Ball Star

Manny Ramirez homer beats Omaha

Updated: 2013-07-13T04:46:16Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Manny Ramirez’s solo homer in the ninth inning broke a tie Friday night and lifted Round Rock to a 7-6 win at Class AAA Omaha.

The Storm Chasers had erased a five-run deficit and tied it in the eighth inning only to see Ramirez homer off Francisley Bueno.

Michael Mariot started and went just two innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. Sam Runion allowed four runs on six hits in 22/3 innings, while Santiago Garrido allowed two runs on four hits in 31/3 innings.

Omaha was down 6-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth when Anthony Seratelli opened the inning with a walk. Ben Broussard and Chase Lambin singled to load the bases, and Willy Taveras’ groundout scored Seratelli.

Broussard scored on a wild pitch as Lambin took third. Quintin Berry walked and stole second ahead of a walk to Adam Moore that again loaded the bases. Paulo Orlando’s fielder’s choice scored Lambin to make it 6-4.

Orlando took second on defensive indifference and Chris Getz brought the two runners home with a single that tied the game. Getz had two hits in the game and is batting .309.

In the ninth, Bueno got the first two outs, but Ramirez homered on the first pitch he saw and that was the difference in the game.

Class A Lexington

Cam Gallagher’s RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning capped the Legends’ rally in a 2-1 victory night against Delmarva.

The Shorebirds broke a scoreless tie with run against Kevin Allen in the top of the 14th and it didn’t look good for the Legends, who had three hits in the first 13 innings.

However, Terrance Gore was hit by a pitch leading off the 14th. Raul Mondesi grounded to short and the Shorebirds got the force at second, but the ensuing throw went over the first baseman’s head and into the stands.

Mondesi moved to second and scored on a double by Mark Threlkeld, and Bubba Starling then walked. Threlkeld moved to third on a wild pitch and Starling took second on defensive indifference. Gallagher then singled.

Legends starter Crawford Simmons allowed three hits and three walks in six innings, while collecting 11 strikeouts. Simmons, a left-hander, has a 1.77 ERA in his last four starts, while giving up 16 hits in 201/3 innings.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Elier Hernandez’s two-run home run in the seventh inning broke a tie and the Chukars went on to a 6-3 victory.

Idaho Falls trailed 3-2 after six innings, but Carlos Garcia opened with a single and took third on an error. Alex Marquez’s RBI single tied the game. After a sacrifice moved Marquez up a base, Hernandez hit his homer to make it 5-3.

Humberto Arteaga had two doubles and an RBI, while Garcia and Alexis Rivera each had two hits.

Chukars starter Jake Junis allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Josiel Martinez, 2-1, pitched 31/3 scoreless innings, despite giving up four hits and two walks. Corey Rhoney got the final two outs for his first save.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals had nine hits and two walks, but left all 11 runners on base in a 4-0 loss to Springfield.

Northwest Arkansas went zero for nine with runners in scoring position and that doomed starter Sugar Ray Marimon, whose record is now 5-10. Marimon gave up one run on three hits in four innings, but he walked six and struck out four.

Brett Eibner and Whit Merrifield each had two hits.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com.

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