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Weekly Minor League Roundup #17 (7/29-8/4)
Overall: The Bats run their winning streak all the way to eleven games before they finally drop a come-from-behind contest! They’ve now closed the gap on first place to six and a half games. Carolina treaded water again, while Lynchburg was winless for the week and the Dragons have now lost 20 of their last 22 ballgames. They now have a record of 9-28 on the second half of the MWL season. Billings finished the first half just out of the money in second place, then started their second half by taking three of five. The AZL Reds rebounded to win all four of their games for the week, bringing them to within one game of .500.
AAA Louisville Bats
Record this week: 5-1.
Overall: 60-51., second place, 6.5 behind Columbus (CLE). Three games better than last week!
7/29: Matt Maloney is beyond AAA at this point. The 26-year-old stymied Charlotte (CHW) on two hits and no walks in seven shutout innings (W 9-5, 2.91, 5 K, 99 pitches/65 strikes) of Louisville’s 2-0 win. Russ Springer retired two of four, then Danny Herrera set down all four he faced (stranding both of the veteran’s runners) to lock up save #3 (3.06, 1 K). DH Juan Francisco singled in SS Zach Cozart (1-for-4, steal #24, .267) in the sixth, then Rehabbin’ Chris Dickerson had a sacrifice fly to score Drew Sutton in the seventh.
7/30: Eight straight victories for the Bats! Four runs in the seventh busted open a pitcher’s duel and pushed Louisville past the Knights, 5-2. Micah Owings started and scattered six hits over four innings (2.57, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). Chad Reineke then worked the next four for the win (7-7, 3.59, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Aroldis Chapman got his first professional save with a 1-2-3 ninth (1 IP, 1 K, 3.94). DH Wilkin Castillo was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and homer #9 (.264). LF Todd Frazier doubled in two runs and 2B Mike Griffin was 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, and RBI (.305).
7/31: Make it nine! Columbus rolled into Louisville Slugger field, but didn’t fare any better than the hapless Knights, falling 10-2. Rehabbin’ Homer Bailey looked solid (W 1-0, 4.09, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 83 pitches/58 strikes). 1B Yonder Alonso was 3-for-5 with two doubles and homer #9 (.282, 4 RBI). Frazier added two more doubles, a single, and three RBI (.239). Cozart was 3-for-5 with two runs scored (.271). DH Danny Dorn socked homer #9 (.308, 2B, 3 RBI).
8/1: Columbus led 2-0 after Ben Jukich (4.07, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) left early with an aggravated hip flexor, but the Bats got key RBI hits from Dickerson (who is now 16-for-38, .421, on his rehab assignment) and Francisco in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to knot the score at 3. Danny Herrera threw two scoreless (2.75, 1 H, 2 K), and Jesus Delgado (back from fill-in duty at Carolina) took care of the eighth. Dickerson reached base for the fourth time in the eighth, but the Bats couldn’t score. Delgado went back out there for the ninth and took care of business (3.52, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K). Louisville loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Clippers closer Vinnie Pestano, but Mike Griffin struck out and Castillo popped up the first pitch he saw. Rick Sweet pushed his luck by running Delgado out there for the 10th as well, and quickly saw him give up back-to-back hits. On came Aroldis Chapman to test his mettle against inherited-runner jams. He passed the test, striking out the first man he faced (although a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position), walked the next to load the bases, then caught the next looking on three pitches (!) and grounded out the last to finish the inning. An excellent effort. DH Drew Sutton (who batted .121 in July, taking him largely off the Reds’ radar) led off the Bats’ tenth with a walk. Dickerson quickly bunted him to second. Cozart, who was 0-for-5, drew a four-pitch walk. Alonso (2-for-3 with two walks in five trips) battled to a full count before walking as well, loading the bases. Frazier stepped in and quickly got ahead 2-0. Foul ball. Another. Ball three. And… a popup for out number two. That’s just kind of how Todd’s season has gone. Francisco worked another full count… but flew out to left to send it to the eleventh inning. Chapman blew through the bottom third of the Clippers’ lineup 1-2-3 (3.84, 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K). Balentien led off the Bats’ eleventh with a base hit (.247, 3-for-4, 2 BB), but Griffin grounded into a forceout. Castillo managed to get Wladimir to second with a grounder to first, bringing up Sutton. He whiffed at the first two pitches, but then stung the third into left for a game-winning single! Bats win their tenth in a row, 3-2! (Somehow they survive stranding nineteen baserunners.) Chapman moved his record to 8-6. He now has a 3.24 ERA in 14 relief appearances with 25 Ks in 16.1 IP. He’s also got an 0.82 mark in his last ten relief outings.
