Diamonds

Diamonds in the Rough 6-18-16

Affiliates went 3-4 with a walkoff loss at Triple-A

HR Roll Call Brandon Dulin (2)

BP KC Hitter of the Day Jorge Bonifacio 2-4 R, 2b, 3 RBI, BB

BP KC Pitcher of the Day Eric Skoglund 6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K 9-1 GO-FO 90p/61k

 

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8 Omaha Storm Chasers 5 

The Chasers came out slugging, got solid pitching early but it wasn’t enough in Colorado Springs. Royals prospects Jorge Bonifacio and Hunter Dozier helped pace the offense early as the pair combined for four hits and three runs scored. Omaha built a 5-0 lead through six innings, getting 3.2 innings scoreless from Miguel Almonte with him pitching on an abbreviated pitch count as he recovers from shoulder pain. Reliever Clayton Mortensen gave up two runs in the 7th after coming in for Almonte in the 4th inning. The Sky Sox trimmed that three run deficit to one in the 8th with a two run home run off reliever Scott Alexander. With the lead at 5-4 Alexander would retire the first hitter before an infield single and an error by shortstop Ramon Torres would put a SkySox runner in scoring position. Manager Brian Pohlberg would elect to pull Alexander and go with closer Kevin McCarthy. The righty would quickly earn a strikeout to push Omaha within an out of a victory. Following that out an infield single from Brewers uber-prospect Orlando Arcia would push the tying run to 3rd and a stolen base by Arcia would quickly add the lead runner into scoring position. Pohlberg would elect to walk Andy Wilkins to create a force at every base but that decision would quickly prove to be a poor choice as Will Middlebrooks crushed a grand slam to walk it off for a Colorado Springs win.

 

Springfield Cardinals 1 NW Arkansas Naturals 0

The Naturals offensive woes continued in game three of their four game series with Springfield, Collecting just two hits, a double from Cam Gallagher and a single from Ryan O’Hearn, while getting blanked for a second night in a row. The lack of offense gave Eric Skoglund a loss despite six innings of one run ball from him and three hitless innings from the bullpen. Skoglund, a 2014 3rd round pick, continues to show solid control, walking just 1.85 per 9 while putting away nearly eight per 9 (7.8) for a 4/1 K to walk ratio. A single with two on in the 2nd created the only run of the game and pushed Springfield one game closer to a four game sweep over NW Arkansas.

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Evan Beal 2 IP 0 H 0 R 1 BB 2 K 3-1 GO-FO 28p/15k
Cam Gallagher 1-2 2b, SB (2)
Ryan O’Hearn 1-4 2b (19)

 

Game 1
Carolina Mudcats 9 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Rocks starter Josh Staumont got roughed up in game one before giving way to Jacob Bodner who didn’t fair much better. the two right-handed pitchers gave up nine runs on 13 hits and four walks in just 5.1 innings to push Staumont’s record to 2-7 on the season. While those two gave up plenty of hits and runs the Wilmington offense was able to muster just four hits and a pair of runs.

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Humberto Arteaga 1-3 R
Austin Bailey 1-3 RBI
Josh Staumont 4.1 IP 7 H 5 R 4 ER 3 BB 3 K 7-1 88p/55k

 

Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 Carolina Mudcats 2

Reliever Kyle Kubat gave Wilmington four scoreless innings to start game two before giving way to Derek Gordon who hung on for the win. The Rocks used single runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th to take the win while Gordon up single runs in the 5th and 7th. An error in the 7th on a Humberto Arteaga single allowed Cody Jones to score from first to give Wilmington the eventual winning run.

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Humberto Arteaga 2-4 RBI
Josh Banuelos 1-2 R, BB
Kyle Kubat 4 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 1 K 7-0 47p/31k

 

Lexington Legends 6 Augusta GreenJackets 5

The Legends turned the tables on Augusta Saturday night, coming back from a three run deficit to win late. The game was knotted through six innings when the GreenJackets scored three runs off Legends reliever Franco Terrero in the 7th to take a 5-2 lead. Outfielder Shawon Dunston’s two run home run was the big knock in the three run inning. The Legends scored a run in he 8th draw closer before a big ninth inning. A two out rally single by Roman Collins in the 9th was the big knock, scoring Mike Hill and Marten Gasparini when the Augusta rightfielder committed an error. That error allowed Collins to move into scoring position and he quickly scored on D.J. Burt’s single right. An outfield assist at home from Collins in the bottom half of the ninth saved Lexington’s lead and the win.

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Marten Gasparini 1-3 2R, BB
D.J. Burt 2-4 R, BB, RBI 2SB (17)
Roman Collins 1-5 R, 2 RBI

 

Idaho Falls Chukars 7 Ogden Raptors 2

The Chukars improved to 2-0 with a big offensive performance in game 2. Every hitter in the Idaho Falls lineup reached base at least once on the night while the team cracked 15 hits, walked twice and scored seven runs. First baseman Brandon Dulin got the offense rolling with a two run home run in the 1st inning while no hitter in the lineup scored more than one run during the game as they spread the wealth. Four different Chukar pitchers worked to give Idaho Falls the victory.

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Igol Feliz 4.1 IP 2 H 1 Er 3 BB 3 K 6-3 75p/46k
Ricky Aracena 2-4 BB
Angelo Castellano 1-4 2b, R, 3 RBI

DSL Red Sox1 5 DSL Royals 3

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Angel Medina 1-4 R
Juan Pegeuro 1-3 2b, RBI
Dennicher Carrasco 1-3

 

 

 

 

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