The K Zone

August 27, 2013

Omaha, NW Arkansas lose

Storm Chasers maintain division lead, while Naturals fall two back. Idaho Falls wins and is one back in their division.

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Class AAA Omaha was held to six hits Monday in a 2-1 loss at Iowa.

The Storm Chasers got their run in the first when Irving Falu opened with a single. After an out, Johnny Giavotella doubled, but Falu was thrown out at the plate. Ben Broussard followed with a single that scored Giavotella.

Broussard and Giavotella each had two hits for Omaha, who had three after the first inning.

Justin Marks, 6-13, was the hard-luck loser as he allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Storm Chasers maintained their two-game lead over Memphis in the Pacific Coast League’s Northern America Division. The Redbirds lost Monday as well.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Jason Adam had one of his worst outings of the season as the Naturals lost 9-5 to Arkansas.

Adam, 8-11, allowed eight runs on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Jorge Bonifacio hit a three-run homer and scored twice for Northwest Arkansas. Bonifacio had a nine-game hitting streak during which he is batting .378 (14 for 37).

The Naturals fell two games behind first-place Arkansas in the Texas League North Division.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

The Blue Rocks had just seven hits in a 2-0 loss at Potomac.

Shortstop Jack Lopez had two hits for Wilmington, which was zero for three with runners in scoring position.

Leonel Santiago, 3-3, gave up just one run on four hits in seven innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

Jake Junis allowed one run in seven innings as the Chukars beat Great Falls 3-1.

Junis, who was drafted in the 29th round in 2011 and signed for $675,000, struck out nine, walked two and gave up three hits.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, Idaho Falls scored twice on RBI singles by Humberto Arteaga and Carlos Garcia. First baseman Cody Stubbs had two hits, including a solo home run in the eighth inning that gave the Chukars their final run.

Idaho Falls trails Orem by one game in the Pioneer League’s South Division.

Rookie Burlington

Center fielder Desmond Henry and left fielder Chris Sweeney each hit a home run, but the Royals lost 6-4 at Bristol.

Henry hit a solo shot in the sixth inning and Sweeney had a two-run shot in the sixth as the Royals tied the game 4-4. Catcher Pedro Gonzalez had three hits, including a double.

However, Javier Reynoso, 0-2, gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Burlington starter Torey Deshazier allowed four runs on five hits in four innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.

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