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Sunday on the farm: Lough and Giavotella continue surges

Updated: 2013-04-22T04:38:45Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

This is a look at what’s happening with teams in the Royals minor-league system.

David Lough continued his torrid hitting by going three for four with two runs, three RBIs, a double and a home run as Class AAA Omaha won 8-3 at Nashville.

In his last three games, Lough has nine hits in 13 at-bats (.692) with six runs scored.

Second baseman Johnny Giavotella also continued his recent surge by going three for five with an RBI. In his last 10 games, Giavotella has slash lines of .488/.561/.625 with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs.

All told, Omaha pounded out 15 hits on Sunday. First baseman Chad Tracy and shortstop Christian Colon each had two hits.

Chris Dwyer got the win as he gave up one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Louis Coleman pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball, while Dan Wheeler gave up two runs on three hits in the ninth.

Elsewhere:

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Noel Arguelles gave up five runs on six hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings as the Naturals lost 8-2 to Tulsa in Springdale, Ark.

Shortstop Orlando Calixte had two of the Naturals’ eight hits.

Class A Wilmington

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio and third baseman Chelsor Cuthbert each had two hits and scored a run in the Blue Rocks’ 5-3 victory at Winston-Salem.

Bonifacio, who is rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Royals’ system by Baseball America, is hitting .286 this season. Cuthbert, ranked ninth, is hitting .245.

Robinson Yambati, who is rated as the Royals’ 28th prospect by Baseball America, pitched three scoreless innings and got the save. He allowed one hit and struck out four.

Class A Lexington

Bubba Starling hit a home run that started Lexington’s comeback as the Legends beat Greenville 6-3.

The Drive scored three in the top of the first, but Starling hit a solo shot in the home half and Greenville added two in the fifth to tie the game, one in the sixth and two in the eighth.

Starling was two for five and scored two runs. Raul Mondesi had two hits in three at-bats.

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