8/3: Chris Dickerson led off this game with a home run (#3), but Columbus got three in the fourth to take a one-run lead headed to the endgame. Louisville, however, got a clutch RBI from Yonder Alonso in the eighth to tie the game at 3. Sam Lecure worked 7.1 solid innings on an economical 87 pitches (3.04, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). We went to extras after Carlos Fisher stranded the winning run at third in the ninth (1.80, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K). Jared Burton then bailed out Phil Valiquette in the tenth, stranding another runner (W 3-2, 2.73, 2 IP, 3 K) before then hurling a 1-2-3 eleventh. Finally, after failing in the top of the 11th to score when Alonso led off with a double but was caught off second base for a double play on Balentien’s line drive, the Bats made it happen in the 12th. Danny Dorn led off with a single and moved to second when an error on a force attempt enabled Corky Miller to reach. Griffin bunted both runners over, Sutton walked, and Dickerson drilled a RBI hit to put Louisville on top 4-3. Aroldis Chapman then worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th (save #2, 3.80, 1 K) to close out the 11th straight Bats win.
8/4: The Bats went for their 12th straight win in a daytime contest! The bats came out early, with Columbus scoring in each of the first three innings to grab a 7-4 lead. But Louisville scored four in the fifth- three on Frazier’s 14th homer- to go up 8-7. Matt Maloney (3.36, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) departed after five, but Jason Isringhausen and Enerio Del Rosario each fired scoreless relief frames. Danny Herrera came on for the eighth and quickly allowed the first two to reach. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, then the Clippers’ Jared Goedert smacked a two-run, go-ahead double! He quickly grounded out the next two batters, but Louisville was left with their streak in the lurch headed to the ninth against Clips righty Josh Judy. Balentien led off and struck out swinging on six pitches. Dorn flew out on a 2-2 count. Castillo swung through a 1-2 pitch, and that was it. Columbus picks up the comeback 9-8 win. Herrera fell to 1-1 (3.48). Mike Griffin was 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers (#3 and #4, .297). Frazier finished 3-for-4 with a single, double, and walk to go with the bomb (.241). Alonso was 1-for-3, but had two walks and two runs scored (.288).
Transactions and notes: 7/29: RHS Homer Bailey added on a rehab assignment. 8/1: RHR Carlos Fisher down from Cincinnati; RHR Russ Springer up to the Reds. RHR Jesus Delgado back from Carolina. 8/3: C Chris Denove back up from Carolina. INF Juan Francisco up to Cincinnati to replace the DL’d Orlando Cabrera.
Ex-Red Zach Stewart had a slow start to 2010, but he’s been successful enough over the last two months that he made the BA Prospect Hot Sheet. Still, though, Stewart’s been in Double-A all season. Matt Maloney did make “In the Team Photo”.
AA Carolina Mudcats
Record this week: 3-4..
Overall: 19-20 (second half). Third place, four games behind Tennessee (CHC).
7/29: CF Dave Sappelt homered (#8, 3-for-4, 2 R, .356) to tie the game at 2 in the ninth, then 2B Jose Castro singled to score RF Sean Henry (2-for-4, 2 2B, .301) with the winning run! Carolina beat Jacksonville (FLA), 3-2, despite Jesus Delgado (W 1-0, 5.19, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) allowing a tiebreaking run in the top of the inning. Starter Matt Fairel kept his hot streak going (3.98, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 85 pitches/50 strikes). He is 4-0, 1.62 in five July starts after a 7.84 June.
7/30: Matt Klinker had dominated the Southern League to this point, but some bad D and an early homer allowed cut his outing to four innings in the Mudcats’ 10-8 loss (L 5-5, 1.98, 4 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR). Brad Boxberger did set down six straight, three by strikeout, to finally have a Double-A outing without a run allowed (10.29). C Chris Denove did hit a three-run homer (#2) and drive in four runs (.301). 1B Mike Costanzo also connected for #8.
7/31: Jacksonville starter Elih Villanueva got his eleventh win of the season by outdueling Scott Carroll (L 3-6, 3.07, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) and Carolina, 3-1. Lefties Jeremy Horst (2.41, 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) and Joe Krebs (3.32, 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) worked four innings of shutout ball, but the Mudcats couldn’t rally. SS Kris Negron’s ninth homer was the only run for the good guys.
