Opinion

Omaha starter Clayton Mortensen’s ERA jumps ... to 0.99

Clayton Mortensen’s worst outing of the season came Thursday in Class AAA Omaha’s 7-2 win at Oklahoma City.

Thing is, most pitchers would be pretty happy to have Mortensen’s line Thursday. He allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. The Royals got Mortensen in a trade last August with the Boston Red Sox for Quintin Berry, and they resigned him in November. His ERA is now 0.99 in five games.

Tim Collins pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Chris Dwyer tossed one-hit ball over two innings.

Catcher Francisco Pena had four hits, including a home run, and three RBIs. Center fielder Paulo Orlando also had a home run.

Other games

**Andy Ferguson tossed six scoreless innings and Class AA Northwest Arkansas won 6-4 at Midland. Ferguson, 6-6, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out four. Center fielder Lane Adams hit a two-run homer and added a double. Third baseman Hunter Dozier and left fielder Justin Trapp each had three hits and an RBI.

**Sean Manaea gave up three runs on four hits in a season-high 6 1/3 innings, but Class A-Advanced Wilmington was no-hit in a 5-1 loss to Lynchburg. Manaea allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five. Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson combined on the no-no for Lynchburg.

**Class A Lexington lost a pair of one-run games as it was swept 3-2 and 1-0 in a doubleheader at Hagerstown. In the opener, Cody Reed gave up two runs on five hits in five innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Jose Miguel Rodriguez gave up a run in his inning of relief and took the loss. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado and DH Mauricio Ramos each hit a solo homer, and Ramos had three hits total. In the nightcap, Crawford Simmons, 1-2, allowed a run on three hits in five innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. Lexington had four hits.

**Torey Deshazier allowed one run five-innings of relief and Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls beat Grand Junction 6-2. He struck out six. Right fielder Alexis Rivera had three hits and third baseman Mike Hill had two for the Chukars.

**Meibrys Viloria had the only hit for Rookie-Burlington in a 7-0 loss to Elizabethton. Carter Hope, 0-2, allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

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