It was a quiet night for the Kansas City Royals farm system. Triple-A Omaha had the day off, as they head out on the road for eight games.
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It was a pitcher’s duel until the RockHounds plated seven runs in the bottom of the eighth. It took three Naturals relievers to get out of the 8th inning, as the RockHounds sent 12 men to the plate.
It started with Ali Williams, who left with two men on base (a single and a walk to start the inning). In came Noel Arguelles, who got a line out before a walk loaded the bases. A run then scored on a ground out before a throwing error by Orlando Calixte kept the inning alive and allowed another run to score.
An RBI single and a two-run triple followed, before another Calixte error allowed another run to score. That was all for Arguelles and in came Matt Murray, who walked the first batter he faced before allowing an RBI double.
Jason Adam was the hard luck loser, as he allowed one run on three hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out seven.
The Hillcats put up a seven-spot in the 2nd inning against Blue Rocks starter Luis Santos. Johnny Walter entered in the 3rd inning and threw three scoreless innings while striking out five to keep the offense in it.
The Blue Rocks fought back to tie the game at 7-7 in the fifth. They actually led 3-0 after one inning thanks in large part to Cody Stubbs‘ two out, two-run home run. In the 3rd inning, Jared Schlehuber hit a two-run homer. Michael Antonio homered with one out in the fifth and Stubbs tied the game with an RBI double.
Lynchburg went to work against Yender Caramo in the 7th inning, his second inning of work. Back-to-back hits to lead off the inning broke the tie. In the eighth, the Hillcats plated three runs. It started with three straight one out singles, followed by an error, a sac fly, and a balk to score the final run.
The Blue Rocks collected ten hits, but went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out 11 times. The middle of the order of Schlehuber, Antonio, and Stubbs did all the damage. Antonio went 4-for-4 with three doubles, while Stubbs and Schlehuber each had two hits.
Lexington was rained out in Hagerstown. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday, the final time the two teams meet during the regular season.
*For those wondering, Robinson Yambati made his first appearance of the 2014 season with rookie level Burlington. He took the loss on Wednesday night, allowing two runs on one hit, one walk, and a hit batter in one inning of work.