Nick Green homered on the first pitch of the ninth inning Wednesday as New Orleans won 6-5 at Omaha.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
The Storm Chasers had scored three in the eighth inning to tie the game. Will Smith pitched a scoreless eighth, but he allowed the home run to Green.
Danny Duffy, in his first start since shutting down the Detroit Tigers last Friday, allowed one run through five innings. However, he opened the sixth by allowing two hits and a walk. Francisley Bueno relieved and the first two Zephyrs he faced reached on errors that allowed three runs to score.
A fourth came home on a double play as New Orleans took a 5-2 lead.
For the night, Duffy allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings. He struck out eight, walked three, and 64 of his 98 pitches went for strikes.
The Storm Chasers tied the game in the seventh when Pedro Ciriaco singled and scored on Brett Hayes’ two-run home run. Gorkys Hernandez followed with another home run that made it 5-5 and it stayed that way until the ninth.
Hayes hit a solo shot in the fifth inning, and he has 13 homers on the season. Ciriaco had two hits.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas
Jason Adam gave up an unearned run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Naturals won 3-1 at Springfield.
Adam struck out six and walked two. Jon Keck (one-third of an inning), Ryan Verdugo (one inning, one strikeout) and Zach Jackson (one inning, one walk, one strikeout) didn’t give up a hit.
The Naturals trailed 1-0 after six innings, but scored twice in the seventh. Cheslor Cuthbert and Lane Adams had consecutive one-out singles. After a strikeout, Whit Merrifield’s flyball to left field was misplayed for an error and Cuthbert and Adams both scored.
Brett Eibner walked to open the eighth inning, and moved to third on a wild pickoff attempt. After an out, Jorge Bonifacio was intentionally walked. Edinson Rincon followed with a single to center that scored Eibner to make it 3-1.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Malcom Culver gave up three runs as part of Frederick’s four-run eighth inning as the Blue Rocks lost 5-3.
Wilmington had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth, but in the bottom of the inning, Blue Rocks starter Leonel Santiago gave up a single. Culver came in and allowed three singles and a double.
Santiago gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
In the top of the eighth inning, Dennis Raben doubled with two outs and Sam Bates followed with his first home run to give Wilmington a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long.
Class A Lexington
John Walter allowed his first run of the year in the top of the 12th inning and the Legends lost 2-1 to Augusta.
Starter Christian Binford allowed one run on six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. His ERA dropped to 2.32. Clayton Schulz then pitched three perfect innings, striking out two, and his ERA is now 2.94
After working around an error in the 11th inning, Walter gave up two hits and a run in the 12th and his ERA is now 0.42. He struck out three. None of the Legends pitchers issued a walk in the game.
Augusta scored a run in the top of the seventh, but Lexington answered in its half of the frame.
Mark Threlkeld doubled with one out, took third on Bubba Starling’s single and scored on a single by Hunter Dozier.
Starling tripled to start the second inning, but the Legends were unable to bring him home.
Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls
Shortstop Humberto Arteaga opened the game with a solo homer and finished with four hits as the Chukars crushed Billings 10-1.
Catcher Zane Evans, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in this year’s draft, had three hits and is batting .350 on the season.
Second baseman Carlos Garcia, who signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 as a 16-year-old, pushed his average to .331 by going three for five with two runs and two RBIs.
First baseman Cody Stubbs, an eighth-round pick out of North Carolina in June, added a bases-loaded triple for Idaho Falls, which had 15 hits.
As hot as the Chukars bats were, starter Luis Santos was even better. He allowed just one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Santos, who was acquired last year along with left-hander Luis Rico in a trade with Pittsburgh for Vin Mazzaro and Clinton Robinson, is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA.
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