The K Zone

July 11, 2014

Solid start for Royals top draft pick Brandon Finnegan

Brandon Finnegan, the Royals’ first-round pick in last month’s draft, tossed two perfect innings in his pro debut with Class A-Advanced Wilmington on Thursday night.

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Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

In his first start as a professional, Brandon Finnegan pitched two perfect innings Thursday in the second game of Class A-Advanced Wilmington’s doubleheader with Potomac.

The nightcap was suspended in the sixth inning with the scored tied 1-1. The Nationals won the first game 4-3 in walkoff fashion.

Finnegan, the Royals’ first pick in this year’s draft, struck out one. He was replaced by Blake Wood, who struck out three in two perfect innings of his own.

In the opener, Sean Manaea allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck out seven, issued four walks and gave up three hits. Zeb Sneed allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh.

Zane Evans hit a solo homer in the first game.

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Other games

**Hunter Dozier’s three-run homer in the ninth inning capped a four-run ninth inning as Class AA Northwest Arkansas won 5-4 at Springfield. Cheslor Cuthbert’s single scored Nori Aoki and Dozier followed with his home run that also brought home Jorge Bonifacio. Aoki, who is on a rehab assignment, went one for three. Starter Christian Binford allowed a run on two hits in two innings as he was limited because he’ll be in next week’s Futures Game. J.C. Sulbaran struck out six in six innings. He allowed three runs.

**Catcher Francisco Pena hit a pair of two-run homers in Class AAA Omaha’s 7-1 win over Iowa. In his second start of the season, former Missouri State pitcher Buddy Baumann tossed four scoreless innings. He struck out five and didn’t walk anyone.

**Tripp Davis allowed five runs in five innings of Class A Lexington’s 6-4 loss to Hagerstown. DH Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado had three hits, including a triple.

**First baseman Ryan O’Hearn continues to rake at Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls as he had two hits and a solo homer in the Chukars’ 3-1 win at Billings. In addition to hitting his fifth home run, O’Hearn also walked. Alec Mills allowed one run on two hits five innings.

**Catcher Chase Vallot fell a triple short of a cycle and knocked in three runs in Rookie Burlington’s 6-5 win over Burlington. Vallot’s homer was the fourth of the season. Amalani Fukofuka and Logan Moon each had a pair of hits. Starter Yunior Marte allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out two.

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