Bubba Starling hit a two-run homer in the top of the first, and that’s all Class A-Advanced Wilmington would need thanks to starter Christian Binford.
Over seven innings, Binford gave up three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out eight as the Blue Rocks won 8-1 at Carolina. Binford, 2-1, threw 82 pitches and 60 were for strikes. He got nine groundball outs and no flyball outs. His ERA dropped to 1.91.
Raul Mondesi opened the game with a single and Starling followed with his second home run of the season, a shot to left field.
Mondesi’s RBI double scored Terrance Gore in the second inning, and Wilmington blew it open with five in fourth inning. Cody Stubbs opened with a walk and moved to second on Kenny Diekroeger single. Gore reached on a bunt and all three runners scored when Mondesi reached on an error by the Carolina third baseman.
Starling reached on a fielder’s choice that forced Mondesi. Starling stole second ahead of Hunter Dozier’s walk. After an out, the runners moved up a base on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Johermyn Chavez, making it 8-0.Other games
•John Lamb got his first win of the year as Class AAA Omaha beat Oklahoma City 4-2. Lamb gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out seven. Spencer Patton (two-thirds of an inning), Francisley Bueno (one inning, one hit, two strikeouts) and Buddy Baumann (two innings, three hits, two strikeouts, one walk) pitched shutout ball in relief. Lorenzo Cain was zero for three and he is hitless in seven at-bats on his rehab assignment. Third baseman Johnny Giavotella had two doubles and two RBIs. It was his third straight multi-hit game and he is batting .382. Shortstop Pedro Ciriaco
added two hits, including a double, with one RBI.
•Kaleb Cowart hit a solo homer off Noel Arguelles in the top of the 15th inning and Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 5-4 to Arkansas. The Naturals led 3-0 after five innings as starter Sam Selman pitched allowed three hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked two. But the Travelers scored three in the sixth against Greg Billo. It remained tied 3-3 until the top of the 14th when Arkansas pushed a run across against Arguelles. But the Naturals tied it in the bottom half when Mark Threlkeld
walked, moved to second on a sacrifice, took third on a wild pitch. After an out, another wild pitch brought Threlkeld home. Although Arguelles took the loss, it was his best outing of the season. He gave up the two runs on three hits with no walks in four innings. He struck out three and his ERA dropped from 14.59 to 12.12.
•Luis Rico allowed five runs on six hits in four innings and Class A Lexington lost 7-1 at Hagerstown. Reliever Andrew Edwards gave up two runs on seven hits in four innings. Right fielder Elier Hernandez had two doubles and first baseman Samir Duenez added two hits, including a double. The Legends had eight hits and walked twice, but they were just two for 14 with runners in scoring position.