Ball Star

Brett Eibner homers in third straight game as Naturals connect for three long balls

Updated: 2013-07-16T15:06:19Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Perhaps it was a homage to Monday’s All-Star Game home run derby.

Whatever the case, Class AA Northwest Arkansas hit three homers in a 3-2 win at Tulsa.

Second baseman Rey Navarro hit his seventh of the year in the second inning, center fielder Brett Eibner connected for No. 13 in the sixth and first baseman Matt Field hit his 24th in the seventh.

Eibner has been on a tear with four homers in his last three games. Over his last eight games, Eibner is batting .417 with five homers, three doubles and seven RBIs.

Naturals starter Andy Ferguson allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts. Kelvin Herrera, sent from Omaha on Monday because of the Class AAA All-Star break, tossed a scoreless eighth with three strikeouts and Zach Jackson got his ninth save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

Class A Lexington

Matthew Murray and three relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Legends beat Delmarva 1-0.

Murray gave up one hit and three walks with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Aroni Nina, 6-3, came on and allowed one hit with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Chas Byrne and Mark Peterson (11 saves) each tossed a scoreless inning.

The Legends scored in the sixth when Yowill Espinal singled to open the inning and Mark Threlkeld walked. After Bubba Starling struck out, Mark Donato singled home Espinal.

Class A Lexington

Left-hander John Lamb gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in three innings as the Blue Rocks lost 8-1 to Lynchburg.

Lamb, 4-8, also hit a batter. Tyler Sample relieved Lamb and allowed three runs (two earned) on three walks and a hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Jared Schlehuber had two doubles and a solo homer in his three at-bats for Wilmington and his average is up to .327.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls starter Patrick Conroy gave up one run on six hits with nine strikeouts in the Chukars’ 5-1 win at Missoula.

Conroy, a left-hander, improved to 2-0 and has a 1.93 ERA in his five starts. A 32nd-round pick in last year’s draft, Conroy has 30 strikeouts and 14 walks this year.

Designated hitter Elier Hernandez had three hits, an RBI and scored a run. Second baseman Carlos Garcia hit a two-run homer and finished with two hits. In his last five games, Garcia is batting .450.

Hunter Dozier was zero for two, but he walked three times.

Rookie Burlington

The Royals were swept at home in a doubleheader by Kingsport, losing 4-0 and 7-1.

In the nightcap, Burlington made four errors and the Mets scored seven unearned runs, all against reliever Cesar Ogando. Starter Kevin McCarthy tossed five shutout innings, allowing eight hits with two strikeouts.

Zach Lovvvorn gave up three runs on six hits in four innings in the opener and dropped to 1-1 on the season.

Burlington had seven hits in the two seven-inning games.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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