Five hits led to five runs and that was enough for Class A Lexington to beat Rome 5-2 on Thursday.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Terrance Gore opened the game with a single and stole second base and third base between an out. Mark Threlkeld singled home Gore, who has 50 stolen bases on the season. Threlkeld then took second on a wild pitch and Bubba Starling walked.
Mark Donato doubled home Threlkeld and Starling to make it 3-0.
Rome got a run in the first, but Lexington scored twice in the third. Threlkeld drew a one-out walk and Starling reached on an error. Donato singled home Threlkeld and Starling scored on Cameron Gallagher’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Crawford Simmons allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) in 42/3 innings. He walked five and struck out three.
Ali Williams, 6-4, pitched 21/3 scoreless innings and Clayton Schulz and Mark Peterson each tossed a scoreless inning.
Class AAA Omaha
Brian Sanches allowed one run on five hits over six innings as the Storm Chasers won 6-3 at Albuquerque.
Will Smith gave up one run on two hits in two innings, while Michael Mariot gave up one run in the ninth.
Designated hitter Max Ramirez had three hits, including double, and while center fielder Paulo Orlando had two hits and two RBIs. Christian Colon had a triple among his two hits and catcher Brett Hayes also had two hits.
Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls
The Chukars sent 14 batters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored 10 runs as they routed Helena 17-6.
Each Idaho Falls starter reached in the inning on a hit, except for Dominique Taylor, who was safe on an error. Alexis Rivera hit a grand slam in the inning and Elier Hernandez had a three-run shot. The Chukars collected four doubles in the inning as well.
Idaho Falls also batted around in the first inning as it scored six runs. Taylor stole home as part of a double steal in the inning.
Idaho Falls had 21 hits in the game, including nine doubles. Hernandez finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Garcia had four hits as every Chukar collected at least one hit.
Cody Reed, the Royals’ second-round pick in last month’s draft, gave up one run on four hits in three innings. Tyler Mack, 3-2, got the win despite giving up two runs on two hits and four walks in 22/3 innings.
The Royals collected 18 hits and won the second game of a doubleheader 13-3 at Bluefield.
Every Burlington starter had at least one hit, and Alex Newman had three hits, including a double, a triple and five RBIs. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado had four hits, while Ramon Torres hit a two-run homer.
Starter Torey Deshazier, 2-0, gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings.
In the opener, Bluefield won 4-2. Escalera-Maldonado had two hits. Starter Andres Machado, 0-3, gave up four runs on eight hits in 42/3 innings.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas
Sugar Ray Marimon allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings as the Naturals held on for a 6-5 win against Springfield.
Marimon, 6-10, walked three and struck out five as his ERA dropped to 4.29. The Cardinals got three in the ninth inning, but Zach Jackson picked up his 11th save.
Right fielder Whit Merrifield doubled twice and knocked in two runs for the Naturals, while second baseman Angel Franco had three hits. First baseman Matt Fields had two hits and two RBIs.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Left-hander Sam Selman gave up three runs on eight hits in 41/3 innings as the Blue Rocks lost 3-1 to Myrtle Beach. Selman struck out five and walked two as his record was evened at 7-7.
The Blue Rocks had eight hits and walked three times, but they were zero for seven with runners in scoring position. The lone run came on Jared Schlehuber’s solo homer in the second inning.
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