KC Royals Alex Gordon Homers in First Rehab Outing


Omaha ended Sacramento’s 13-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory in the series opener.

Jose Martinez hit a tie-breaking solo home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth (he went 2-for-2 with two walks). It was the Storm Chasers third homer of the game.

Alex Gordon made his first rehab start, batting leadoff as the DH. He went 1-for-4, but his lone hit was a two-run home run that gave the Storm Chasers their first lead of the game in the fifth.

Joba Chamberlain earned the victory, pitching as a professional for the first time in his home state of Nebraska. He struck out two in his scoreless inning of relief. Scott Alexander earned his 14th save with a 12-pitch ninth.

Chris Dwyer got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out three. Brian Broderick got the blown save, as he allowed an inherited run to score, along with one of his own.

NW Arkansas lost their series in Corpus Christi, losing Sunday’s finale, 6-2.

Kyle Zimmer took the loss, as he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out five, but threw 80 pitches (53 for strikes). Paul Clemens followed and allowed four runs on five hits (two home runs) and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Mark Peterson needed just eight pitches to retire the side in order in the 8th inning.

The Naturals had just five hits, three coming in the top of the eighth when they scored their two runs on a Terrance Gore single.

Wilmington lost their series finale to Salem, 5-1.

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The Blue Rocks collected just three hits, including a

Carlos Garcia

triple in the ninth (he would score their lone run). Garcia now has a ten-game hitting streak.

The team struck out 11 times and popped up on the infield six times.

Jake Junis lost his fifth straight, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out seven, but allowed a two-run home run in the fourth. Matt Alvarez followed with 2.1 scoreless innings before Robinson Yambati worked around two walks in the ninth.

*Manager Brian Buchanan was tossed in the 4th inning arguing a call at first base.

Lexington split their series with Hagerstown, losing the finale 7-4. The Legends have been eliminated from the postseason.

Yunior Marte took the loss, as he allowed five runs on four hits and two walks over three innings. He struck out one. Torey Deshazier followed and allowed two runs on four hits over three innings. He struck out two. Nick Green threw two scoreless innings of relief (H, 0BB, 2K). It was his first scoreless outing since July 27th when he was with Idaho Falls.

Anderson Miller went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

*In roster news, Corey Toups was placed on the DL and catcher Luis Villegas was activated.

Idaho Falls held on to beat Grand Junction, 11-7.

The Chukars collected 18 hits, with five players having three-hit games. The top two in the order, Cody Jones and D.J. Burt combined for six hits, five runs scored, and two stolen bases. Jones has at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games. Burt has hit in eight of his last nine games.

The bottom two in the order, Logan Nottebrok and Jeckson Flores combined for six hits and three runs scored. Nottebrok hit two home runs and drove in three.

Joshua Banuelos had the other three-hit game, as he fell a triple short of a cycle. He hit a three-run home run in the third.

Bryan Brickhouse continued his climb up the rehab ranks, as he made his first start for the Chukars. Brickhouse allowed two runs on two hits (a two-run homer) and two walks over three innings. He struck out two.

Hunter Haynes followed and allowed four runs on six hits and four walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out one and was credited with the victory. Brandon Thomas allowed one of Haynes’ runs to score in the eighth on a two-run homer.

Burlington beat Princeton, 6-1. The Royals scored five runs in the top of the sixth.

Meibrys Viloria went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the win.

Enmanuel Camacho earned his second win, as he allowed the one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out two. Joseph Markus threw two scoreless innings of relief.

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