Royals minor leaguer throws eight no-hit innings

Right-hander Jake Junis pitched no-hit ball for eight innings as Class A Lexington beat Hagerstown 1-0 on Sunday.

The Legends missed out on the no-hitter when reliever Matt Alvarez allowed a hit. He also walked a batter and struck out two.

Junis, 5-2, struck out six, walked one and hit a batter as his ERA dropped to 2.66.

“You know guys have certain tendencies, and they’re a really good fastball-hitting team; they’re a good team, period, actually,” Junis told MiLB.com. “I wanted to get the fastball going early on and I started using the change-up more and more. Something just clicked, man, and together with my catcher (Frank Schwindel), we were able to get it done.”

Junis didn’t have a chance to go for the no-hitter as he reached 88 pitches, according to the story at MiLB.com

The Legends got the game’s only run when Mauricio Ramos’ single brought home Elier Hernandez in the second inning.

Other games

Class AAA Omaha clubbed six home runs that led to all of its runs in an 8-2 win at Memphis.

The hit parade began with DH Matt Fields’ solo shot to open the second inning. The Redbirds scored twice in their half of the frame, but center fielder Paulo Orlando hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Fields followed with another solo homer to make it 5-2.

An inning later, catcher Francisco Pena hit his ninth homer of the season to increase the lead to 6-2. It stayed that way until the ninth when second baseman Jason Donald opened the inning with a homer and Jimmy Paredes hit a solo homer with two outs.

Aaron Brooks, 3-1, gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked one. Buddy Baumann threw two scoreless innings and Spencer Patton had a perfect ninth inning.

A wild eighth inning didn’t go Class AA Northwest Arkansas’ way in a 6-5 loss at Tulsa. Jorge Bonifacio hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth that gave the Naturals a 4-2 lead. But in the bottom of the inning, Scott Alexander made one of the Naturals’ two errors in the eighth and he allowed four runs as Tulsa jumped ahead 6-4. Jared Schlehuber’s RBI double in the top of the ninth cut the deficit to one, but there it remained. Andrew Triggs allowed one run on two hits in four innings and his ERA increased to 0.96. Angel Baez conceded an unearned run in his three innings. In addition to his home run, Bonifacio had a double.

Daniel Rockett’s single scored Michael Antonio in the top of the eighth inning, breaking a tie and Class A-Advanced Wilmington won 5-4 at Lynchburg. Center fielder Bubba Starling had a two-run single as part of Wilmington’s three-run fourth. Starling had three RBIs total and threw out a runner on the basepaths. Starter Jonathan Dziedzic allowed three runs on five hits with four walks in three innings. Ali Williams (three innings, one run), John Walter (one inning, no runs) and Mark Peterson (two innings, one hit) kept the Hillcats mostly in check from there. Peterson got his eighth save.

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