High-A Wilmington‘s franchise record for hits allowed (23) was in jeopardy on Thursday night, as Salem racked up 21 hits en route to their 10-6 victory in the series opener.
The Blue Rocks actually made it a 6-4 game after five innings, but the Red Sox scored four more runs in the top of the sixth.
Foster Griffin took the loss, as he allowed five runs on ten hits and three walks over 3.2 innings. Lefty Brennan Henry came on and allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over just 1.1 innings. Granted, Henry left with the bases loaded in the sixth and Jake Newberry allowed a bases clearing double (2IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K).
Jacob Bodner pitched two scoreless innings while striking out two. A nice bounce back after his last outing (which was disastrous) against Lynchburg. “He pitched two scoreless innings against a team that had 21 hits,” Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk said after the game. “He did a good job today it was nice to see him bounce back and learn and make adjustments and he did tonight.”
The Blue Rocks offense collected ten hits, but struck out 14 times. Austin Bailey collected the team’s first hit in the third and went on to go 3-for-4. Humberto Arteaga and Alfredo Escalera each had two hits. Arteaga, the Blue Rocks lone All-Star saw his average climb to .282. Plus, he once again played great defense at shortstop. Escalera drove in two runs with a 5th inning double. Catcher Chad Johnson hit his first home run of the season, a pull shot down the right field line that hit the second wall.
*In roster news, reliever Matt Alvarez was promoted to Double-A, as fellow reliever Kyle Kubat returned to the active roster.
How did the rest of the KC Royals farm system do?
Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener in New Orleans, 5-1. The game was scoreless until the sixth.
Storm Chasers starter Christian Binford had allowed three hits and a walk prior to the Zephyrs five-run 6th inning. That inning started with a hit batter and then Binford allowed four more hits (and there was an error). He was pulled with a runner on base in favor of Joe Beimel, who allowed the run to score.
Miguel Almonte returned to the mound for the first time since May 19th and allowed a hit over two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
Omaha’s first hit came to lead off the third (a Balbino Fuenmayor single). Their next base runner was a one out walk by Tony Cruz in the eighth. Omaha collected two hits and a run in the ninth. Rehabber Brett Eibner had the RBI double.
Double-A NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 3-1.
The Naturals took advantage of an error and a wild pitch in the first to score their first run and Mauricio Ramos drove runs in the third and the eighth innings on a single and a double.
That was more than enough for starter Jake Junis and the Naturals bullpen. Junis earned his sixth win (more than he had the entire 2015 season) by allowing just one run on three hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four and retired the final ten batters he faced.
Lefty Kyle Bartsch was next and worked around a one out walk in the seventh. Kevin McCarthy earned his 11th save by pitching two perfect innings of relief.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener in Hagerstown, 2-1. The Legends tied the game in the top of the fifth only to see the Suns retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Yunior Marte took the loss in relief of Gerson Garabito (3IP, 4H, R, 3BB, K). Marte allowed a run on three hits and five walks over 4.1 innings.
On offense for the Legends, outfielders Roman Collins and Anderson Miller each had two hits.