Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz will probably be wearing a smile today at Kauffman Stadium.
That’s a given, since Rusty is such a positive person. Still, he should be beaming because his son, Kevin, an infielder at Class A Lexington picked up the save Wednesday night in the Legends’ 10-7 win over Hickory in 14 innings.
Kevin Kuntz, a former Kansas player, allowed two hits in a scoreless frame.
That was just one of the quirky statistical notes in the game.
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Lexington second baseman Carlos Garcia had six hits, including a two-run single in the top of the 14th that capped the three-run inning, in eight plate appearances.
“I’ve been working a lot with my hitting coach, Abraham Nunez, about how to hit the ball to the opposite way and not try to hit a home run,” Garcia told MiLB.com. “Just do my job and put the ball in play and everything worked tonight.”
First baseman Frank Schwindel was five for eight with a home run and two RBIs, while left fielder Dexter Kjerstad went four for seven with a double and a triple.
Starter Luke Farrell allowed one run on four hits in five innings. Alex Black surrendered a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent the game to extras.
**Left-hander John Lamb struck out 11 in seven innings, but Class AAA Omaha lost 2-1 in 14 innings to Iowa. Lamb allowed just one unearned run. The Cubs got a single from Manny Ramirez in the fourth inning, but didn’t have another hit until Logan Watkins homered in the 14th. Matt Fields hit a solo homer, his 16th of the season, for the Storm Chasers.
**Andy Ferguson allowed four runs on three homers in six innings as Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 4-1 to Springfield. Sam Selman pitched out of the bullpen and tossed a scoreless inning. First baseman Cheslor Cuthbert and third baseman Hunter Dozier each had two hits.
**First baseman Ryan O’Hearn had two hits, including a two-run homer, and saw his average drop to .420 in Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls’ 4-2 win over Billings. DH Wander Franco and shortstop Corey Toups each had three hits. Starter Torey Deshazier, 2-0, allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.
**Starter Chase Darhower allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, but rookie Burlington lost 3-0 to Princeton.