Class AA Northwest Arkansas scored the tying and winning runs on wild pitches in the ninth inning Sunday and beat Springfield 5-4.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Trailing 4-3, the Naturals got singles from Rey Navarro, Angel Franco and Whit Merrifield to load the bases in the ninth. After a fly out for the first out, Deryk Hooker threw a wild pitch that allowed Navarro to score. Orlando Calixte was intentionally walked to load the bases again and Franco scored on another wild pitch.
Navarro and Merrifield each had two hits.
Starter Brooks Pounders gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out five. Jason Bergmann tossed two scoreless innings (two hits, three strikeouts) as did Jon Keck (two walks, two strikeouts) and Keck got the win.
Class AAA Omaha
Quintin Berry had an RBI single in the ninth and scored on a double by Mitch Canham as the Storm Chasers won 8-6 at Albuquerque.
The game was tied when Paulo Orlando had a two-out single and took second on a wild pitch. Berry then singled, took second on the throw home and scored on Canham's hit.
Berry had three hits and three RBIs, while Pedro Ciriaco had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Anthony Seratelli had a solo homer among his two hits and he also walked. Canham also had two hits and an RBI.
Starter Chris Dwyer gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, but reliever Buddy Baumann gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.
Francisley Bueno, 2-3, gave up a hit and walk in 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Michael Mariot pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
Class A Lexington
Fred Ford's solo home run in the eighth inning broke a scoreless tie and the Legends went on to a 2-0 win at Greenville for their seventh straight victory.
After Ford's homer, Yowill Espinal was hit by a pitch. Terrance Gore reached on a fielder's choice that forced Espinal, and Gore scored on a double by Mark Threlkeld.
Clayton Schulz, 2-3, allowed one hit in two innings of relief. Starter Daniel Stumpf pitched six innings, allowing five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. John Walter struck out two of the three batters he faced for his fourth save.
Walter, a 29th-round pick in last year's draft, has yet to allow a run in 11 1/3 innings, spanning eight games. In that time, he's given up one hit, no walks and collected 13 strikeouts.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Kellen Moen allowed eight runs in four innings as the Blue Rocks lost 8-3 at Carolina.
Justin Trapp and Ethan Chapman each had two hits for Wilmington, which got its three runs in the ninth inning, but left the bases loaded to end the game.
Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls
Hunter Dozier and Zane Evans hit back-to-back homers in the ninth as the Chukars scored four in the ninth, but couldn't come all the way back in an 11-8 loss to Missoula.
Dozier, the Royals' first pick in last month's draft, had a double and the two-run shot in the ninth. Evans, a fourth-round pick of the Royals last month, had three hits and scored three runs as he raised his average to .340.
Cody Stubbs had two hits, including a double and an RBI.
Luke Farrell, 1-2, allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was a sixth-round pick in last month's draft.
Dozier has 14 doubles this season, including 13 over the last 30 days, the most of any minor league player according to Darren Willman of MLBfarm.com
Tyler Chism hit a solo homer and Chad Johnson had two hits, but the Royals did little in a 5-2 loss to Pulaski.
Starter Kevin McCarthy, 2-1, gave up four runs on nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
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