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Lamb has uneven performance at Omaha

Updated: 2013-08-16T04:29:11Z


The Kansas City Star

Left-hander John Lamb allowed four first-inning runs Thursday and lost in his debut for Class AAA Omaha, which fell 6-1 to Fresno.

Lamb, who was promoted from Class A-Wilmington this week, allowed five runs total on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He also hit a batter. Lamb threw 100 pitches, including 66 for strikes.

Lee Warren (@OmahaBaseball) tweeted: “Lamb’s velocity dropped slightly as the innings progressed. Started in the 87-88 range, 84-86 in the 3rd, 84-85 in 4th and 5th.”

Paulo Orlando’s solo homer accounted for the Storm Chasers’ lone run. First baseman Ben Broussard and catcher Max Ramirez each had two hits.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals’ bullpen gave up five runs over the last two innings of a 6-5 loss to Corpus Christi.

Northwest Arkansas led 4-0 after three innings and it was 4-1 going to the eighth thanks to a stellar start from Jason Adam. He allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk.

However, Andy Ferguson gave up two hits to start the eighth and both runners scored as Scott Alexander allowed two hits, walked two and gave up a run.

That tied the game 4-4. In the ninth, Jason Bergmann gave up two hits, walked two, hit two batters and allowed two runs. That gave the Hooks a 6-4 lead.

The Naturals pulled a run back in the bottom of the ninth as Angel Franco singled with one out as part of a four-hit night for the second baseman. Mitch Canham then doubled and Rey Navarro hit a sacrifice fly. However, Orlando Calixte popped out to end the game.

Navarro had two hits, including a solo homer in the first inning. Mitch Canham added two hits, including a double.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Relievers Cory Hall and Kellen Moen combined to allow six runs as the Blue Rocks blew a three-run lead and lost 9-6 at Lynchburg.

Starter Tripp Davis gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings with one strikeout. Wilmington led 6-3 before the Hillcats scored five in the seventh and one in the eighth.

Right fielder Yem Prades and catcher Parker Morin each had two RBIs, while center fielder Ethan Chapman, first baseman Dennis Raben and second baseman Justin Trapp each ahd two hits.

Class A Lexington

Hunter Dozier debuted for the Legends and went two for six in a doubleheader, but Lexington lost 1-0 and 8-4.

In the opener, Daniel Stumpf gave up two hits, but one was a solo homer and that was the difference in the seven-inning game. Stumpf pitched six innings and struck out three.

Dozier went two for three with a double, while Bubba Starling was one for three.

The nightcap was shortened by rain with two outs in the sixth, but Starling put on a show with two triples and two RBIs. Since July 17, Starling is hitting .341 with six doubles, two triples, two home runs, 12 walks and 16 RBIs in 26 games.

Dozier was hitless in three at-bats, but he did have an RBI. Alex Hudak hit a solo homer.

Starter Christian Binford allowed eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Center fielder Dominique Taylor hit a two-run home run in the Chukars’ 6-1 win over Billings.

Second baseman Carlos Garcia had three hits, scored a run and added an RBI. Right fielder Elier Hernandez also collected three hits. One of those hits was a double.

Every Idaho Falls starter had at least one hit and the Chukars had 14 for the game.

Jonathan Dziedzic gave up one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Josiel Martinez, 6-2, allowed one hit in two innings and struck out three. Corey Rhoney (one inning) and Kyle Bartsch (two innings, four strikeouts) both pitched shutout ball.

Rookie Burlington

The Royals got a walk-off victory when Danville made an error on a potential double-play in the 11th inning.

Lewis Urena opened the 11th with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Desmond Henry was intentionally walked and Chris Sweeney grounded to third base. Danville got the force at second, but throw to first resulted in an error, allowing Urena to score.

Zach Lovvorn allowed one run on three hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out three. Mike Jeffreys relieved and pitched two hitless innings.

Ryan Mattes pitched the next two inings, allowing just two hits, and Andrew Edwards, 1-1, allowed one hit in his two innings of work.

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