Lane Adams hit three home runs Tuesday and set a Northwest Arkansas record with seven RBIs as the Naturals routed Corpus Christi 10-1.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Adams, 23, had a solo shot in the second inning, a grand slam in the seventh and a two-run shot in the eighth inning. Matt Fields added a solo homer in the second inning.
Brooks Pounders, 5-7, gave up one run on seven hits over five innings. Jason Bergmann (1 2/3 innings, two walks), Scott Alexander (1 1/3 innings, one hit) and Sam Runion (one inning, one hit) combined on four scoreless innings to close the game.
While Fields had three hits, the night belonged to Adams, who was a 13th round pick in the 2009 draft. A 6-foot-2, 198-pound right fielder, Adams once was signed to play basketball at Missouri State. But after being drafted by the Royals, he picked baseball. Injuries slowed his progress a bit.
Adams entered Tuesdays game with a .233 average and one home run for the Naturals in 24 games since being promoted from Class A-Wilmington.
In 406 career minor-league games, Adams had 27 career home runs and 88 stolen bases. He added three homers to that total on Tuesday.
Class AAA Omaha
Felipe Paulino struggled in his latest rehabilitation start, allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Storm Chasers lost 7-4 to Fresno.
Paulino gave up five runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 75 pitches, including 47 for strikes.
Designated hitter Max Ramirez had a double and two RBIs, while second baseman Johnny Giavotella had a hit and scored a run. Quintin Berry tripled and knocked in a run, while Ben Broussard had a double and RBI.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Dennis Rabens two-out single scored Jack Lopez in the bottom of the 18th inning as the Blue Rocks beat Salem 3-2.
Jack Lopez was hit by a pitch to open the the 18th, took second after a sacrifice bunt and stole third. After an infield ground out, Raven delivered the game-winning hit.
Parker Morin had two doubles, while Justin Trapp and Yem Prades each had two hits.
Tyler Sample, 2-4, got the win by allowing one hit in three scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked one.
The pitching was outstanding for the Blue Rocks.
Daniel Hernandez pitched four scoreless innings, allowing four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Malcom Culver threw 3 1/3 hitless innings, allowing just a walk while striking out six. Kellen Moen gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
Starter J.C. Sulbaran allowed two runs on three hits in six innings with no walks and four strikeouts. He gave up a two-run homer in the first.
Class A Lexington
Miguel Almonte tossed a gem, allowing one run on four hits in six innings, but the Legends lost 2-1 at Charleston.
Almonte struck out five and walked two. Chas Byrne, 3-2, pitched two innings and gave up a run in the eighth inning that broke a 1-1 tie.
Raul Mondesi and Terrance Gore both had two hits, and Gore scored the lone run on Mark Threlkelds sacrifice fly.
Center fielder Bubba Starling (knee) missed a second straight game.
Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls
The Chukars were limited to four hits and lost 3-1 to Billings.
Starter Jake Junis, 1-4, struck out 12 in seven innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk.
Kevin Kuntzs infield single scored Desmond Henry with the winning run in the seventh inning as the Royals beat Pulaski 5-4 in the opener of a doubleheader.
Pulaski won the nightcap 7-4.
In the first game, Desmond Henry singled with two outs in the seventh and stole second. Kuntz then singled off the pitchers glove to the second baseman and Henry scored.
Tyler Chism hit two home runs and had three RBIs in the game.
Jose Miguel Rodriguez, 3-1, gave up a run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Andrew Edwards pitched a scoreless seventh for his eighth save.
In the second game, Desmond Henry hit his first home run of the season. He had two hits and two RBIs. Andrew Ayers collected two hits and an RBI.
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