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Diamonds in the Rough 7-18-16

4-4 day with a big offensive day in the Dominican.

HR Roll Call: Travis Maezes (10), Seuly Matias (4)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Boo Vazquez 2-4, 2R, 2-3b, RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Andres Machado 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 8-2 GO-FO, 52p/37k

Omaha Storm Chasers 2 Las Vegas 51s 1

Christian Binford broke out of a pitching slump on Monday, giving the Chasers his first quality since May 22nd. His six innings of one-run ball wasn’t rewarded with a winning decision but the Chasers did earn a win. Trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning Raul Mondesi connected on a leadoff triple to put the home squad in position to tie the game. Two hitters later Hunter Dozier grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that did just that. After the two teams exchanged zeroes for a couple of innings, Jorge Bonifacio’s 16th double of the season placed him in scoring position where he would come around following a Bubba Starling single and a Tony Cruz groundout. That 2-1 lead was enough as Omaha’s bullpen finished things off two innings later with Andrew Edwards earning his third Triple-A save of the season.

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Raul Mondesi 1-3, R, 3b
Jorge Bonifacio 1-3, R, 2b
Christian Binford 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4-4 GO-FO, 97p/66k

Tulsa Drillers 7 NW Arkansas Naturals 2

Lefty Eric Skoglund couldn’t back up his excellent start last time with a good one on Monday, tossing five innings of four-run ball to drop his seventh decision of the season. Eight hits including three for extra bases lead to those four runs to shorten Skoglund’s outing, while the lack of offense on the Naturals part played into the loss. The only runs the Naturals scored on the evening came via a Alfredo Escalera bases-loaded single in the first and a run scoring single in the eighth. The loss trimmed their lead to just a 1/2 a game over Tulsa in the division.

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Alfredo Escalera 1-3, 2 RBI, BB
Ryan O’Hearn 2-3, R, BB
Corey Toups 1-5, R, SB (18)

Lynchburg Hillcats 11 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

A rough one for the Rocks in the third game of four with Lynchburg. The Hillcats who had hit six home runs total in the previous two games connected on three more Tuesday to run away from Wilmington 11-0. Starter Foster Griffin dropped his tenth decision (3-10) of the season in giving up five runs in 4.1 innings. The offense collected just four hits while striking out 11 times against no walks in the shutout loss.

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Elier Heranandez 2-3
Anderson Miller 0-4, 3 K, hitting .074 in six High-A games
Foster Griffin 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2-4 GO-FO, 93p/56k

Asheville Tourists 4 Lexington Legends 2

Legends starter Scott Blewett tossed a bunch of zeroes around the fourth inning but couldn’t avoid the damage given up in that frame to earn a win. Coming off a 10 strikeout start last time out, the big righty put away seven in this one in his six innings. All four runs and five of the six hits allowed came off Blewett in that fourth inning when three infield hits vexed him. The offense missed out on multiple opportunities to put runs on the board, scoring just two while going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The loss put Lexington in a four-way tie for 3rd place, 3.5 games back of the division leader.

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Scott Blewett 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 8-1 GO-FO, 88p/58k
Travis Maezes 1-3, HR, BB
Roman Collins 2-5, 2b

Idaho Falls Chukars 7 Missoula Osprey 0

The Pioneer League is a difficult league to pitch in with the elevation leading to high run totals. That wouldn’t be the case on Tuesday night for the Chukars pitching staff as their three pitchers spun shutout baseball while allowing just four hits. Starter Andres Machado gave his squad a fourth start in a row surrendering two runs or fewer, allowing just one hit over his five innings. He would earn the decision thanks to seven runs from his offense after they piled up six runs in the first three innings. Stud catching prospect Meibrys Viloria connected on his 14th double of the season while collecting his league-leading 29th run batted in after a first inning single.

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Meibrys Viloria 2-3, 2R, 2b, RBI
Nick Heath 2-2, 2R, RBI, 2BB, 2SB (12)
Cole Way 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GO-FO, 22p/14k

Burlington Royals 8 Kingsport Mets 2

The Royals broke open a 1-1 game with a seven run eighth to salvage the third and final game of their series with the Mets. The Royals piled up seven consecutive hits in that inning with Nicky Lopez starting it off with a single and then ending the scoring with a triple. Lefty Garrett Davila missed out on the win with the late scoring but tossed another solid start with 51. innings with just a second inning two-out run-scoring single allowed.

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Garrett Davila 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 4-3 GO-FO
Nicky Lopez 3-5, R 2b, 3b, RBI
Boo Vazquez 2-4, 2R, 2-3b, RBI

AZL Dodgers 7 AZL Royals 1

The Royals dropped their fourth game in a row after three unearned runs crossed on stater Andy Ferguson. Dominican signee Seuly Matias knocked his fourth home run of the season in the ninth to account for the only Royals run.

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Seuly Matias 2-4, HR
Khalil Lee 1-2, 2b, BB
Jeison Guzman 2-4

DSL Royals 17 DSL A’s 2

The Royals erupted for 17 runs on 17 hits with five A’s erorrs tossed in to win a laugher in the Dominican. Only one starter didn’t have a hit in the game as the good guys knocked out 15 singles in their barrage.

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Andres Sotillet 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 9-0 GO-FO
Esteury Ruiz 2-5, 2R, RBI, BB
Raymond Lopez 4-6, R, 2 RBI

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