Minor-league notes: Ross Jr. earns victory; ex-Card Kay 4-for-4; Roof hits game-winner

dvarney@herald-leader.comJuly 23, 2014 

Former Lexington Christian star Robbie Ross Jr. turned in his second straight, solid Triple-A start in his bid to get back to the majors.

Ross, who opened the season in the Texas Rangers' starting rotation, gave up one run on eight hits and two walks in six innings in Round Rock's 4-1 victory at Oklahoma City. He had six strikeouts and improved his record to 2-3 and ERA to 6.66 in six appearances for the Express.

Ross was 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his first major-league season in 2012. He followed that up last year by going 4-2 with a 3.03 ERA. He was a reliever both of those seasons.

Given a chance to finally be a major-league starter, he was 2-4 with a 5.61 ERA before being sent to Round Rock. After a rocky start with the Express, he settled down with a six-inning, two-run outing on July 17.

■ Former University of Louisville standout Grant Kay continued to hot start to his minor-league career by going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk, two runs and three RBI in short-season Class A Hudson Valley's 11-5 win against Staten Island.

Kay was named the New York-Penn League's player of the week on Monday after hitting for the cycle in his pro debut the previous Monday. After Tuesday's big night, the Tampa Bay Rays prospect is batting .536 with seven RBI in seven games.

Jonathan Roof (St. Mary) delivered the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning in Double-A Portland's 4-3 victory against Binghamton.

The Boston Red Sox prospect is batting .296 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 30 games. He hit .301 with four homers and 23 RBI in 50 games earlier this season at Class A Advanced Salem.

Austin Cousino, a third-round draft pick in June out of Kentucky, was 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases and an RBI in short-season Class A Everett's 6-0 win against Boise.

Cousino, who is batting .277 with five home runs and 16 RBI for the Seattle Mariners affiliate, has already seen a lot of success on the basepaths in his first season in the minors. He has 16 steals in 17 attempts.

■ Former Henry Clay and UK standout Trevor Gott pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his second game for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers.

Gott was part of the San Diego Padres' trade that sent All-Star closer Huston Street to the Los Angels Angels.

Gott, now part of the L.A. organization, gave up one hit and had two strikeouts. Arkansas defeated Northwest Arkansas 12-6 in 11 innings.

Gott pitched a scoreless inning in his Arkansas debut on Sunday.

Dennis Varney: (859) 231-3514. Twitter: @ExCats.

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