Opinion

Sugar Ray Marimon is sharp again for Class AAA Omaha

Sugar Ray Marimon continued his fine season as he allowed one run in seven innings on Sunday, helping Class AAA Omaha beat Oklahoma City 4-1.

Marimon, 3-1, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four as his ERA dropped to 2.30. His lone mistake was allowing a solo home run in the seventh inning. Kameron Loe pitched two hitless innings for his first save. He walked one.

In four of his five starts for the Storm Chasers, Marimon has allowed one run or fewer.

The Storm Chasers opened the scoring in the second inning when Matt Fields and Paulo Orlando opened the inning with singles. They moved up a base on Brian Bocock’s sacrifice bunt. Jesus Flores’ double brought them both in.

In the third inning, Johnny Giavotella drew a one-out walk and Carlos Peguero singled. Matt Fields followed with a two-run double.

OTHER GAMES

• 

Daniel Stumpf

gave up one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings as Class A-Advanced Wilmington won 2-1 at Carolina. Stumpf, 1-4, gave up four hits, walked one and struck out seven. The game was scoreless through six innings, but

Daniel Rockett

hit a one-out double in the seventh.

Cam Gallagher

singled to put runners on the corners, but Rockett was out at the plate as

Kenny Diekroeger

reached on a fielder’s choice.

Terrance Gore

was hit by a pitch to load the bases and

Jack Lopez

’s infield single scored Gallagher and Diekroeger came in on an error. Center fielder

Bubba Starling

had two hits, including a double, and he has a modest four-game hitting streak.

• Andy Ferguson gave up four runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings as Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 5-3 to Arkansas. He struck out one and didn’t walk a batter. Designated hitter

Mark Threlkeld

had two hits, including a two-run home run, his fifth of the season. Right fielder

Jorge Bonifacio

also had two hits, and one was a triple.

• Better, but not great for left-hander

Cody Reed

, who took the loss as Class A Lexington fell 10-8 at Hagerstown. Reed, who recorded just one out in his first start, allowed seven runs (four earned) on five hits in four innings. Reed, the Royals’ second-round pick in last year’s draft, walked three and struck out one. Lefty

Crawford Simmons

made his first appearance and gave up three runs on four hits in three innings. Matt Alvarez pitched a perfect eighth. Center fielder

Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado

’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning, cut a three-run deficit to 4-3. But Hagerstown scored three in the bottom of the fourth off Reed and went on to the victory.

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