Diamonds in the Rough 7-1-16

A 5-3 day for affiliates with a pair of walkoff wins in Omaha and Idaho Falls.

HR Roll Call Jorge Bonifacio (13), Travis Snider (3), Anderson Miller (1), Seuly Matias (1)

BP KC Hitter of the day – Travis Snider 3-5 2b, HR, 4 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Jorge Rodriguez 5 IP 2 H 0 R 1 BB 7 K 1-5 GO-FO

Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Memphis Redbirds 4 F/10

The Redbirds attempted to work around their former prospect Tony Cruz for most of Friday night and it burned them in the end. Starter Alec Mills had to grind through 5.2 innings, giving up a pair of home runs in his time but avoiding a loss thanks to Travis Snider. A three run home run by Snider in the sixth tied the game to get Mills off the look for a loss. From there the two teams exchanged zeroes until the tenth when the Redbirds intentionally walked Cruz following a Hunter Dozier double to pitch to Snider with a lefty on lefty matchup. This moved worked for Memphis in the 8th when they used it but Snider would make them pay in extras with a drive to the warning track that eluded the two Memphis outfielders for a walkoff hit for an Omaha win.

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Hunter Dozier 2-4 2R, 2-2b, BB
Jorge Bonifacio 2-5 2R, HR
Travis Snider 3-5 2b, HR, 4 RBI

Midland RockHouds 6 NW Arkansas Naturals 4

The RockHounds took Ashton Goudeau deep three times to build a lead that the Naturals couldn’t overcome. It took six innings for NW Arkansas to get on the board, using a Corey Toups double as part of a single run that cut their deficit to 6-1. That lead would stand until the eighth when they would cut the deficit to two runs with an error that scored Carlos Garcia and a two run double via Ryan O’Hearn. Unfortunately NW Arkansas could get no closer dropping the first two games of the three game series.

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Corey Toups 1-3 2R, 2b, BB
Ryan O’Hearn 1-4 2b, 2 RBI
Bubba Starling 1-4 R, RBI

Winston-Salem Dash 18 Wilmington Blue Rocks 5

An ugly game for the Blue Rocks pitching staff Friday, surrendering five home runs and eighteen runs in a route. Reliever Luis Rico was knocked around the worst, giving up three home runs and eight runs in just two innings in relief of starter Josh Staumont who lasted just one and one-third innings before leaving with an illness. Most of Wilmington’s five runs were provided by Brandon Downes who scored a run and drove in three more on a pair of hits including his nineteenth double of the season.

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Josh Staumont 1.1 IP 2 H 3 ER 3 BB 1 K 1-1 GO-FO 49p/20k
Raul Mondesi 1-4 R, BB
Brandon Downes 2-4 R, 2b, 3 RBI, BB

Rome Braves 3 Lexington Legends 1

The Legends lost a low scoring affair to even their series at one apiece. After Rome worked around a runner to score after he got on via a wildpitch strikeout the Legends answered quickly with Anderson Miller’s first home run of the season. The game remained tied until the seventh inning when starter Gerson Garabito yielded a two run home run that gave Rome the lead. The Latin righthander had pitched solidly up until that point working around three walks and a pair of singles in the first six innings of the effort. Those two runs were enough to put the game away as the Legends struggled to make contact, striking out 14 times while putting together just three hits. The home run for Miller extended his on base streak to fifteen games, he’s carried a .524 on base percentage in that time.

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Anderson Miller 1-4 HR
Gerson Garabito 6 IP 3 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K 5-8 GO-FO 78p/46k
Xavier Fernandez 1-3

Idaho Falls Chukars 5 Grand Junction Rockies 4

The Chukars walked off for the second night in a row to beat the Rockies. Trailing 2-0 the Chukars got their offense going after Kansas native Riley Pint left the game after his two scoreless innings, scoring three runs in the third inning with Tanner Stanley tripling to drive in one run and scoring for another. The Rockies would tie the game in the fifth and regain the lead in the eighth with a run off Alex Luna. That lead would hold until the ninth when a pair of Chukars base runners were driven in by Nick Heath when he ripped an RBI triple down the right field line.

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Jace Vines 4 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K 10-0 GO-FO
Manny Olloque 2-4 2R, 2b
Nick Heath 2-4 R, 3b, 2 RBI

Burlington Royals 6 Bristol Pirates 4

The Royals finished a three game sweep of the Pirates with another solid pitching effort. It was Ofreidy Gomez earning 11 groundouts on this night while allowing just a pair of singles in his six inning outing. A four run sixth helped the Royals towards six runs to take the lead and the eventual win. Reliever Walker Sheller earned his first pro save with a scoreless ninth inning.

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Emmanuel Rivera 2-4 R, RBI, BB
Vance Vizcaino 2-4 R, BB
Nicky Lopez 1-4 2R, BB, 2SB (6)

AZL Royals 9 AZL D-backs 0

A dominant wins on both sides of the diamond for the AZL Royals Friday night. Seven runs within the first three innings powered by a three run home run by Seuly Matias in the 2nd. Matias was part of a three run first also with one of two doubles in the inning. Pitcher Jorge Rodriguez was dominant in his five innings, allowing just two hits with a walk while striking out seven hitters to earn the win. Latin signee Jeison Guzman had a nice night with three hits, a pair of runs scored and a run batted in.

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Seuly Matias 2-5 2R, 2b, HR, 3 RBI
Jorge Rodriguez 5 IP 2 H 0 R 1 BB 7 K 1-5 GO-FO
Jeison Guzman 3-4 2R, 2b, RBI

DSL Royals 2 DSL A’s 1

A pair of DSL pitchers made two fourth inning runs stand up in a close game. Starter Janser Lara was solid in his four innings, allowing just a hit and a pair of walks while striking out six before turning things over to Christopher Marte who finished off the final five innings. Catcher Paul Mondesi drove in both runs with a double in the fourth to give the Royals the win.

Paul Mondesi 1-3 2b, 2 RBI
Juan Peguero 1-2 R, 2b, BB
Janser Lara 4 IP 1 H 0 R 2 BB 6 K 2-2 GO-FO



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