Diamonds in the Rough 4-22-17

The Royals affiliates went 3-1 on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep at Double-A.

HR Roll Call Khalil Lee (3), Chris DeVito (2)

BPKC Hitter of the Day Alfredo Escalera 4-6 R, 3b, BB

BPKC Pitcher of the Day Jace Vines 6 IP 3 H 0 R 0ER 1 BB 4 K 7-2 GO-FO 75p/46k

Game 1
NW Arkansas Naturals 3 Tulsa Drillers 2 F/7

The Naturals scored three runs in the final two innings to escape with a game one win. An error in the sixth inning gave the Naturals a two run frame to knot the game up. In the seventh and last frame Logan Moon lead off with a single and scored on Samir Duenez fielders choice to walkoff for the win,

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Logan Moon 2-3 R
Donnie Dewees 1-3 BB, SB (4)
Humberto Arteaga 1-3 RBI, SB (3)

Game 2
NW Arkansas Naturals 5 Tulsa Drillers 3

The Naturals piled up five runs and hung on for the sweep of the Saturday doubleheader. Outfielder Donnie Dewees tripled in a pair of runs during a three run second inning to take a 3-1 lead. Starter Corey Ray gave up three solo home runs while the Naturals tacked on a couple more in the third frame to build a big enough lead for the win.

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Corey Ray 5 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K 3 HR 5-4 GO-FO 87p/50k
Donnie Dewees 1-2 3b, BB, 2 RBI
Frank Schwindel 2-3 R, 2b, RBI

Lexington Logo3Lexington Legends 4 Columbia Fireflies 0

The Legends received outstanding pitching and a pair of two run┬ábombs to at least secure their first series split of the year. The Royals 2016 4th round pick Jace Vines tossed his first career quality start in this one, working six innings shutout ball while spreading out three hits. The 6’3 righty was able to create seven groundball outs before yielding to piggybacker Garrett Davila who finished off the shutout.

The Legends received a first inning two run home run by Chris DeVito and a two run dinger by Khalil Lee one inning later to provide all the needed offense.

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Khalil Lee 1-3 HR, 2BB, 2 RBI
Ricky Aracena 2-4 R
Garrett Davila 3 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 3 K 2-3 GO-FO 39p/27k

New Orleans Baby Cakes 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 0

The Chasers couldn’t get any offense going in their first game in the Big Easy of the year. Going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position plus a rough night by the bullpen made a loser of starter Eric Skoglund despite just allowing one unearned run in four and one-third innings. The lefty had to grind, tossing 86 pitches in that time with four hits and a pair of walks allowed in that time.

Hard throwing Josh Staumont will start on Sunday.

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Ramon Torres 3-4
Jorge Soler 0-3
Eric Skoglund 4.1 IP 4 H 1 R 0 ER 2 BB 5 K

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