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Thursday's minor-league update: Lexington gets late homer to win

Updated: 2013-05-10T04:53:18Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Third baseman Michael Antonio hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday night as the Class A Lexington beat West Virginia 2-1.

Starter Christian Binford improved to 2-2 by striking out six and allowing one run in seven innings. He gave up six hits and walked one as his ERA dipped to 3.21.

Binford gave up a solo homer in the top of the first, but the Legends’ offense picked him up in the the bottom of the frame.

Terrance Gore singled, and one out later, Bubba Starling singled. The duo pulled off a double steal and Jin-Ho Shin hit a sacrifice fly that tied the game.

In Antonio’s last seven games, he’s hitting .450 (9 for 20) with three runs, a double, home run and nine walks.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers scored nine runs in the second inning and went on to a 13-1 in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Reno.

The Aces won the opener 4-2 as Justin Marks allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings with two walks and no strikeouts for the Storm Chasers. Omaha trailed 3-0 in the fourth inning when shortstop Irving Falu delivered a two-run single. But that was as closer as it would get.

David Lough’s 16-game hitting streak ended as he went zero for four.

The Storm Chasers bounced back in a big way in the second game. Johnny Giavotella, back at second base after playing third in the opener, hit a three-run homer in the top of the first.

That was merely a precursor to the huge second inning. Omaha sent 15 batters to the plate and had seven hits, four walks and had another batter reach on an error.

There were four RBI singles, but Paulo Orlando’s two-run triple was the biggest hit in the inning that saw the Storm Chasers take a 12-0 lead.

All told, Omaha had 13 hits, including three from first baseman Max Ramirez and two each from Brett Hayes, Christian Colon and Lough.

Everett Teaford allowed four hits in 3 2/3 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three. His ERA is 1.42. Francisley Bueno got the win for his 3 1/3-innings of work. He gave up two hits and one unearned run.

Class A Wilmington

Spencer Patton gave up a two-out double in the 10th inning, then threw two straight wild pitches that allowed Potomac to score the go-ahead run as the Blue Rocks fell 3-2.

Wilmington did its damage in the first inning as Justin Trapp opened with a single, moved to second on ground out, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jorge Bonifacio. Cheslor Cuthbert then doubled and scored on a single by Lane Adams.

The Nationals got a run back with a home run in the second and tied it in the third on a double and two ground outs.

Starter Aaron Brooks allowed the two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings and lowered his ERA to 4.99. Designated hitter Murray Watts went two for four with two doubles.

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

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