Jeff Francoeur hits grand slam against Omaha

The good news for Class AAA Omaha on Saturday night was designated hitter Matt Fields’ two solo homers as part of a four-hit night.

There was little else to like as the Storm Chasers lost 12-3 to El Paso.

Omaha starter Ryan Verdugo gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. All of the runs came via three home runs that Verdugo allowed, including a grand slam by former Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

Chris Dwyer got just two outs before allowing a three-run homer as the Chihuahuas poured it on. Blake Wood faced five batters, and he walked four and gave up a hit. Two runs scored against him.

Verdugo’s ERA jumped from 2.52 to 4.11.

By the way, if you haven’t seen the prank on Francoeur by his El Paso teammates, take 7 minutes and watch it.

Other games

**Ali Williams gave up a run in the eighth inning as Tulsa broke a tie and beat Class AA Northwest Arkansas 4-3. Naturals starter J.C. Sulbaran struck out eight in six innings, but he allowed three runs on five hits. First baseman Cheslor Cuthbert had two hits, including a double.

**Zane Evans hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as Class A-Advanced Wilmington rallied for an 8-7 win at Myrtle Beach. The Blue Rocks trailed 6-5 in the eighth inning when Daniel Rockett’s homer tied the game. The Pelicans scored in their half of the inning, but that merely set the stage for Evans’ heroics. Raul Mondesi had three hits, including a double and triple, and scored three times. Bubba Starling had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice.

**Luke Farrell gave up two unearned runs on seven hits, but took the loss as Class A Lexington lost 2-1 at Delmarva. Farrell, 1-7, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. Catcher Frank Schwindel hit a solo homer and third baseman Mauricio Ramos had two doubles.

**First baseman Ryan O’Hearn and catcher Pedro Gonzalez home runs and Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls collected 18 hits in a 12-4 win at Grand Junction. O’Hearn, the Royals’ eight-round pick in this month’s draft, was five for five in his first game. Left fielder Alexis Rivera had three hits and two RBIs, while shortstop Luis Valenzuela had three hits.

**Catcher Chase Vallot and right fielder Logan Moon each had two hits, but Rookie Burlington lost 4-0 to Pulaski.

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