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Broussard pushes hit streak to 12 for Omaha as Ventura goes four innings

Updated: 2013-08-05T03:14:48Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

First baseman Ben Broussard is 36 years old, but he looks like a kid again for Class AAA Omaha.

Broussard had three hits Sunday and increased his hitting streak to 12 games as the Storm Chasers won 6-3 at Salt Lake. Broussard is batting .447 (21 for 47) during his hit streak.

The Royals signed Broussard, who last appeared in the majors in 2008 while with the Texas Rangers, to a minor-league deal last month after he was playing for the independent team the Long Island Ducks.

Third baseman Pedro Ciriaco had two hits, including a double, and added two RBIs. Second baseman Christian Colon had a hit, walked twice, scored twice and stole a base. Designated hitter Brian Fletcher also had two walks, scored twice and scored a run.

Starter Yordano Ventura allowed one run on five hits in four innings. He walked two, threw a wild pitch and struck out six. Ventura threw 93 pitches, including 57 for strikes.

Brian Sanches, 9-2, gave up two runs on six hits over 32/3 innings, while striking out five. Donnie Joseph allowed two hits in 11/3 innings and got his sixth save.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Tulsa scored an unearned in the top of the 11th and won 3-2 at Springdale, Ark.

Naturals starter Aaron Brooks allowed two runs in seven innings. He gave up six hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out five.

Trailing in the bottom of the eighth inning, Northwest Arkansas tied it with two runs. Center fielder Brett Eibner and third baseman Angel Franco each had an RBI, and both finished with two hits in the game. The Naturals had seven hits in the game.

Class A Lexington

Shortstop Raul Mondesi had the only two hits of the game for the Legends.

Greg Billo, 1-1, gave up one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. It was the first earned run Billo had allowed in four starts spanning 211/3 innings.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Center fielder Daniel Rockett’s three-run homer was part of his four-RBI, three-hit game as the Chukars routed Ogden 12-3.

Idaho Falls had 18 hits in the game, and right fielder Elier Hernandez, designated hitter Cody Stubbs and first baseman Frank Schwindel each collected three hits. Schwindel also had a home run and three RBIs.

Catcher Zane Evans added two hits and three RBIs.

Chukars starter Patrick Conroy, 4-0, allowed two runs on three hits in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks. Conroy, a left-hander, has a 2.25 ERA.

Rookie Burlington

Kevin Kuntz scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning and Jarrell Allen’s bunt hit scored Bobby Fisher-Brown later in the frame as the Royals won the opener of a doubleheader 4-2 at Danville.

The Braves took the nightcap 6-0.

In the opener, starter Jake Newberry gave up two runs on six hits in 51/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk. Ryan Mattes pitched two shutout innings with three strikeouts and got the win.

The Royals had six hits, all singles, in the second game. Starter Sam Lewis, 2-3, allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks in three innings. He struck out two.

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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