Diamonds in the Rough 6-3-16

A rough day for the affiliates, going 0-5 with a doubleheader sweep in Lexington.

HR Roll Call None

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Humberto Arteaga 5-6 3b, 2R, RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Matt Strahm 6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 2 K 4-7 GO-FO 82p/52k



Colorado Sky Sox 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 1

The Storm Chasers are probably ready to get out of Colorado after being being swept in their four games series. Not much offense to speak of for the Chasers in this one as the team was unable to connect on an extra base hit. With a lack of offense the defense needed to help out and they failed to do that for a second straight not, committing two errors up the middle including Ramon Torres who committed his fourth error since joining the Omaha squad. Starter Christian Binford couldn’t slow down the Brewers affiliate in his six innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs along with the two unearned the defense helped out with to drop his second straight start. Third baseman Hunter Dozier had two more hits to complete a short roadtrip 7 for 15 with a home run.

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Hunter Dozier 2-4 R
Ramon Torres 1-4 E (4)
Balbino Fuenmayor 2-4 R


Corpus Christi Hooks 3 NW Arkansas Naturals 2

Lefty starter Matt Strahm was showing some big velocity Friday, hitting as high as 96 mph on the gun according to the Naturals broadcaster but the lefty was wasn’t missing many bats in his six innings of work. Collecting just two strikeouts Strahm had to maneuver around five singles, a walk and a solo home run but was good enough to keep a potent lineup to just two runs allowed. The offense couldn’t do much to back up their pitcher after having a good run versus San Antonio, scoring just two runs while going 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The biggest mistake of the evening might have came from Vance Wilson when he waved home Mauricio Ramos around third on a no out double only to watch him get gunned down at the plate. With the next two hitters grounding out the Naturals had burned their own rally and a chance to tie the game and perhaps even take a lead. Down just one run in the ninth Terrance Gore would be gunned down trying to steal 2nd to end the game.

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Ryan O’Hearn 1-4 2b
Cam Gallagher 3-4 2b, RBI CS 1-3
Mauricio Ramos 1-4 R, RBI


Lynchburg Hillcats 16 Wilmington Blue Rocks 11 F/10

A battle with plenty of body blows brokeout at Frawley field in the second game of the Rocks-Hillcats series as the two teams used every part of the spacious outfield to litter 29 hits enroute to scoring 27 runs. The two teams starters got touched up for 14 runs with Royals former 1st round pick Foster Griffin losing control of the zone in his one and one-third innings with five walks as part of his six runs allowed. The leads changed hands several times until the top of the 10th when Lynchburg delivered the final haymaker, scoring six runs in the inning before the Rocks finally tossed in the towel and let infielder Brian Bien collect the final two outs. Shorstop Humberto Arteaga continued his hot offensive run with five hits in six chances on the day.

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Foster Griffin 1.1 IP 3 H 6 ER 5 BB 2 K 0-1 GO-FO 48p/22k
Wander Franco 3-5 2b, R, 2 RBI
Alfredo Escalera 3-5 2R, RBI


Game 1
Rome Braves 7 Lexington Legends 0

The Braves Low-A squad got after starter Scott Blewett during their 2nd and 3rd times through the order, chasing the big righty with five innings in the fourth and fifth innings of the game. Things were going smoothly with two down in the 4th and an 0-2 count Lucas Herbert when he unloaded on a ball to rightfield, an opposite field home run that opened the gates on Blewett and helped the Braves to an easy win. Outfielder Amalani Fukofuka got out of an 0-17 funk with a pair of doubles in his three at bats.

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DJ Burt 1-3 2b
Amalani Fukofuka 2-3 2-2b
Scott Blewett 4.1 IP 8 H 6 R 5 ER 4 BB 6 K 5-3 GO-FO 88p/52k

Game 2
Rome Braves 6 Lexington Legends 2

The Legends tacked onto the seven scoreless from the first game an additional six scoreless in game 2 to fall in both ends of the doubleheader. Former first round pick, Max Fried was the one shutting the Legends down for five innings, striking out eight in that time while allowing just three hits and working around his own four walks allowed. The Legends latin connection of Gerson Garabito and Yunior Marte struggled with the zone to an even greater extent than Fried, walking eight in seven innings but unable to avoid trouble with a pair of earned runs each allowed.

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Amalani Fukofuka 2-3
Nick Dini 1-3 R
Marten Gasparini 0-1 2 BB

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