Diamonds in the Rough 8-14-16

A 2-5 day for the affiliates with both wins coming at the rookie level.

HR Roll Call: Kort Peterson (3)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Amalani Fukofuka 2-4, R, 2b, SB (23)

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Anthony Bender 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 10-2 GO-FO

Sacramento River Cats 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 3
Last place 16 GB

Atypical to his normal game, starter Christian Binford walked five hitters in just four innings which lead to four runs allowed and an Omaha loss. The offense was a one man crew with Dusty Coleman driving in all three runs.

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Jorge Bonifacio 1-3, BB
Dusty Coleman 3-4, 3 RBI, SB (5) CS (2)
Ramon Torres 1-2, R, 2b, BB

San Antonio Missions 4 NW Arkansas Naturals 0
1st place 1.5 games up

The Padres Double-A squad limited the Naturals to just three hits in a shutout win. The Naturals gave up just six hits of their own, but also walked six hitters in allowing four runs in the loss.

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Alfredo Escalera 2-4
Ryan O’Hearn 0-4, 2K
Mauricio Ramos 1-4

Salem Red Sox 4 Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 F/11
Last place 16 GB

The Blue Rocks bullpen gave up a ninth inning lead before losing in extra innings. An Austin Bailey sac fly in the seventh gave Wilmington a 3-2 lead after Glenn Sparkman had given up an earlier lead by allowing two runs in the fifth. A steal and a two out hit in the eleventh inning allowed Salem to walkoff with the win after Wilmington contributed to the loss with a 1 for 10 performance with runners in scoring position.

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Austin Bailey 2-4, 2b, RBI
Chad Johnson 2-5 RBI
Glenn Sparkman 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9-2 GO-FO, 88p/59k

Augusta GreenJackets 7 Lexington Legends 5
Last place 13.5 GB

Draftee A.J. Puckett rolled through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth that lead to a Lexington loss. After giving up just one hit through the first four innings Puckett gave up three hits and walked a pair (5 in the start) that lead to five runs before getting pulled in the frame. Two more unearned runs in the sixth lead the loss as Lexington was able to score five runs to come up two short.

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AJ Puckett 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 6-4 GO-FO, 96p/51k
DJ Burt 2-5, R, RBI, CS (13)
Amalani Fukofuka 2-4, R, 2b, SB (13)

Idaho Falls Chukars 7 Great Falls Voyagers 3
3rd place 3 GB

The Chukars used a five-run second inning to snap a season high five-game losing streak. A pair of doubles by Joe Dudek and Ryan Dale helped plate three of the five runs in that inning. That was enough for Igol Feliz to earn the Chukars a win. The righty spun seven innings of two run ball on nine hits and no walks allowed. It was the second win of the season for the 23 year old Feliz.

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Igol Feliz 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-7 GO-FO, 89p/63k
Angelo Castellano 2-4, R, 2b
Ryan Dale 1-3, R, 2b, RBI, BB

Danville Braves 11 Burlington Royals 2
1st place up 1.5 games

The Royals pitching staff was knocked around in the game two loss to the Braves. Starter Ofreidy Gomez took the worst of it, giving up six runs in just one and one-third innings. The only offense provided came courtesy of a Kort Peterson two-run home run.

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Kort Peterson 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Vance Vizcaino 2-3, R, BB
Nicky Lopez 1-2, 2b

AZL Royals 2 AZL Padres 1
1st place 4.5 games up

The Royals scored a pair of runs early and received outstanding pitching for a win Sunday evening. Starter Anthony Bender put up his best performance yet, tossing five inning of perfect baseball that featured four strikeouts and 10 ground outs for the hard throwing righty. On offense, Cal Jones doubled and scored in the first inning and Joel Arias doubled in Sebastian Rivero in the second inning to provide all the runs the Royals would need.

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Cal Jones 1-4, R, 2b
Sebastian Rivero 3-4, R
Khalil Lee 1-3, BB

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