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Saturday on the farm: Lamb takes loss for Wilmington

This is a look at what’s happening with teams in the Royals minor-league system.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington was swept in a doubleheader at Winston-Salem, losing 4-2 and 5-0.

Left-hander John Lamb started the opener and gave up eight hits and two runs in four innings as his record fell to 1-2. Lamb, once regarded as the Royals’ top pitching prospect, had Tommy John surgery in 2011, then suffered a foot injury last year that limited him to 13 innings pitched.

Lamb has now pitched 13 innings this season with Wilmington and he’s allowed 13 hits, four walks and has eight strikeouts. He has a 3.46 ERA.

In the nightcap, Jorge Bonifacio’s double was the lone hit for the Blue Rocks in the 5-0 defeat. Starter Kyle Smith gave up two runs in six hits in five innings with seven strikeouts.

Elsewhere:

Class AAA Omaha

Former Royals farmhand Jeff Bianchi had two RBIs as the Sounders beat the Storm Chasers 11-5 in Nashville.

Omaha starter Brian Sanches gave up five runs on eight hits in three-plus innings. Atahualpa Severino pitched two scoreless innings, but George Sherrill made his 2013 debut and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning Francisley Bueno gave up four unearned runs thanks to a grand slam in the eighth inning. Everett Teaford tossed a scoreless eighth.

David Lough went three for five and scored two runs as he raised his average to .288. Johnny Giavotella was one for three with two walks and is batting .269. Christian Colon was one for four with two runs scored and he’s hitting .236.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Third baseman Rey Navarro had two doubles and two RBIs as the Naturals beat the Tulsa Drillers 5-2 at home. Left fielder Roman Hernandez had three hits and second baseman Angel Franco had two hits as Northwest Arkansas pounded out 12 hits.

Justin Marks gave up two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings and got the victory.

Class A Lexington

Lexington pitchers Daniel Stumpf and Alec Mills combined on a shutout as the Legends beat Greenville 1-0 at home on Saturday night in a Class A game.

Stumpf, 2-0, allowed two singles and struck out five batters in 5 2/3 innings. He has not allowed an earned run in 15 1/3 innings this season. Stumpf was a ninth-round selection in last year’s draft out of San Jacinto College North.

Mills took it from there, giving up just one single, while striking out six in 3 1/3 innings.

The Legends scored on consecutive doubles by Ethan Chapman and Raul Mondesi in the bottom of the third inning.

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