Diamonds in the Rough 5-24-17

A 2-6 day for the Royals affiliates with a pair of wins at Low-A.

HR Roll Call: Mauricio Ramos (7), Zane Evans (3), Emmanuel Rivera (3)

BPKC Hitter of the Day: Mauricio Ramos 3-8, 2R, 2b, HR, 2 RBI

BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Geoffrey Bramblett 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5-1 GO-FO, 72p/50k

Nashville Sounds 4, Omaha Storm Chasers 0

The Royals right-handed starter with wayward control continued his problems with the strikezone on Wednesday night.

Despite just two hits allowed, both doubles, Josh Staumont gave up three runs thanks to seven walks. In the first inning, a leadoff walk was cashed in with an RBI double by Matt Olson. The second inning featured four consecutive one-out walks that pushed the lead to 2-0. Finally, the fifth inning saw a leadoff double that was brought home with a pair of ground outs to push Nashville’s lead to 3-0.

The Chasers offense couldn’t strum a tune, going just 0-2 with runners in scoring position while connecting on six singles.

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Raul Mondesi 1-4, SB (9)
Billy Burns 2-3, CS (6)
Josh Staumont 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 6 K, 4-1 GO-FO, 103p/54k

Frisco RoughRiders 7, NW Arkansas Naturals 6 

The Naturals lost their suspended game after it resumed on Wednesday.

With a 6-5 lead after five innings before the game was suspended, the Naturals bullpen of Jake Kalish and Jake Newberry gave up the lead. It was Kalish allowing a seventh inning home run to Luke Tendler that evened things up. The game remained tied until the ninth when Newberry walked Tendler before a pair of singles allowed him to come around and give Frisco a lead.

The Naturals threatened in the ninth, moving a runner into scoring position with one out and to third with two down, but Ruben Sosa flew out to end the rally.

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Alfredo Escalera 1-4, 2b, 4 RBI
Samir Duenez 2-4, RBI
Humberto Arteaga 2-3, RBI

Frisco RoughRiders 8, NW Arkansas Naturals 5

The two teams exchanged power in the second game with the RoughRiders coming out on top.

Each club hit a pair of solo home runs, along with a pair of three-run innings each before Frisco lengthened their lead late.

Trailing 6-2, the Naturals used a pair of doubles by Mauricio Ramos and Samir Duenez before an RBI single by Elier Hernandez to pull within 6-5.

Unfortunately, the Frisco bullpen would prevent any more action by the Naturals offense. They added two runs in the ninth thanks to a defensive error by catcher Zane Evans before a walk and single off reliever Sam Selman.

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Zane Evans 1-4, HR
Elier Hernandez 2-4, RBI
Mauricio Ramos 3-4, 2R, 2b, HR, 2 RBI

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

The Rocks usually reliable bullpen gave up two runs in the ninth to drop the second game of their series with Lynchburg.

Starter Foster Griffin spun five innings of one-run ball, navigating seven hits and a pair of walks, thanks in part to six strikeouts from the lefty. The only damage done to Griffin’s line was via a leadoff single that came in after a double and a pair of groundouts in the second.

The Rocks scored a pair of single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, each of which tied the game, but a pair of runs off reliever Franco Terrero in the ninth gave Lynchburg their final winning margin.

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Nicky Lopez 1-5, RBI
Travis Maezes 1-3, R, 2b
Foster Griffin 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6-1 GO-FO, 100p/64k

Lexington Logo3Lexington Legends 1, Hickory Crawdads 0

The Legends bullpen kept hold of the 1-0 lead that Emmanuel Rivera had given the team prior to the suspension of Tuesday’s game.

Righty Geoffrey Bramblett worked 4.2 scoreless innings, working around three singles and a walk. Behind Bramblett was reliable reliever Grant Gavin, finishing off the final 2.1 innings with just a pair of singles allowed.

Lexington’s pitching staff limited Hickory to just one chance with runners in scoring position in the game to take the win.

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Meibrys Viloria 0-2, BB, Defensive CS
Emmanuel Rivera 1-4, HR
Grant Gavin 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, GO-FO 1-1, 29p/21k

Lexington Legends 9, Hickory Crawdads 4

With the second game tied at four, the Legends bats got after Hickory pitching with a run in the fifth and a four-run sixth inning.

Three consecutive singles brought home a run before an error and wild pitch brought home another prior to Kort Peterson’s sac fly. Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera capped things off with a RBI double to put Lexington out in front 9-4.

Reliever Walker Sheller worked a perfect ninth to finish off the win, striking out the side in the process.

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Walker Sheller 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K, 15p/10k
Manny Olloque 2-3, 2R, RBI
Emmanuel Rivera 1-4, 2b, RBI

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