Diamonds in the Rough

A rough day for the affiliates on Friday, going just 1-7 with three walk off losses.

HR Roll Call Dennicher Carrasco (3)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Dennicher Carrasco 2-3 2R, HR, 2 RBI, BB 

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Josh Staumont 5.1 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER 3 BB 10 K 4-1 92p/57k

Nashville Sounds 2 Omaha Storm Chasers 1

The Chasers couldn’t mount much offense despite the top two hitters in the order reaching base four times on the night. The rest of the lineup produced just two hits and one walk while the team went 1 for 8 on the night with runners in scoring position to drop a game in walk off fashion Friday. A wild pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth produced the walk off win for the Sounds to give the Chasers a loss on a night when John Lackey gave them seven innings of one run pitching. Royals uber prospect Raul Mondesi went 2 for 3 with a stolen base while committing his first error at Triple-A.

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Raul Mondesi 2-3 SB (21)
Orlando Calixte 2-4
John Lackey 7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 2 K

NW Arkansas Naturals 4 Springfield Cardinals 1

Staumont dominated the Springfield lineup for five innings before a long bottom half of the fifthy by his offense slowed things down and left the hard throwing righty with trouble regaining his arm slot. Both teams were whiffing plenty as the two teams combined for 27 K’s with Staumont earning 10 in those 5.1 innings. Infielder Corey Toups put the Naturals on a board with a double to right-center in the first, driving in Terrance Gore who had walked and stolen second. That one run held up until the fifth when the Naturals piled three run on three singles, a pair of hit by pitches and a bases loaded walk. It was Gore and Toups who got it all started with a single by Gore and one of Toups’ two hit by pitches in the game, both would come around to score in the inning. The Naturals would allow their only run in the sixth before the bullpen locked things down over the final three innings to keep within a 1/2 game of first place.

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Corey Toups 1-2 R, 2b, RBI
Terrance Gore 1-3 2R, 2 BB, 2 SB (31)
Frank Schwindel 1-4 R, RBI

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6 Wilmington Blue Rocks 3

The Rocks couldn’t keep pace with the Pelicans on Friday. The Cubs affiliate doubled up the hit and run total while defeating Wilmington 6-3. Starter Matt Tenuta struggled with his control in his four innings, walking five and allowing five of the six runs given up by Wilmington on the night. Just six hits and three runs earned on offense as the Rocks fell to 8-20 in the second half of the season.

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Elier Herandez 2-4 R, 2b, RBI
Brandon Downes 1-3 R, BB, 2SB (12)
Brennan Henry 2 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 3 K

Rome Braves 3 Lexington Legends 2

The Legends lost a pitching duel Friday when Rome walked off on them. Starter Emilio Ogando battled for seven innings, allowing a run in the first and another in the fourth while spreading out six hits. The lefty also struckout seven against no walks in his no decision effort that also featured nine groundouts. The Legends scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to even the game up at two apiece. In that sixth inning DJ Burt came around after stealing his 30th base. The game stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth when Franco Terrero and his defense loaded the bases with a pair of sacrifice bunts that turned into no outs and a leadoff walk. The Latin righty failed to record an out in the inning, walking the winning run in.

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Brandon Dulin 2-4 2b, RBI
Xavier Fernandez 1-2 R, 2 BB
Emilio Ogando 7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K 9-4 83p/61k

Helena Brewers 8 Idaho Falls Chukars 7 F/10

Four Chukars errors lead to a walkoff loss in extra innings and prevented them from claiming first place by themselves Friday. Idaho Falls built a 6-2 lead through seven only to commit four errors in the final three innings to drop the game. Starter Matt Portland was solid through 6.1 innings, allowing just two runs (1 ER) before giving things up to the pen that would blow the game with the work of the defense. Shortstop Ricky Aracena had two hits while scoring a run and driving in two but also committed two errors as part of the comeback for Helena. Those two errors upped his total to 19 on the season in just 27 games this season.

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Ricky Aracena 2-6 R, 2b, 2 RBI
Yeison Melo 2-5 R, 2b, 2 RBI
Matt Portland 6.1 IP 6 H 2 R 1 ER 3 BB 6 K 5-2 GO-FO 98p/56k

Bluefield Blue Jays 12 Burlington Royals 5

Not much went right for the Royals in the first game of their series with the Blue Jays. The pitchers were worked for 12 runs on 12 hits and 12 WALKS in the bludgeoning. The Royals while on offense put together six hits while walking six times but went just 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position to drop 1.5 games behind first place Princeton.

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Travis Eckert 3.2 IP 5 H 5 ER 4 BB 3 K 7-1 GO-FO
Nicky Lopez 1-4 2 RBI, BB, SB (17)
Vance Vizcaino 1-4 R, 3b

AZL Giants 10 AZL Royals 0

Not much to write about this game other than it was ugly for the Royals, getting just three hits and committing five errors while getting worked over 10-0.

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Robby Rinn 1-3 2b
John Brontsema 2-3
Richard Lovelady 1 IP 0 H 0 BB 0 R 2 K

DSL Red Sox1 6 DSL Royals 4

The DSL Royals had their 11 game winnings streak snapped by the first place Red Sox to fall 2 games back in the division. The Royals gave up more than three runs for the first time in 13 games as two unearned runs helped lead the Sox to six runs on the day.

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Freddy Fermin 3-4 2 R
Raymond Lopez 1-5
Esteury Ruiz 0-5


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