Whit Merrifield had four hits, including two doubles, scored three runs and stole a base, helping Class AAA Omaha to a 7-4 victory at Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Merrifield, raised his average to .386, was one of four Storm Chasers with a multiple hits. Designated hitter Carlos Peguero had three hits, including a solo shot.
Starter Aaron Brooks, 7-2, allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four. Casey Coleman pitched two shutout innings and Tim Collins got his first save after retiring all four batters he faced, including three via strikeout.
**After being no-hit in consecutive games, Class A-Advanced Wilmington had six hits, but still lost 4-2 at Salem. Daniel Rockett had two hits, including a double. Starter Jonathan Dziedzic, 5-5, gave up four runs on six hits in five innings.
**Lane Adams hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, but Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 5-3 at Frisco. Starter Sam Selman, 3-5, gave up three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Noel Arguelles pitched two shutout innings. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last six outings, covering 7 1/3 innings.
**Dexter Kjerstad hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, but there was nothing dramatic about it as it merely made the scoreline a bit easier to take for Class A Lexington, which lost 11-3 to Augusta. Starter Luis Rico, 2-6, gave up six runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. He also struck out five.
**Erik Skoglund, the Royals’ third-round pick in this month’s draft, allowed three runs on on three hits in 1 1/3 innings in his second start as Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls lost 6-3 to Grand Junction. Right fielder Alexis Rivera hit a solo homer, while catcher Pedro Gonzalez and center fielder Desmond Henry each had two hits.
**Meibrys Viloria hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Rookie Burlington beat Greeneville 5-1. Starter Yunior Marte gave up one run in four innings, Robinson Yambati pitched a perfect inning and Julio Pinto, 2-0, had four scoreless frames, allowing a hit and walking three.