Diamonds In The Rough 4-28-16

A full slate of games was scheduled, although Wilmington was rained out. Royals affiliates went 3-0 on the night.

HR Roll Call — Jorge Bonifacio (4), Hunter Dozier (5), Samir Duenez 2 (3), Brett Eibner (1), Chase Vallot (5)

BP Kansas City Hitter of the Day — Samir Duenez: 4-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI

BP Kansas City Pitcher of the Day —¬†Eric Skoglund: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Omaha Storm Chasers 10, Oklahoma City Dodgers 2

This was supposed to be a delicious pitching matchup between Miguel Almonte and one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, Julio Urias. Instead, OKC decided to start Zach Lee and use Urias in a piggyback role. The fans’ loss was the Storm Chasers’ gain, as Omaha battered Lee for 10 runs in the first four innings. Bonifacio got the scoring started with a two-run homer in the first. He would add an RBI single in Omaha’s five-run fourth inning. Brett Eibner hit a two-run homer of his own, and Travis Snider drove in three runs. Meanwhile, Almonte was limited only by pitch count, as he left after 100 pitches and 5 2/3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.45 and racked up eight strikeouts while allowing five hits and three walks.

Boxscore link

Jorge Bonifacio: 3-5, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
Cheslor Cuthbert: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
Whit Merrifield: 1-4, BB, 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI


Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4, Springfield Cardinals 1

The Naturals scored three runs in the top of the 10th for a 4-1 win. Northwest Arkansas began the 10th with singles from Mauricio Ramos and Frank Schwindel. But they were still at first and second with two outs when Ramon Torres drew a walk. Orlando Calixte singled. A Springfield error on the play allowed all three runners to score. Yender Caramo worked around a one-out single in the bottom of the inning for his first save. The game started as a pitchers’ duel between the Naturals’ Eric Skoglund and Springfield’s Corey Baker. The Cardinals scored their only run in the second. The Naturals didn’t get on the board until Hunter Dozier led off the seventh with his fifth home run of the year.

Boxscore link

Kevin McCarthy: W (1-0), 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Mauricio Ramos: 3-4
Ramon Torres: 1-3, BB, 1 R


Lexington Legends 6, Carolina Fireflies 5

The Legends scored three runs in the eighth for a 6-5 win at Carolina. Lexington entered the inning facing a 5-3 deficit, but Duenez belted his second home run of the night to cut the deficit to one. Chase Vallot followed with a walk, and a Carolina error put runners at first and third. Ben Johnson singled to score Vallot and tie the score. Although Xavier Fernandez tried a bunt that turned into a double play, Cody Jones doubled to score Johnson with the go-ahead run. Lexington overcame a poor start by Scott Blewett, who allowed four runs in five innings. Kyle Kubat picked up the win in relief, pitching four innings and allowing one run. Vallot added a home run, his fifth of the year.

Boxscore link

Scott Blewett: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Ben Johnson: 2-4, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI
Chase Vallot: 1-4, HR, BB, 2 R, 1 RBI

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