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Jason Adam continues strong stretch for Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Jason Adam continued a recent string of good performances Thursday night and helped Class AA Northwest Arkansas beat Tulsa 4-2.

Adam, 2-6, gave up two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and just one walk.

On June 4, Adam’s ERA was an unsightly 6.59. But in his last three outings, Adam has allowed six earned runs in 19 2/3 innings and his ERA has dropped nearly a full run to 5.69.

“More than anything he’s battling confidence right now,” J.J. Picollo, the Royals Assistant General Manager for Scouting and Player Development, said last week.

“We are trying to address some things in his delivery. Like a lot of pitchers when they get hit a little bit, they subconsciously start do some things in order to get hitters out as opposed to staying with the plan and being consistent with that.”

Adam, who attended Blue Valley Northwest High School, had a 3.03 ERA over May and June a year ago.

“We’re trying to get him back to a delivery that he has enjoyed success with in the past,” Picollo said. “He’s been a work in progress.”

Right now, things are looking better.

Center fielder Lane Adams had two hits, including a solo homer, catcher Micah Gibbs had a two-run double and second baseman Justin Trapp had two hits. In his first game since being promoted, third baseman Hunter Dozer was zero for three with two strikeouts.

Other games

**Sugar Ray Marimon allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings as Class AAA Omaha lost 5-0 to Albuquerque. Marimon, 5-4, walked four and struck out four. The Storm Chasers were held to five hits, all singles.

**Luis Santos gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings and Class A-Advanced Wilmington lost 8-2 at Myrtle Beach. Daniel Stumpf gave up three runs on five hits in two innings. Bubba Starling had two hits, including an RBI triple for the Blue Rocks. Kenny Diekroeger also had a pair of hits.

**Delmarva scored seven runs in its final three innings at the plate and beat Class A Lexington 7-5. Legends starter Jake Junis gave up three runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two. Kevin Perez allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings and Andrew Edwards, 2-3, gave up two unearned runs in one inning of work. Third baseman Mauricio Ramos had three hits, including a solo home run.

**Third baseman Mike Hill went four for four with two doubles, but Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls lost 10-7 to Orem. First baseman Samir Duenez hit a three-run home run in the first inning for the Chukars.

**After scoring three runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead, Rookie Burlington gave up one in the bottom of the half and another in the 12th and lost 8-7. Left fielder Brandon Dulin had three hits, including two home runs, and three RBIs. He had a two-run shot as part of the ninth-inning rally. Shortstop Marten Gasparini also had three hits. Starter Carlos Herrera allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings.

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