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AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers
Final Score: Omaha 5 – Albuquerque 4
Christian Binford looked great for the Storm Chasers on Friday night, after having struggled for much of 2017. Binford pitched 6 strong innings, allowing 2 runs while striking out 5.
Ryan O’Hearn homered again for Omaha (surprise surprise), giving him 17 on the year. He finished 1-3 with a BB and is now hitting .270.
Jorge Soler finished the game 1-3 .
Frank Schwindel continues to pound the baseball. The former 18th round draft pick has been tearing up the AAA ranks lately, and finished Friday’s game 1-3 with a 2B and a BB. He’s now hitting .287 on the year.
Garin Cecchini finished 2-4 with a 2B and an RBI.
AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Final Score: Springfield 7 – NWA 4
Mauricio Ramos has been really good since being reinstated from his rehab assignment, and finished Friday’s game 3-4 with an RBI to raise his average to .261.
Nicky Lopez finished 1-4 with a BB and an RBI.
Josh Staumont certainly didn’t throw his best game ever, but it was a tad better, as he only allowed 1 run in 5 innings of work. He did walk 5 batters.
Richard Lovelady finally proved to be human. He had his first bad outing, maybe ever, allowing 3 runs in one inning of work. 3 walks hurt the lefty reliever. I’m sure he’ll be fine.
A – Lexington Legends
Final Score: KAN 7 – Lexington 0
Not much to write home about on Friday for Lexington. Nolan Watson struggled on the mound and Khalil Lee struck out 3 times as the Legends were shut out. Lee did walk, and Marten Gasparini finished 1-3 as the Legends could only muster 4 total hits.
Maybe the lone bright spot on the night for Lexington was reliever Justin Camp throwing 3 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 5. His ERA is now 0.38 in Lexington.
Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars
Final Score: Orem 13 – IDF 2
Again, not much to celebrate in the Idaho Falls loss on Friday night.
Andrew Beckwith threw 2 innings in relief, allowing only 1 run while striking out 3.
Logan Gray finished 2-4 with a 2B.
Rookie – Burlington Royals
Final Score (5 1/2 innings): Burlington 6 – KNG 1
Seuly Matias may be climbing the prospect ladder faster and faster with every single at bat. Seuly finished Friday’s rain shortened game 3-3 with 2B and 2 runs scored. His average is up to .306 on the season and Royals fans everywhere should be really excited about the up-and-coming 18-year old.
Dennicher Carrasco finished the game 2-3 with 2 RBI as he continues to swing a hot bat, his average now up to .298.
Sebastian Rivero finished 1-2 with 3 RBI and has his average up to .250.
On the mound for Burlington, 2017 draftee Daniel Tillo threw 3 innings of one run ball while striking out 5.
AZL – AZL Royals
Final Score: AZL Royals 8 – AZL Reds 1
Brewer Hicklen, the Royals 7th round pick in 2017, has been a man among boys in the AZL so far, as the 21-year old out of UAB finished Friday’s game 2-4 with a 2B, 3B, and 2 runs scored. He’s now hitting .413 in the AZL.
Nick Pratto finished the game with a BB and a run scored.
MJ Melendez finished the game 1-4 with a BB and run scored.
Malcolm Van Buren threw 4 nice innings, allowing 1 run while striking out 2.
Randy Acevedo threw 5 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 4.