Opinion

Herrera is still dealing, Starling snaps ugly skid

Justin Marks and Kelvin Herrera combined on a six-hitter as Class AAA Omaha beat Round Rock 2-0 on Saturday night.

Herrera was sensational again as he didn’t allow a hit or walk in two innings (although he hit a batter) and struck out three. In his last four outings, Herrera has gone 101/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. He has 14 strikeouts in that span.

Marks, 4-9, gave up six hits, walked three and struck out five.

Omaha got its first run in the third when Christian Colon doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Max Ramirez. The Storm Chasers made it 2-0 in the sixth when Ramirez hit a leadoff double and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Irving Falu.

Class A Lexington

About the only good news to come from the Legends’ 8-1 loss to Delmarva was that Bubba Starling ended a zero-for-25 skid.

Starling, the Royals’ first pick in the 2011 draft, singled to lead off the ninth and scored the lone run on Mark Donato’s single. His average is at .213.

Lexington had three hits in the game. Legends starter Leonel Santiago, 1-1, allowed six runs on nine hits in 51/3 innings with four strikeouts.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

The Blue Rocks’ 2-1 win against Lynchburg wasn’t for the faint of heart.

The game was scoreless through 10 innings when the Hillcats pushed a run across against Malcom Culver in the 11th. They did it without a hit: walk, sacrifice bunt, wild pitch and fielder’s choice.

In the bottom of the inning, Lane Adams singled, Tyler Chism was hit by a pitch and Daniel Mateo walked to load the bases. However, Parker Morin and Ethan Chapman struck out and it seemed like the Blue Rocks had let victory slip through their hands.

However, Jack Lopez singled home Adams and Alex McClure followed with another single that scored Chism with the winning run.

Left-hander Sam Selman allowed just two hits and three walks in 71/3 shutout innings with five strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 3.65.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Brett Eibner hit two solo homers and two doubles, but the Naturals lost 7-4 to Springfield.

Northwest Arkansas has 12 hits, including five doubles, and walked three times, but it was one for 14 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.

Conversely, the Cardinals got six hits and walked three times but managed to score seven runs.

Naturals starter Aaron Brooks, 3-3, gave up five runs on four hits with two walks in seven innings.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Hunter Dozier, the Royals’ first pick in last month’s draft, hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot, as the Chukars won 6-2 at Missoula.

Humberto Arteaga had two hits, including a double, and a RBI, while Cody Stubbs had a double among his two hits. Frank Schwindel had two hits and scored a run.

Starter Jonathan Dziedzic tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two. Yender Caramo, 2-1, gave up two runs (one earned) in 41/3 innings with five strikeouts.

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