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Monday on the farm: Selman struggles, but Bonifacio shines

Updated: 2013-04-23T15:37:47Z


The Kansas City Star

Left-hander Sam Selman was roughed up for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings on Monday, but Class A Wilmington rallied for a 10-7 victory in 11 innings at Salem thanks to Jorge Bonifacio’s big night.

Selman, who is rated by Baseball America as the Royals’ No. 6 prospect, allowed five hits (four doubles), walked four and threw a wild pitch. The Blue Rocks trailed 7-2 after three innings, but scored two in the fifth, two in the seventh and tied it in the ninth when Jack Lopez’s hit over a drawn-in infield scored Parker Morin from third base.

In the 11th, the Blue Rocks had two aboard with two outs when Lane Adams’ pop-up was not caught by two Red Sox players and fell on the edge of the outfield grass. Bonifacio followed with a triple that sealed the victory.

Bonifacio, a right fielder, finished with four hits and five RBIs. He is batting .323 with six doubles, three triples and 12 RBIs in 16 games.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers scored nine in the sixth inning and rolled to a 12-3 victory at Nashville.

Starter Will Smith, who spent Sunday with the Royals in Boston following a travel adventure, gave up one run on five hits in six innings, while striking out eight with no walks.

Second baseman Johnny Giavotella was three for six with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Third baseman Brandon Wood hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, while left fielder David Lough was two for five with a double, two runs and an RBI.

Right fielder Anthony Seratelli also had two hits, an RBI and scored a run. Every Omaha player scored at least one run in the game.

In his second appearance, George Sherrill bounced back from a rough outing by throwing a scoreless seventh inning.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals scored four times in the top of the first inning, but eventually lost 9-6 at Springfield.

Starter Jason Adam, who attended Blue Valley Northwest, gave up six runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven, but walked three and his ERA is at 15.85.

The Naturals scored twice in the seventh to tie the game 6-6 and take Adam off the hook for a loss. However, in the bottom of the seventh, former Royal Ruben Gotay had an RBI double off Brooks Pounders and Xavier Scruggs followed with a two-run homer to give the Cardinals the victory.

Shortstop Orlando Calixte, third baseman Rey Navarro, catcher Manny Pina and first baseman Matt Fields each had two hits.

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