Ball Star

Duffy pitches scoreless inning in Omaha's 11-inning victory

Updated: 2013-08-13T14:31:26Z


The Kansas City Star

Danny Duffy needed just 10 pitches to get through a scoreless first inning Monday for Class AAA Omaha, which beat Fresno 5-4 in 11 innings on a walk-off infield single.

Johnny Giavotella singled with one out in the 11th, and Ben Broussard followed with a single that pushed Giavotella to third. Giavotella was thrown out at the plate after getting caught in a rundown on Brian Fletcher’s infield grounder, but Fletcher took second and Broussard went to third.

Pedro Ciriaco’s infield single then scored Broussard with the winning run.

The Storm Chasers had 18 hits in the game, topped by Broussard’s four for six night. Giavotella and Fletcher each had three hits, while Christian Colon, Criaco and Manny Pina collected two a piece.

Duffy threw just 10 pitches and struck out two in his hitless inning. He was expected to pitch just the one inning.

Brian Sanches relieved and went six innings, allowing four runs (all in the fourth inning) on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Francisley Bueno tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out three.

Donnie Joseph, 4-3, struck out two and walked one in his lone inning of work.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

First baseman Dennis Raben hit a two-run homer and second baseman Justin Trapp had a solo shot as the Blue Rocks beat Salem 7-3.

Wilmington led 4-3 in the seventh when Trapp homered, Yem Prades doubled and Raben hit his home run.

The Blue Rocks were down 1-0 in the third, but catcher Parker Morin led off with a single and center fielder Ethan Chapman also singled after an out. Shortstop Jack Lopez’s triple scored them both. Trapp was hit by a pitch and Prades’ groundout got Lopez home.

Raben followed with a single to score Trapp.

Blue Rocks starter Angel Baez, 1-0, allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked three. Cory Hall gave up a run in 2 1/3 innings and Andrew Triggs pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings to finish the game.

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