Diamonds in the Rough 8-4-16

Just two wins in seven tries with all four full season clubs losing on Thursday.

HR Roll Call Xavier Fernandez (8), Roman Collins (7)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Chris DeVito 3-3 2 RBI, BB

BP KC Pitcher of the Day –┬áTravis Eckert 5 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 7 K 6-0 GO-FO


Memphis Redbirds 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 2

Starter Christian Binford was solid for five innings, but the Redbirds got to him in the sixth to hand the team and the righty another loss. A Dusty Coleman RBI single in the third and a Tony Cruz sac fly in the sixth gave Omaha a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. In that inning the game quickly was knotted after a two run home run by David Washington. A walk would get Binford removed but Brooks Pounders would let that walk come around to score on a single, crediting the run to the Omaha starter. The Chasers would get just one base runner the rest of the way, to drop the game by the smallest of fashions.

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Hunter Dozier 2-4 R, 3b
Reymond Fuentes 2-4
Orlando Calixte 3-4 R

Tulsa Drillers 5 NW Arkansas Naturals 3

Four first inning runs combined with a lack of offense ruined the Naturals night. Three first inning singles to start the game of Yender Caramo plated a run and put NW Arkansas down 1-0. After the righty settled and a got a pair of outs, stud first base prospect Cody Bellinger quickly put NW Arkansas in a 4-0 with his fifteenth home run of the season. The Naturals would struggle most of the night to plate runs as the top four hitters in their order would combine to go 0 for 20. A sixth inning solo home run would put the deficit at 5-0, where it would stand until the ninth. In that final inning the Naturals would place the first five on thanks to a pair of Drillers errors and a couple hits, scoring three runs in the process. With the tying runs on and no outs the 2-3-4 hitters would be unable to do any damage as they would go down in order to finish off the loss.

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Carlos Garcia 3-4 R, 2b
Cam Gallagher 2-4 BB
Aroni Nina 2 IP 2 H 0 R 1 BB 2 K 1-1 42/22k

Potomac Nationals 4 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

The Rock starter gave up single run from the second through fifth inning, putting them in a 4-0 hole that the offense couldn’t climb out from. The reason, a 1 for 12 showing with runners in scoring position while the team missed scoring opportunities in the final three innings after scoring a pair in the sixth inning.

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Samir Duenez 2-5
Foster Griffin 6 Ip 6 H 4 ER 3 BB 5 K 5-2 GO-FO 91p/56k
Luis Villegas 3-4 RBI

Hickory Crawdads 19 Lexington Legends 4

Coming into the game Gerson Garabito hadn’t given up a run in 13 consecutive innings. The Hickory Crawdads didn’t seem to care much about that streak as they rocked the Dominican righty for seven runs in the second inning and then laid waste to the Legends bullpen. All told Hickory punched out the Lexington’s pitchers for 20 hits and 19 runs in the mauling.

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Gerson Garabito 1.1 IP 6 H 7 ER 3 BB 2 K
Roman Collins 1-4 HR
Xavier Fernandez 1-4 HR, 3 RBI

Great Falls Voyagers 7 Idaho Falls Chukars 3

The Voyagers got after starter Jace Vines in the Chukars first game back after the All Star festivities. The righty from Texas A&M yielded eight hits and four walks in four and two-third innings, allowing seven runs in the outing. The seven runs pushed his ERA to 6.39 on the season in the highly offensive Pioneer League. Those runs were too much to overcome for the Chukars offense who had just one extra base hit on the evening. All star catcher Meibrys Viloria went 1 for 3 with a walk and reached base on an error that was originally scored a hit.

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Meibrys Viloria 1-3 R, RBI, BB
Manny Olloque 3-5 R, 2b
Ricky Aracena 2-5 2 SB(9), E (23)

Burlington Royals 5 Kingsport Mets 0

The Royals pitching staff overwhelmed the Kingsport Mets Thursday night, striking out 10 hitters while spinning a shutout. Starter Travis Eckert worked five innings while striking out seven against just three singles to improve his record 3-1. Infielder Nicky Lopez scored on a Vance Vizcaino single in the first and scored in the fifth on an error. Those two runs were part of a five run day that earned the Royals a win while securing a two game lead in the division.

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Emmanuel Rivera 1-2 2R, 3 BB, SB (6)
Vance Vizcaino 2-5 R, 2b, RBI
Nicky Lopez 1-3 2R, BB

DSL Royals 4 DSL A’s 2

The Royals received six shutout innings from their starter and single runs in the early going to hang onto a 4-2 win. Miscues lead to single runs in each of the second through fifth innings for the Royals with throwing errors leading to runs in the three of the innings and a wild pitch scoring a run in the other. Centerfielder Raymond Lopez scored two of those runs while also stealing his 21st bag of the year. Starter Andres Sotillet spun six scoreless with just a pair of hits and a couple walks allowed while earning six groundouts and his fourth win on the season.

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Andres Sotillet 6 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 3 K 6-2 GO-FO
Raymond Lopez 2-3 2R, SB (21), CS (6)
Freddy Fermin 1-4 RBI

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