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Friday in the minors: Blown leads and near comebacks

06/15/2013 10:12 AM

06/15/2013 10:13 AM

First baseman Mark Threlkeld had an RBI double and a solo homer, but Lexington gave up three consecutive runs and lost 3-2 at Asheville.

In the second, right fielder Fred Ford doubled and scored on Threlkeld’s double.

But the Tourists got one run in the fifth and two unearned runs in the seventh and won the game.

Lexington starter Christian Binford was the tough-luck loser. He gave up all three runs on 10 hits in seven innings. Binford, who didn’t walk a batter and struck out three, gave up a two-run homer in the seventh inning, which started with an error that allowed Asheville to get a man on base.

Threlkeld, who played in just his fourth game since a rehab stint (according to his twitter account), is batting .333 with two doubles and the home run.

Catcher Cam Gallagher, a 2011 second-round pick, was one for four with a double. Since returning from a broken hand, Gallagher is two for 11 in three games (.182).

Bubba Starling, the first pick in 2011, was zero for three with two strikeouts and saw his average fall to .197.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Springfield rallied with four in the eighth and two in the ninth and beat the Naturals 8-4.

Northwest Arkansas trailed 2-1 in the fifth when shortstop Orlando Calixte singled and, after and out, first baseman Matt Fields singled. Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, in his first game since he was promoted from High-A Wilmington, followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

In the seventh, Calixte hit a solo homer to give the Naturals a 3-2 advantage.

Starter Brooks Pounders gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out four. But the bullpen imploded.

Calixte and Brian Fletcher each had three hits, while center fielder Brett Eibner, left fielder Roman Hernandez and Fields all collected two.

In his last 10 games, Calixte is batting .333 with two homers, two doubles and five RBIs. Eibner has hit in four straight and is batting .400 in that span.

High-A Wilmington

The Blue Rocks scored three in the ninth, but left the potential tying run on second in a 6-5 loss to Winston-Salem.

Catcher Kenny Swab and left fielder Ethan Chapman opened the ninth with walks and moved up a base on a passed ball. After second baseman Justin Trapp and pinch hitter Tyler Chism struck out, center fielder Lane Adams walked to load the bases.

First baseman Jared Schlehuber then cleared the bases with a double, but designated hitter Dennis Raben struck out to end the game.

Swab had two doubles in the game, while Schlehuber added a pair of hits and raised his average to .305.

Starter Kyle Smith, 4-3, gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. He also allowed two home runs.

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