Diamonds in the Rough 4-15-16

A split 2-2 night by the affiliates.

HR Roll Call Raul Mondesi (3), Ryan O’Hearn 1,2, Corey Toups (1), Chaser Vallot (2)

BP KC – Hitter of the Day Ryan O’Hearn 2-4 2 HR, 3 RBI

BP KC – Pitcher of the Day Jon Dziedzic 7 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 6 K


Omaha Storm Chasers 3 New Orleans Zephyrs 0

After losing his first game of the year against the Zephyrs while allowing no earned runs in five innings, lefty Jonathan Dziedzic must have thought he needed to do a tad better. He did just that Friday night tossing seven scoreless this time with 3 hits and nary a walk allowed on just 90 pitches. With the quality pitching, the Chasers did enough by manufacturing runs with outs in the 1st, 5th and 8th innings to take the 3-0 shutout win.

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Whit Merrifield 1-4 20 game hit streak between 2015/16
Jarrod Dyson 0-3 2R, BB
Travis Snyder 1-4 2b hitting .381

Frisco Rough Riders 7 NW Arkansas Naturals 1

Starter Christian Binford got knocked around for a second time this season by the Frisco Rough Riders, allowing seven runs (6 ER) in just 4.2 innings while ballooning his ERA to 13.00. The lanky righty appeared to only trust his fastball and curve on the night and neither is a dominant enough weapon to keep hitters honest the second or third time through a lineup. While Binford was getting knocked around, the Naturals offense was missing early opportunities to score, going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. One bright spot was Raul Mondesi, who lined a double down the rightfield corner and hit a home run to the right-center gap, a line shot that didn’t have a ton of loft but showed his batspeed from that left side. In addition to the two hits, Mondesi also stole a bag, his fifth already in the young season. He is showing a much more aggressive approach on the bases with fully healthy legs.

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Raul Mondesi 2-4 2b (2), HR (3), SB (5)
Hunter Dozier 2-4 2b (3)
Bubba Starling 0-4 hitting .190

Wilmington Blue Rocks 6 Potomac Nationals 3

The Blue Rocks showed their appreciation for playing away from Frawley field as Stephen F. Austin alums Ryan O’Hearn and Corey Toups both hit big flies on the night. The home runs, one by Toups and two for O’Hearn, one of the inside the park variety, came off Nationals 1st round pick Erick Fedde who was rated as the Nationals 6th best prospect by Baseball Prospectus. The beneficiary of the longball offense was lefty Matt Tenuta who worked five innings while allowing just one run to earn his first victory on the year.

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Ryan O’Hearn 2-4 2 HR (2) .406/.429/.688 on the year
Corey Toups 1-3 2R, HR, BB
Brandon Downes 1-4 3b, R
Austin Bailey 1-3 RBI
Evan Beal 1 IP 1 K SV (1)

West Virginia Power 6 Lexington Legends 5 F/10

The Legends built a small early lead that they took to the late innings Friday only to watch the bullpen let it slip away. The Low-A club used extra base hits in the 2nd through 5th innings to plate five runs and grab a 5-4 advantage that they would take until the 8th, only to watch reliever Kyle Kubat give it up and eventually lose it in the 10th. A solo home run for Chase Vallot, his second, got the scoring started while triples from Marten Gasparini, DJ Burt and a double from Ben Johnson helped tack on additional runs. For Burt it was the 67th consecutive game that he has reached base between rookie ball in Idaho Falls last season and this year so far. The Power are the Low-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Nolan Watson 4.1 IP 4 H 2 ER BB, 0 K
Chase Vallot 1-4 HR 0-4 SB Att now just 3 CS in 17 attempts
Ben Johnson 2-4 2b, RBI

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