Ball Star

Saturday in the minors: Herrera gets save and extra-inning mixed emotions

Updated: 2013-06-02T03:44:02Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up his first save for Class AAA Omaha in its 8-5 victory against Memphis.

Shortstop Irving Falu and center fielder Willy Taveras each had three hits, while second baseman Christian Colon had two hits and three RBIs. Designated hitter Max Ramirez had two hits and two RBIs.

Right fielder Anthony Seratelli had two hits, including a solo homer.

Nate Adcock got the victory as he allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

San Antonio scored two in the eighth to tie and then pushed three runs across in the 10th and beat the Naturals 5-2.

Yordano Ventura missed out on the victory. He allowed just two hits in five innings with three walks and six strikeouts. His ERA dropped to 2.34.

Designated hitter Matt Fields, left fielder Roman Hernandez and second baseman Alex McClure each had two hits for the Naturals.

High-A Wilmington

Daniel Mateo opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a walk-off homer as the Blue Rocks beat Frederick 5-4.

Trailing 4-1 after five innings, Wilmington pulled a run back in the sixth with Cheslor Cuthbert tripled and scored on a groundout. In the seventh, Tyler Chism and Alex Hudak hit consecutive one-out singles. After an out, both scored on a Jack Lopez’s triple that tied the game 4-4.

That set the stage for Mateo’s heroics.

Scott Alexander, 2-0, got the victory as he pitched four shutout innings and allowed only one hit.

Low-A Lexington

The Legends scored twice in the sixth and rallied for a 3-2 victory over Hagerstown.

In the sixth, Fred Ford drew a one-out walk and scored on Michael Antonio’s double. After an out, Kenny Diekroeger tripled home Antonio with what proved to be the winning run.

Lexington started its rally from a 2-0 deficit by scoring a run on a balk in the fifth inning.

Chas Byrne, 3-0, got the win by pitching two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Miguel Almonte gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five.

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