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Omaha loses, but Sugar Ray Marimon has another stellar outing

Class AAA Omaha had just six singles Friday night in a 4-0 loss at Memphis that ruined a nice outing from Sugar Ray Marimon.

Marimon allowed two runs — on two solo homers by the Cardinals’ Scott Moore — in seven innings, but took the loss. He gave up five hits total, walked two and struck out six. Since being promoted to Omaha earlier in the season, Marimon has a 2.41 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 11 walks in 41 innings in seven starts.

“He’s really made that jump pretty seamlessly,” Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said earlier this week. “He’s got a really good mix of his breaking ball and change-up, along with his fastball.

“His change-up is the pitch he’s probably most comfortable with, but what I think is allowing him to have success at the upper levels of Double-A and now Triple-A is he can throw his curveball for a strike, he can throw his change-up where he gets a hitter to chase it early in the count, so he gets a lot of three pitch or less outs.”

Third baseman Christian Colon and right fielder Paulo Orlando each had two hits on Friday night.

Other games

Class AA Northwest Arkansas was held to three singles in a 3-1 loss at Tulsa. Naturals starter Andy Ferguson, 2-3, gave up all three runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Matthew Murray pitched two hitless innings of relief.

Left-hander Sean Manaea allowed one run in four innings in the opener of Class A-Advanced Wilmington’s 5-1 win at Lynchburg in the opener of a doubleheader. The Hillcats won the nightcap 7-1. In the first game, Glenn Sparkman got the win by allowing two hits in three shutout innings. Shortstop Raul Mondesi had two doubles and center fielder Bubba Starling had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run. In the second game, Daniel Stumpf gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out five. Zeb Sneed allowed four runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning.

Designated hitter Dominique Taylor hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, but that was the extent of the good news for Class A Lexington, which lost 11-1 at Asheville. Starter Matt Tenuta allowed seven runs on 11 hits in four innings. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

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