KC Royals Mauricio Ramos Leads Blue Rocks to Victory


Omaha won their series finale in Nashville, 3-0.

Andy Ferguson made the spot start and threw five scoreless innings. He allowed four hits while striking out six. Matt Murray followed and allowed a hit and two walks over 2.2 innings. Scott Alexander earned his ninth save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Despite going 0-for-3, Whit Merrifield drove in two runs. The second half of the Storm Chasers order delivered most of the hits. Cheslor Cuthbert (batting fifth) went 2-for-5. Jose Martinez and Francisco Pena each had two hits. Brett Eibner went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

NW Arkansas lost to Tulsa, 8-1. The score was tied at 1-1 until the 8th inning.

The Naturals bullpen trio of Aroni Nina, Sam Selman, and Malcom Culver allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks over the final three innings.

Starter Luke Farrell allowed one run on four hits over six innings. He retired the final 12 batters he faced and only threw 74 pitches.

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The Naturals scored their lone run in the bottom of the first on back-to-back two out doubles by

Jorge Bonifacio


Alex Liddi

. After the 2nd inning, the Naturals only collected one hit (a

Lane Adams

two out single in the ninth).

*In roster news, outfielder Terrance Gore was placed on the DL with a sprained ankle. I guess the Texas League found a way to slow him down.

Wilmington won the pitcher’s duel in their series opener in Carolina, 3-0. The game was scoreless until the seventh.

Zach Lovvorn rebounded from a poor start in Lynchburg to throw 6.2 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and walked three while striking out six. Estarlin Cordero earned his sixth save with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief (H, BB, 2K).

Mauricio Ramos was the offensive star, as he drove in two runs in the 7th inning with a two out double. His sac fly in the ninth gave the Blue Rocks the three-run lead.

Three Mudcats were ejected from the game (the manager and two players). The manager was ejected after he felt his player hit a home run in the sixth (it was ruled foul).

*It was a short-lived debut for Torey Deshazier, as he was sent back to Lexington.

Lexington lost to West Virginia, 4-0.

Scott Blewett took the loss, as he allowed all four runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out two. Eric Stout allowed one hit over three scoreless innings of relief. He struck out two.

The Legends collected seven hits, but went just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Wander Franco and Brandon Downes each had two hits (including a double) in the loss.

Idaho Falls won in walk off fashion, 4-3 in 11 innings. They scored a run in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

With a runner on third base and one out, Ryan Dale singled on a bunt for the walk off winner. Pedro Gonzalez, who was intentionally walked in the 11th inning, doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. Both Dale and Gonzalez had two hits in the win.

Marten Gasparini also had two hits and scored the winning run. He stole his 13th base of the season to set up the win.

Ian Tompkins earned the win in relief, throwing one scoreless inning. Todd Eaton got the start and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Brandon Thomas followed with five innings of relief (2H, R, 0ER, 4BB, 3K).

Burlington ended their losing streak with a 13-3 victory. The Royals scored eight runs in the seventh to take the lead.

Brandon Dulin had two hits, including a solo home run and a triple. Austin Bailey and Ben Johnson also had two hits in the win.

Colton Frabasilio went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Mark McCoy earned the win in relief, as he allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Matt Tenuta got the start and allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four.

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