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Paulino struggles in rehab start at Omaha

Updated: 2013-08-24T04:09:58Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Felipe Paulino was roughed up Friday night in Class AAA Omaha’s 8-4 loss to New Orleans.

Paulino, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings. He walked one, hit a batter, struck out one and allowed seven extra-base hits: five doubles and two home runs.

Of the 80 pitches Paulino threw, 52 were for strikes.

Shortstop Irving Falu had three of the Storm Chasers nine hits. Designated hitter Brian Fletcher had a single and two RBIs.

The Storm Chasers maintained a two-game lead over Memphis in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division with 10 games left.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Matt Fields’ grand slam capped a seven-run eighth inning as the Naturals thumped Springfield 12-0.

Brett Eibner’s solo homer staked Northwest Arkansas to a 1-0 lead in the third inning, and Rey Navarro’s two-run shot made it 3-0 in the fourth inning.

It was 4-0 going to the eighth when the Naturals put a seven on the board, thanks in part to Fields’ 31st home run of the season.

Northwest Arkansas collected 16 hits and every starter had at least one. Navarro and Jorge Bonifacio each had three hits, while Juan Graterol, Lane Adams and Cheslor Cuthbert each knocked out two hits.

The beneficiary of the big night was Aaron Brooks, 6-6. He scattered seven hits in six innings without a walk and six strikeouts. He has a 3.87 ERA. Scott Alexander, Spencer Patton and Jon Keck each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Naturals are tied with Springfield for second place in the Texas League North division. Both are one game behind Arkansas.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Justin Trapp hit a two-run homer and the Blue Rocks won 5-4 at Frederick.

Daniel Mateo added two doubles with an RBI and a run scored.

Starter J.C. Sulbaran, 1-2, gave up three runs on six hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks. He also allowed two home runs.

Class A Lexington

Hunter Dozier had four hits and Bubba Starling hit a booming home run as the Legends beat Greenville 4-3.

Dozier, who also doubled and knocked in a run, is batting .351 at Lexington since his promotion earlier this month. The Legends tweeted that Starling’s home run traveled 400 feet.

Starter Greg Billo, 3-2, allowed four hits and walked three in five innings, but he didn’t give up a run. He also struck out eight.

Aroni Nina gave up a run in 2 2/3 innings, while Mark Peterson got his 18th save despite allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

The Chukars also used the longball to beat Billings 4-3.

The Mustangs led 3-0 after three innings, but Daniel Rockett’s three-run shot in the fourth inning tied the game. Mauricio Ramos opened the sixth inning with a solo home run that proved to be the winning run.

Starter Luke Farrell allowed three runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter. Kyle Bartsch, 2-1, pitched the next four innings, allowing just one hit with a walk and four strikeouts. Corey Rhoney got his third save by pitching a perfect ninth inning.

The Chukars are 1 1/2 games behind first-place Orem in the Pioneer South division.

Rookie Burlington

Johnson City scored six runs in four innings against the Royals bullpen and won 9-4.

Starter Cesar Ogando, 0-5, gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out three and lowered his ERA to 7.44.

Kevin McCarthy gave up five runs on six hits in two innings, while Ben Tomchick allowed one run in two innings of work.

First baseman Bobby Fisher-Brown had a triple and two RBIs, while designated hitter Tyler Chism had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run.

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

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