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Friday in the minors: John Lamb update

Updated: 2013-05-18T18:23:35Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Left-hander John Lamb flashed some good and bad as he gave up six runs in six innings in High-A Wilmington’s 12-0 loss at home to Myrtle Beach.

The silver lining for Lamb was eight strikeouts and no walks.

But Lamb allowed three singles to open the game, then got an out before giving up a three-run homer as the Pelicans took a 4-0 lead.

Lamb, who had Tommy John surgery in 2011, then tossed five shutout frames, and he retired 12 straight at one point. But in the sixth inning, Lamb gave up a single and a double and was removed from the game. Both those runners ended up scoring.

Earlier this month, I asked J.J. Picollo, the Royals' Assistant General Manager for Scouting and Player Development, about Lamb’s velocity.

“It’s been about that same as we saw in spring training,” Picollo said. “An occasional 91 here and there, but he’s been pitching at 86, 88. We’ve just got to be patient with him. These Tommy John surgeries, guys come back at different places. They’re not all on the fast track.

“With some guy it’s takes a little bit longer, and John seems like a guy right now it’s taking a little bit longer to get that velocity back. But at the same time what John always had working for him as a pitcher is he was a complete pitcher. His delivery is excellent, he’s got a good breaking ball and he’s got an excellent change-up.”

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Left-hander Noel Arguelles had another rough outing as the Naturals lost 5-2 at Tulsa.

Arguelles gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings on five hits, including two homers. He struck out four and walked three. He is 1-7 with a 6.07 ERA and has gone five innings or less in five of his nine starts, and has walked 33 with 22 strikeouts in 43 innings.

Down 5-0, the Naturals scored two unearned runs in the seventh.

Matt Ridings pitched a scoreless ninth. He hasn’t allowed a run in six of his seven appearances and has a 0.91 ERA.

Class AAA Omaha

Will Smith gave up four runs in six innings as the Storm Chasers lost 7-3 at home to Las Vegas.

Smith struck out six and walked just two, and allowed a three-run homer in the third inning. Omaha scored a pair of runs in the fifth to tie the game 3-3, but Las Vegas got a run in the sixth off Smith, then added two in the seventh against Francisley Bueno and an unearned run against Atahualpa Severino in the eighth.

Catcher Adam Moore and outfielder Willy Taveras each had two hits, including a solo homer.

Low-A Lexington

The Legends were limited two hits and lost 3-1 at West Virginia.

Lexington opened the game with Terrance Gore’s walk. He stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on a ground out.

West Virginia hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning and tied the game against Colin Rodgers, who went 4 2/3 innings and allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four.

The Power scored single runs in in the sixth (against Ali Williams) and seventh (against Daniel Hernandez).

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

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