Starling’s hit streak ends in Wilmington’s shutout win

It was nearly a perfect day for Class A-Advanced Wilmington as it won 6-0 at Carolina.

The good: Glenn Sparkman and Zeb Sneed combined on a six-hitter. Sparkman allowed three hits and struck out four in five innings and Sneed gave up the other three hits and had three strikeouts in the last four frames.

Right fielder Daniel Rockett had two hits and knocked in a pair of runs, while third baseman Hunter Dozier had two hits and scored twice. Second baseman Kenny Diekroeger also had two hits and DH Zane Evans scored twice.

Shortstop Raul Mondesi, who hasn’t played since May 16 while battling back spasms, took batting practice but didn’t play in the game.

The one downside: center fielder Bubba Starling was hitless in four at-bats and saw his 15-game hitting streak come to an end.

Other games

Brett Tomko allowed one run in five innings and Class AAA Omaha won 9-1 at Oklahoma City. Tomko, 3-3, gave up three hits and walked five. Buddy Baumann threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. In his first game since a promotion from Class AA Northwest Arkansas, Wilking Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out two in the ninth. DH Carlos Peguero had two hits and three RBIs and catcher Francisco Pena scored twice, had two hits and knocked in two. Shortstop Christian Colon had three hits, as did left fielder Justin Maxwell, who also scored twice. Maxwell scored a pair of runs, too. Mike Moustakas went one for five with a double.

Andy Ferguson gave up three runs in four innings of Class AA Northwest Arkansas’ 3-2 loss at San Antonio. Ferguson threw 89 pitches and two of them did the damage as the Missions hit a solo homer and a two-run shot. In his first game since being promoted from Class A-Advanced Wilmington, Ali Williams tossed two scoreless innings. He allowed a hit, walked one and struck out three. Lane Adams and Justin Trapp each had two hits.

Ashville got a walk-off fielder’s choice in a 10-9 win over Lexington. Max White beat out a double play attempt and the winning run scored. The Legends were ahead 9-8 going to the bottom of the ninth when Alex Black allowed a game-tying home run with one out. The next batter tripled and after an intentional walk to set up the double play, the Legends couldn’t turn two. DH Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado opened the game with a home run for Lexington, which also got home runs from catcher Frank Schwindel and left fielder Fred Ford. Third baseman Mauricio Ramos had three hits. Starter Matt Tenuta gave up six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.