Ball Star

Lamb dazzles, Conroy flirts with perfection, Starling leaves early

Updated: 2013-08-11T04:36:25Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Left-hander John Lamb threw a gem Saturday night, but Class A-Advanced Wilmington’s bullpen lost the lead in a 5-3 defeat to Lynchburg.

Lamb scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings and struck out six. He walked one and left with a lead when the Blue Rocks scored three in the bottom of the seventh.

However, Cody Fassold, 5-7, gave up three rns in the eighth and two in the ninth.

Wilmington started its three-run rally when Justin Trapp was hit by a pitch to start the seventh. Yem Prades reached on a bunt single and Dennis Raben walked. After Lynchburg got a force out at the plate on Jared Schlehuber’s grounder, it threw away a second force attempt on a ground ball by Daniel Mateo.

That scored Prades and Raben. Micah Gibbs followed with a single that scored Schlehuber.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Left-hander Patrick Conroy retired the first 18 batters he faced as the Chukars crushed Grand Junction 12-3.

Conroy’s perfect game disappeared with a leadoff hit in the seventh inning. He ended up allowing three hits and a walk in the seventh without recording an out. Three of the runs scored. However, he struck out eight. Conroy, who is 6 feet 3, 225 pounds, was drafted in the 32nd round last year.

Idaho Falls pounded out 19 hits. Designated hitter Frank Schwindel had four hits, while center fielder Daniel Rockett collected three hits and four RBIs. Shortstop Humberto Arteaga had three hits, three RBIs and scored twice. Right fielder Elier Hernandez’s three hits included a triple and he knocked in three.

Class A Lexington

Bubba Starling, the Royals’ top pick in the 2011 draft, left after two innings of the Legends’ 8-3 loss to Hagerstown.

Starling, who hit a home run Friday night that was estimated at 450 feet by Legends officials, was replaced in the field starting the third inning. There was no word on why Starling left the game. I hope to get an update today.

Greg Billo had his worst outing of the season, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over four innings. Billo entered the game having allowed one run in 21 1/3 innings.

Reliever Aroni Nina struggled as well, giving up four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Left fielder Alex Hudak had a triple and scored, while designated hitter Mark Donato had two RBIs on a single that scored Terrance Gore and Bubba Starling after they had pulled off a double steal. Left fielder Mark Threlkeld had a double for the Legends.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers’ spirited comeback came up short in a 10-8 loss to Sacramento.

Chris Dwyer had one of his worst starts of the season, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Buddy Baumann tossed three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and two walks.

Ryan Verdugo allowed three runs (two earned) in the eighth inning. That gave the River Cats a 10-3 lead. That seemed insurmountable, but Quintin Berry’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth made it 10-5.

Chris Getz and Christian Colon opened the bottom of the ninth with singles. After Brian Fletcher struck out, Anthony Seratelli doubled home Getz as Colon took third. Pedro Ciriaco followed with a single that scored Colon and made it 10-7.

Paulo Orlando’s ground out got Seratelli home, and Max Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Berry walked to load the bases. However, Gorkys Hernandez flied to left to end the game.

Orlando had three hits, including a home run, and two RBIs, while Colon, Getz and Hernandez each had two hits.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Aaron Brooks gave up four runs (three earned) in seven innings as the Naturals lost 4-1 at San Antonio.

Brooks, 5-5, struck out four, while walking one and allowing seven hits.

Northwest Arkansas got its run in the third when catcher Juan Graterol singled for one of his two hits and scored on Orlando Calixte’s two-out double. That tied the game 1-1 and it stayed that way until the fifth inning.

Brooks gave up a pair of two-out RBI singles, and San Antonio added an unearned run in the sixth inning.

Rookie Burlington

Five errors led to three unearned runs and the Royals lost 5-3 to Elizabethton.

The Royals led 3-2 heading to the eighth inning, but Cesar Ogando gave up three runs. Only one was earned thanks to two Burlington errors.

Third baseman Mauricio Ramos had a double, a triple and an RBI, while center fielder Desmond Henry had two hits.

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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