Ball Star

Omaha rallies after disasterous sixth inning

Updated: 2013-08-18T04:24:23Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Ben Broussard and Brian Fletcher had consecutive RBI singles in the seventh inning on Saturday night as Class AAA Omaha rallied for a 5-4 win at Memphis.

The Storm Chasers were down 4-3 when Irving Falu opened the seventh with a walk. After Christian Colon popped out bunting, Falu stole second. Johnny Giavotella then walked and Broussard singled home Falu to tie the game.

Fletcher followed with his single that scored Giavotella with what proved to be the winning run.

Omaha starter Brian Sanches allowed just two hits in five shutout innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Sanches left with a 3-0 lead, but Donnie Joseph came on and struggled mightily in an ugly sixth inning.

Joseph gave up a walk, got a strikeout, walked the next two batters, then threw a wild pitch before issuing a fourth walk.

Buddy Baumann relieved and threw a run-scoring wild pitch, walked a batter and then got a sacrifice fly. Memphis got an RBI single before Baumann got the final out. The damage in the sixth inning: four runs on five walks and one hit with two wild pitches.

After the Storm Chasers rallied to take the lead in the top of the seventh, Baumann tossed a scoreless bottom half.

Maikel Cleto (one hit, one walk) and Michael Mariot (one walk) each pitched a shutout inning after that with Mariot picking up his ninth save.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Aaron Brooks allowed just two runs on six hits in 8 2/3 innings, but the Naturals lost 2-0 to San Antonio.

Brooks, 5-6, struck out eight and walked one as his ERA dropped to 4.14.

The Naturals had just four hits, all singles.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Dennis Raben’s solo home run was the highlight for the Blue Rocks in a 7-1 loss to Potomac.

Angel Baez, 1-1, gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three. Tyler Sample allowed two runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He had five strikeouts and one walk.

Wilmington had just four hits in the game.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Great Falls broke open a close game by scoring two in the sixth and six in the seventh in a 10-1 win over the Chukars.

Left fielder Dominique Taylor and right fielder Elier Hernandez each had two hits, while center fielder Daniel Rockett tripled and scored the lone run for Idaho Falls, which led 1-0 after three innings.

Patrick Conroy allowed four runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out four. Jon Fitzsimmons gave up five runs (four earned) on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Corey Rhoney gave up the other run, which was unearned, on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Ashton Goudeau, who attended Maple Woods Community College, gave up one hit, walked a batter and struck out two in two scoreless innings.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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