Bubba Starling hit a grand slam off Gio Gonzalez, but Class A-Advanced Wilmington lost 11-10 on Friday in a crazy game at Potomac.
Wilmington trailed 3-0 after two innings, but Starling hit his home run off the rehabbing Gonzalez in the third inning to put the Blue Rocks ahead. The Nationals scored two in their half of the third for the lead, but Wilmington pushed across four more runs in the fourth for an 8-5 lead.
Starling got the second four-run inning going by drawing a two-out walk. Hunter Dozier also walked and Michael Antonio brought them both home with a double. Cody Stubbs had an RBI double and that was it for Gonzalez.
Jack Lopez’s single capped the outburst.
It was a 10-6 game going to the bottom of the ninth when Daniel Stumpf came on to close out the game. After getting an out, he issued a walk and two singles to load the bases. After a walk forced in a run, John Walter relieved, but he gave up two straight RBI singles that made it 10-9. A sacrifice fly tied the score, and Walter issued a walk and then a single that scored the winning run.
Bryan Harper, the older brother of Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, got the win.
Matt Fields hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the eighth inning that broke a tie and lifted Class AAA Omaha to 6-2 victory over Oklahoma City. Fields hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning that turned a 1-0 deficit into a lead. After the RedHawks tied it with a run against Louis Coleman in the top of the eighth, Fields delivered his game-winning home run. Starter John Lamb allowed one run on four hits in six innings with two walks and three strikeouts. In his last four starts, Lamb has a 1.57 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 23 innings.
J.C. Sulbaran allowed one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings and Class AA Northwest Arkansas held on to beat Tulsa 5-4. Sulbaran, 3-4, walked two and struck out five. The Drillers scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to make it interesting. DH Mark Threlkeld had three hits and two RBIs and first baseman Max Ramirez had two doubles and two RBIs.
Augusta scored six runs in the seventh inning as it overcame a four-run deficit and beat Lexington 8-7. Pedro Fernandez allowed all six runs on four hits and four walks. Jeremy Sy hit (what else on this night?) a grand slam for the GreenJackets. Third baseman Mauricio Ramos had three hits and three RBIs. Center fielder Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado had four hits and scored two runs. Five other Legends had at least two hits.
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