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Tuesday in the minors: Almonte is pitching well for Lexington

Updated: 2013-05-15T04:24:30Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Miguel Almonte and Clayton Schulz combined on a three-hitter Tuesday as Lo-A Lexington beat Kannapolis 6-1.

Almonte, who is rated as the Royals No. 10 prospect by Baseball America, allowed all three hits in seven innings with three walks and two strikeouts. In his last three starts, Almonte has given up just two runs on nine hits in 19 2/3 innings (0.92 ERA) with 18 strikeouts.

Designated hitter Adrian Morales had two hits, including a double, and knocked in a pair of runs. Center fielder Ethan Chapman also had two hits with a double and an RBI.

Hi-A Wilmington

Designated hitter Jared Schlehuber is off to a nice start since joining the Blue Rocks from extended spring training last week.

Schlehuber hit a solo homer among three hits and scored three runs in Wilmington’s 7-3 victory at Potomac. In four games, he has three multi-hit games and is batting .368 with a double, a homer and six RBIs.

On Tuesday he tweeted: “I've been in Arizona Pennsylvania Delaware Maryland and Virginia all in less than a week #crazy”

Second baseman Justin Trapp also had three hits on Tuesday, while catcher Kenny Swab and Jack Lopez each had two hits.

Some bad news, however: outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, one of the Royals’ top prospects, is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks because of a hand injury believed to be a broken hamate bone. Bonifacio, 19, suffered the injury Sunday on a swing in an 8-2 victory at Frederick.

Class AAA Omaha

Nate Adcock gave up six runs on 10 hits as the Storm Chasers lost 9-5 at Colorado Springs.

It was a seesaw affair, and Omaha was down 6-5 in the eighth when the Sky Sox scored three times against George Sherrill, whose ERA is at 9.00.

Irving Falu opened the game with a single and was sacrificed to second by David Lough. Johnny Giavotella followed with an RBI single and took second on an error. Max Ramirez followed with another RBI single to make it 2-0.

Colorado Springs got both runs back in its half of the first, but Omaha regained the lead when Giavotella and Chad Tracy hit solo homers to make it 4-2.

The Sky Sox got three in their half of the third to take a 5-4 lead, but Ramirez’s solo shot in the fifth tied the game at 5-5. Corey Dickerson’s solo homer in the sixth gave Colorado Springs the lead again and then they tacked on the three runs late.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Jason Adam had a strong start, but the Naturals lost 4-1 at Arkansas.

Adam, the former Blue Valley Northwest right-hander who is the No. 8 Royals prospect according to Baseball America, gave up two runs on five hits in six innings with three walks and two strikeouts. He fell to 0-4, but has given up just five earned runs in his last 18 innings.

Northwest Arkansas had just two hits in the game.

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

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