Diamonds in the Rough 6-4-16

A win, a loss, a rainout and a suspended game for the affiliates on Saturday.

HR Roll Call Josh Banuelos (2)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Parker Morin 2b, 3b, 3 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day Jake Junis 6 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 1 HBP 8 K 1-5 GO-FO 93p/58k


Nashville Sounds 13 Omaha Storm Chasers 5

Starter John Lannan couldn’t continue his run of good starts for the Chasers, getting knocked around for 10 runs on nine hits in just four innings to put Omaha in a big hole. The Chasers offense couldn’t match the Nashville output collecting just six hits as the middle of the order was punchless, unable to register a hit. Reliever Mark Peterson tossed gas onto an ugly game with six walks in just two and one-third innings while uncorking three wild pitches in that time. The Chasers have lost six in a row, nine out of their last ten and fallen from first into last place of a tight division.

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Hunter Dozier 0-4 3 K
Jorge Bonifacio 0-3 R. BB
Christian Colon 2-4 R, BB


NW Arkansas Naturals 2 Corpus Christi Hooks 1

Starter Jake Junis is quickly making a name for himself with some spectacular pitching at the Double-A level. The Texas League and Kansas City Royals Pitcher of the Month for May toss a gem in his first start of June, working six shutout innings. In those six innings Junis gave up only a leadoff single to start the game prior to a hitting a batter in the 4th, another single to start the 5th and then a walk in his final inning. In between the righthander struck out eight hitters to add to his Texas League high total, two of which came versus uber-prospect Alex Bregman who had struckout twice in the same game only once previously this season. On the offensive side the Naturals scored a pair of runs in the most unique way possible. In the 5th inning a throw from pitcher Evan Grills after a Terrance Gore bunt eluded the Hooks first baseman and down the foul territory in rightfield, allowing Carlos Diaz to score from first and Gore to run all the way around little league style for the score. Closer Kevin McCarthy worked the final inning and two-thirds scoreless to earn his 10th save of the season.

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Cam Gallagher 2-4
Terrance Gore 2-3 R
Carlos Diaz 1-3 R


Wilmington Blue Rocks 2 Winston-Salem Dash 2

Following a slugfest on Friday the Rocks and Hillcats played to a 2-2 tie until the rain forced them to push the game onto Sunday. Starter Zach Lovvorn gave the bullpen a slight rest with six innings of quality starting pitching, giving up two runs in the 1st stanza prior to five scoreless the rest of the way for the righty. The Rocks offense tied the game in the 3rd on Josh Banuelos two run home run, his first since joining the Rocks in early May. The two clubs went scoreless through the bottom of the 7th when the rains came and forced them to resume on Sunday.

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Wander Franco 2-3
Josh Banuelos 1-2 HR 2 RBI
Zach Lovvorn 6 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K 7-3 GO-FO 81p/52k

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