8/1: Tom Cochran has allowed more than two earned runs in a start just once in his last ten (although his last outing was an ugly 2-6-8-2-3-1 line). Facing the Suns here, he escaped a first-inning jam, stranding two. Costanzo doubled in 2B Jake Kahauleilo in the bottom of the first off former phenom Andrew Miller to give Carolina a 1-0 lead. RF Luis Terrero then doubled him in to make it 2-0 Mudcats. Sean Henry then walked to keep the inning going, but Denove grounded out after a ten-pitch at-bat to to end the rally. Nice 29-pitch inning for Mr. Miller. He did pay Carolina back in the fourth, singling to start a rally where five straight batters reached; this tied the score at 2. Cochran had a bases-loaded, none-out jam. He popped one man up foul to first, but the next batter hit into a fielder’s choice out that resulted in a throwing error (on Negron) and two more Suns runs. Tom then walked the next two before managing to strike Miller out to end the inning. Costanzo and Terrero had back-to-back singles with one out in the third. Henry grounded out to move them over. Denove then stepped in and singled to left, tying the score!
8/2: Huntsville (MIL) scored three between the seventh and eighth to tie the score, then managed to get two off Jerry Gil (L 3-6, 4.74, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) in the 13th inning to win it, 5-3. Travis Webb started and pitched six shutout innings (5.04, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 90 pitches/49 strikes). Boxberger got scored on again (10.20, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB) and Joe Krebs was charged with a blown save (3.65, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 HR). Jeremy Horst pitched a scoreless tenth and eleventh (2.29, 1 H, 2 K).
8/3: Carolina kept it close for a while after falling behind 3-0 early, but Huntsville slammed Lee Tabor for six runs in 1.2 innings (4.04, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB) to turn a close game into a 10-2 rout. James Avery, making his first start in Double-A in 2010 after spending three entire years at this level from 2007-2009, pitched well in the five innings after the first (L 0-1, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 87 pitches/49 strikes). Sappelt was 2-for-4 with a triple and both Mudcats RBI (.350). Negron scored both runs and stole two more bases (31).
8/4: The Mudcats take a wild one, 10-9. Carolina led early, blew the big lead when the Stars struck for seven runs in the sixth, then scored two in the tenth to lead, then thought about blowing that as well before Federico Baez finally put an end to the rally (save #4, 3.33, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth for his first SL win (1-1, 9.56, 1 H, 1 K). Starter Matt Klinker again struggled (2.46, 5 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 71 pitches/51 strikes). LF Brandon Yarbrough (.256, 2-for-3, 2 R) and 3B Jose Castro (1-for-5, .243) knocked in the decisive runs. 1B Eric Eymann was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI (.258) and Sappelt was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and steal #15 (.351).
Transactions and notes: 7/29: OF Felix Perez placed on the 7-day DL with an oblique strain. INF Eric Eymann activated. RHS Matt Klinker down from Louisville. 8/1: RHR Ruben Medina back from Lynchburg. C Chris McMurray back from Lynchburg. LHS Matt Fairel placed on the 7-day DL. RHS James Avery up from Lynchburg. 8/3: C Chris Denove back to Louisville.
High-A Lynchburg Hillcats
Record this week: 0-4
Overall: 14-22, last place, six out.
7/29: Again Lynchburg loses a one-run contest, 9-8 to Salem (BOS). Four seventh-inning runs off Nick Christiani (L 1-3, 4.23, BS #2, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) did it for the Red Sox. Curt Partch lasted only three (5.52, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) but Daniel Guerrero came on to throw three scoreless (1.84, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K). 1B Chris Richburg connected for his third homer (2-for-4, .355) but it was 2B Cody Puckett who was the hitting star of the night- a single, double, and homer (#11) with two runs scored and four RBI (.271). DH Neftali Soto hit #16.
7/30: Jordan Hotchkiss made just one bad pitch- a two-run first-inning homer to Salem’s Will Middlebrooks- and that was all the Red Sox and starter Michael Lee needed to take it, 2-0. Hotchkiss fell to 7-4 (2.47, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). CF Denis Phipps and C Kevin Coddington each had a pair of hits (.397 and .260).
7/31: Rained out.
8/2: Potomac (WAS) got two in the top of the 11th off Daniel Guerrero (L 0-1, 2.70, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) to win it, 6-4. Chase Ware worked five pretty good innings (3.03, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K). Phipps was 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base (7), and two runs scored (.403) and Richburg had two hits and a run knocked in (.333).
