Opinion

Twenty hits not enough for Royals’ Class A affiliate

Class A Lexington had three home runs among its 20 hits on Tuesday night as it scored 12 runs. It wasn’t enough.

The Legends lost 16-12 to Greensboro despite having a five-run inning and a six-run inning.

The Grasshoppers scored six in the second inning, but the Legends matched it with their six-spot in the fourth. Greensboro had four in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the ninth.

Lexington matched that five-run ninth, thanks in part to a three-run home run by Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado. He also had a solo homer. Dexter Kjerstad hit a grand slam in the fourth inning. Every Legends player had at least one hit, and Escalera-Maldonado and Elier Hernandez each had four.

Other games

**Class AAA Omaha’s bullpen let two wins get away at Iowa as the Cubs won 5-3 and 7-5 in a doubleheader. Both games were scheduled to go seven innings, but in the second game, Carlos Peguero hit a two-run homer in the eighth. In the bottom half, Ramon Troncoso gave the two runs back and left with two on and two out. Spencer Patton then allowed a three-run homer. Clayton Mortensen allowed two runs on six hits in five innings with two walks and six strikeouts. In the opener, Francisco Pena hit a homer and Matt Fields had two RBIs. Louis Coleman started and gave up three runs in two innings. Tim Collins allowed a run in three innings and took the loss and Buddy Baumann allowed a run in his inning of work.

**Michael Antonio had two doubles and three RBIs, while Bubba Starling had a pair of hits and scored twice as Class A-Advanced Wilmington beat Potomac 8-2. Antonio also scored a pair of runs as did Raul Mondesi. Starter Luis Santos allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings.

**Javier Reynoso struck out nine in 4 1/3 innings, but Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls lost 4-1 at Ogden. Reynoso allowed two runs on four hits and three walks.

**Amalani Fukofuka opened the game with a solo home run, but things went south after that for Rookie-Burlington in a 10-5 loss at Danville. In his first game, Manny Olloque had two hits and two RBIs. He was a 16th-round pick in last month’s draft. Burlington made five errors that led to four unearned runs.

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