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Monday in the minors: Lexington wins in walk-off fashion

Third baseman Adrian Morales hit a walk-off home run on Monday as Class A Lexington beat Kannapolis 2-1.

Bryan Brickhouse, who won the South Atlantic Pitcher of the Week award for May 6-12, started for the Legends and gave up just one run on seven hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Cory Hall (three innings of no-hit relief), Mark Peterson (two innings, one hit) and Ali Williams (one no-hit inning) combined for six innings of shutout ball.

The Legends took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Terrance Gore reached on a two-base error and scored two batters later on a double by Michael Antonio. Antonio had two doubles in the game.

Class AAA Omaha

An error by Storm Chasers catcher Adam Moore on a force out at home allowed Colorado Springs to score the winning run in its 7-6 victory.

Omaha led 6-3 when Michael Mariot came on to start the ninth, and he allowed two singles around a strikeout. After giving up a two-run double, Mariot was pulled for Everett Teaford. He gave up an RBI double, then walked two batters before the error.

Second baseman Johnny Giavotella had three hits, while left fielder David Lough, first baseman Xavier Nady and designated hitter Max Ramirez all had two hits. Every Omaha player had at least one hit as the Storm Chasers collected 15.

Omaha starter Francisley Bueno gave up one run on four hits in four innings.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Travis Witherspoon’s two-out solo homer off Matt Ridings gave Arkansas a 4-3 win against the Naturals.

The Travelers tied it in the eighth when Jon Keck gave up a single, and Arkansas sacrificed the runner to second. Matt Ridings relieved and threw a wild pitch. After a strikeout, he gave up an RBI single that tied the game.

In the top of the ninth, Roman Hernandez hit a double for the Naturals. Alex Llanos followed with a single, but Hernandez was thrown out at the plate.

Starter Brooks Pounders gave up two runs on six hits in five innings for the Naturals.

Third baseman Rey Navarro had two hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice.

Class A Wilmington

Left-hander Sam Selman gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings as the Blue Rocks lost to Frederick 7-3. One of the runs was unearned, but Selman walked five and allowed four hits. He struck out five.

The Keys led 6-0 going into the eighth when right fielder Alex Hudak hit a two-run homer for Wilmington. In the ninth, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert doubled and scored on a single by shortstop Jack Lopez.

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