KC Royals Mauricio Ramos Powers Wilmington to Victory


Omaha lost their series finale to New Orleans, 8-4.

Buddy Baumann got the start and allowed four runs on two hits and two walks over just 1.2 innings. Two of those runs scored once Casey Coleman entered in relief (2IP, 6H, 4R, 2BB, 2K). Both are now headed to represent the US in the Pan-Am Games.

Chris Dwyer did allow an inherited runner to score, but threw 4.1 hitless innings of relief. He walked two and struck out five.

Whit Merrifield led off and went 2-for-5 with a double. Paulo Orlando went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Casey Kotchman, who is also representing the US in the Pan-Am Games, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Moises Sierra hit a two-run home run in the ninth.

*In roster news, infielder Dusty Coleman was promoted to the KC Royals for the first time (he pinch ran in the bottom of the ninth and was thrown out in a run down on a fly ball to right field). Fellow infielder Christian Colon was optioned back to Omaha.

NW Arkansas blew a lead in Frisco and lost 9-6.

The RoughRiders scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth off the Naturals bullpen duo of Malcom Culver (1.1IP, 3H, 5R, 3BB, K) and Benino Pruneda (2/3IP, 3H, 2R, BB, K).

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That ruined the solid start by

Christian Binford

, who allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter for the first time since May 30th.

Hunter Dozier seems to have enjoyed the time off. He went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a double, as he drove in four runs. Balbino Fuenmayor and Bubba Starling also had two hits in the loss.

Raul Mondesi returned to the lineup for the first time since June 19th and went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. He was replaced on defense in the bottom of the fifth by Kenny Diekroeger (0-for-2).

Wilmington stormed back for a 9-6 series winning victory over Lynchburg. Heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Blue Rocks were down 6-1.

In their eight-run 8th inning, the Blue Rocks sent 14 men to the plate and collected six hits, walked four times, and there was a hit batter. Prior to that inning, they had just three hits.

Mauricio Ramos, who homered in the bottom of the first, cleared the bases in the eighth with a double. Cam Gallagher walked twice in the inning and Carlos Garcia singled and later doubled in two runs in the eighth.

That offense overcame a poor start by Eric Skoglund, his second straight since the All-Star break. Skoglund allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks over just 3.2 innings. He also allowed a two-run home run.

Matt Alvarez earned the win in relief, as he pitched two hitless innings (two walks and three strikeouts).

Lexington beat Rome, 4-2. The Legends were out-hit 8-4.

The Legends scored two runs in the top of the first, which started with back-to-back walks. A ground out and a sac fly gave them the lead.

A sac fly in the fifth and a Mike Hill double in the ninth concluded the Legends scoring.

Yunior Marte earned the win in relief, as he allowed an unearned run on three hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out five. Foster Griffin got the start and allowed one run on five hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out four.

Burlington came back to beat Kingsport, 7-4. All seven Royals runs scored with two outs.

Cole Way earned the win in relief. He allowed a run on two hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out three, but hit two batters.

Xavier Fernandez delivered two, 2-run singles (in the sixth and seventh). Angelo Castellano went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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