8/3: Lynchburg got four runs in the third to take a 5-2 lead over the Nationals, but the bad guys came back and then some, putting crooked numbers on the board in four of their final six at-bats to take this one 9-5. Lance Janke fell to 3-9 (6.52, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR). Richburg (2-for-4, .349) and Soto (1-for-5, .251) each drove in two. Puckett was 2-for-4 with a run scored and steal #15 (.270).
8/4: This game was suspended after two innings (sadly not cancelled, as Potomac was leading 8-2). Not sure when they’re making it up.
Transactions and notes: 8/1: LHR Ezequiel Infante up from Dayton. RHR Ruben Medina back to Carolina. 8/2: C Chris McMurray to Carolina. LHS Justin Walker up from Dayton. RHS James Avery up to Carolina. 8/3:
Low-A Dayton Dragons
Record this week: 1-6.
Overall: 9-28, last place.
7/29: Eight straight losses, as Bowling Green takes it 6-3. Tim Crabbe started and lost (2-3, 3.63, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR). 2B Henry Rodriguez did go 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, #11, as well as a pair of stolen bases (22).
7/30: BG sweeps the series, 9-7. They got two in the top of the ninth off Junior Martinez (L 1-2, 4.93, 1 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) and Tzu-Kai Chiu to break the tie. Dayton blew an early 3-0 lead. RF Josh Garton hit homer #9 and LF Cam Satterwhite #8.
7/31: Jake Johnson pitched seven excellent innings (4.33, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) but West Michigan (DET) scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth off the just-activated Doug Salinas (L 3-3, 3.18, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and extended Dayton’s losing streak to ten, 2-1. CF Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored (.267).
8/1: Ricky Bowen just did not fool anyone this time out. West Michigan blasted him for seven runs on eight hits in two-plus innings (5.72, 2.1 IP, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR). Dayton did fire back with homers from 3B Frank Pfister (#6) and a three-run bomb from RF Josh Garton (#10), leaving it 7-4 Whitecaps after three. Dayton cut it to 7-5 in the fourth when Satterwhite singled in LaMarre. They might have had more, but they left the bases loaded. The Whitecaps then got to Jason Braun (4.25, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) and Chiu for three more in the fifth, making it 10-5. LaMarre knocked in DH Chase Weems (10-6) in the sixth.
8/2: Dayton finally snaps its eleven-game losing streak, coming back to beat WM 2-1. Rodriguez homered in the seventh (#12) to tie the score, then Gregorius singled in LaMarre in the eighth for the go-ahead run. Doug Salinas struck out five of the six batters he faced to get save #3 (2.97). Pedro Villareal got the win with a scoreless seventh (W 4-7, 3.97, 1 H). Lefty Clayton Shunick, making his MWL debut, did quite well (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K).
8/3: The Dragons took early leads of 3-0, 4-3, and 7-5, but their bullpen collapsed, permitting Lake County (CLE) six runs in the sixth. The Captains cruised to a 13-7 win. This represented Dayton’s nineteenth loss in twenty-one games. Jamie Walczak got the loss (L 0-2, 4.79, 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 ER). LaMarre hit a solo homer (#3) and 3B Kevyn Feiner hit a two-run shot (#1). Rodriguez finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and one knocked in (.290).
8/4: Lake County blew open a close game with five in the eighth (all unearned off Kevin Arico) and won easily, 8-2. Solid start for Blair Carson (L 3-5, 3.80, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). DH Mark Fleury was 2-for-4 with homer #9 (.253).
Transactions and notes: 8/1: LHS Clayton Shunick promoted from Billings. 8/2: LHS Justin Walker up to Lynchburg. 8/3: LHR Blaine Howell promoted from Billings.
Rookie-Pioneer Billings Mustangs
Record this week: 4-3.
Overall: 24-19- 21-17 for the first half (second place), 3-2 for the second half.
7/29: The Mustangs keep on rolling, defeating Missoula (ARI) 6-3 behind RF Juan Duran (3-for-5, homer #3, 3 RBI, .228), 2B Billy Hamilton (.315, 3-for-5, 2 R, steal #16) and starting pitcher Dan Tuttle (W 4-2, 4.72, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR). Mark Leonard worked three (1.80, 3 H, 1 ER) and Porfirio Martinez got save #4 (1.76, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K).
7/30: Billings’ four-game win streak ends with a thud at the hands of the Osprey, 13-5. Daniel Corcino started and lost (L 1-3, 4.01, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 HR) but the brunt of the damage went to Ryan Smith (1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER). LF Dayne Read hit homer #1 and drove in three (.281). Duran collected three more hits (.244). CF Theo Bowe also had three (.260).
