Christian Binford turns in another solid outing as Wilmington wins

Christian Binford continued his solid season at Class A-Advanced Wilmington, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings Monday as the Blue Rocks won 9-3 at Frederick.

Bubba Starling, who was named the Carolina League’s player of the week on Monday, went two for four with a solo homer and two runs scored. Starling has had multi-hit games in each of the first five games out of the all-star break, and he is hitting .478 (11 for 23) in that span.

Catcher Cam Gallagher hit a two-run homer, and DH Zane Evans had three hits, including two doubles.

Binford, 5-3, struck out six batters and has fanned 21 batters without a walk in his last four starts. For the season, he has 85 strikeouts and 11 walks.

“I thought for most of the night (Binford) located really well down in the zone,” manager Darryl Kennedy said on the team’s web site. “It was probably one of his better outings of being down in the zone with the first-pitch strikes.”

Other games

**John Lamb allowed four runs, but just one earned in five innings as Class AAA Omaha lost 6-2 to El Paso. Lamb, who made the error that led to the three unearned runs, gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out seven. Shortstop Christian Colon had three hits and Johnny Giavotella knocked in both of the Storm Chasers’ runs. Omaha was just one for 11 with runners in scoring position.

**Reliever Pedro Fernandez allowed three runs in the sixth inning and Class A Lexington lost 3-1 at Hagerstown. First baseman Frank Schwindel had two hits and the Legends’ lone RBI. Catcher Chad Johnson also had two hits and he walked twice. Second baseman Humberto Arteaga had a pair of hits also.

**Foster Griffin, the 28th overall pick in this month’s draft, made his professional debut, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out two in one inning of work as Rookie Burlington beat Bristol 3-1. Amalani Fukofuka had two doubles and an RBI for the Royals.

**Catcher Kyle Pollock hit a three-run homer and Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls collected 16 hits in a 10-2 victory at Grand Junction. Every player had at least one hit and seven had two. Shortstop Corey Toups had two RBIs and two walks.

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