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Royals’ affiliate at Wilmington is no-hit for a second straight game

06/28/2014 12:28 AM

06/28/2014 10:31 AM

On Wednesday night, Michael Antonio hit a one-out double in the seventh inning for Class A-Wilmington.

The Blue Rocks will head into today’s game looking for their first hit since then. Wilmington was no-hit on Friday night by Lynchburg, which won 5-0. That followed Thursday’s no-hitter, which Lynchburg won 5-1.

“Last night was the first time I’ve ever been a part of a no-hitter against us, for a team that I was affiliated with,” manager Darryl Kennedy said on Wilmington’s web site. “I’ve had some no-hitters, I’ve caught a few no-hitters and managed a few perfect games but never have I been no-hit. And then, to do it back-to-back, I’m speechless.”

According to MiLB.com, it’s likely the first time in Carolina League history a team has thrown no-hitters on consecutive days against the same opponent. However, a team had consecutive no-hitters on the same day.

On May 15, 1966, Rocky Mount pitched no-hitters in both games of a doubleheader against Greensboro, with Dick Drago working the opener and Darrell Clark the nightcap. Both games were seven innings.

So, it’s 20 2/3 innings since Wilmington’s last hit. On Friday, Terrance Gore drew a pair of walks and Bubba Starling was hit by a pitch. In Thursday’s game, a 5-1 loss, the Blue Rocks drew six walks, had a batter reach on an error and a batter was hit by a pitch.

Glenn Sparkman, 3-2, allowed just one run on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out five. Kyle Bartsch allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits in two innings.

“I’ve never been in this situation,” Kennedy said. “(Saturday is) a big day.”

Other games

**Class AAA Omaha closer Spencer Patton has hit a rough patch. Patton gave up a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as Oklahoma City won 8-5. In his last four appearances, Patton has a 31.91 ERA, having allowed 13 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Omaha tied the game in the top of the ninth when Christian Colon walked with one out, stole second and scored on a double by Johnny Giavotella, who had three hits in the game. Right fielder Jimmy Paredes had two hits and three RBIs. Storm Chasers starter Ryan Verdugo allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.

**J.C. Sulbaran gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings and shortstop Orlando Calixte hit a two-run homer as Class AA Northwest Arkansas beat Midland 8-2. Sulbaran walked four, allowed three hits and struck out five. The top six hitters in the Naturals’ lineup combined for 13 hits, including three by second baseman Angel Franco.

**Matt Tenuta allowed a run on five hits in five innings and Class A Lexington beat Augusta 4-3. Tenuta, 3-7, struck out six and walked one. First baseman Frank Schwindel had two hits and three RBIs, while third baseman Mauricio Ramos had a double and two RBIs.

**Bryan Brickhouse had a strong outing for Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls as he returns from Tommy John surgery. Brickhouse tossed four shutout innings and the Chukars beat Grand Junction 9-0. Brickhouse, who had surgery a year ago, allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three. Ashton Goudeau allowed one hit in three innings and Brandon Thomas and Nick Green each tossed a hitless inning. Every Chukars player had at least one hit, while shortstop Jeckson Flores, catcher Kyle Pollock, left fielder Robert Pehl and second baseman Luis Valenzuela having two hit.

**Riley King’s single scored Marten Gasparini with two outs in the ninth as Rookie-Burlington rallied for a 4-3 win over Elizabethton. Logan Moon singled with one out and moved to second on a groundout. Joshua Banuelos’ RBI single scored Moon to tie it and he moved to second on an error by the catcher. Gasparini pinch-ran for Banuelos and King came through with his hit. Banuelos had two hits and two RBIs. Starter Chase Darhower, a 14th-round pick in this month’s draft, allowed one hit in five shutout innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

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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