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Sunday in the minors: Duffy tosses three scoreless innings

Updated: 2013-05-27T04:23:49Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Left-hander Danny Duffy tossed three scoreless innings Sunday as he began his minor-league rehab assignment in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Duffy started the first game of a doubleheader for Class AA Northwest Arkansas, which won 4-1 at San Antonio in the first game. The Naturals lost the nightcap 1-0.

Afterward, Duffy tweeted: “Thanks to everyone who was showin love today. Felt great to be out there again. Had way too much fun.”

The particulars Sunday from Rob Sternberg, the production/PR coordinator for the Naturals:

**Duffy’s final line: 3IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 3K. 63 pitches-37 Strikes. One wild pitch, one pickoff.

**Duffy almost had two pickoffs, but a fielder dropped the ball in a rundown.

**Duffy had a 25-pitch first inning, allowing an infield hit and a walk.

**It was Duffy’s first start for the Naturals since Sept. 15, 2010, which was the first game of the the Texas League Championship Series (he won). The catcher that game also was Manny Pina.

**On Sunday, Duffy was helped by two great defensive plays in the first two innings:Second baseman Angel Franco made a diving catch with two on and the infield in. First baseman Matt Fields made a catch leaning over the rail in the Missions dugout.

Duffy’s last start was May 13, 2012 when he exited the Royals’ game in Chicago with what was later diagnosed as a torn elbow ligament.

As for the rest of Sunday’s first game, shortstop Orlando Calixte had three hits, two RBIs and scored a run, and third baseman Rey Navarro had two hits and two RBIs. Center fielder Brett Eibner had two hits, including a triple, and scored three times.

Edwin Carl, who relieved Duffy, got the win after giving up one run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Sugar Ray Marimon took the loss despite throwing a complete game. He gave up six hits in six innings, while walking two and striking out six. The Naturals had four hits.

High A Wilmington

The Blue Rocks took advantage of four errors in the 14th inning (that has to be a record for the 14th inning of any baseball game ever, right?) and won 9-6 at Myrtle Beach.

It capped a wild night in which the Blue Rocks fell behind 4-0 after one inning, rallied to take the lead, then balked in the tying run.

Tyler Chism reached on an error to open the 14th, and Alex Hudak followed by reaching on a bunt that was misplayed for an error. Yowill Espinal also bunted and reached on an error that scored Chism.

After two strikeouts, Lane Adams hit a two-run single and moved to second on error No. 4. Cheslor Cuthbert then walked and Daniel Mateo singled home Adams.

The Pelicans got a run back in the bottom of the 14th but it was too little too late.

After allowing the four runs on five hits in the first (which ended with a runner being thrown out at third), starter Aaron Brooks was sensational. He allowed just three more hits without any walks. He ended the game with six strikeouts.

Wilmington started its rally with two runs in the fourth that scored thanks to two walks, an error and a passed ball. In the sixth, Jack Lopez scored on Mateo’s single to make it 4-3.

Wilmington went ahead in the top of the eighth inning. Justin Trapp’s solo homer tied it and Cuthbert’s sacrifice fly scored Jack Lopez.

However, in the bottom of the eighth, Robinson Yambati balked home the tying run and neither team scored until the wild 14th. (Seriously, that has to be the first time a team ever committed four errors in the 14th inning)

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers managed just four hits -- all singles -- in a 5-1 loss at New Orleans.

Omaha starter Justin Marks gave up five runs in five innings on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four.

One bright spot was George Sherrill, who struck out the side in the eighth inning in what was his best outing of the year. Sherrill, 36, had Tommy John surgery last year.

Atahualpa Severino tossed two innings of two-hit ball.

Low A Lexington

The Legends saw a five-run lead turn into an ugly 16-9 defeat at Hagerstown.

Lexington trailed 1-0 after one inning, but Fred Ford’s solo shot in the second tied it. The Legends pushed five runs across the plate in the top of the third with the big hit being Raul Mondesi’s two-run homer.

That 6-1 lead didn’t last long. The Suns scored six in their half of the third, but Lexington tied the game at 7-7 when Mondesi hit his second homer. However, Hagerstown scored one run in the fifth and eight runs in the sixth and pulled away for the victory.

Legends starter Miguel Almonte gave up seven runs on seven hits in two innings with three walks and three strikeouts.

Reliever Cory Hall allowed eight runs in two innings on five hits and four walks. He entered the game having given up just three runs in 21 innings.

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

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