Opinion

Tuesday in the minors: Aaron Brooks is dealing, Christian Colon stays hot

Aaron Brooks scattered five hits over eight shutout innings on Tuesday night and High-A Wilmington held on for a 4-3 victory against Lynchburg.

Robinson Yambati relieved in the ninth inning and gave up all three runs, although he was hurt by an error. The Hillcats scored twice and had runners on second and third with one out, but Yambati got a flyout (which scored a run) and a groundout to close out the victory.

Wilmington opened the scoring with two in the fourth. Daniel Mateo led off with a single, and Lane Adams followed with a walk. Cheslor Cuthbert had an RBI double and Kenny Diekroeger singled home the other run.

The Blue Rocks scored two more runs in the fifth after an error by Lynchburg.

But the night belonged to Brooks, who struck out five without a walk. It was his fourth straight quality start and his ERA dropped to 3.97. After allowing 14 earned runs in his first 13 innings, Brooks has allowed just seven earned runs in his last 32 1/3 innings (1.95 ERA).

Brooks was a ninth-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Class AAA Omaha

Tucson scored three in the 10th and beat the Storm Chasers 5-2.

The Padres scored a pair of runs in the top of the first against Justin Marks, but in the sixth inning shortstop Christian Colon tripled and second baseman Johnny Giavotella singled him home. Omaha tied it in the seventh when Xavier Nady singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on Chad Tracy’s single.

But a pair of bunt singles helped Tucson load the bases. Atahualpa Severino relieved Michael Mariot, but a groundout and two walks pushed a couple of runs across for Tucson.

Over his last 10 games, Colon is batting .333 (12 for 36) with a triple, two homers, five walks and six RBIs. He is the Royals 13th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America.

Low-A Lexington

Bubba Starling started a winning rally with a strikeout as the Legends beat Asheville 4-3.

Lexington was down 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, but had runners on second and third with two outs when Starling struck out. However, the ball got away from the catcher and a run scored when Starling was safe at first.

After Fred Ford walked to load the bases, Michael Antonio delivered a two-run single that made it 4-3.

Starling was zero for four. Yowill Espinal hit a solo homer for Lexington, which made three errors that led to three unearned runs as Ashville grabbed a 3-1 lead against starter Christian Binford.

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