Opinion

Bruce Chen has rough time in rehab outing

Royals left-hander Bruce Chen had a rough outing in his latest rehab start Friday night but Class AAA Omaha rallied for a 7-6 victory in 11 innings at Fresno.

Christian Colon’s solo homer in the 11th won it for the Storm Chasers.

Chen gave up six runs on eight hits over three innings. He walked two and struck out one. Five relievers combined on a three-hitter that allowed the Storm Chasers to rally for the win.

Spencer Patton, 3-0, pitched two hitless innings. He walked two and struck out two. Louis Coleman got his first save with a hitless 11th inning.

Omaha trailed heading into the ninth, but Colon opened the inning with a double and took third when Johnny Giavotella reached on an error. Justin Maxwell hit a sacrifice fly that scored the go-ahead run.

Colon had three hits and scored three runs, while Maxwell went four for five with three RBIs. Omaha had 19 hits in the game. Jimmy Paredes, Brian Bocock and White Merrifield each had three hits.

Other games

Christian Binford scattered three hits over six scoreless innings as Class A-Advanced Wilmington beat Carolina 6-0 in the opener of a doubleheader. The two games were both supposed to go seven innings, but in the nightcap, the Blue Rocks scored three in the seventh before losing 4-3 in eight innings.

In the first game, Binford struck out five and didn’t walk a batter and his ERA dropped to 2.19. Binford, 4-3, threw 93 pitches, including 63 for strikes. Third baseman Hunter Dozier got Wilmington going in the first inning with a three-run homer. He finished with two hits and scored twice.

Daniel Rockett and Terrance Gore had RBI singles in the seventh inning of the second game, but Yender Caramo gave up a run in the eighth. Starter Luis Santos gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and five walks in six innings. He struck out five.

Andy Ferguson gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings, but Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 2-1 at Springfield. Ferguson, 4-6, struck out three and walked two. The Naturals had just three hits and scored an unearned run.

Class A Lexington starter Luke Farrell allowed seven runs on six hits with three walks in five innings as the Legends lost 8-2 to Charleston. The River Dogs scored four in the first and three in the second and cruised to the win. Right fielder Elier Hernandez had three hits, including a solo homer.

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