Diamonds in the Rough 5-24-16

A 3-1 day for the affiliates

HR Roll Call: Christian Colon (1), Logan Moon (1), Travis Maezes (4)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Travis Maezes 2-2, HR, 2R, BB

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – John Lannan 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 14-2 GO-FO, 97p/73k


Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Alburquerque Isotopes 1

For the third consecutive game, the Chasers got an outstanding performance from their starting pitcher. This time out it was veteran John Lannan giving the Chasers eight innings of one-run ball while spreading out four hits and striking out five. The Isotopes were only able to score in the 1st on a pair of hits before Lannan got into a groove from the end of the second until that eighth that saw him retire 20 of the 21 hitters he would face. While the lefty was splitting up the Isotopes, the Chasers offense was scoring in pairs during three different innings to take a 6-1 win. Four of the top five hitters in the lineup for Omaha had two hits or more. The only guy that didn’t, Christian Colon, hit his first Triple-A home run of the season. Hunter Dozier extended his hit streak to 13 games while Reymond Fuentes sat out the game following his collision with the leftfield wall last night.

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Jorge Bonifacio 2-4, R, BB
Brett Eibner 2-3, R, 2b, RBI, BB
Hunter Dozier 2-4, RBI


NW Arkansas Naturals 2 San Antonio Missions 1

Naturals starter Jake Junis gave his squad five solid innings before having to leave his Tuesday start due to working on short rest. From there, reliever Evan Beal worked the final three innings allowing just one run, while a solo home run from Logan Moon was enough offense for the win. Junis worked those innings while allowing just two hits and a pair of walks, lowering his May ERA to 0.75 in 36 innings pitched. The Naturals scored a run in the sixth before Beal gave up a solo home run in his half of the inning, but Moon’s first home run of the season gave them the lead back and the win.

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Ramon Torres 1-5, 2b
Mauricio Ramos 1-3, BB
Jake Junis 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 66p/41k


Lynchburg Hillcats 7 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

A rough second inning spelled disaster for Rocks starter Zach Lovvorn as he dropped his seventh consecutive High-A decision and fell to 0-6 on the 2016 season. The Hillcats got after Lovvorn for six runs on five hits in that frame, including a three-run home run off the bat of David Armendariz. The six runs and a threat of scoring against Lovvorn in the third, shortened his outing to just three innings on the night which forced the bullpen to work extra. Luckily Kyle Kubat and Brennan Henry were up to the task, allowing just a run over the final five innings. The Wilmington offense was unable to mount much besides an Alfredo Escalera two run single in the 6th. Despite being pushed down to the six-hole in the lineup, Escalera continued his hot hitting with a pair of singles to raise his May average to .351.

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Alfredo Escalera 2-4, 2 RBI
Brandon Downes 1-4, 2b, R
Corey Toups 1-4, E (7)


Lexington Legends 3 Kannapolis Intimidators 1

The Legends got excellent relief work from their pen after lifting starter Julio Pinto after just one and one-third innings Tuesday to even the series with Kannapolis. Relievers Torey Deshazier and Jake Kalish combined to work the final seven and two-thirds scoreless, getting a pair of double plays and striking out seven along the way.

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Photo – Lexington’s D.J. Burt made a headfirst slide into third base on his triple in the third inning. Photo by Mary Lay, Lexington Legends

Deshazier earned the win thanks to DJ Burt and Travis Maezes accounting for all three runs the Legends scored. Burt lead off the first with a double, scored on a sacrifice fly, and then drove in Maezes in the sixth with a sac fly of his own. Maezes connected on his fourth Low-A home run in the second to give Lexington a lead that the two relievers would make stand up.

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DJ Burt 2-3, 2b, 3b, R, RBI, SB (10)
Chase Vallot 1-3
Jake Kalish 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 7-1 GO-FO, 50p/34k

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