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Saturday's minor-league report, part I: Blue Rocks sweep

NOTE: I’m posting this without the Class AA Northwest Arkansas report, because I’m trying to get more information on the Naturals’ 20-inning 5-4 victory at Springfield. I plan to do that later today. It was the longest game by innings and time in Naturals’ history.

Class A Wilmington pounded out 27 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Frederick on Saturday. They rallied for victories in both ends, taking opener 6-4 and the nightcap 18-5.

In the second game, the Keys led 5-0 after three innings as starter John Lamb allowed five runs on five hits in four innings with two walks and a strikeout.

Wilmington scored four in the fourth, five in the fifth, a run in the sixth and eight in the seventh and turned the game into a blowout.

Shortstop Jack Lopez went three for five with a triple, a home run and seven RBIs. In his first game, first baseman Jared Schlehuber had two hits, four RBIs and scored twice. He was the 2012 Summit League Player of the Year.

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio was four for four with two walks and two runs scored. His average is up to .320. Cheslor Cuthbert had two hits and scored twice, and Lane Adams had two hits and scored three runs.

In the opener, Wilmington trailed 2-0 after five innings, but pushed five runs across in the sixth, added a run in the seventh and held on for the victory.

Kenny Diekroeger had a two-run single in the sixth inning, and Wilmington also got runs on a bunt and a sacrifice fly.

Kyle Zimmer got a no-decision as he gave up five hits and two runs in four innings. He struck out three and walked two.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers save a five-run lead disappear in a 10-7 loss at Colorado Springs.

Omaha scored four runs in the top of the first as David Lough doubled and moved to second on a sacrifice by Christian Colon. Johnny Giavotella doubled home Lough and Max Ramirez singled to score Giavotella.

Anthony Seratelli then delivered an RBI double and scored on a single by Chad Tracy. In the fourth, Tracy’s sacrifice fly made it 5-0.

However, Colorado Springs scored four in the fifth to make it a one-run game. Brett Hayes’ RBI double got a run back, but the Sky Sox scored four in the seventh for an 8-6 lead. A wild run in the eighth got the Storm Chasers a run closer, but Colorado Springs scored a pair in their half of the inning.

Omaha starter Chris Dwyer gave us four runs in 5 1/3 innings, Blaine Boyer gave up four more in 1 2/3 innings and Donnie Joseph allowed two in the eighth.

Class A Lexington

Colin Rodgers threw six shutout innings as Lexington won the opener of a doubleheader against West Virginia 2-0.

The Power rallied late and won the nightcap 4-3.

In the first game, Rodgers struck out six and walked just one and lowered his ERA to 2.30. Mark Peterson got the save with a scoreless seventh.

The Legends got a run in the fifth as Nick Cuckovich walked, stole second and scored on a single by Raul Mondesi. In the sixth, Bubba Starling doubled and scored on a double by Jin-Ho Shin.

In the second game, Lexington led 3-1 after five innings, but coughed up the lead as the Power scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Legends reliever Ali Williams walked three and gave up a run in one-third of an inning, while Alec Mills gave up two walks and a two-run homer in the seventh.

Terrance Gore had three hits, scored twice and added an RBI for the Legends, while Starling and Mondesi each had a hit and an RBI.

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