The K Zone

July 31, 2013

Billo stars again for Lexington; Lamb is perfect through five

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

So far, Greg Billo has to be happy with his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

On Tuesday, Billo gave up two hits as Class A Lexington beat Kannapolis 1-0.

In three starts for the Legends, Billo has allowed nine hits and just one unearned run over 15 2/3 innings for a 0.00 ERA. Billo, who started the season in the Arizona League, has 12 strikeouts and four walks.

This is the sixth season in the Royals’ system for Billo, 22. He pitched in 2011 for Kane County, which was the Royals’ Low-A affiliate before moving to Lexington. Billo led the Midwest League in ERA that season.

Last year Billo was with Wilmington before having having Tommy John surgery in July. Billo was a 28th round pick in the 2008 draft.

Lexington’s Cam Gallagher scored the lone run in the seventh inning thanks to an error. The Legends had just four hits.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

A leaky bullpen and poor run support cost left-hander John Lamb as the Blue Rocks lost 6-2 to Carolina.

Lamb retired the first 15 batters of the game before being touched for a pair of runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Lamb also pitched a hitless seventh. He struck out two in the game, didn’t walk a batter and left trailing 2-0.

Reliever Malcolm Culver took over in the eighth and gave up four runs in the ninth before the Blue Rocks scored twice in their half of the ninth on Yem Prades’ two-run triple.

Despite a 6.06 ERA for the season, Lamb has allowed just five runs in his last two starts covering 12 innings. He is also coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Class AAA Omaha

Brian Sanches pitched six scoreless innings as the Storm Chasers won 4-1 at Tacoma.

Sanches, 8-2, struck out five and walked three as his ERA dropped to 3.17. Buddy Baumann gave up a run on three hits in two innings with three strikeouts, while Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. Smith struck out two.

Third baseman Irving Falu had three hits and an RBI, while Christian Colon had a double among his two hits and an RBI. Gorkys Hernandez had two hits and an RBI, Quintin Berry had a pair of hits as well as did Ben Broussard, who also had a double.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Andy Ferguson gave up five runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Naturals lost 8-3 to Arkansas.

Ferguson, 2-4, struck out five and walked one as his ERA climbed to 5.35. Sam Runion gave up three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Juan Graterol had three hits, while Lane Adams had two including a solo homer. In his first game with the Naturals, right fielder Jorge Bonifacio had a double and two RBIs.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

The Chukars allowed five runs in the eighth inning and lost 10-5 to Orem.

Idaho Falls had leads of 4-2 and 5-4, but they slipped away as the Chukars committed five errors that led to three unearned runs.

Alexis Rivera hit a two-run homer for the Chukars, while Daniel Rockett and Carlos Garcia each had two hits.

Starter Yender Caramo gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits in six innings, and Josiel Martinez gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Rookie Burlington

Sam Bates had three hits, including a solo homer, as the Royals beat Greeneville 7-6.

Chris Sweeney had two doubles and an RBI and Tyler Chism had two hits. Chism is batting .457 since been transferred from Wilmington.

In his last 10 games, Bates is batting .438 (14 for 32) with four homers and 11 RBIs. He was picked in the 28th round of last year’s draft.

Starter Luis Santos gave up a run on four hits in four innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

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