Diamonds in the Rough 4-26

Just one win for the affiliates on Tuesday.

HR Roll Call: Frank Schwindel (2), Ryan O’Hearn (7), Chase Vallot (4)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Jorge Bonifacio 3-5 3b, 2R, 3b, 3 RBI, CS

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Christian Binford 7 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K, retired final 18 in a row


Colorado Sky Sox 11 Omaha Storm Chasers 9

The Chasers lost a wet and wild one in the series finale versus Colorado Springs on Tuesday. With starter Brooks Pounders making an early exit in this one, the bullpen was forced to try to save things. Unfortunately, they weren’t up to the task. With a 3-2 lead reliever, Mark Peterson couldn’t survive the 6th inning, giving up a leadoff home run and a pair of doubles sandwiched around a single. Manager Brian Poldberg would turn to David Huff to try to rescue things for Omaha, but Huff would fair no better giving up a grand slam to top Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia to dig a 8-3 hole for the home team. The Milwaukee farm club wasn’t done, tacking on a run-scoring single in the sixth, giving them a commanding lead. The Chasers down 10-3 entering the 7th inning would make things interesting with a five run inning that featured a Cheslor Cuthbert three-run double but they could quite get it all back to even.

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Cheslor Cuthbert 2-5 2b, 3 RBI, R
Brett Eibner 3-4 2R, RBI
Dusty Coleman 2-4 2R, 2b


NW Arkansas Naturals 5 Springfield Cardinals 2

Starter Christian Binford gave the Naturals an outstanding pitching performance after Vance Wilson gave him a talking to in the second inning, leading the starter to consecutive wins. In that 2nd, a leadoff walk followed by a double and a two-run single prompted a mound visit by Wilson, likely fearing Binford to be wavering. Whatever was said must have worked as the pitcher found a groove, recording outs versus the next 18 hitters he would face on the evening. While Binford was putting down the Cardinals, the Naturals offense mounted a rally in the 7th inning. A single to open the frame by Bubba Starling was followed by a Hunter Dozier walk, RBI single by Mauricio Ramos, and a three-run home run from first baseman Frank Schwindel. The Naturals would tack on another run in the inning to cap the score at 5-2 and give Binford and his mates the win.

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Frank Schwindel 1-3 HR, 3 RBI, BB
Raul Mondesi 1-4
Bubba Starling 1-4 R


Carolina Mudcats 5 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

A three-run 1st inning did in the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the first game of their road series with the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday. The Mudcats big-name prospect, Dansby Swanson, was the first to strike against Rocks when he connected on a RBI double in that first. One hitter later Swanson would come home on a Jordan Edgerton home run, pushing a 1-0 Wilmington lead into a 3-1 deficit. From there the Rocks couldn’t muster much of a comeback, connecting on just five hits on the night with only Ryan O’Hearn providing offense via a 1st inning double and a 7th inning solo home run. For the Rocks first baseman it was his seventh HR and double of the season.

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Alfredo Escalera 1-3
Derek Gordon 0.2 IP 1 H
Austin Bailey 1-3 2b
Ryan O’Hearn 2-4 2b (7), HR (7), 2 RBI


Columbia Fireflies 13 Lexington Legends 2

The struggles of any draftpick are never fun to watch. For a fan the struggles of a former 1st round pick can be even harder to watch for some. Nolan Watson continued his struggles in his fourth start of the season, surrendering nine runs in just 3.1 innings while allowing three home runs. With the righty putting the team in a hole, the offense couldn’t muster much of their own, striking out 13 times enroute to the 13-2 defeat. Catcher Chase Vallot did knock his fourth home run of the season in the loss.

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Chase Vallot 2-4 HR
Marten Gasparini 1-4 SB,3k and 3 errors – 17 errors in 16 games
Samir Duenez 1-4

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