Felipe Paulino allowed two runs on three hits in three innings Saturday night in his second rehab start, but Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 6-5 to Tulsa.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Paulino, who had Tommy John surgery last year, gave up a two-run homer in the first inning, walked two and struck out two. He threw 33 strikes among his 56 pitches.
Paulino, 29, had made just one start in his previous rehab assignment. He experienced tightness in his lower back, and while trying to overcome the back ailment, Paulino subsequently experienced shoulder soreness, which further delayed his return.
Naturals right fielder Jorge Bonifacio had two doubles and scored twice. Designated hitter Roman Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs, while Lane Adams scored twice and Brett Eibner hit a triple.
Tulsa scored an unearned run in the eighth inning against Spencer Patton, and won it with three unearned runs in the ninth against Zach Jackson, 2-1.
Class AAA Omaha
Left-hander Justin Marks gave up two runs on two hits over seven innings as the Storm Chasers won 6-2 at Salt Lake.
Marks struck out nine and walked three. Francisley Bueno tossed two hitless innings to finish up the game.
Every Storm Chasers starter had at least one hit, except second baseman Christian Colon, whose 11-game hitting streak came to an end. Manny Pina hit a two-run homer that broke a 2-2 tie.
Brian Fletcher and Ben Broussard both hit solo shots. Broussard now has an 11-game hitting streak.
Omaha has won five straight and nine of 10. They are 14-4 since the Class AAA All-Star Game.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Jack Lopez delivered a two-run triple that broke a tie, and left-hander Sam Selman gave up two unearned runs in six innings as the Blue Rocks beat Winston-Salem 4-2.
None of the six runs were earned.
Selman gave up two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. Malcom Culver threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk and got his second save.
The game was tied 2-2 going to the top of the seventh when Parker Morin walked leading off. Geulin Beltre reached on an error after a sacrifice bunt as Morin took second, and both runners moved up a base on Ethan Chapman’s sacrifice.
After an out, Lopez tripled and that proved to be the game-winning hit. Lopez had three RBIs and two hits, while Dennis Raben had two hits.
Class A Lexington
The Legends had 11 hits and walked three times, but lost 4-1 at Rome.
Nick Cuckovich had three hits, while Terrance Gore, Mark Donato and Cameron Gallagher had two hits each.
Starter Crawford Simmons, 1-3, allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out four. Aroni Nina took over and gave up two runs in one inning, and John Walter pitched a scoreless eighth.
Walter has made 11 appearances covering 151/3 innings at Lexington and has yet to allow a run. He’s given up just two hits, two walks and has 16 strikeouts.
Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls
The Chukars blew a seven-run lead and lost 10-8 at Ogden.
Hunter Dozier, the Royals’ first pick in the June draft, homered in the top of the first. he also walked three times and scored three runs.
Every Idaho Falls starter had at least one hit, including two by first baseman Cody Stubbs (who also had two RBIs) and catcher Frank Schwindel. Right fielder Elier Hernandez had two RBIs and scored twice.
It was a 7-0 game heading to the bottom of the fourth when the Raptors scored five times against Chukars starter Luke Farrell, who didn’t make it out of the inning. Ashton Goudeau allowed two in the fifth, and Brent Bonvillian, 2-1, gave up two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Catcher Chad Johnson’s grand slam in the sixth inning broke a tie and the Royals went on to a 6-2 win at Princeton.
Center fielder Desmond Henry had two hits and scored twice and DH Tyler Chism had two hits as well.
It was a 2-2 game when Johnson hit his grand slam.
Kevin McCarthy, 3-2, gave up one unearned run on five hits in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Cesar Ogando allowed an unearned run in three innings for his first save.
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