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Binford strikes out 12 in six innings for Lexington; Duffy tosses five shutout innings

Updated: 2013-07-29T03:25:55Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Right-hander Christian Binford just keeps getting stronger.

Binford struck out 12 in six scoreless innings Sunday as Class A Lexington beat West Virginia 9-6.

Binford, 7-4, gave up five hits and walked just one as his ERA dropped to 1.89. In his last 10 starts, Binford has eight quality starts.

Over his last six starts, the 6-foot-6 Binford has struck out 42, walked five and given up 30 hits in 39 innings. Binford was a 30th-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Michael Antonio and Fred Ford each hit a solo homer, while Bubba Starling had two hits and three RBIs. Raul Mondesi and Mark Threlkeld each had two hits.

West Virginia scored six runs over the final two innings to make the final score close.

Class AAA Omaha

Left-hander Danny Duffy struck out seven in five shutout innings, but he got a no-decision in the Storm Chasers’ 4-1 win over Nashville.

Duffy gave up two hits and walked two, and 52 of his 87 pitches were for strikes.

After Nashville scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game, Omaha put up three runs in their half of the inning.

Christian Colon and Max Ramirez each had RBI singles and Manny Pina drew a bases-loaded walk during the winning rally.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Springfield scored twice against Jason Bergmann in the eighth inning and rallied for a 6-5 win over the Naturals.

Matt Fields had two three RBIs and two hits, including a solo homer with one out in the seventh inning that tied the game 4-4. Lane Adams followed with a double and, after another out, Angel Franco doubled to give the Naturals a 5-4 lead.

However, Mike O’Neill’s bases-loaded single in the eighth scored two and gave Springfield the win.

Naturals starter Sugar Ray Marimon allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings with two strikeouts and a walk.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Left-hander Sam Selman was a tough-luck loser, despite giving up just one run in five innings as the Blue Rocks lost to Carolina 1-0.

Selman, 7-8, struck out eight, walked three and allowed four hits. Daniel Hernandez and Kellen Moen combined on four shutout innings of relief.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Pinch-hitter Beau Maggi’s double in the ninth inning scored Carlos Garcia and broke a tie as the Chukars beat Grand Junction 3-2.

With one out in the ninth, Garcia reached on an error and then stole second ahead of Maggi’s hit.

Zane Evans’ two-run homer in the first staked Idaho Falls to 2-0 lead. Evans finished with three hits and is batting .346.

Starter Luke Farrell didn’t get a decision despite allowing two runs on four hits in five innings. Jon Fitzsimmons and Glenn Sparkman each gave up just one hit in two relief innings.

Rookie Burlington

Kevin McCarthy gave up two runs in six innings, but the Royals lost 4-2 to Danville.

McCarthy, 2-2, allowed four hits and walked one while striking out three. His ERA dipped to 3.86.

Tyler Chism and Ramon Torres each had two hits for Burlington.

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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