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Duffy strikes out nine in five innings while Colon stays red hot for Omaha

08/03/2013 12:48 AM

08/03/2013 12:49 AM

Left-hander Danny Duffy struck out nine in five innings on Friday night as Class AAA Omaha won 9-3 at Tacoma.

Duffy allowed one run on five hits with three walks, and he threw 58 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

Second baseman Christian Colon continued his torrid hitting. He went four for five with a double, scored twice and knocked in two runs. Colon has a 11-game hitting streak, and has six multi-hit games in that stretch. Since June 23, Colon is batting .331 with five homers, six doubles, 17 RBIs, 13 walks and 15 strikeouts. That’s a span of 37 games.

Pedro Ciriaco hit a two-run homer Friday and finished with two hits and four RBIs. Irving Falu had a solo shot, while Quintin Berry and Paulo Orlando each had two hits. Ben Broussard walked twice and had a single that pushed his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .436 in that span.

Buddy Baumann pitched three scoreless innings, allowing three hits, while striking out five. Will Smith pitched the ninth and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning before being ejected after walking a batter with two outs in the ninth.

Donnie Joseph came on and got the last out on a strikeout, stranding two runners.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals managed just three hits and lost 5-0 to Tulsa.

Sugar Ray Marimon allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings. He gave up two home runs, walked one and struck out three. His season ERA is now 4.60.

Designated hitter Rey Navarro singled twice and Juan Graterol doubled.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

Starter J.C. Sulbaran gave up four runs on seven hits in 42/3 innings as the Blue Rocks lost 8-3 at Winston-Salem.

Sulbaran walked two and struck out four, and was replaced by Ali Williams, who gave up four runs in 21/3 innings.

Daniel Mateo had two hits, including a double, scored twice and walked once. Justin Trapp had two hits and Tim Ferguson hit a two-run homer.

Class A Lexington

Christian Binford allowed just two runs on eight hits in six innings, but the Legends fell 2-1 at Rome.

Binford, 7-5, struck out two and walked one and his ERA increased to 1.95.

Kenny Diekroeger opened the eighth inning with a solo homer, accounting for Lexington’s lone run. Raul Mondesi and Fred Ford each had two hits for the Legends, who had seven hits in the game.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Dominique Taylor had three hits, stole a base and scored three times as the Chukars beat Ogden 7-4.

Carlos Garcia added two hits, including a triple and two RBIs, while Zane Evans had two hits, scored a run and had an RBI.

Idaho Falls starter Jonathan Dziedzic gave up one hit and walked three in three scoreless innings. Josiel Martinez, 4-2, allowed two runs (one earned) in two innings on one hit with two walks.

Kyle Bartsch threw three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. Corey Rhoney allowed two runs in the ninth.

Rookie Burlington

Pedro Gonzalez hit a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth inning, but Princeton hit a homer in the 10th and won 4-3.

The Royals were down 2-0 after five innings, but Ramon Torres hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the sixth inning. The Rays got a run in their half of the sixth to regain the lead, but Gonzalez tied it with his blast.

Hunter Lockwood led off the 10th inning with a solo shot against Ryan Mattes.

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