Remember Adam Eaton?
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Royals fans may recall an 8-1 spring-training victory against the Diamondbacks in which the Arizonas Eaton was caught stealing third and tried to barrel through Mike Moustakas on the basepaths, leaving Moustakas with a bloody lip.
On Wednesday night in Reno, Class AAA Omaha lost 7-5 and Eaton, who is on a rehabilitation assignment, was involved in another incident at third base.
In the third inning, Eaton led off with a double, but was caught trying to advance on an infield out. Shortstop Irving Falu fielded the ground ball and threw to third baseman Johnny Giavotella, who made the tag and was spiked in the arm by Eaton, according to the Storm Chasers.
Later in the inning, Matt Davidson had a RBI triple that tied the game 1-1.
In the fifth inning, Omaha starter Nate Adcock walked a batter and then plunked Eaton. The home plate umpire, sensing retribution was the cause for the errant pitch, ejected Adcock and, when manager Mike Jirschele argued on Adcocks behalf, he was ejected as well.
George Sherrill entered the game and gave up a two-run double, a walk, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly as the Aces grabbed a 4-1 lead.
Falu's two-out, two-run single cut the lead to 4-3, but in the next inning Kila Ka'aihue's home run made it 5-3 for Reno.
In the top of the eighth, Xavier Nady walked, Max Ramirez singled and Anthony Seratelli reached on a bunt single to load the bases. After Falu and Brett Hayes struck out, Willy Taveras singled home two to tie the game at 5-5.
Reno regained the lead in its half of the inning as Dan Wheeler gave up a single and a double before getting an out. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Donnie Joseph came on and (wouldnt you know it?) walked Eaton to force in a run. A single brought home another run to make it 7-5.
David Lough extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the fifth inning.
Class A Wilmington
How weird is this? The Blue Rocks had twice as many hits as Potomac but lost 3-2.
Left-hander Sam Selman gave up just one hit, but walked five in a game that was called after five innings.
The Nationals got their first run in the top of the first on a walk, wild pitch and a single. Wilmington tied it in the third on a Justin Trapp home run.
In the fifth, the Nationals fifth went like this: walk, passed ball, walk, hit batsman, force out at home, sacrifice fly, stolen base, run scoring wild pitch and another walk. That ended Selmans night, and the inning ended on a caught stealing.
The Blue Rocks got a run back in their half on two walks, a wild pitch and a ground out. In the top of the sixth, Potomac got a walk and then the rains came.