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Bubba Starling delivers winning hit for Lexington in 9th

08/05/2013 12:10 AM

08/06/2013 10:17 AM

Bubba Starling’s single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Raul Mondesi, and Class A Lexington got a 2-1 walk-off win over Asheville on Monday.

The winning rally started with a scary moment when Terrance Gore was hit in the head with a pitch with one out in the ninth. He was replaced by Alex Hudak, who was forced at second after Mondesi’s bunt.

Mark Threlkeld followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Rather than walk Starling, who had three hits in the game, Asheville pitched to him and he made them pay with a single to right field.

The Tourists scored a run in the first against starter Matthew Murray, but the Legends got the run back an inning later when Starling and Fred Ford doubled.

Murray gave up the one run on three hits in four innings with no walks and three strikeouts. Aroni Nina gave up just one hit and one walk in 3 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. Clayton Schulz, 3-3, pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings with two strikeouts.

Class AAA Omaha

Chris Dwyer made an error that led to three unearned runs as the Storm Chasers lost 5-4 at Salt Lake.

Omaha scored in the top of the seventh when Irvin Falu doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Christian Colon. That tied the game 2-2.

In the bottom of the inning, Dwyer gave up a single and made an error on the ensuing sacrifice bunt that put runners on the corners. He issued a walk that loaded the bases and Buddy Baumann relieved.

Baumann got a force out at home, then allowed a sacrifice fly and nearly limited the damage to a run. However, the Bees got a two-run triple that made it 5-2.

The Storm Chasers also loaded the bases with none out in the eighth thanks to an error. But they got just two runs home, one on Manny Pina’s groundout and another after another Bees error.

Dwyer allowed five runs (two earned) in six innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Pedro Ciriaco, Brian Fletcher and Colon each had two hits. Chris Getz made his first start as part of his rehab stint and went one for three.

Ben Broussard went zero for four and his 12-game hitting streak came to an end.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

John Lamb allowed five runs on nine hits over seven innings as the Blue Rocks fell 5-2 at Salem.

Lamb, 4-12, struck out five but didn’t walk a batter. In his last 10 starts, Lamb has struck out 35 with just eight walks (44 2/3 innings).

Designated hitter Tim Ferguson went four for four, while Jared Schlehuber had a double and scored a run. Ferguson returned to the Blue Rocks last week after missing three months with right shoulder inflammation.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Shortstop Hunter Dozier had three hits, including a home run, scored twice and had two RBIs as the Chukars beat Ogden 9-5.

Left fielder Dominique Taylor had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Designated hitter Frank Schwindel had two hits and right fielder Elier Hernandez added two RBIs.

Starter Yender Caramo gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Josiel Martinez, 5-2, Kyle Bartsch and Glenn Sparkmann combined on 4 1/3 shutout innings.


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