Diamonds in the Rough 7-17-16

A 3-4 for the affiliates Sunday, with an extra inning loss at Triple-A and an extra inning win at Double-A

HR Roll Call: Mauricio Ramos (6), Corey Toups (5), Logan Moon (3), Samir Duenez (12), Xavier Fernandez (6), Yeison Melo (2), Kort Peterson (1)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Yeison Melo 4-4, 3R, HR, 2b, 4 RBI, SB (3)

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Yunior Marte 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4-3 GO-FO, 91p/61k

Salt Lake Bees 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 F/12

The Chasers offense couldn’t get a whole lot going during Sunday’s finale with Salt Lake. Omaha scored three runs on a pair of Raul Mondesi bloop singles but failed to push another run across after the fifth inning. The offense once again K’d with regularity, falling victim 11 times in 40 at bats. The two teams went to extra innings tied at three after piling up zeroes from the seventh inning on. It would last that way until the twelfth, when Miguel Almonte would balk in a run with the bases load prior to giving up a two-run double to allow three runs and eventually take the loss.

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Miguel Almonte 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GO-FO, 56/32
Raul Mondesi 2-5, 3 RBI
Orlando Calixte 1-4, R, 3b, BB

NW Arkansas Naturals 3 Tulsa Drillers 2 F/11

The top two teams in the Texas League North standings exchanged single tallies a couple times until extra innings in the opening game of their series. Josh Staumont made his first appearance for the Naturals with the hard-throwing righty tossing five innings of one run ball despite walking four and giving up five hits in that time. He found a couple of double plays in the first three innings of the game to avoid trouble. The contest was tied 2-2 until the 11th inning, when Naturals outfielder Logan Moon opened inning with a home run to left field that barely got over the wall to give NW Arkansas a 3-2 lead. Following another threat that came up empty for the Naturals, reliever Mark Peterson closed out the bottom half of the inning to earn the save. The win pushed the Naturals lead in the division to 1.5 games over Tulsa.

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Logan Moon 1-4, HR
Corey Toups 1-5, HR
Mauricio Ramos 2-5, HR

Lynchburg Hillcats 7 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Starter Colin Rodgers couldn’t slow down the Lynchburg offense while he was on the mound, allowing 10 hits and five runs in 4.1 innings. The runs gave the lefty his seventh loss in nine decisions this year, while ballooning his ERA to 6.02. The Wilmington offense put together just five hits and two runs, one of which came via Samir Duenez’s sixth home run in 24 games at Wilmington. The 20 year old first baseman has a real chance to put together a 20/20 season having banked 20 stolen bases already.

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Samir Duenez 1-3, HR, BB, SB
Austin Bailey 2-4
Colin Rodgers 4.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-1 GO-FO, 96/57

Lexington Legends 7 Asheville Tourists 5

The Legends built a 7-2 lead and hung on late following a grand slam home run by Ashville. Tied at 1, infielder D.J. Burt tripled in two runs for Lexington in the the fifth inning. That lead held up until the eighth when Lexington put four runs on the board to build a 7-1 lead. Outfielder Roman Collins singled in a pair, while Burt and Amalani Fukofuka added the other two runs on their singles in the inning. Daniel Concepcion allowed the grand slam after Franco Terrero had loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth. Starter Yunior Marte earned the win with 5.1 innings of one run pitching with six strikeouts.

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D.J. Burt 2-3, 3b, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Xavier Fernandez 2-3, 2R, HR, BB
Roman Collins 2-5, 2R, 2b, 2 RBI

Idaho Falls Chukars 11 Missoula Osprey 3

The Chukars offense continued their stellar play at home, pounding out 17 hits and 11 runs to cruise to a win. The 2-4 hitters in the lineup did the most damage, combining for 10 of the 17 hits and scoring seven of the Chukars runs. Designated hitter Yeison Melo continued his hot hitting, going 4-4 with a home run to start a new hitting streak after getting his twelve gamer stopped last night. The win put Idaho Falls into a first place tie with Orem with just nine games left in the first half of the Pioneer League season.

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Ricky Aracena 3-3, 3R, BB
Manny Olloque 3-5, 2R, RBI
Igol Feliz 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 9-5 GO-FO, 95/62

Kingsport Mets 8 Burlington Royals 1

The Royals starter, Cristian Castillo, was knocked around for five runs in six innings to drop his second decision of the season. Burlington’s offense couldn’t get much going, scoring just one run and getting three other at bats with runners in scoring position in the loss. Outfielder Kort Peterson accounted for the lone Burlington run with his first home run of the season.

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Cristian Castillo 6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7-4 GO-FO
Kort Peterson 1-4, HR
Emmanuel Rivera 1-3, BB

AZL Rangers 14 AZL Royals 3

The Royals bullpen struggled mightily in a convincing defeat at the hands of the AZL Rangers. All five Royals pitchers gave up at least one run while the three middle relievers on the evening gave up 11 in just 2.2 innings of work.

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Khalil Lee 1-3
Chase Vallot 1-3, R, BB
Seuly Matias 1-2, 2b, BB

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