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Ventura has rough night, Pena homers in debut

Updated: 2013-08-30T04:55:52Z


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Yordano Ventura allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings and Class AAA Omaha lost 4-2 at Iowa.

Ventura, 5-4, allowed eight hits, walked a batter and struck out five. Of his 98 pitches, 66 were for strikes.

Carlos Peña, who recently signed a minor-league deal with the Royals, hit a two-run home run. However, the Storm Chasers, who have lost four straight, fell into a tie with Memphis atop the Pacific Coast League’s Northern America Division.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Ryan Verdugo and four relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Naturals beat Tulsa 2-0.,

Verdugo, who is on a rehab assignment, gave up four hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.

Jon Keck (one strikeout), Sam Runion (one hit) and Scott Alexander (one walk) all pitched an inning of relief and got a hold. Zach Jackson walked one and struck out one in the ninth for his 18th save.

Matt Fields had two hits, including his first triple of the season, and knocked in both runs. Lane Adams went one for two and scored both runs. He also walked.

The Naturals remained two games behind first-place Arkansas, which also won, in the Texas League North Division.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Left-hander, Sam Selman followed up his no-hit bid with five shutout innings as the Blue Rocks beat Myrtle Beach 1-0 and salvaged a doubleheader split.

The Pelicans won the opener 3-0.

In the nightcap, Selman gave up two hits, one walk and struck out eight. Andrew Edwards and Malcom Culver each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Over his final two starts, Selman gave up two hits in 13 innings with 19 strikeouts and three walks. He has an 11-9 record.

Wilmington got its run when Yem Prades doubled and scored on a double by Micah Gibbs.

In the first game, starter J.C. Sulbaran allowed one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts.

Kellen Moen gave up two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Louis Coleman pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one.

Wilmington was held to two hits.

Class A Lexington

After scoring three in the top of the sixth inning, the Legends gave up four in the bottom of the frame and lost 5-4 at Augusta.

Clayton Schulz gave up the four runs (three earned). Starter Crawford Simmons allowed one unearned run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings.

Hunter Dozier went three for five with a double and a run scored. He is hitting .320.

Mark Donato had two RBIs and Alex Hudak knocked in a run as well.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Three pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Chukars beat Grand Junction 1-0.

Starter Jonathan Dziedzic gave up two hits with six strikeouts. Andrew Brockett, 1-0, gave up two hits in three innings with two strikeouts. Kyle Bartsch got his second save by pitching a perfect ninth.

The Chukars got their run in the eighth inning. Beau Maggi opened with a double and Carlos Garcia came on as a pinch-runner and took third after a sacrifice bunt. Humberto Arteaga’s sacrifice fly scored Garcia.

Idaho Falls, which has won four straight, now has a 1 1/2-game lead in the Pioneer League’s South Division.

Rookie Burlington

Starter Sam Lewis gave up one unearned run over seven innings as the Royals beat Johnson City 6-3.

Lewis, 5-4, gave up two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five.

Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado had three hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs. Bobby Fisher-Brown also had two hits. Luis Villegas and Desmond Henry each had two hits.

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