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Diamonds in the Rough 7-11-16

HR Roll Call Frank Schwindel (15), Corey Toups (4), Samir Duenez (10), Chris Devito (5), Luke Willis (2)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Meibrys Viloria 2-3 2R, 2b, 3b, 3 RBI, 2 BB

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Andres Machado 5 IP 4 H 1 Er 1 BB 6 K 6-2 GO-FO 61p/42k

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Frisco RoughRiders 15 NW Arkansas Naturals 9 

The Naturals were out slugged in the rubber game of their series with Frisco Monday. The two sides combined to bash six home runs and score a combined 24 runs in the slugfest. Starter Ashton Goudeau took the worst of it, giving up four hits, two walks and eight runs in just one-third of an inning as Frisco disposed of the righty with the help of a Alberto Triunfel first inning grand slam. The Naturals crawled back into the game with the help of a Corey Toups three run home run getting within 10-7 after the top of the sixth inning. The would get no closer though once reliever Matt Alvarez struggled in his inning, walking three while giving up three hits and four runs as he struggled with just 11 of his 29 pitches hitting the zone. The win for Frisco secured their first series win since early June while pushing the Naturals a half of a game behind Tulsa into second place.

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Frank Schwindel 1-5 HR, 2 RBI
Mauricio Ramos 2-3 R, 2b, BB
Corey Toups 1-5 2R, HR, 3 RBI

Jamie Quirk left

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5 Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

The Rocks starting pitcher struggled mightily with the zone while the offense struggled to get things going. A solo home run from Samir Duenez got the Rocks on the board in the first inning but that lead was short lived as their bats would fall silent the rest of the night. Pitcher Josh Staumont as most know struggles to control the strikezone but he took that to new heights on Monday. The righty threw just 39 strikes among the 93 pitches that he tossed in his 3.2 innings, walking nine in the process and falling to 2-10 with the four runs he would allow. Three of those runs came via a Rashad Crawford home run in the fourth inning and proved to be the difference maker as Wilmington could collect just four meaningless singles following Samir’s first inning solo home run.

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Samir Duenez 1-3 HR, BB
Austin Bailey 1-3
Brennan Henry 3.1 IP 2 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 3 K 4-2 GO-FO 49p/32k

Idaho Falls Chukars 10 Orem Owlz 4

The Chukars received solid starting pitching on Monday in the finale versus Orem before a run explosion in the ninth played the difference between the two clubs. Starter Andre Machado continued his run a solid starts, expanding to three in a row in which he gave his club two earned runs or less. The 23 year old righthander worked five innings of one run ball while spreading out four hits and striking out six before leaving with the lead. That lead was given up by Nicholas Andros via a three run seventh that featured a two run home run to deep deep left. That deficit wouldn’t last long for the Chukars as their uber talented catcher, Meibrys Viloria tripled in a run in the top of the eighth and scored on a sac fly to tie the game at four. Tied into the ninth Idaho Falls would erupt for six runs featuring a Luke Willis one out home run, a two run double by Viloria and a steal of home from Angelo Castellano. The win split the four game series for Idaho Falls who will return home for a seven game home stand.

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Ricky Aracena 3-5 R, 2b, RBI
Tanner Stanley 3-5 R, 2-2b
Yeison Melo 3-5 2R, RBI

Scott Thorman

Burlington Royals 8 Pulaski Yankees 5

The Royals pounded their way to a win and a sweep of the Yankees. The Royals collected six walks, 11 hits and the opponent committed three errors enroute to scoring eight runs and building a late lead that they would hang onto. A single by Yordany Salva in the fourth gave the Royals a 4-3 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the game. Starter Garrett Davila had his shortest outing yet, lasting just four innings while walking three hitters in the first and allowing three runs on four hits with a run in the first and two more in the third. A two run home run from Chris Devito in the seventh and a two run double by Boo Vazquez in the eighth expanded the Royals lead to 8-3. The Yankees would hit a two run home run to trim the lead to three in the bottom of the ninth and then load the bases versus Jesse Camp when he was inserted to save things but the former Auburn reliever closed it out by striking out the side.

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Boo Vazquez 2-4 2b, 2 RBI
Yordany Salva 2-2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Garrett Davila 4 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 5 K 5-2 GO-FO

Darryl Kennedy

AZL Brewers 6 AZL Royals 5

The Arizona Royals starter Jorge Rodriguez couldn’t continue his run of dominant starts, walking a pair and giving up three hits and three runs in just two innings. The Royals would comeback from behind and tie the game in the seventh but that wouldn’t last long as reliever Rex Hill would give up a pair of runs in the eighth to give the Brewers the lead right back. The Royals would get a run in the ninth and get an opportunity to tie it by putting a runner in scoring position with one down but a pair of strikeouts would end the rally.

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Jeison Guzman 1-5 2b, RBI
Khalil Lee 1-4
Chase Vallot 1-3 2b

DSL Royals 10 DSL Marlins 0

The DSL Royals were effective with runners in scoring position with the bat while extremely stingy while in the field. A 5 for 10 day with the bats with runners in scoring position including a two double and three rbi afternoon from Esteury Ruiz paced the offense. All while Andres Sotillet and two other pitchers helped hold the Marlins hitless in nine opportunities with runners in scoring position with Sotillet earning nine groundouts for his second win.

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Esteury Ruiz 3-5 R, 2-2b, 3 RBI
Raymond Lopez 2-4 R, BB
Andres Stoillet 6 IP 6 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K 9-3 GO-FO

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