Glendale, AZ - Despite another offensive outburst yesterday, the Wilmington Blue Rocks saw their three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Winston-Salem Dash. The Dash edged the Blue Crew in a 7-6 nail-biter, dropping Wilmington's record to 3-2 on the spring.
Offensively, the Blue Rocks were lead by a quartet of names who have played well throughout the spring. Humberto Arteaga went 1-3 at the plate with a triple, a run, and three RBI. Fred Ford finished the day 2-4 while racking up a triple, a stolen base, and an RBI. Ford hit 13 home runs last season for Lexington but struggled to the tune of a .193 batting average. Ramon Torres was also 2-4 yesterday, while drawing a walk and scoring a run. Michael Antonio added a pair of runs and was 2-2 at the plate.
Cesar Ogando was the Blue Rocks' lone pitching standout in yesterday's loss. Ogando delivered two shutout innings and did not allow a hit. He also struck out a batter and allowed a walk. Ogando was the Royals' sixth-round draft pick back in 2011 and is the cousin of well-known Texas Rangers flamethrower Alexi Ogando.
At the Major League level, both Mike Moustakas and Yordano Ventura contributed heavily in the Kansas City Royals' 6-0 win over the Rangers. Moustakas, who is now hitting .486 this spring in 15 games, continued his torrid pace at the plate with a 3-3 day that included a double, a walk, and an RBI. Ventura tossed six shutout innings against Texas, while allowing just four hits striking out six. Royals manager Ned Yost announced this morning that Ventura will be the team's fifth starter this season.
Andrew Triggs and Scott Alexander, who both pitched for the 2013 Blue Rocks, made appearances in Triple-A Omaha's 5-0 loss to Charlotte. Triggs pitched extremely well, striking out three across two perfect innings. Alexander, on the other hand, struggled, allowing two runs on two hits while walking two in two innings of work.
Double-A Northwest Arkansas took down Birmingham in a 13-3 rout yesterday, and their win was aided by a quartet of former Blue Rocks. Yowill Espinal had a 2-2 game while scoring a pair of runs. Jack Lopez was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a home run and four RBI. Yem Prades was 2-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI. On the mound, Greg Billo pitched three scoreless innings and did not allow a hit.
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