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Three top-30 prospects lead Northwest Arkansas to victory

Updated: 2013-07-28T04:06:47Z


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Jason Adam gave up just one earned run in five innings on Saturday night and Class AA Northwest Arkansas beat Springfield 8-4.

Adam, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who attended Blue Valley Northwest High School, gave up five hits, walked three and struck out three.

Designated hitter Brian Fletcher had three hits, including a two-run homer, a double and he had four RBIs total. In his last eight games, Fletcher is batting .441 (15 for 34) with four homers, four doubles and 12 RBIs.

Shortstop Orlando Calixte had three hits, including two doubles. He has a nine-game hitting streak during which he is batting .378.

Catcher Juan Graterol had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.

In Baseball America’s rankings of the Royals minor leagues, Calixte is rated seventh, Adam is eighth and Fletcher is 30th.

Class AAA Omaha

Brett Hayes reached on a two-out error that scored Ben Broussard with the winning run as the Storm Chasers beat Nashville 5-4 in 11 innings.

Broussard and Max Ramirez had consecutive two-out singles in the 11th and Hayes hit a ball to center field that resulted in an error by Eugenio Velez that allowed Broussard to score.

Will Smith blew the save as he allowed two runs in the top of the ninth on a two-out homer by Blake Lalli.

Broussard’s three-run homer in the third opened the scoring but Omaha let a 4-1 lead get away.

Everett Teaford gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

J.C. Sulbaran gave up seven runs (four earned) in 22/3 innings as the Blue Rocks lost 8-5 to Myrtle Beach.

Sulbaran, 0-2, walked two and struck out three in his second start since being placed at Wilmington from Northwest Arkansas.

Yem Prades had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Daniel Mateo had two hits, scored two runs and walked twice.

Class A Lexington

Mark Threlkeld knocked in all four runs as the Legends beat West Virginia 4-1 in the opener of a doubleheader.

The nightcap, which was a makeup game from earlier in the month, went to West Virginia by a 3-1 score.

Daniel Stumpf gave up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in the seventh-inning complete game in the opener. The Power got its two runs in the top of the first, but Terrance Gore opened the home half with a single and stole his 59th base of the year. Raul Mondesi and Threlkeld then singled to make it 2-1.

In the second inning, Fred Ford singled with one out. After another out, Gore and Mondesi walked to load the bases, and Threlkeld cleared them with a double.

Matthew Murray gave up three runs on six hits in five innings in the nightcap. Bubba Starling had two hits, including a double, and knocked in the game’s only run for the Legends.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Hunter Dozier’s two-out RBI single in the ninth broke a tie and the Chukars went on to a 5-3 win at Grand Junction.

Carlos Garcia had a one-out single and took second on an error. Humberto Arteaga then walked. After a strikeout, Dozier singled to right field, scoring Garcia. Zane Evans followed with a walk and Arteaga scored on a wild pitch.

Dozier had two hits and two RBIs, while Alexis Rivera added two RBIs. Elier Hernandez had two hits, including a triple; Arteaga had two hits and walked twice and Cody Stubbs had two hits, including a double.

Starter Jonathan Dziedzic gave up three runs on six hits in 42/3 innings. Ashton Goudeau (21/3 innings), Brent Bonvillain (one inning) and Corey Rhoney (one inning) didn’t allow a run after that. Bonvillain, 2-0, go the win and Rhoney picked up his second save.

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