Ball Star

Fletcher hits three homers in a game, Brooks tosses four-hitter as Naturals win twice

Updated: 2013-07-25T05:31:54Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Brian Fletcher hit his third home run of the game in the 11th inning, a walk-off two-run shot as Class AA Northwest Arkansas beat Arkansas 10-8 on Wednesday in the completion of a suspended game.

The Naturals also won the regularly-scheduled game 7-0.

Tuesday’s game was suspended in the top of the tenth inning with the score tied 8-8. That was the score when Brett Eibner reached on a one-out double and took third on a ground out. Fletcher followed with is homer, the Naturals’ first walk-off home run since Mario Lisson sent the Arvest Ballpark faithful home happy on April 9, 2011, according to the team website.

Fletcher, a left fielder, went five for six with four runs scored, five RBIs and the three home runs.

All told, the Naturals hit seven homers in the game. Brett Eibner hit two, while Orlando Calixte and Cheslor Cuthbert each had one.

In the nightcap, Aaron Brooks tossed a four-hit shutout, with five strikeouts and no walks. Brooks, 5-3, threw 71 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

Whit Merrifield and Juan Graterol each had two RBIs, while Cuthbert and Fletcher had two hits each.

Here is video of Fletcher's walk-off win:

Class AAA Omaha

Oklahoma City scored seven in the eighth inning and added two more in the ninth in an 11-4 victory at Omaha.

The Storm Chasers led 4-2 going after seven innings, but starter Justin Marks allowed a single and a double. Michael Mariot came on in relief and threw a wild pitch before giving up two singles and making an error on a pickoff throw.

Oklahoma City then had two singles sandwiched around an out. A sacrifice fly brought home a run and Ruben Sosa followed with a two-run, inside-the-park homer.

Donnie Joseph gave up the two ninth-inning runs.

Quintin Berry hit a two-run homer for the Storm Chasers and Christian Colon hit a solo shot.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

The Blue Rocks scored five in the first and waltzed to a 7-2 win against Myrtle Beach.

After the Pelicans scored a run in the top of the first, Justin Trapp opened Wilmington’s half of the frame with a walk and stole second. Jack Lopez then walked and Jorge Bonifacio doubled to score Trapp. Dennis Raben grounded out and Lopez scored to make it 2-1. Jared Schlehuber’s single then scored Bonifacio.

Yem Prades doubled and Daniel Mateo’s single brought home Schlehuber. Micah Gibbs walked to load the bases and Ethan Chapman hit a sacrifice fly.

Bonifacio finished with three hits, including two doubles.

Starter Leonel Santiago, 1-1, gave up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Rookie Burlington

Sam Bates hit a two-run homer, but the Royals lost 7-4 against Bristol.

Bates’ blast helped Burlington grab a 4-3 lead after three innings, but Bristol scored two in the fifth and two in the sixth and won.

Tyler Chism and Mauricio Ramos each had two hits.

Andres Machado, 0-4, allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings.

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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