Diamonds in the Rough 6-11-16

2-3 for the affiliates with wins in Lexington and Wilmington.

HR Roll Call: Ryan O’Hearn (10)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Mike Hill 3-5, 2-2b, 2 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Corey Ray 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8-2 GO-FO, 88p/56k


New Orleans Zephyrs 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 1

The Chasers offense has gone on a trip. Unfortunately, it’s not on the same trip that Omaha is on currently. The offense mustered just four hits Saturday, scoring a first inning run prior to getting blanked for the final eight. For the Chasers it was the fourth time in the last five games they have scored two runs or fewer while seeing their losing streak extend to five games. Starter John Lannan missed a quality start by 1/3 of a inning with three runs allowed and falling to 5-5 with the loss. Jorge Bonifacio knocked in Omaha’s only run with a single in the first.

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Irving Falu 1-4, 2b, R
Jorge Bonifacio 1-4, RBI
Joe Beimel 1 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K


Arkansas Travelers 5 NW Arkansas Naturals 4

The Naturals built a three run lead in the first on the back of a two-run home run by Ryan O’Hearn, only to watch the pitching staff give it up over the course of the game. Pedro Fernandez made his first start in nearly a month, working 3.2 innings while allowing a pair of runs before giving way to the pen. Reliever Matt Alvarez surrendered a pair of runs on three hits in his first Double-A outing, giving up the lead in the fourth inning. The game stayed there until the ninth when a single by Jack Lopez drove in Bubba Starling to tie it up. The Travelers quickly ended it in the bottom half on a one-out bases-loaded single.

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Ryan O’Hearn 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
Carlos Garcia 1-4, R, BB
Pedro Fernandez 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 5-5 GO-FO, 67p/36k


Wilmington Blue Rocks 2 Salem Red Sox 1

The Rocks were no-hit for 4.2 innings before a Brandon Downes broken bat single gave the team a heartbeat. With the pitching staff limiting the potent Red Sox lineup to just one run, it gave the offense enough time to mount a rally. That came in the seventh, when a two out rally took place with a pair of singles sandwiched around a walk, the second single off the bat of Nick Dini drove in Downes to knot the game up. One hitter later, Rocks newcomer Brian Bien drove in Josh Banuelos to give Wilmington the lead. Lefty Colin Rodgers who had entered the previous inning, worked the final two innings scoreless to give Wilmington the win and a 2-1 series lead.

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Brandon Downes 2-4, R, SB (7)
Nick Dini 1-3, RBI
Colin Rodgers 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K


Lexington Legends 8 Hagertown Nationals 5

The Legends offense woke up after a long slumber to snap their seven game losing streak. Every hitter in the lineup had at least one hit on the night. Struggling shortstop Marten Gasparini led the charge by reaching base four times, scoring a run and driving in another. Third baseman Mike Hill has been one of the bright spots in the lineup, hitting .375 since May 1, and he continued his hot hitting with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Starter Nolan Watson was the beneficiary of the  scoring for Lexington, earning his second win despite four runs (3 ER) allowed over five innings of work.

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Marten Gasparini 2-3, R, 2BB, 2SB (7), RBI
Nolan Watson 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HBP, 6-4 GO-FO, 69p/50k
Samir Duenez 2-5, R, 2b, 3 RBI


DSL Astros 2 DSL Royals 1

A pair of runs late gave the Royals their second consecutive loss.

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Christopher Marte 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 5-5 GO-FO
Freddy Fermin 2-3, 2b
Andres Martin 1-4, RBI

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