Diamonds in the Rough 8-12-16

A 3-5 day for the affiliates with all four full season teams losing.

HR Roll Call Gabriel Cancel (3), Cristhian Vasquez (2), Nathan Esposito (2), Cal Jones (2), Angel Medina (3) 

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Cristhian Vasquez 2-4 2R, HR, 3 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Eric Skoglund 6 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 10 K 6-2 GO-FO 85p/63k

Sacramento River Cats 3 Omaha Storm Chasers 1

For the third game in a row the Chasers scored just one run, losing their seventh in the last eight games. Rehabber Mike Minor gave them a quality start in the loss, allowing three runs (2 ER) in six innings. The lefty gave up four hits including a pair of home runs while walking four hitters on the night. The Chasers lineup struckout 14 times while going 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position in the loss.

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Whit Merrifield 2-4 R
Hunter Dozier 1-4 2b, RBI
Mike Minor 6 IP 4 H 3 R 2 ER 4 BB 6 K 5-2 GO-FO 88p/52k

San Antonio Missions 1 NW Arkansas Naturals 0

The Naturals lost a pitching duel on a ninth inning walkoff home run Friday night. Starter Eric Skoglund was outstanding in his six innings,tying a career high with 10 strikeouts while allowing just three singles. The lefty attacked the zone on his 85 pitches, hitting the zone 63 times while earning six groundouts in his start. The game remained scoreless until the ninth when Franchy Cordero took reliever Mark Peterson deep to end the game.

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Corey Toups 0-3 BB
Carlos Garcia 1-2
Evan Beal 2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 3 K 2-1 GO-FO 24p/16k

Salem Red Sox 7 Wilmington Blue Rocks 6

The Rocks fell behind big and then came up short with their comeback bid. Starter Zach Lovvorn was touched up for five runs in just one and one-third innings on eight hits and three walks. Those runs combined with two more off Jake Kalish put the Rocks behind 7-0 through four innings. The Rocks plated a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth before getting a run in the ninth and the tying run to third with just one out. Unfortunately Robert Pehl struckout swinging and Carlos Diaz grounded out to stomp out the rally and give the Rocks another loss.

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Cody Jones 3-4 R, RBI, BB
Samir Duenez 1-5 2b, 3 RBI
Luis Villegas 2-3 R, 2b, BB

Augusta GreenJackets 7 Lexington Legends 0

Reliever Franco Terrero got knocked around in the sixth inning for five runs to put a 2-0 game out of reach for the Legends. The offense couldn’t get anything working on their end during the game, collecting just two hits both of which came from Tanner Stanley. Starter Yunior Marte took the loss while giving up two runs over five innings and collecting six strikeouts during the loss.

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Yunior Marte 5 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K 4-2 GO-FO 87p/55k
Gabe Cramer 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 2 K
Tanner Stanley 2-3

Great Falls Voyagers 7 Idaho Falls Chukars 2

The Chukars offensive woes continued in their first game back from the roadtrip. With the struggles Idaho Falls still had a 2-0 lead through five innings before the defense let lefty Matt Portland down. Errors lead to three unearned runs and a deficit too large for the offense to climb out from.

Matt Portland 6.1 IP 2 H 3 R 1 ER 4 BB 4 K
Meibrys Viloria 1-2 BB
Yeison Melo 1-3 RBI

Burlington Royals 9 Princeton Rays 5

The Royals powered up for a big win Friday night in helping Garrett Davila push his record to 5-0. ¬†Three home runs by Royals hitters and eight runs driven in by the same three hitters lead the way. All three home runs came in the third inning with Gabriel Cancel’s two run shot which was quickly followed by Cristhian Vasquez and his two run home run which was backed up by Nathan Esposito’s homer. The Royals starter, Davila, allowed four runs in in five innings while giving up seven hits and two walks in one of his lesser starts of the year.

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Garrett Davila 5 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 6 K 3-2 GO-FO
Nathan Esposito 2-4 2b, HR, 2 RBI
Kort Peterson 1-4 R, 2b

AZL Royals 11 AZL Mariners 3

The Royals punched out the Mariners pitchers while their pitching staff punched out the M’s lineup. The Royals Jason Vargas punched out six hitters in his two and one-third innings while allowing just two unearned runs on two hits. From there three more pitchers k’d eight more hitters in the final six and two-third innings with just an unearned run allowed. The offense punched out 14 hits and 11 runs including Cal Jones and his second home run in three games.

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Cal Jones 1-5 3R, HR, 3 RBI
Khalil Lee 2-4 2R, RBI, 2 BB
Jason Vargas 2.1 IP 2 H 2 R 0 ER 0 BB 6 K

DSL Royals 6 DSL Marlins 2

The Royals plated a run in each of the final five innings to beat the Marlins. Third baseman Angel Medina had a big day at the plate connecting on three hits with a solo home run.

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Esteury Ruiz 2-5 2-2b
Raymond Lopez 2-5 3R, 2b
Angel Medina 3-4 2R, 3b, HR



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