Diamonds in the Rough 7-26-16

A rough day for the affiliates after going 2-5 despite a positive run differential due to five losses by one run.

HR Roll Call Nicky Lopez (2)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Chris Devito 2-4 2R, 2-2b, RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Geoffrey Bramblett 5 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 6 K 3-3 GO-FO 1 HBP


Round Rock Express 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 3

The Chasers received an outstanding start from Jon Dziedzic and a three-run seventh that placed them in good shape for a win, but reliever Kevin McCarthy couldn’t shut things down. In the eighth inning, McCarthy gave up three hits and a pair of walks in that frame with a two on, no out double by Drew Robinson getting the Express rolling. The Chasers would put two on with nobody out in the ninth but a pair of strike outs following a sacrifice bunt would end the Omaha rally.

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Parker Morin 1-3 R, 2 RBI
Reymond Fuentes 2-4
Jorge Bonifacio 1-3 R, BB

Arkansas Travelers 2 NW Arkansas Naturals 1

The Naturals offense couldn’t get much working outside of third baseman Mauricio Ramos’s three hits, leaving starter Ashton Goudeau with a tough luck loss. The tall and lanky Goudeau worked four shutout innings to start the night prior to giving up a run in the fifth and sixth that put the Travelers behind. The only Naturals run came via a fourth inning sacrifice fly from Alfredo Escalera but nothing else could come across with just two hits outside of the three provided by Ramos. Lefty reliever Matt Strahm worked one perfect inning with two strikeouts.

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Matt Strahm 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 2 K 1-0 GO-FO 16p/10k
Mauricio Ramos 3-4 R, 2b
Ryan O’Hearn 0-3 BB

Lynchburg Hillcats 5 Wilmington Blue Rocks 4

Rocks starter Corey Ray couldn’t keep the Hillcats at bay while the offense ran out of runs before the rain ended the game early. First baseman Samir Duenez started the scoring with an RBI single in the first. The Hillcats put that lead on ice in the second, scoring three runs via a pair of doubles off Ray. A double steal and a Duenez RBI single in the third quickly tied it for the Rocks, but a Yu-Cheng Chang home run in the bottom of the frame pushed that deficit back to one. The Rocks would tie it in the fifth, but again it was Chang scoring to push them behind. That lead would hold up until the rain came in the eighth to end the game early.

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Samir Duenez 2-3 2 RBI
Brandon Downes 2-3 2R, SB (15)
Corey Ray 5 IP 8 H 5 ER 3 BB 4 K 5-4 GO-FO 93p/49k

Columbia Fireflies 3 Lexington Legends 2 F/10

The offense saved Royals 2nd round pick, A.J. Puckett, his second loss with a two run ninth to send the game into extras. Puckett pitched decently, allowing just two hits in the start with five strikeouts and a pair of walks. Unfortunately both hits accounted for runs with a Vicente Lupo home run in the second inning and a run scoring double in the fourth. The Legends trailed 2-0 until the ninth when they plated a pair on a couple singles. The second of which by D.J. Burt tied the game but also cut down Brandon Dulin at the plate to miss out on a chance to win the game. The Fireflies quickly regained the lead in the 10th though and held onto the win this time, putting the Legends away in order in the home half of the inning.

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AJ Puckett 5 IP 2 H 2 R 1 ER 2 BB 5 K 5-4 GO-FO 72p/45k
D.J.Burt 1-4 RBI, BB
Tanner Stanley 1-3 R, RBI, BB

Missoula Osprey 2 Idaho Falls Chukars 1 F/10

The Chukars lost a game in rare fashion in the Pioneer league on Monday, a pitching duel that went to extra innings. Idaho Falls missed multiple opportunities to grab a lead after Missoula tied the game up at 1-1 after two innings. The two teams combined for seven consecutive scoreless innings with the two teams combining for 19 strikeouts against zero walks on the evening. A hit by pitch, a missed catch on a pickoff by David Edwards pushed the runner to third and a single walked things off for Missoula.

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Reinaldo Cepin 4 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K 2-3 GO-FO 33p/26k
Nick Heath 2-4 RBI, CS (4)
Yeison Melo 2-4 R, SB (4)

Burlington Royals 4 Bristol Pirates 0

Burlington sandwiched a pair of two run innings around plenty of zeroes to win a 4-0 game. Three pitchers combined to work a shutout with 12 strikeouts against zero walks and just six singles with starter Geoffrey Bramblett improving to 3-1 with the win. Leadoff man Nicky Lopez started the Royals off with a leadoff home run while Boo Vazquez drove in Chris Devito twice during the game with two doubles.

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Chris Devito 2-4 2R, 2-2b, RBI
Boo Vazquez 2-4 2-2b, 2 RBI
Alex Massey 3 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K 3-0 GO-FO

DSL Royals 4 DSL Rays1 2

The DSL squad plated four runs in the second inning on four hits and a pair of walks to build a big enough lead for their outstanding pitching staff to shut things down. The Rays1 could plate just two unearned runs off reliever Janser Lara after starter Christopher Marte tossed five shutout innings and Francis Chavez worked the final three scoreless.

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Andres Martin 2-3 R, RBI, BB
Christopher Marte 5 IP 3 H 0 R 1 BB 5 K 0-6 GO-FO
Jose Caraballo 2-4 R, 2b

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