Left-hander Danny Duffy outdueled Cardinals’ prospect Michael Wacha, but neither pitcher got a decision as Class AAA Omaha beat Memphis 8-3 on Wednesday night.
Duffy allowed one run on seven hits in six innings with two walks and three strikeouts. He threw 95 pitches and 57 were for strikes. Duffy was pulled after six innings and, when reliever Maikel Cleto started the bottom of the seventh, Omaha led 3-1.
However, Cleto gave up two runs in the seventh as the Redbirds tied the game.
The Storm Chasers regained the lead while batting around in the eighth, scoring four runs as the first five batters reached base. Willy Taveras opened with a single and Anthony Seratelli reached on a bunt single. Taveras stole third and then scored on a double by Ben Broussard that moved Seratelli to third.
Max Ramirez reached on an error that got Seratelli home and Brett Hayes followed with a single to score Broussard as Ramirez moved to second. A long flyout advanced both runners and Quintin Berry was intentionally walked to load the bases. Paulo Orlando then hit a sacrifice fly.
Berry had three of the Storm Chasers’ 12 hits, while Seratelli and Taveras each had two hits. Cleto, claimed off waivers from the Cardinals last month, got the win.
Class AA Northwest Arkansas
Orlando Calixte hit a grand slam as part of a five-run sixth inning and the Naturals beat Springfield 10-5.
It was a seesaw affair. Brett Eibner’s two-run triple was part of a three-run second inning as Northwest Arkansas took a 3-2 lead. Springfield tied it with a run in the third, but Whit Merrifield hit a two-run triple of his own to put the Naturals ahead 5-3 after four innings.
Left-hander Noel Arguelles relieved Andy Ferguson to start the sixth and immediately ran into trouble. He gave up a leadoff single to former Royal Ruben Gotay and walked the next batter. After getting two outs that got a run home, Luis Mateo’s RBI double tied the game.
Arguelles walked the next batter and was replaced. His ERA is 6.61. Sam Runion, who struck out two of the four batters he faced, improved to 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Rey Navarro reached on an error with one out. Yem Prades singled and Mitch Canham reached on an error as well that scored Navarro. After an out, Eibner walked to load the bases. Springfield brought in Heath Wyatt to pitch and Calixte greeted him with his grand slam.
Prades finished with three hits and three runs scored, while Cheslor Cuthbert had two hits, including a double, and scored a run.
Class A Lexington
Miguel Almonte allowed four runs on four hits with two walks in three innings as the Legends lost 6-3 to Greensboro.
Almonte, who was chosen for the Futures Game at next week’s All-Star Game, had gone seven straight starts without allowing more than two runs until Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Almonte has been a pleasant surprise this season, says J.J. Picollo, the Royals assistant general manager of scouting and player development.
“The strides he’s made in one calendar year (are impressive),” Picollo said. “We had expectations, but he’s certainly exceeded them and really performed well. He’s very mature in the way he’s gone about things. A lot has happened in the last year.”
In Wednesday’s game, Raul Mondesi had two hits and scored a run, while Mark Threlkeld had a double, an RBI, scored a run and walked twice. Bubba Starling was hitless and is zero for his last 18.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Left-hander John Lamb gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings as the Blue Rocks lost 6-1 to Frederick.
Lamb, who allowed all three runs in the top of the first, gave up six hits, but didn’t walk anyone and struck out three. He has a 5.55 ERA.
Wilmington had four hits in the game.
Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls
Helena scored four unearned runs in the seventh inning and broke open a tight game in beating the Chukars 9-7.
Idaho Falls trailed 5-4 when Josiel Martinez took the hill to start the seventh. He gave up two hits, walked three and got just two outs as the Brewers grabbed 9-4 lead.
Starter Ashton Goudeau, 0-4, gave up five runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings.
Catcher Frank Schwindel had a home run, a double, three RBIs and scored a run for the Chukars. Right fielder Elier Hernandez hit a two-run homer.