The K Zone

August 10, 2013

A good night for Ventura, Starling

Yordano Ventura struck out nine over six innings as Class AAA Omaha beat Sacramento, while Bubba Starling and Raul Mondesi hit home runs for Lexington. Starling is hitting .500 in his last five games. Wilmington continued its hot hitting with another win.

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Yordano Ventura certainly pitched like a top prospect Friday night as he struck out nine in six shutout innings as Class AAA Omaha beat Sacramento 9-4.

Ventura allowed just four hits and walked one. He threw 95 pitches, including 63 for strikes. In his last four starts, Ventura has given up three earned runs in 20 innings (1.35 ERA) with 23 strikeouts and six walks.

“Thanks to my teammate for the great defense at today game,” Ventura tweeted after the game.

The offense helped out with an eight-run fifth inning, highlighted by Brian Fletcher’s three-run homer. Fletcher had two hits and scored twice. Irving Falu, Anthony Seratelli, Manny Pina and Gorkys Hernandez each had two hits. Hernandez had two doubles, scored twice and added two RBIs.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Falu extended his on-base streak to 29 games by drawing a walk to leadoff the game. The streak matches the longest in the PCL this season and is the longest for an Omaha player since Alex Gordon’s 39-game streak during the 2010 season.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

San Antonio scored three in the sixth and four in the eighth and broke open a close game in beating the Naturals 8-1.

Starter Sugar Ray Marimon allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. He didn’t walk a batter, but struck out five.

Jorge Bonifacio, Cheslor Cuthbert and Juan Graterol all had two hits.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

The Blue Rocks pounded out 15 hits and beat Lynchburg 10-8.

Second baseman Justin Trapp had three hits, scored three runs and added an RBI. Right fielder Guelin Beltre had two hits and three RBIs. Shortstop Jack Lopez, left fielder Yem Prades, catcher Parker Morin and first baseman Jared Schlehuber all had two hits.

Relief pitcher Malcom Culver, 5-4, gave up one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout.

Class A Lexington

Bubba Starling hit a two-run homer and Raul Mondesi had a solo shot in the Legends’ 5-2 win at Hagerstown.

Starling also had a double and three RBIs in the game. He has a five-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .500 (nine for 18) with five RBIs and two stolen bases.

Mondesi had two hits and scored twice in Friday’s game.

Starter Crawford Simmons, 2-3, allowed one run on two hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked three. Clayton Schulz had 1 2/3 scoreless innings, while Mark Peterson allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings, but got his 16th save.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Catcher Zane Evans and shortstop Humberto Arteaga each had three hits in the Chukars’ 14-6 win at Grand Junction.

Arteaga had three RBIs, as did first baseman Frank Schwindel, who had a pair of hits. DH Cody Stubbs, left fielder Alexis Rivera and second baseman all collected two hits as well. Rivera had a double and two RBIs. Elier Hernandez added two RBIs.

Starter Luke Farrell gave up three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Rookie Burlington

The Royals made four errors, collected four hits and still won 4-3 against Elizabethton.

Right fielder Chris Sweeney scored twice and hit a solo homer. Left fielder Jerrell Allen had a hit and two RBIs.

Starter Zach Lovvorn gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in five innings. Cruz Guevara, 2-1, allowed two hits in two scoreless innings, while Andrew Edwards got his seventh save by pitching two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and walked two.

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