Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts in four innings, but Class AA Northwest Arkansas coughed up a late lead and lost 5-4 at home to the Tulsa Drillers.
The Naturals led 3-2 when Ventura exited and they added a run in the sixth inning. But the Drillers got one back with a homer in the seventh inning against J.C. Sulbaran to make it 4-3. Sam Runion then gave up a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Tulsa got the victory.
Northwest Arkansas had just four hits in the game, but took advantage of five walks from Tulsa pitchers. Brett Eibner had two hits, including a double, and scored a run. The Naturals took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a little help from Tulsa. Eibner led off with a double, took third on a single by designated hitter Orlando Calixte single and scored on a wild pitch from Tulsa starter Tim Gustafson.
Calixte, a shortstop who is ranked No. 7 in the Royals’ system by Baseball America, advanced to second on the run-scoring wild pitch, went to third on a bunt by Rey Navarro and scored on an error.
Elsewhere:Class AAA Omaha
After two days of postponements, the Storm Chasers finally took the field in Omaha and swept a doubleheader of the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Omaha won both games by the score of 3-2.
In the opener, right fielder Anthony Seratelli hit a two-run shot in the third inning, but Albuquerque tied it in the fifth inning when Nick Buss hit a two-run homer off Ryan Verdugo.
Xavier Nady had a two-out double that drove in the winning run. Nady is three for seven with runners in scoring position and two outs this season.
In the second game, Omaha trailed 2-0 in the third inning when first baseman Max Ramirez broke a zero-for-19 slump with a two-out, two-run double. David Lough and Johnny Giavotella led off the fifth inning with consecutive singles. Ramirez walked to load the bases, and catcher Brett Hayes singled to left for his team-leading ninth RBI.Class A Lexington
Colin Rodgers gave up two hits and one walk in seven shutout innings as the Legends ripped the Greenville Drive 8-0. Daniel Hernandez pitched two hitless innings to finish the shutout.
Lexington did most of its damage in a six-run fourth inning. Bubba Starling was one for three with a double, a run scored and an RBI. It was one of five doubles by the Legends.
Class A Wilmington’s game against Winston-Salem was postponed by inclement weather.