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Friday on the farm: Starling is heating up

Updated: 2013-05-04T06:16:37Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Bubba Starling’s two-run single was the only hit in a six-run sixth inning as the Legends won 6-2 at Delmarva on Friday.

Lexington had the bases loaded (after two walks and a hit-batsman) with one out in the sixth when Yowill Espinal reached on a fielding error that scored Michael Antonio. Ethan Chapman walked to score Jin-Ho Shin and Terrance Gore followed with another walk to plate Humberto Arteaga.

A wild pitch scored Espinal and, after an out, Starling singled. Chapman and Gore scored to make it 6-0.

All told in the top of the sixth inning, Delmarva walked four, hit a batter, had a runner reach on an error, threw three wild pitches and had a passed ball. Lexington’s six runs came against two Shorebirds pitchers.

Starling, who has a six-game hitting streak, went two for five and raised his average to .210. In his last 10 games, Starling is batting .317 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, eight runs scored, four walks and a .939 OPS.

Class AAA Omaha

Memphis took advantage of two errors and a bases-loaded walk and won 3-1 at Omaha.

Storm Chasers starter Will Smith allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings. The run scored on a bases-loaded error by third baseman Brandon Wood with two outs. Smith, a left-hander who started for the Royals in Sunday’s nightcap of a doubleheader against Cleveland, has allowed just two runs in his last 18 innings.

It was 1-1 into the eighth inning when Memphis scored the go-ahead run on three consecutive two-out walks, one by George Sherrill and the last two by Blaine Boyer. Sherrill took the loss.

In the ninth, Memphis scored an insurance run on a throwing error by catcher Brett Hayes that allowed Redbirds catcher J.R. Towles to score all the way from first base.

The Storm Chasers got their run in the third inning when Christian Colon broke zero-for-16 sid with a RBI single off Memphis starter John Gast, who had tossed 32 shutout innings to that point. Irving Falu scored on the hit.

Class A Wilmington

Aaron Brooks pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two hits as Wilmington beat Lynchburg 1-0.

Brooks struck out five and walked just one as did Spencer Patton, who pitched three innings and gave up one hit in getting the victory.

Wilmington was held hitless through seven inning, but Geulin Beltre opened with a single and Lane Adams came on as a pinch runner. Jack Lopez sacrificed Adams to second, and he scored on Kenny Diekroeger’s single. Jorge Bonifacio’s single in the eighth was the third and final hit for the Blue Rocks.

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

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