7/31: Two late runs were just one too few. The Mustangs fall again, 3-2 to Helena (MIL). Sterling Gerson took the defeat despite a good outing (L 2-2, 4.72, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Hamilton stole two more bases (18).
8/1:Billings blew a 5-0 lead as the Brewers got four in the ninth off Dan Wolford, but 3B Danny Hernandez capped a four-run rally in the 12th with his first hit in the PL- a two-run homer- and the Mustangs won, 9-5. Hamilton was 4-for-6 with a double, two runs scored, and steal #19 (.325) and Duran added a pair of doubles (.244, RBI, BB). C Trey Manz added two doubles, a RBI, a run scored, and a walk (.272). Tyler Cline pitched four scoreless innings (1.93, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K), Blaine Howell added three innings of one-hit ball (1.53, 1 BB, 3 K) and Ryan Smith took care of the last three for the win (W 3-0, 4.86, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K).
8/2: Hamilton was 3-for-4 with a triple and steals #20 and #21, extending his hitting streak to 11 games (24-for-50 with ten steals) and his overall line to .335/.389/.463. But Helena pounded the Mustangs, 9-3. Starter Tanner Robles gave up just one hit in four innings and struck out six, but ended up with the loss (2-1, 4.45, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB).
8/3: Helena scored three in the first off Dan Tuttle (W 5-2, 4.80, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) but the starter settled down nicely after that. The Mustangs quickly tied the score in their half of the first, then went on to win it 5-3. Drew Hayes threw a hitless sixth and seventh (0.00, 1 BB, 2 K) and Porfirio Martinez did the same in the last two for save #5 (1.56). Hamilton still couldn’t be stopped; he was 3-for-4 again, this time with two runs scored and *three* more stolen bases (24 total).
8/4: Billings sweeps the two-game home series, improbably winning 1-0. Helena starter Evan Frederickson fired six no-hit innings, whiffing 12 Mustangs. He was followed by reliever Seth Lintz, who pitched a hitless seventh and eighth. But Daniel Corcino (3.40, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K), Pat Doyle (4.91, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Josh Smith (W 1-2, 2.37) held the Brewers scoreless as well! In the bottom of the ninth, Dayne Read led off with a walk. SS Devin Lohman bunted him to second, then Danny Hernandez singled to score Read with the Mustangs’ only run and hit of the ballgame! Crazy, especially for the Pioneer League.
Transactions and notes: 8/1: INF Danny Hernandez up from the AZL. LHS Clayton Shunick sent to Dayton. 8/3: RHR Mike Henry up from the AZL. LHR Blaine Howell up to Dayton. OF Stephen Hunt promoted from the AZL.
Explanation on Yorman Rodriguez, again missing from the Mustangs’ lineup.
Rookie-Arizona League Reds
Record this week: 4-0.
Overall record: 17-18, tied for second- six games out.
7/29: Rained out.
7/31: The Reds got two in the bottom of the ninth on an error (the Padres’ fifth of the game), scoring pinch-runner Jeff Taylor Jr. and 1B Jaron Matthews. They steal a 4-3 victory. The Padres had just scored single runs off Jose Marizan (W 1-0, 6.75, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) in the eighth and ninth to take the lead. Fifth-rounder Wes Mugarian started and allowed one hit in two innings, then Kyle Lotzkar came on for three good frames (4.50, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K). Nathan Driessen then turned in two more scoreless (3.38, 2 H, 2 K). SS Junior Arias drove in two runs without a hit- he had a sacrifice fly and a groundout (.298).
8/2: MAKEUP MADNESS! The Reds take a pair from the Cubs, 6-4 in twelve and then 9-3. Carlos Contreras (2-3) got the win in the extra-inning game with two innings of one-run ball; LF Drew Poulk was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI (.271). The slumping Juan Silva busted out of that in the nightcap, hitting a home run (#3) and a triple and driving in four (.244). Ismael Guillon (W 2-2, 2.82, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) got the win in relief of Rehabbin’ Josh Ravin (3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K).
8/3: The Reds took their fourth straight by getting three in the seventh to tie the Royals at 4, then scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Jaren Matthews singled in David Vidal (who’d led off the inning with a triple). Poulk had three more hits (.302, 2 2B). Mitchell Clarke worked four (2.70, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), but Luca Panerati got the win with two scoreless in relief (0.00, 2 H, 1 K).
Transactions and notes: 8/1: INF Danny Hernandez promoted to Billings. 8/2: RHS Josh Ravin assigned to rehab duty. 8/3: OF Stephen Hunt up to Billings.