Diamonds in the Rough 7-29-16

4-5 record for the affiliates on Friday.

HR Roll Call Jorge Bonifacio (15), Tony Cruz (7), Ramon Torres (2), Frank Schwindel (17), Austin Bailey (1), Jonathan McCray (5)  

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Ramon Torres 3-4 2R, HR, 2-2b, 3 RBI 

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Cristian Castillo 9 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 11 K 4-8 GO-FO 94 pitches

Omaha Storm Chasers 13 Round Rock Express 10

The Chasers built a big lead only to watch the Round Rock plate four runs in the eighth to even things up. That tie didn’t deter Omaha the Chasers offense though, piling up three more runs in the ninth to claim the lead back and finish off the win. Infielder Ramon Torres had a big night at the plate, connecting on his first Triple-A home run while doubling twice, pacing an offense that homered three times and knocked out 17 hits on the evening. Reliever Kevin McCarthy finished off the ninth with a perfect inning after Nick Tepesch and John Lannan had allowed 10 runs in eight innings.

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Jorge Bonifacio 3-6 2R, HR, 2 RBI
Whit Merrifield 2-5 2R, 2b, RBI, BB, SB (17)
Tony Cruz 2-4 2R, HR, 2 RBI

Springfield Cardinals 5 NW Arkansas Naturals 4

Starter Jake Junis was rolling Friday until hitting a fifth inning bump in the road that ruined he and the Naturals night. The right-handed starter gave up a run in the second inning when Logan Moon took a circuitous route to a fly ball that turned into a one out triple and 1-0 Springfield lead following an rbi single. The Naturals quickly tied the game and took the lead in the next two innings, scoring three times with Frank Schwindel doubling and scoring after a Alfredo Escalera double. That lead would stand up only until the fifth inning when Junis would load the bases after giving up a single and a one out walk and single. With the bases loaded and facing Jacob Wilson Junis would get ahead in the count 1-2 but just two pitches later a 2-2 pitch would get too much of the plate and Wilson would connect on his first Double-A home run of the season to give Springfield a 5-3 lead. Schwindel would bring the Naturals one run closer with a solo home run in the sixth, but the offense could get no closer in the final three innings.

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Frank Schwindel 3-4 2R, HR, RBI
Jack Lopez 2b, RBI
Matt Strahm 2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 3 K 2-0 GO-FO 24p/17k

Wilmington Blue Rocks 9 Frederick Keys 8

The Rocks used three Frederick errors and 10 hits on offense to build a lead that they were able to hang onto in game two. With the game tied at 4-4 Austin Bailey hit a two run home run in the fifth inning to give Wilmington back a lead that they had originally claimed in the first. The Rocks would add single tallies in the sixth, seventh and eighth to stretch the lead to 9-5. That lead was just enough by one run after Frederick hit a three run home run in the ninth to cut the lead to 9-8 before Derek Gordon shut the door.

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Samir Duenez 2-4 R, 2b, 2 RBI, BB
Austin Bailey 1-3 2R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Anderson Miller 2-4 2R, BB, 2 SB

Frederick Keys 2 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

The Rocks were shutout for the fourteenth time this season in taking a loss that spanned two days. The Keys scored a pair of runs in the seventh last night before the rain game and suspended the game. Things didn’t change with the the game started back up on Friday with the Rocks getting blanked on just four hits.

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Andy Ferguson 5 IP 2 H 0 R 3 BB 5 K 4-3 GO-FO 73p/47k
Samir Duenez 2-4
Wander Franco 1-3 2b

Charleston RiverDogs 3 Lexington Legends 1

The night after Lexington was able to collect just one hit in a loss they were able to muster just two hits and a run in a second consecutive loss to Charleston. Rehabbing Glenn Sparkman was better in his second start with Lexington, giving up just two runs in five innings with seven strikeouts but took the loss with the lack of Lexington offense.

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Glenn Sparkman 5 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K 2-2 GO-FO 72p/55k
Yunior Marte 3 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K
Marten Gasparini 1-1 RBI, CS (9)

Grand Junction Rockies 14 Idaho Falls Chukars 8

The Chukars pitching and defense was extremely poor in a mauling by Grand Junction in game two of their series. The Rockies affiliate pounded out 17 hits and 14 runs while the Idaho Falls defense handed out three errors during the defeat. Starter Arnaldo Hernandez gave up five runs with two home runs allowed in 5.1 innings to drop his record to 4-1 on the season. Catcher Meibrys Viloria extended his hit streak to 16 games with a two hit night.

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Meibrys Viloria 2-5 R, 2b, RBI
Yeison Melo 2-4 R, 3b, RBI
Arnaldo Hernandez 5.1 IP 7 H 5 ER 2 BB 5 K 3-3 Go-FO 86p/55k

Burlington Royals 11 Pulaski Yankees 0

Royals Cristian Castillo spun an absolute gem Friday night versus the Pulaski Yankees. The lefty allowed just a first inning single to 1st round pick Blake Rutherford before getting into a groove that found him put away 21 hitters in a row until he yielded a ninth inning walk. That walk didn’t deter him however as he quickly put away the next two hitters, finishing the last hitter of the night with his 11th strikeout on the evening. It wasn’t all Castillo on this evening as the Royals offense punched three multiple run innings across including a six run fifth inning. Five different Royals hitters had two hits in the game including Chris DeVito who had a double and drove in three runs for the win.

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Chris DeVito 2-4 R, 2b, 3 RBI
Cristhian Vazquez 2-4 2R, 2b, 3b, RBI
Jonathan McCray 2-4 2R, HR, 2 RBI

AZL Royals 8 AZL White Sox 5

Pitcher Anthony Bender grabbed hold of a high scoring game and settled things for the Royals on the way to a win. The two teams exchanged 11 runs through the first three innings until Bender entered in the fourth, tossing five scoreless innings to finish the game against five hits allowed. Already with a 6-5 lead the offense tacked on two more runs for the final 8-5 score.

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Anthony Bender 5 IP 5 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K 10-1 GO-FO
Jeison Guzman 1-4 2R, 2b, 2 RBI, BB
Seuly Matias 2-4 R, 2b, RBI

DSL Phillies 10 DSL Royals 2

The Royals had a rare poor pitching performance in their loss to the Phillies on Friday. Ten runs allowed on eleven hits and three errors put the Royals in a hole that left them behind due to a 1 for 15 performance with runners in scoring position.

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Esteury Ruiz 1-4 R
Freddy Fermin 1-3 2b, RBI
Cristian Perez 1-2 RBI, SB (6)

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