Diamonds in the Rough 7-25-16

A 3-4 record for the affiliates after the AZL Royals were walked off on in the 12th inning Monday.

HR Roll Call Hunter Dozier: 2 (21), Chris Devito (7), Michael Arroyo (2), David Edwards (6), Angelo Castellano (1)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Angelo Castellano 3-6, 2R, HR, 4 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Zach Lovvorn 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 2-5 GO-FO, 82p/49k

Nashville Sounds 12 Omaha Storm Chasers 5

The pitching staff struggled mightily from the middle innings on in a big defeat during the series finale in Nashville. Third baseman Hunter Dozier staked the Chasers to a 2-1 lead with a pair of solo home runs in his first two at-bats. Despite that lead Alec Mills hit a wall in the fourth inning, giving up six singles as the Sounds dink and dunked all over center and left-center to plate five runs and take a 6-2 lead. Reliever Clayton Mortensen could not do any better in his two innings, allowing five runs prior to Andrew Edwards giving up a solo home run in the seventh inning. Omaha would put five runs on the board but left too many on the bases in going 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position including a bases loaded situation with one out ninth that produced just one run.

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Hunter Dozier 2-4, 2 HR
Ramon Torres 2-5, 2 RBI
Alec Mills 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4-2 GO-FO, 84p/56k

Arkansas Travelers 6 NW Arkansas Naturals 0 

The Naturals couldn’t push a run across despite multiple chances in dropping the first game of the series at Arkansas. Starter Yender Caramo who has been pushed into duty after the move of Matt Strahm to the pen was solid, allowing two runs (1 ER) over six innings in the loss. Reliever Sam Selman struggled once again in relief, allowing four runs (3 ER) in just 1.3 innings of work to raise his ERA north of 14 on the year. An 0 for 6 showing with runners in scoring position squelched an eight hit evening by the offense.

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Ryan O’Hearn 1-4, 2b
Jack Lopez 2-3
Yender Caramo 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 8-7 GO-FO, 78p/53k

Wilmington Blue Rocks 6 Lynchburg Hillcats 2

Rocks starter Zach Lovvorn earned his second win of the year with five shutout innings prior to leaving in the sixth inning. The offense backed up Lovvorn quite nicely which is something they haven’t done for him the entire season. Lovvorn put away eight hitters via strikeout over 82 pitches, using 49 strikes to accomplish that before leaving in the sixth after giving up a solo home run and a single. Eight of the nine Wilmington hitters earned hits with Samir Duenez pacing the offense with three singles, scoring two runs and driving in another. Those three runs accounted for half of the Wilmington total which plated runs in the second, fourth, fifth and eighth before adding two runs of cushion in the ninth.

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Zach Lovvorn 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2-5 GO-FO, 82p/49k
Elier Herandez 2-5, 2R, 2b
Samir Duenez 3-5, 2R, RBI

Columbia Fireflies 8 Lexington Legends 2

The Legends fell behind 6-0 through the first five innings Monday to drop the series finale with Columbia. Starter Nolan Watson gave up three runs in the first inning and another in the fourth before reliever Franco Terrero gave up a pair in the sixth. Lexington hitters couldn’t rebound, collecting just four singles and a pair of runs in the loss. The loss dropped them to 14-16 in the second half which is five games worse than first place Augusta.

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DJ Burt 1-4, R
Mike Hill 1-3, R, BB, SB (2)
Brandon Dulin 1-3, RBI, BB

Idaho Falls Chukars 17 Missoula Osprey 7

The Chukars offense had a huge day in Missoula in the first game of their series between the two clubs. Idaho Falls pounded out 20 hits and 17 runs to blowout the Osprey. All nine hitters in the lineup reached base at least twice in the game with seven of those hitters collecting at least two hits. Infielders David Edwards and Angello Castellano belted a pair of three-run home runs in the rout while Pioneer first-half MVP Meibrys Viloria scored four times. All those runs came in backing of starter Andres Machado who improved to 2-2 with the win.

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Meibrys Viloria 2-5, 4R, RBI, BB
David Edwards 3-6, 2R, 2b, HR, 3 RBI
Yeison Melo 3-6, 2R, 2b, 2 RBI

Burlington Royals 9 Bristol Pirates 6

Burlington crushed Bristol starter Nestor Oronel for seven runs in the first two innings of the game Monday. Two home runs including Chris Devito’s seventh of the season were featured in those first two innings. The Pirates would trim that lead to one run with a five-run sixth inning and another run in the seventh before Burlington tacked on an insurance run in the eighth and a Devito RBI single in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

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Kort Peterson 3-5, 2R, 3b, RBI
Chris Devito 2-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Nicky Lopez 1-4, 2R, SB (19)

AZL Mariners 4 AZL Royals 3 F/12

The AZL Mariners walked off for the AZL title on Monday versus the Royals. The Royals squad jumped out to an early 2-0 with a Dusty Coleman rbi triple and a wild pitch that scored him in the first.  A run in the 2nd expanded that lead to 3-0 before the M’s got one back off of Ismael Maldonado in the bottom half of the inning. That same pitcher would struggle in the fourth, hitting a batter and moving him along with a passed ball that got away and a wild pitch before giving up a run scoring single. The Royals would turn to their best performing pitcher so far this year, Grant Gavin, but he would give up a two out triple to knot the game at 3-3. The game would stall out there as the two offenses failed to muster a run until the 12th inning when the M’s would connect on a two out walkoff single to win the game and the AZL 1st half division title.

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Cal Jones 2-6
Seuly Matias 2-5 2b
Grant Gavin 5 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 9 K


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