Left-hander Danny Duffy got 13 of his 16 outs via the strikeout in Class AA Northwest Arkansas’ 4-3 loss Wednesday at Tulsa.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Duffy, who was assigned to the Naturals from Class AAA Omaha (which was on its All-Star break), allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out 13 and walked one. The two runs scored on a home run in the first inning after he hit a batter.
Duffy, who threw 58 of his 93 pitches for strikes, also picked a runner off second base.
The home run he allowed had put Northwest Arkansas in a 2-0 deficit, but they batted back. Rey Navarro’s solo homer in the ninth gave the Naturals a 3-2 lead, but in the bottom of the ninth things fell apart.
Jason Bermann replaced Kelvin Herrera (two strikeouts in one inning) and walked the first two batters of the inning. After a bunt single loaded the bases, Jayson Langfels hit a two-run single to win the game.
Class A Lexington
The Legends scored one in the ninth to tie it, then pushed four runs across in the 10th and beat Rome 6-2.
Lexington trailed 2-0 after five innings, but cut the deficit in half in the sixth. Bubba Starling hit a one-out single, stole second and scored on a double by Mark Donato.
In the ninth, Terrance Gore singled with one out, stole second and scored when the catcher’s throw went awry.
Starling (who was three for four with a walk) opened the 10th with a single and moved to second when Cameron Gallagher drew a one-out walk. Fred Ford’s double scored Starling as Gallagher took third. Michael Antonio walked to load the bases and Yowill Espinal grounder got Gallagher home as Antonio was forced at second.
A wild pitch scored Ford and Gore’s single scored Espinal to make it 6-2.
Christian Binford turned in another stellar start, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. He has a 2.03 ERA.
Kevin Allen, 2-0, gave up one hit and John Walter pitched a perfect 10th.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Myrtle Beach scored one in the sixth and three in the seventh and rallied for a 4-3 win over the Blue Rocks.
Dennis Raben hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie for Wilmington. In the bottom of the sixth, the Pelicans got a run back against Kyle Smith, then scored three times against reliever Cody Fassold.
Smith gave up six hits in six innings, walked two and struck out seven.
Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls
Ashton Goudeau gave up six runs on seven hits in two-thirds of an inning as the Chukars lost 9-5 to Helena.
Goudeau, who was a 27th round draft choice by the Royals in 2012 from Maple Woods Community College, is 0-5 with a 15.98 ERA.
Second baseman Carlos Garcia had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs. Catcher Beau Maggi had a double and two RBIs.
The Royals were swept 9-1 and 4-3 by Bluefield.
In the nightcap, Luis Santos gave up three runs on six hits in six innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Andrew Edwards allowed an unearned run in the seventh and took the loss.
The first game was completed from July 10. Starter Matt Tenuta allowed one run on five hits in four innings, while reliever Niklas Stephenson gave up six runs on eight hits in three innings.
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