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Encouraging Arguelles performance and homers from Colon and Mondesi

Class AA Northwest Arkansas collected 14 hits and beat Springfield 7-5 on Friday night.

The game was tied 3-3 when the Naturals scored four times in the fifth inning. Brett Eibner opened with a single and moved to third on a double by Orlando Calixte and both runners then scored on Rey Navarro’s double.

Matt Fields then walked and Lane Adams singled home Navarro. Angel Franco singled to load the bases and the final run scored on a double-play grounder.

Roman Hernandez had three hits and two RBIs, while Whit Merrifield, Franco, Adams and Calixte each had two hits. Fields added his 26th homer of the season.

Starter Aaron Brooks, 4-3, won despite allowing 13 hits and two walks in six innings. He gave up four runs (three earned) and had four strikeouts.

Noel Arguelles pitched two scoreless and hitless innings, allowing two walks and striking out three. Santiago Garrido got his second save despite allowing an unearned run in the ninth.

Arguelles’ performance continued a strong stretch. He has allowed just one hit in his last 52/3 innings covering three outings. Arguelles, a left-hander from Cuba who is on the Royals’ 40-man roster, has struck out five in that span as his ERA has dipped to a still-unsightly 6.07.

Class A Lexington

An error allowed Michael Antonio to score with what proved to be the winning run in the Legends’ 3-2 victory at Rome.

Antonio opened the eighth inning with a double and moved to third after a sacrifice bunt by Kenny Diekroeger. Terrance Gore then reached on an error that scored Antonio.

The Legends got on the board early. Gore opened the game with a single, stole second (his 51st of the season) and Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer.

Starter Greg Billo, who was making his first start after playing in the Arizona League, allowed three hits in five scoreless innings with no walks and five strikeouts. However, he was denied a victory when Aroni Nina, 7-3, gave up two runs on four hits in two innings.

Chas Byrne and John Walter then pitched a scoreless inning each. Walter struck out the side and got his third save.

Class AAA Omaha

Justin Marks allowed four runs on five hits and four walks in 21/3 innings as the Storm Chasers lost 4-3 at Albuquerque.

Christian Colon hit a solo homer, his seventh of the year and had two hits as did Quintin Berry. Anthony Seratelli, who played third base, had a single and walked three times. Omaha had 10 hits and walked eight times, but left 10 runners on base.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

The Blue Rocks committed four errors that led to six unearned runs in a 10-6 loss to Myrtle Beach.

Leonel Santiago, in his first start after pitching at Lexington, gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits in three innings. Spencer Patton gave up three unearned runs on five hits in 21/3 innings.

Justin Trapp hit a solo homer and scored twice, while Alex McClure had three hits. Jorge Bonifacio and Jared Schlehuber each had two hits, and Schlehuber added two RBIs.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Jake Junis allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits as the Chukars lost 7-6 to Helena. Junis walked two and struck out three and he was hurt by the longball. The Brewers hit two homers.

Chukars catcher Frank Schwindel had three hits, including a double, with one RBI. Left fielder Alexis Rivera and first baseman Cody Stubbs each had two hits. Hunter Dozier added an RBI double.

Rookie Burlington

The Royals were swept 7-6 and 5-2 in a doubleheader at Bluefield.

In the opener, Burlington blew a 6-1 lead. Tyler Chism, who was recently sent from Wilmington, hit a three-run homer. Jose Miguel Rodriguez walked two and gave up one hit, allowing three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as he blew the save.

Cesar Ogando, 0-2, gave up five runs in the fifth inning. He gave up four hits, walked three and struck out three.

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