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Friday on the farm: Giavotella delivers winning hit for Omaha

Updated: 2013-04-27T16:34:43Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Second baseman Johnny Giavotella had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as Class AAA Omaha beat Iowa 5-4 in a wild game Friday night.

Omaha led 4-2 in the ninth, but the Cubs started a rally when Brian Bogusevic reached on a one-out single against Donnie Joseph. Michael Mariot came on and gave up a two-run homer to Brad Nelson.

Earlier in the at-bat, the Storm Chasers thought Mariot had struck out Nelson, but the umpires ruled Nelson checked his swing. After the home run, Omaha manager Mike Jirschele discussed the strikeout that wasn’t with the umpires, and he was ejected.

“I just felt he went around,” Jirschele told the Omaha World-Herald. “And they didn’t think he did.”

After Mariot pitched a scoreless 10th, Willy Taveras had an infield single and was sacrificed to second. Christian Colon reached on an infield single, and Giavotella spanked a 1-2 pitch to center scoring the winning run.

“(Iowa pitcher Zach Putnam) threw some good pitches,” Giavotella told the World-Herald. “I missed a fastball on the first pitch, felt like I should have done more with it. He threw me a good splitter for the second strike. But he left a splitter up a little bit and I was able to square it up and hit it into center field.”

Giavotella has an eight-game hitting streak, during which he’s batted .452.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals made two errors that led to two runs and broke a tie in the fourth inning of a 6-1 loss at Tulsa.

Yem Prades’ second home run of the season was the only run for the Naturals, who had three hits and made three errors.

Starter Noel Arguelles dropped to 1-3 on the season as he gave up seven hits, five runs (three earned) with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings. He has a 4.68 ERA.

Class A Wilmington

The Blue Rocks blew a ninth-inning lead and lost 5-4 in 10 innings at home against Winston-Salem.

Wilmington led 4-3 in the ninth, but Andrew Triggs gave up a run in the ninth as he allowed a leadoff single, got a strikeout, but threw two wild pitches and Courtney Hawkins had a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Justin Trapp had a one-out triple in the bottom of the inning, but he was left stranded. In the 10th, Triggs got two quick outs, but then gave up a single and then made an errant throw on a pickoff attempt. Shortstop Jack Lopez made an error on a grounder and the winning run scored. It was Trapp’s second blown save of the season.

Wilmington broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth when Trapp doubled and scored on a two-out double by Cheslor Cuthbert. Blue Rocks starter Kyle Smith pitched six strong innings, striking out eight and allowing five hits. However, one of those hits was a three-run homer that gave Win

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio made Baseball America’s “Hot Sheet” on Friday as one of the week’s top performers

Class A Lexington

Augusta pounded out 17 hits and routed the Legends 12-1 in Lexington.

The Legends had just three hits, and their run scored thanks to three walks in the ninth.

Starter Colin Rodgers gave up eight hits, six runs (five earned) and walked two with four strikeouts in four innings. Clayton Schulz and Mark Peterson each allowed three runs in two innings of work.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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