The K Zone

July 30, 2013

Fletcher homers in Omaha debut, Schlehuber's hit lifts Wilmington

Outfielder Brian Fletcher hit a solo shot and had two RBIs for the Storm Chasers. Jared Schlehuber's two-run single turned a deficit into a lead as the Blue Rocks won.

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Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Left fielder Brian Fletcher made a successful debut at Class AAA on Monday as he homered and had two RBIs, although Omaha lost 4-2 to Nashville.

Fletcher, who was promoted from Class AA Northwest Arkansas earlier in the day, hit a sacrifice fly to score Irving Falu in the first inning as the Storm Chasers took a 1-0 lead.

The Sounds got two in the second against Justin Marks, but Fletcher hit a solo homer in the fourth that tied the game 2-2.

Nashville scored one in the fifth and another in the ninth against Maikel Cleto.

Marks, 4-11, gave up three runs on six hits with six walks in six innings. He struck out three.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Jared Schlehuber’s two-run single turned a deficit into a lead in the fifth inning and the Blue Rocks’ bullpen shut things down from there in a 4-3 win over Carolina.

Wilmington trailed 3-0 after three innings but got a run in the fourth. In the fifth, Yem Prades, Parker Morin and Geulin Beltre delivered three straight singles to open the inning and load the bases.

After an out, Justin Trapp was hit by a pitch, scoring Prades to make it 3-2. After a grounder resulted in a force out at the plate, Schlehuber singled home Beltre and Trapp.

Starter Leonel Santiago, 2-1, allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings with four walks and two strikeouts. Cory Hall (three strikeouts) and Andrew Triggs (two strikeouts) each pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to finish out the game.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Julio Rodriguez pitched out of a ninth-inning jam as the Chukars beat Orem 8-7.

The Chukars led 8-6 in the ninth, but Orem had a run in and two on with just one out when Rodriguez came into the game. Left fielder Alexis Rivera made an error that loaded the bases, but Rodriguez got a strikeout and ground-out to get the save.

Designated hitter Zane Evans had two hits and three RBIs, right fielder Elier Hernandez had two hits and scored twice and Rivera had two hits, including a double, scored a run and had an RBI.

Starter Patrick Conroy gave up four runs in the top of the first inning, but still got the win. He allowed six runs in six innings on four hits. However, just two of the runs were earned.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals were limited to three hits in a 4-1 loss at Arkansas.

Aaron Brooks gave up four runs on nine hits in seven innings with one walk and one strikeout. He was done in by a three-run fifth inning in which he allowed a two-run homer.

Class A Lexington

The Legends made three errors that led to five unearned runs in a 10-5 loss to Kannapolis.

The Intimidators scored three in the first and three in the second against starter Crawford Simmons and that was too much for Lexington to overcome.

Simmons, 1-2, gave up seven runs, but just two earned, on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked walk and struck out six.

Mark Threlkeld hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run third for the Legends and Nick Cuckovich’s solo shot was part of a two-run fifth that cut the lead to 6-5, but Kannapolis scored one in the sixth and three in the eighth.

Rookie Burlington

The Royals gave up the tying run in the ninth and lost 4-3 on a walk-off walk in 11 innings at Greeneville.

Burlington first baseman Sam Bates hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning that broke a scoreless tie. The Astros got a run in the sixth and seventh to tie it, but Bates delivered an RBI double in the eighth to put the Royals ahead 3-2.

Starter Sam Lewis gave up one run on three hits in six innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Jake Newberry allowed three runs, including a homer in the ninth.

In the 11th, Newberry walked the leadoff hitter, who was sacrificed to second. Newberry issued an intentional walk and was replaced by Andrew Edwards, who got a strikeout before walking the next two batters.

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