game Wednesday against the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego).
Hilliard drove in a run and scored a run on the night, and entering the day Thursday, Hilliard remains at the top of the California League leaderboard in RBI with 62.
On the season, Hilliard owns a .289 average (97 for 336) with 57 runs scored, 14 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs, and 23 stolen bases in 31 attempts. Hilliard ranks among league leaders in most every offensive category.
On a more negative side note, Hilliard reached 300 career strikeouts on Wednesday.

Other former Crowder players
Zach Matson, Single-A Short Season Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore): 0-0, 2.35 ERA, six games, no starts, 7 2/3 innings, nine strikeouts, no walks.
Mark Reyes, Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants (San Francisco): 4-10, 5.91 ERA, 18 games, 14 starts, 74 2/3 innings, 42 strikeouts, 58 walks.
Andrew Schwaab, Single-A Advanced Tampa Yankees (New York): 4-1, 3.41 ERA, 24 games, no starts, 34 1/3 innings, 30 strikeouts, nine walks.