KC Royals Ramon Torres Leads Wilmington to Walkoff Victory


The KC Royals minor-league affiliates went 2-2 on Tuesday.

Omaha lost the series finale in Memphis, 3-2 in walk off fashion. They now return home to start an eight-game homestand beginning with Reno on Thursday night.

The Redbirds scored a run in the eighth to tie the game after the Storm Chasers scored a run in the top of the inning. Louis Coleman walked two and allowed a two out, RBI single. Michael Mariot allowed a leadoff double in the ninth, a wild pitch, and a walk off single.

Omaha tied the game in the sixth on a Jose Martinez solo home run (his fourth of the season). Brett Eibner returned from the DL and went 2-for-5 with a double. He also played great defense in centerfield and threw a runner out at third base.

Casey Coleman made his second straight start for the Storm Chasers and allowed a run on four hits and three walks over 3.1 innings. Buddy Baumann followed and allowed an inherited run to score over 2.1 innings.

*Veteran Rafael Furcal never made his Omaha debut, as he announced his retirement earlier in the day.

NW Arkansas used a six-run 5th inning to beat Arkansas, 8-7. The two teams combined for 27 hits.

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In the Naturals six-run inning,

Angel Franco

drove in two runs and

Raul Mondesi

followed with a three-run home run (his first of the season). It all came with two outs.

Along with Franco, Mike Bianucci, Balbino Fuenmayor, Zane Evans, and Alex Liddi all had two hits.

Jonathan Dziedzic made the start, his first start back from Triple-A. He allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out three. Benino Pruneda was credited with the win in relief, as he allowed a run on two hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out three.

Luke Farrell, just called up from Wilmington, allowed three hits and a walk over just 1/3 of an inning. He allowed one run and left with the bases loaded in his shortest outing of the season (he was part of a piggy-back combination in Wilmington). Daniel Stumpf allowed one of the runs to score.

Brandon Finnegan earned his first save, as he pitched two scoreless innings. He walked two and allowed a hit while striking out three.

Wilmington began their series with Winston-Salem with a walk off victory in 12 innings. They won 2-1.

Ramon Torres was once again the hero (the third time this season). Logan Moon beat out an infield single to start the bottom of the 12th and moved to second base on a sac bunt. Torres came through with two outs on a single up the middle.

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    Junis allowed that one run on seven hits over nine innings. He struck out four and threw 61 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Andrew Edwards battled his command (50 pitches, 31 for strikes), but still threw two scoreless innings (H, BB, HBP, 2K). Matt Alvarez earned his first win, despite walking two in the top of the 12th.

    *In roster news, infielder Kenny Diekroeger is on the move again, as he was promoted to NWA.

    Lexington lost in Greenville, 15-5. The Legends have given up 26 runs in the last two games to the Drive. They also committed four errors.

    Corey Ray got the start and allowed ten runs (seven earned) on eight hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. Cruz Guevara made his 2015 debut by allowing an inherited run, along with five of his own (three earned) over 1.2 innings.

    The lone bright spot on the pitching front was Evan Beal, who allowed one hit and a walk over three scoreless innings. He struck out five.

    Elier Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. The Legends collected six hits.

    *In roster news, Tripp Davis was activated from extended spring training, as reliever Ashton Goudeau was promoted to Wilmington.

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