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Sunday in the minors: Ventura takes loss as Omaha is blanked

Updated: 2013-07-08T04:20:32Z

Class AAA Omaha managed just four singles and lost 4-0 at Round Rock on Sunday night as Yordano Ventura took the loss.

Ventura, 2-3, allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings. He struck out nine without a walk. Of his 89 pitches, 62 were for strikes. That includes the first pitch he threw to former Indians/Red Sox star Manny Ramirez, who appeared in his first game after signing with the Rangers.

Ramirez, 41, hit the first pitch he saw from Ventura for a single and finished the game one for three. Ramirez struck out in the fifth inning against Ventura.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Rey Navarro’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted the Naturals to a 7-5 victory at Frisco.

The Naturals trailed 5-4 heading to the seventh when Orlando Calixte walked. After two strikeouts, Cheslor Cuthbert singled and Calixte came around to score on an error.

The next inning, Brett Eibner hit a two-out triple. Calixte then walked and stole second, and both runners scored on Navarro’s hit.

Every Naturals player had at least one hit in the game. Navarro led the way with three hits and two RBIs, while Cuthbert had two hits and two RBIs. Calixte had two hits and scored three runs, while Eibner had two hits and two runs scored.

Scott Alexander, 2-0, tossed two innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and striking out four. Zach Jackson got his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Daniel Mateo had two hits, including a double, with an RBI in the Blue Rocks’ 5-2 loss at Potomac.

Geulin Beltre had a triple and scored a run and Jared Schlehuber had a double, RBI and scored a run.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Daniel Rockett’s two-run homer broke a tie in the fourth inning and the Chukars went on to an 8-4 win against Grand Junction.

One out after Rockett’s homer, Nick Cuckovich singled, stole second and scored after Humberto Arteaga reached on an error.

Rockett had three hits as did Dominique Taylor, who had two doubles and scored twice. Hunter Dozier had two hits, scored a run and knocked in a run and raised his average to .310.

Starter Luke Farrell, 1-1, gave up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Farrell is the son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, and he was picked in the sixth round of last month’s draft.

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