Bubba Starling hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that broke a tie and helped Low-A Lexington beat Hagerstown 5-2.
The Legends tweeted that the home run traveled 420 feet.
Hagerstown had tied the game with a solo shot in the top of the eighth, but Raul Mondesi singled and stole second ahead of Starling’s blast. Michael Antonio followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.
In his first start after pitching out of the bullpen, Alec Mills tossed six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits without a walk. He struck out six.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas
Jason Adam, a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Blue Valley Northwest, tied a Naturals record with 11 strikeouts, but took the loss as Corpus Christi won 5-0.
Adam pitched seven innings and gave up six hits and four runs with no walks.
The Naturals managed just three hits.
Kyle Smith continued his strong season by allowing just one run on six hits in six innings as the Blue Rocks beat Carolina 4-3.
Smith, 3-1, threw 64 of his 95 pitches for strikes and got seven groundouts to one flyout. For the season he has a 2.00 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 54 innings. He’s walked just 18 this year and opponents are hitting just .193 against him.
Designated hitter Daniel Mateo hit a two-run homer in the first on Thursday for the Blue Rocks. Center fielder Lane Adams’ two-run double in the second made it 4-0.
Carolina scored twice in the ninth, but Antonio Cruz held on for the save.
Class AAA Omaha
Ryan Verdugo gave up five runs (just two earned) in 6 2/3 innings and took the loss as the Storm Chasers lost 8-1 at Oklahoma City.
It was a 1-1 game in the fourth when the RedHawks scored twice, then added two more in the fifth. They added three in the eighth thanks to a passed ball, balk, walk and three hits.
Xavier Nady’s home run accounted for the Storm Chasers’ only run.