Diamonds in the Rough 5-17-16

Rough day for the affiliates, going 0-4 with a no-hitter tossed against them at Double-A and comeback wins by the opponents at both Triple-A and Low-A.

HR Roll Call: Hunter Dozier (10)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Hunter Dozier 2-4, HR, 2b, 2 R, 3 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Daniel Concepcion 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K


Tacoma Rainiers 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 5

The Chasers lost another game late in Tacoma on Tuesday. In the series finale, third baseman Hunter Dozier helped his team overcome deficits early and late before the bullpen would give up a lead once again. Dozier’s solo home run in the fourth, his 10th of the season, cut a two run deficit in half. It was Dozier again in the eighth with a two run double to knot the game at 4-4 before scoring to give Omaha their first lead in the game. However, the bullpen wasn’t able to hang on, as Clayton Mortensen loaded the bases prior to giving way to Andrew Edwards. Edwards gave up a couple of bases loaded singles which provided the final margin in a tough 7-5 loss.

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Dusty Coleman 1-2, 3b, R
Luke Farrell 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Brett Eibner 1-4, R, BB


Arkansas Travelers 6 NW Arkansas Naturals 0

The Naturals ran into a pitcher on his game Tuesday night as Jordan Kipper dominated over nine innings to throw a no-hitter. The righthander used 108 pitches, with only a walk to leadoff batter Ramon Torres to blemish his record. With 27 hitters going down in a row there wasn’t much the pitchers could do to avoid the loss, but a big negative on the evening was the of starter Kyle Zimmer. Working on his third rehab start, Zimmer threw just 22 pitches before getting pulled after one inning. At the time of writing, the reason for the quick hook was unknown. Following Zimmer, relief pitcher Yender Caramo gave the Naturals a quality five innings to save the bullpen from getting overworked, allowing just one unearned run while on the hill.

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Kyle Zimmer 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Ramon Torres 0-2, BB
Yender Caramo 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K


Frederick Keys 3 Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

After a season-plus at Lexington, 2014 first round pick Foster Griffin made his Advanced-A debut in the Rocks opener with the Frederick Keys last night. The lefty showed off an improved curveball and fastball to get through 6.1 innings while working around eight hits and three walks. All three Keys runs came with two outs hits off Griffin, with a single and double in the first inning for a run, and a double and single in the sixth. The typical number of worm burners (nine on the night) were earned by Griffin while striking out five. The Rocks offense was unable to get much going on their own after scoring a run in the first, going just 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position to drop their seventh consecutive game to Frederick.

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Corey Toups 2-4
Humberto Arteaga 2-4 – fifth consecutive multi-hit game
Brandon Downes 1-3, BB – hits in nine of last 10 games played


Hickory Crawdads 4 Lexington Legends 3

After the two sides played scoreless ball for six innings in game two of their series, both offenses got rolling with Hickory plating the final run to break the home squad’s heart. Two runs for the Legends in the seventh came via three walks, a wild pitch, and a pair of sacrifices. Hickory quickly rebounded with a pair of runs in the 8th also using a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to tie the game. In the bottom half of the inning the Legends would load the bases, get a run on a Travis Maezes single, but leave an opportunity to score more on the table thanks to an errant bunt by Amalani Fukofuka and a pair of strikeouts by Cody Jones and Tanner Stanley. Newcomer Matt Ditman entered with an opportunity to save the game and would quickly earn a pair of strikeouts to get just one out away from closing the door. The Crawdads wouldn’t just put their foot in front of that door however, they would kick it open. A home run by Josh Altmann before a single and RBI double from LeDarious Clark that would give them the lead and the eventual win.

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Samir Duenez 1-4 R, BB
Amalani Fukofuka 1-3, SB (9)
Franco Terrero 2 IP, 1 K

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