Diamonds in the Rough 5-8-17

With three games on the docket the Royals affiliates came home with a pair of wins on Monday night.

HR Roll Call Samir Duenez (6), Chris DeVito (11) 

BPKC Hitter of the Day: Chris DeVito 4-5 HR, 2b, 2 RBI 

BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Pedro Fernandez 2.2 Ip 1 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 4 K 0-3 GO-FO 41p/24k

Lexington Legends 6 West Virginia Power 3 

The Legends earned a split in their series with West Virginia while finishing off a 4-3 road trip Monday evening.

As usual, for Lexington, it was first baseman Chris “GirthQuake” DeVito in the middle of things to lead the Legends offense. The South Atlantic League’s leading home run and RBI man drove in a Legends run in the third inning with a single and homered in fifth as part of his four hit night.

The Legends used a six-run spurt from the 3rd through the 7th inning to build a lead while piggybacking pitcher Jace Vines pitched his way in and out of a bases loaded one out jam in the 8th to preserve the lead and the win.

Catcher Meibrys Viloria was named South Atlantic Player of the Week for last week and started building on this week’s honor with a 2-3 game that featured a pair of doubles and his first stolen base of the year.

Boxscore Link

Meibrys Viloria 2-3 R, 2-2b, BB, SB
Kort Peterson 2-4 R, 2b
Khalil Lee 1-4 R, 2 RBI, SB (9)

NW Arkansas Naturals 3 Arkansas Travelers 2

The Naturals walked things off to earn another win over the Angels Double-A affiliate on Monday night.

First baseman Samir Duenez homered in the first to put NW Arkansas out in front but starter Corey Ray gave up a pair in the second inning to put his squad down 2-1. That lead would hold up until the bottom of the ninth when Allen de San Miguel put a ground ball up the middle to score Mauricio Ramos from second to start up the celebration.

A one out single by Frank Schwindel started the rally. From there, Ramos pushed pinch runner Logan Moon to third before Ruben Sosa’s sac bunt fielder’s choice scored Moon as he slid under the tag.

Despite the pair of runs allowed, Ray put up a quality start with six and one-third innings of two run ball while earning 12 groundouts on the night.

Boxscore Link

Samir Duenez 2-4 HR
Corey Ray 6.1 IP 8 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 4 K 12-2 GO-FO 101p/60k
Terrance Gore 2-3 2 SB

Salt Lake Bees 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 3

The Chasers bullpen let one slip away in Salt Lake as the offense continued to struggle to score runs.

Omaha had built a 3-0 lead into the sixth and starter Luke Farrell hadn’t allowed a hit up until that point when Salt Lake finally got to him. The Angels Triple-A affiliate came through with a two-out single, the second hit of the inning, to score two runs and draw the game to within one. After a scoreless seventh the Bees were back after Farrell with a Dustin Ackley single, pushing him to second on a Rey Navarro bunt and then another single, this time by Shane Robinson, to even things up.

Omaha would turn to its bullpen to finish off the seventh, but Bobby Parnell couldn’t get through the eighth inning unscathed, allowing three more singles off Bees hitters to give them a 5-3 lead and an eventual win.

The Omaha offense outhit the Bees and managed the only two extra base hits in the game, but a 2 for 7 performance with runners in scoring position, ultimately dooming them. The loss was the sixth in their last seven games and has pushed them 6.5 games back of Colorado Springs in the division.


Raul Mondesi 2-5  R
Dean Anna 3-4 3b, RBI
Luke Farrell 6.1 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 3 K 4-4 GO-FO 96p/56k


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