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Getz and Colon homer in Omaha loss, Starling rests

Updated: 2013-08-12T03:40:02Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Chris Getz had a home run leading off the bottom of the first Sunday and Christian Colon also homered, but Class AAA Omaha lost 4-3 to Sacramento.

Every Storm Chasers starter had a hit, including Johnny Giavotella, who returned from a hip injury. He had been out since July 23.

Everett Teaford, 4-4, allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings. Teaford struck out six and was done in by the River Cats’ three-run second inning. All three of Teaford’s walks came in that inning.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Andy Ferguson and three relievers combined on a two-hitter as the Naturals thumped San Antonio 9-0.

Ferguson, 3-5, gave up one hit, walked a batter and struck out five. Jon Keck (one inning, no hits), Spencer Patton (two innings, one hit, three strikeouts) and Sam Runion (one inning, no hits) shut down the Missions after that.

Left fielder Whit Merrifield had two hits, including a double, with three RBIs. First baseman Matt Fields collected two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio had a double and two RBIs. Shortstop Orlando Calixte had two hits and scored twice.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Jack Lopez doubled twice and scored a run, but the Blue Rocks lost 5-1 to Salem.

Starter Leonel Santiago allowed five runs on four hits and three walks. Santiago, 3-2, struck out five, but gave up two home runs. Ali Williams gave up one unearned run over three innings in relief of Santiago.

Class A Lexington

Zeb Sneed had a tough relief outing, allowing six runs in two innings as the Legends lost 8-2 to Hagerstown.

Lexington starter Matthew Murray gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over six innings. Murray is now 1-3 with a 2.43 ERA.

Designated hitter Mark Donato hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Outfielder Bubba Starling, who left Saturday’s game with a sore knee, didn’t play in the game. Colleague Tod Palmer contacted Starling’s family, who said the Royals’ first-round draft pick in 2011 was getting treatment and icing on the knee, which he tweaked while sliding home on Saturday.

The Legends don’t play Monday, but Starling is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Center fielder Daniel Rockett and left fielder Dominique Taylor each hit a two-run home run as the Chukars beat Grand Junction 10-2.

Rockett’s homer was part of a four-run first inning and Taylor’s shot was in a five-run fifth inning. Rockett finished with three hits and two RBIs, while Taylor had three RBIs and two hits. First baseman Frank Schwindel had two hits and DH Cody Stubbs scored twice and knocked in two runs.

Hunter Dozier walked twice, doubled and added two RBIs. In his last 10 games, Dozier has a slash line of .520/.667/1.187. He has 11 walks and seven strikeouts in that time.

Chukars starter Yender Caramo, 4-1, allowed one run on four hits in seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts.

Rookie Burlington

Elizabethtown scored seven runs in the seventh inning and rallied for a 12-5 win at Burlington.

Relievers Sam Lewis (two innings) and Ryan Mattes (one inning) each gave up four runs.

Third baseman Mauricio Ramos, DH Jerrell Allen and right fielder Alex Newman each had two hits, while second baseman Kevin Kuntz had two RBIs.

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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