The K Zone

May 24, 2013

Thursday in the minors: Lamb has an outstanding start

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Left-hander John Lamb had his best outing of the season, tossing seven shutout innings Thursday as High-A Wilmington beat Lynchburg 5-1.

Lamb, who once was regarded as the Royals’ top pitching prospect, had Tommy John surgery in 2011, then suffered a foot injury last year that limited him to 13 innings pitched. But on Thursday, he struck out eight, while allowing three hits and one walk.

In his three previous outings, Lamb had allowed 17 earned runs in 15 innings.

The Blue Rocks got all the runs they needed in the fourth inning. Daniel Mateo singled with one out and Lane Adams reached on an error. Cheslor Cuthbert singled home Mateo and Kenny Swab followed with a walk to load the bases.

After Jack Lopez’s sacrifice fly, Alex Hudak hit a two-run single to make it 4-0. After Lynchburg got a run in the top of the eighth, Cuthbert got the run back in their half with an RBI double.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers roughed up former Royal Sean O’Sullivan and beat Tucson 5-1.

Second baseman Christian Colon had three hits and three RBIs, while right fielder Anthony Seratelli had two doubles and left fielder Willy Taveras and center fielder Paulo Orlando each collected a pair of singles.

Chris Dwyer improved to 4-2 on the season as he allowed six hits and one run in eight innings. Dwyer walked three and struck out six as his ERA dropped to 2.83.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Matt Fields and Rey Navarro each hit home runs, but Corpus Christi scored six runs on eight hits in four innings against Brooks Pounders and won 10-4.

Navarro, a second baseman, had three hits, as did designated hitter Roman Hernandez, who ppushed his average up to .301.

Low-A Lexington

The Legends were limited to four hits and lost 7-0 at Hagerstown.

Left fielder Terrance Gore had two hits, center fielder Bubba Starling added a double and designated hitter Raul Mondesi had a single.

Daniel Stumpf gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts as his ERA bumped up to 1.96. Chad Byrne gave up three runs (two earned) in three innings.

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