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Paulino gives up four runs at Omaha, Adam has strong outing for Naturals

Updated: 2013-08-09T04:28:00Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Felipe Paulino resumed his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery on Thursday by allowing four runs (two earned) in three innings for Class AAA Omaha, which lost 6-4 to Sacramento.

Paulino, who had Tommy John surgery last year, had made two rehab starts at Class AA Northwest Arkansas sandwiched around time off after he experienced tightness in his lower back, and later had shoulder soreness.

On Thursday, Paulino gave up five hits, walked one and struck out four. He threw 46 of his 62 pitches for strikes.

Justin Marks took over for Paulino and struck out 11 over six innings, but he allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Shane Peterson in the top of the ninth inning that broke a 4-4 tie.

Storm Chasers right fielder Paulo Orlando went three for three with two RBIs and a walk and he scored a run. Second baseman Pedro Ciriaco and and designated hitter Max Ramirez each had two hits and scored a run. Center fielder Gorkys Hernandez added two RBIs.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Jason Adam gave up two runs in six innings with seven strikeouts as the Naturals won 12-5 at Corpus Christi.

Adam, who was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Blue Valley Northwest, didn’t walk a batter and allowed six hits. Spencer Patton pitched a hitless seventh, Jon Keck gave up two in the eighth and Santiago Garrido allowed one in the ninth.

Every Naturals starter had at least one hit, and six of them had two hits or more. Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert had four hits and an RBI, while second baseman Rey Navarro and first baseman Mitch Canham each had three hits.

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio had two hits and four RBIs. Since being promoted from Class A-Advanced Wilmington late last month, he is hitting .273 with a home run, three doubles and eight RBIs in nine games. In his last five games, Bonifacio is batting .316 (six for 19).

Catcher Juan Graterol had two hits, including a three-run homer, and the Naturals collected 19 hits in the game.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Right fielder Yem Prades’ three doubles were part of an 11-hit attack as the Blue Rocks ripped Lynchburg 11-2.

Prades had four hits, scored twice and knocked in three runs. Center fielder Ethan Chapman had three hits and scored twice with two RBIs and a walk. First baseman Jared Schlehuber had a hit, scored a run and added two RBIs and two walks.

All told, the Blue Rocks drew nine walks.

The plethora of runs helped starter Sam Selman, who allowed just one hit in five innings, but he walked six and struck out five. Selman, a left-hander, is 9-8 with a 3.53 ERA.

Ali Williams (two innings) and Malcom Culver (one inning) had scoreless outings, while Tyler Sample gave up a run in the ninth.

Class A Lexington

Christian Binford allowed one unearned run in five innings and the bullpen pitched four hitless innings as the Legends beat Hagerstown 5-1.

Binford, who is 8-5 with a 1.87 ERA, struck out six and walked one. Chas Byrne pitched three innings and John Walter threw a perfect ninth.

After the Legends allowed a run in the top of the first, Mark Threlkeld’s home run tied the game.

In the fifth inning, Terrance Gore drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk that broke the tie. Threlkeld then followed with a two-run single.

Fred Ford doubled in the eighth and later scored on an error that made it 5-1.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Jonathan Dziedzic picked up his first win of the year by allowing one run in five innings of the Chukars’ 3-1 victory against Grand Junction.

Dziedzic gave up just two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out two as his ERA dropped to 3.71. Cody Reed pitched a hitless inning of relief and Josiel Martinez got his second save of the year by pitching three hitless innings with three strikeouts.

Third baseman Hunter Dozier had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Left fielder Dominique Taylor had a triple, scored a run, added an RBI and walked once.

Rookie Burlington

Luis Villegas had two hits, including a double, and scored a run, but the Royals lost 6-2 to Danville.

Starter Matt Tenuta allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked two. Ryan Mattes, 1-2, allowed one run in two innings and Jose Miguel Rodriguez was nicked for three unearned runs in his two innings.

Burlington had just six hits in the game.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow his updates at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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