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Sunday on the farm: Omaha wins in 10 innings

Updated: 2013-05-06T04:17:55Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Irving Falu opened the bottom of the 10th inning with a triple and he scored on David Lough’s single as Class AAA Omaha beat Memphis 2-1 on Sunday.

The Falu-Lough connection also led to the Storm Chasers’ other run. Falu singled to open the third, stole second and scored on Lough’s single. Falu also tripled in the seventh inning.

Left-hander Chris Dwyer didn’t get the victory, but he allowed just two hits and no runs in 6 1/3 innings, while walking four and striking out six. He threw 93 pitches, of which 57 went for strikes. Dwyer, whose ERA dropped to 2.13, hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his six starts this year.

Dwyer was a combined 8-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 24 starts in 2009-10 but slumped to 16-22 and 5.74 in 53 games, including 52 starts, in 2011-12. Baseball America, which ranks Dwyer as the Royals’ No. 21 prospect, reported that Dwyer missed the end of the 2012 season with a thyroid problem that has since been treated with medication.

The Cardinals got their run when super prospect Oscar Taveras drew a walk against Francisley Bueno and scored when Brock Peterson doubled against Louis Coleman.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Second baseman Angel Franco had five RBIs and the Naturals collected 14 hits in a 12-4 win against Arkansas.

With Northwest Arkansas down 1-0 in the second inning, Whit Merrifield had a two-out single that scored Mitch Canham and Yem Prades. After an Alex McClure single, Angel Franco doubled home Merrifield and McClure to make it 4-1.

It was 5-2 in the fourth inning when Franco hit a three-run homer. After Orlando Calixte singled, Rey Navarro hit his first home of the season to right field.

Mitch Canham had three hits, including a double and an RBI. Franco, Calixte, Navarro and McClure each had two hits.

Sugar Ray Marimon, allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings, got his second victory of the season.

Class A Lexington

The Legends scored four times in the eighth inning and rallied for a 7-5 victory at Lakewood.

Lexington was behind 5-3 going into the eighth inning when Humberto Arteaga reached second on a throwing error by shortstop Roman Quinn. Arteaga moved to third on a ground out, then scored when Nic Cuckovich reached on an error.

Cuckovich took second on a single by Ethan Chapman, and both runners advanced when Terrence Gore was hit by a pitch. Raul Mondesi grounded into a force out, scoring Cuckovich. Bubba Starling was hit by a pitch, loading the bases again, and Michael Antonio singled to score Chapman and Mondesi.

The Legends grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first when Gore singled, stole second and third, and scored on a double by Starling. Antonio's single brought home Starling.

But Lexington starter Aroni Nina struggled, giving up four runs on five hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings. Ali Williams gave up another run on three walks and two hits in 2 1/3 innings. But that merely set the stage for Lexington’s comeback victory.

Class A Wilmington

Left-hander John Lamb gave up four runs in the first inning and seven total in five innings as the Blue Rocks lost 9-4 at Lynchburg.

Lamb allowed nine hits and two walks, while striking out three as his ERA increased to 4.88.

After giving up the four runs in the first, Wilmington answered with four of its own in the second. Catcher Kenny Swab’s three-run homer was the big blow. But the Hillcats scored four in the sixth and never looked back.

Justin Trapp, Daniel Mateo and Jack Lopez each had two hits for Wilmington.

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