Rough day for the affiliates with only a win in Omaha.
HR Roll Call Jorge Bonifacio (14), Bubba Starling (7), Manny Olloque (3), Rudy Martin (1), Yordany Salva (1)
BP KC Hitter of the Day – Manny Olloque 3-5 HR, 3 RBI
BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Luke Farrell 7 IP 2 H 0 R 2 BB 9 K 5-3 GO-FO 101p/57k
Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Salt Lake Bees 0
An outstanding pitching effort by the Chasers with a couple bombs tossed in on Saturday. Starter Luke Farrell put together likely the best start of this career, tossing seven shutout innings with just two hits and a pair of walks allowed. The righty nearly reached his career high in strikeouts, putting away nine Bees over those seven innings. Farrell was backed up by a pair of solo home runs from Bubba Starling and Jorge Bonifacio while also getting a run scoring single from Tony Cruz to cruise to a 3-0 win. Relievers Andrew Edwards and Edward Mujica pitched a pair of perfect innings to secure the win.
Jorge Bonifacio 1-3 HR
Bubba Starling 1-3 HR
Raul Mondesi 1-2 R, 2b, BB
Springfield Cardinals 2 NW Arkansas Naturals 0
The Naturals couldn’t get their offense rolling Saturday as former Royals pitcher J.C. Sulbaran limited them in his time on the mound. Sulbaran and a pair of reliever allowed just two hits and just two walks while shutting out NW Arkansas in the process. Naturals starter Ashton Goudeau took the loss despite giving up just two runs over five and two-thirds innings.
Ryan O’Hearn 0-4 3K
Reid Redman 2.1 IP 1 H 0 R 1 BB 2 K 2-0 31/20
Carlos Garcia 1-4
Lynchburg Hillcats 15 Wilmington Blue Rocks 4
The Rocks pitching staff got knocked around soundly in the first game of the series with the Hillcats. 22 hits, 4 walks and 15 runs as three different pitchers with five home runs allowed in that time. The offense couldn’t keep pace, connecting on just one extra base hit and four runs to drop their third game in a row.
Samir Duenez 2-4 R, RBI
Elier Hernandez 2-4 R
Colton Frabasilio 1-4 2b, RBI
Asheville Tourists 2 Lexington Legends 1
The Legends dropped Saturday’s game when they couldn’t cash in on many opportunities. Asheville’s 15 strikeouts helped limit Lexington to a 1 for 11 effort with runners in scoring position and stomp out all the potential threats. Starter Emilio Ogando came up on the short end of the stick despite a quality start that saw him give up just two runs on six innings of work. Outfielder Ben Johnson extended his RBI streak to five games, driving in Lexington’s only run.
Ben Johnson 1-4 RBI
Emilio Ogando 6 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K 4-6 95/59
Amalani Fukofuka 1-3 R, BB, SB (17)
Missoula Osprey 12 Idaho Falls Chukars 11
The Chukars fell behind big early, made a comeback only to lose on a ninth inning wild pitch. Trailing 8-4 the Chukars pulled within a run only to give up three more and fall down 11-7. Idaho Falls answered with a four run eighth inning, using multiple walks and a big three run home run by Angelo Castellano to tie the game at 11 apiece. A wild pitch that eluded Meibrys Viloria scored a run for Missoula to take a lead in the ninth. The Chukars put a runner in scoring position and a Viloria single looked to tie the game up but a throw to home nailed Manny Olloque at the plate to cutdown the Chukars chance at tying the game.
Meibry Viloria 1-4 R, BB
Manny Olloque 3-5 R, HR, 3 RBI
Angelo Castellano 2-3 2R, RBI
Kingsport Mets 3 Burlington Royals 2
The Royals lost a game late when a Mets double in the 8th drove in a run. Both teams struggled to cash in on opportunities but the Mets final big hit gave them the run they needed to earn the win. Starter Travis Eckert gave up two of the two runs in his three innings while reliever Justin Camp took the loss after allowing a run in the eighth. Yordany Salva hit his first home run in the seventh to tie the game at two apiece.
Yordany Salva 1-4 HR
Kort Peterson 2-3 RBI, BB
Tyler Straub 1-2 R, 2BB