The K Zone

May 25, 2013

Friday in the minors: Adam is hard-luck loser, Colon is on fire, Bubba is ejected

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Jason Adam can’t catch a break.

Adam, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who attended Blue Valley Northwest, allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings on Friday night, but Class AA Northwest Arkansas dropped a 2-0 decision at Corpus Christi.

The game was scoreless through six innings before the Hooks scored a run against Adam in the seventh. He struck out five and walked only one, but he fell to 0-6 on the season. Of his 100 pitches, 71 were for strikes.

In his last five starts, Adam has a 2.10 ERA as he has given up seven earned runs in 30 innings pitched. He is ranked as the Royals’ No. 8 prospect by Baseball America.

The Naturals had just one hit, a single by right fielder Roman Hernandez. Matt Ridings allowed a run in the eighth to finish the scoring.

Class AAA Omaha

New Orleans scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning and beat the Storm Chasers 6-5.

The silver lining? Second baseman Christian Colon had two hits and remained on a hot streak. Colon, the Royals’ first pick in the 2010 draft, has hit in five straight, during which he’s batting .500 (10 for 20) with seven RBIs, a home run and two doubles. His average is up to .269.

Omaha trailed 4-0 after four innings as Ryan Verdugo struggled. He gave up those four runs, although three were earned, on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

However, the Storm Chasers got two back in the fifth thanks to a pair of walks, a groundout and a double. Colon opened the sixth with a double and moved to third on Johnny Giavotella’s single. Giavotella stole second, but he was thrown out at home trying to score on a single by Chad Tracy.

But Colon scored to make it 4-3.

In the seventh, Willy Taveras drew a one-out walk and Paulo Orlando singled. Irving Falu’s groundout moved the runners up and Colon singled them both home to give Omaha its first lead at 5-4.

But in the eighth, the Zephyrs’ Jake Smolinski walked against Everett Teaford and took second on a groundout. Michael Mariot entered the game and walked a batter, then gave up a two run double to Gorkys Hernandez.

The loss was the opener of a five-game series that continues with a doubleheader today.

Low A Lexington

The Legends were limited to three hits in a 6-0 loss to Hagerstown and center fielder Bubba Starling was ejected after he struck out in the eighth inning.

Starling opened the eighth by being called out on strikes and after teammate Michael Antonio grounded out, Starling was tossed by the home plate umpire. Starling was zero for three, but he did have an outfield assist.

However, in five games since returning to the Legends after having Lasik surgery, Starling is three for 18 (.167) with two doubles.

Designated hitter Raul Mondesi, second baseman Kenny Diekroeger and first baseman Mark Donato each had a single for Lexington, which was shutout for a second straight game and has scored once in its last three.

Starter Aroni Nina gave up five runs on only four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three.

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