Diamonds in the Rough 4-16-18

HR Roll Call: None

BPKC Hitter of the Day: Gabe Cancel 2-4, R, 2b, 2 RBI

BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Trevor Oaks 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 12-4 GO-FO, 85p/53k

Lexington LegendsHickory Crawdads 2, Lexington Legends 1

The Legends bats were kept quiet by Hickory pitching in a loss to the Rangers Low-A affiliate. Starter Reid Anderson pitched perfect ball for the first five innings before Oliver Nunez broke it up with a single through the left side. Another single by Sebastian Rivera put the Legends in a possible position to score, but Anderson settled and stamped out the threat by inducing a fly out, and an infield groundball that allowed Hickory to toss Nunez out at the plate before getting the final out in the inning. Prospect Seuly Matias would get one of his two hits with a double to start the seventh, allowing him to come home later on an MJ Melendez sacrifice fly. Matias would get within 90 feet in the ninth following a single and a pair of errant throws, but the Legends would strike out four times around him to take the defeat. The loss was saddled on Andres Sotillet despite just two runs allowed in five innings against six strikeouts for the right-hander.

Nick Pratto: 0-4, K
Seuly Matias: 2-4, R, 2b,
Janser Lara: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP, 1-4 GO-FO, 35p/24k

WilmingtonWilmington Blue Rocks 5, Carolina Mudcats 1

The Rocks offense put on plenty of early pressure while getting a well-pitched game from three different pitchers in a win over the Brewers High-A squad. Wilmington scored two runs in the first on bases-loaded walks to Chris DeVito and Chase Vallot after loading the bases with a pair of singles by Rudy Martin and Gabe Cancel to start the inning. Cancel provided the big blow in the second, doubling in Kort Peterson and Martin after the pair had walked, putting Wilmington up 4-1 in the process. Starter Cristian Castillo gave up a run in the first frame but navigated around baserunners in the next four innings to earn his first win of the season. The Rocks added another run on a Chase Vallot sac fly in the fifth inning and the Mudcats threatened by loading the bases in the eighth, but Walker Sheller navigated that jam before striking out the side in the ninth to secure the win.

Khalil Lee: 1-3, R, BB
Walker Sheller: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 35p/22k
Rudy Martin: 1-2, 2R, 2BB, CS (2)

NW Arkansas LogoSan Antonio Missions 9, NW Arkansas Naturals 1

Starter Foster Griffin couldn’t match his last start versus San Antonio as the Padres Double-A squad and one of their top prospects, Cal Quantrill bested him. Trouble came in the third for Griffin when his own throwing error followed with three consecutive singles to push the lefty out of the game after just 2.2 innings. It was Griffin’s shortest outing since his third start of last season for Wilmington. Those four runs would be plenty for the Missions as the Naturals could muster just one unearned run against Quantrill and crew. San Antonio tacked on five additional runs against the Naturals bullpen with four coming off struggling Corey Ray.

Foster Griffin: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-1 GO-FO, 61p/37k
Salvador Perez: 1-2, RBI
Nicky Lopez: 1-2, BB

Omaha Storm ChasersNashville Sounds 5, Omaha Storm Chasers 4

The Chasers bullpen blew a four run advantage to drop the finale in Nashville on Monday afternoon. Starter Trevor Oaks made sure four runs by the Omaha lineup stood up, as the righty created 12 groundball outs in six innings, allowing no runs on just three hits. The most reliable reliever in the ’17 pen, Eric Stout, struggled again. He allowed four runs on a pair of walks and three hits, the final one being a bases-loaded double by B.J. Boyd that plated all three runners to knot the game up. Omaha got a runner in scoring position in each of the final three innings, but failed in each to push them forward, leaving Kevin Lenik’s wild pitch in the ninth that allowed Boyd to race home as the deciding run in the game.

Jack Lopez: 3-5, R, 3b, RBI
Ryan O’Hearn :1-4, 2b
Josh Staumont: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 28p/15k

Boxscores from Monday

Tuesday Probables
Omaha – Jonathan Dziedzic (lhp) 0-1, 1.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
NW Arkansas – Scott Blewett 0-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
Wilmington – Jace Vines 0-2, 12.91 ERA, 2.48 WHIP
Lexington – Nolan Watson 0-0, 2.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

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