Ball Star

Tuesday in the minors: Kyle Smith stays on a roll

Updated: 2013-06-05T03:47:19Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kyle Smith turned in another sensational effort Tuesday but didn’t get the victory even though High-A Wilmington beat Carolina 2-1.

Smith gave up one run on four hits in seven innings as his ERA dropped to 1.92. He struck out four and walked just one. In his last six starts, Smith has given up just six earned runs on 27 hits in 35 2/3 innings (1.51 ERA). During that span, he has 31 strikeouts against nine walks.

Wilmington trailed 1-0 after six innings, but tied it in the seventh when Cheslor Cuthbert tripled and scored on Jack Lopez’s double.

In the eighth, Justin Trapp struck out but took first on a wild pitch, and he moved to third when Daniel Mateo reached on a bunt single. J.D. Reichenbach was walked intentionally to load the bases. Cuthbert delivered an RBI single and Mateo scored on a wild pitch.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The good news is Naturals starter Brooks Pounders allowed just two hits in five innings. The bad news is he walked four and gave up a three-run homer as Northwest Arkansas fell 5-3 to Roy Oswalt and Tulsa.

The Naturals led 2-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth when Pounders gave up a walk, a single and another walk to load the bases. The Drillers got a run home on a fielder’s choice, then Dustin Gameau hit his three-run homer.

Those two hits were all Tulsa had in the game.

Brett Eibner tripled to open the game and scored on a sacrifice fly, and Yem Prades hit a solo homer in the fourth. Matt Fields added a solo shot in the sixth. Tulsa got its other run on a walk, a stolen base, an error and a sacrifice fly.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers’ bats remained silent for a fourth straight game against Memphis as they lost 2-1.

Right fielder Xavier Nady’s home run in the second inning gave Omaha an early lead, but the Redbirds scored one in the fourth against Everett Teaford and one in the sixth against Donnie Joseph.

After opening the five-game series against Memphis with an 8-5 win, the Storm Chasers scored two runs in the next four games, all losses.

Low-A Lexington

The Legends scored twice in the top of the first, but it was all downhill from there in a 9-2 loss at Savannah.

Ethan Chapman opened the game with a single and moved to second on an error. Raul Mondesi followed with an RBI triple and scored on a a groundout by Bubba Starling.

Legends starter Daniel Stumpf gave up six runs on six hits with five walks in four innings and fell to 3-4.

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

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