Ball Star

Tuesday on the farm: Ventura, Lamb get wins

Updated: 2013-05-01T15:06:15Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Starter Yordano Ventura struck out 10 in five innings as Northwest Arkansas beat the Springfield Cardinals 4-0 on Tuesday night in Springdale, Ark.

Ventura, who is 2-0 on the season, allowed just one hit and walked three as his ERA dropped to 2.31. Ventura threw 88 pitches and 53 were strikes.

The Naturals scored in the first on Mitch Canham’s two-out double that brought home Orlando Calixte, who had reached on a dropped third strike.

Yem Prades hit a solo homer in the third, and Juan Graterol’s double in the fourth inning scored Whit Merrifield. The Naturals’ fourth run scored on an error in the fifth.

Class A Wilmington

Left-hander John Lamb allowed four hits and two runs in six innings as the Blue Rocks beat Salem 10-3.

Lamb, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2011 and suffered a foot injury a year ago, struck out seven and walked just one and his ERA is at 3.32. He is 2-2 on the season.

Third baseman Daniel Mateo was three for four with three runs scored, two doubles and a RBI. Designated hitter Justin Trapp went three for five with two runs and an RBI, and right fielder Jorge Bonifacio had two hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning.

Catcher Kenny Swab had two hits, while third baseman Kenny Diekroeger had a triple and three RBIs.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers went zero for eight with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base in a 2-1 loss at New Orleans.

Omaha starter Justin Marks labored through four innings, allowing five hits and walking four, but he gave up just two runs. Unfortunately for Marks, he took the loss.

Francisley Bueno (two innings, no hits), Everett Teaford (one inning, one hit) and Michael Mariot (one inning, no hits) combined on four scoreless innings of relief.

Omaha got its lone run when center fielder David Lough hit a sacrifice fly that scored right fielder Willy Taveras.

Lough went one for four and has a 10-game hitting streak, during which he’s batted .478. Overall, his average is at .360. Taveras, second baseman Johnny Giavotella and left fielder Xavier Nady each had two hits. Nady is hitting .333, while Giavotella is hitting .326.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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