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Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Omaha wins, stays in first place

08/31/2013 1:04 AM

08/31/2013 1:05 AM

Paulo Orlando had three hits and three RBIs Friday night as Class AAA Omaha beat Round Rock 6-4 and kept a share of first place in its division.

The Storm Chasers, who snapped a four-game skid, remained tied with Memphis atop the Pacific Coast League’s Northern America Division.

Pedro Ciriaco had two hits and scored three runs for Omaha, while Johnny Giavotella had a double, walked three times and knocked in a run.

Starter Clayton Mortensen, acquired this week in a trade with Boston for Quintin Berry, made his first start for the Storm Chasers. He gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Michael Mariot picked up his 10th save by pitching two scoreless innings.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Jason Bergmann gave up a run in the 12th inning and the Naturals lost 4-3 to Tulsa in their final home regular-season game of the season.

Starter Andy Ferguson gave up a three-run homer in the second inning, but those were the only runs he allowed in six innings. Ferguson gave up seven hits and struck out three. Andrew Triggs (2 2/3 innings, two hits, three strikeouts) and Spencer Patton (1 1/3 innings, three strikeouts, two walks) combined for four innings of scoreless relief.

Every Naturals starter had at least one hit, with Brett Eibner, Orlando Calixte and Rey Navarro each had three hits.

The Naturals fell three games behind first-place Arkansas in the Texas League North Division and they are one loss or Arkansas win away from being eliminated in the playoff race.

Class A Lexington

The Legends’ bullpen allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 10-2 loss to West Virginia.

Lexington starter Greg Billo, 3-3, gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

Hunter Dozier had two hits and an RBI, while Mark Donato had an RBI double.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Tim Melville made his first appearance of the season for the Chukars and pitched a scoreless inning as the starter in the Chukars’ 6-3 loss at Idaho Falls.

Melville, the Royals’ fourth-round pick in 2008, is on a rehab assignment. He walked one and struck out two.

Patrick Conroy, 5-2, allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Cody Reed, the Royals’ second-round pick in this year’s draft, gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Humberto Arteaga had three hits and Beau Maggi collected three RBIs.

Rookie Burlington

Starter Andres Machado got five outs and allowed seven runs as the Royals lost 10-3 at Johnson City.

Machado, 0-8, gave up six hits, two home runs, walked one and struck out three in is 1 2/3 innings.

Left fielder Desmond Henry had two RBIs, while first baseman Bobby Fisher-Brown hit a solo homer and designated hitter Chris Sweeney had a triple.

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