Diamonds in the Rough 5-9-18

HR Roll Call: Nick Pratto (5), Brewer Hicklen (2) 

BPKC Hitter of the Day: Nick Pratto 3-4 HR, 4 RBI

BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Grant Gavin 2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 4 K 0-2 GO-FO 31p/20k 

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The Legends offense enjoyed their return to home Wednesday morning, taking it out on the Orioles Low-A squad with a pair of home runs. Following a run allowed in the first by starter Dan Tillo, the Legends staked their hard luck lefty to a lead with a three-run blast by Brewer Hicklen in the second inning. The ball cleared the batter’s eye in center, his second of the season for the former UAB star. First baseman Nick Pratto would get his day going in the third inning with a single before driving in Jeison Guzman two innings later to push the score to 4-1. A pair of solo home runs off Tillo in the sixth and seventh inning would close the gap to 4-3 but Pratto would answer with a three-run home of his own, a majestic blast that would easily clear the tall right-field wall to expand Lexington’s lead to 7-3. Those runs were more than enough to earn Tillo his first victory of the season while snapping the Legends three game losing streak.

Brewer Hicklen: 1-4 HR, 3 RBI, 2K
Seuly Matias: 0-4 R, 2 K
Sebastian Rivero: 1-4 R

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The Rocks offense was punchless in the series finale against Potomac while the pitching staff’s problems with Juan Soto remained. Outfielder Kort Peterson doubled on a line drive to left field in the first inning and came home two hitters later on Khalil Lee’s groundout. From there the offense went missing, walking four times but failing to get a hit for the rest of the game. The Nats quickly tied the game in the second inning getting three consecutive singles off starter Jace Vines. Tied until the fifth inning Vines faced off against Nats top prospect Juan Soto with one out and two on. The prospect that is quickly rising up the charts connected on his sixth home run against the Royals organization, clearing the right-field fence to put Potomac up 4-1. Two more singles and a groundout pushed the advantage to 5-1 which with the Wilmington offense on lockdown would be more than enough to put the game away and hand Vines his fifth loss on the season.

Kort Peterson: 1-4 R, 2b
Khalil Lee: 0-4 RBI
Meibrys Viloria: 0-1 2BB

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The Chasers offensive struggles continued Wednesday afternoon as their former teammate Alec Mills limited them to just two run over six and two-thirds innings. The 1 for 6 effort with runners in scoring position held Mills outing together after the Chasers had multiple runners on in the third and fourth before he righted the ship to breeze through the final two plus innings. On the other side, Trevor Oaks struggled with his command again walking four hitters in back to back starts for the first time in his career while hitting the zone with just 60 of 109 pitches. The walks and seven hits allowed yielded three runs against Oaks before the bullpen let in another to drop the Chasers sixth consecutive game.

Trevor Oaks: 5 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 4 BB 2 K 7-3 GO-FO 109p/60k

Cam Gallagher: 3-4 RBI
Hunter Dozier: 1-3 BB

Wednesday Boxscores

Thursday Probables
Omaha – Jonathan Dziedzic 0-4 3.53 ERA 1.29 WHIP
NW Arkansas – Foster Griffin 2-3 3.72 ERA 1.45 WHIP
Wilmington – Ofreidy Gomez 1-2 4.87 ERA 1.87 WHIP
Lexington – 0-1 2.20 ERA 0.92 WHIP

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