Joe Blanton quickly came back down to earth, as he took the loss in the KC Royals loss in Houston on Monday night, 6-1. Blanton lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks. Jose Altuve hit a solo home run.
Brandon Finnegan followed and allowed just one hit, a Chris Carter solo homer, over 3.1 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
The Royals lone run came on a Salvador Perez home run in the seventh. Alex Rios went 2-for-4.
Moving on to minor league news…
- The Royals top pick in this June’s draft, Ashe Russell, made his professional debut on Monday night for Burlington with close to 3,000 fans in attendance. While he did not allow a hit over two scoreless innings, he did walk four. According to the Royals pitching coach, he came out of his delivery alot.
Lefty Sean Manaea returned to Wilmington and made just his second appearance of the season. With the Blue Rocks on the road in Frederick, he allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits over five innings. He struck out eight to earn the victory.
The Keys scored two runs off Manaea in the bottom of the first courtesy of two Jack Lopez errors and a steal of home. Manaea did pick off a base runner at first base (one of the two base runners he picked off).
Manaea struck out two batters each in the first, second, third, and fourth innings. He threw 52 of his 78 pitches for strikes.
- Kris Medlen made his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Omaha on Monday afternoon. He allowed two runs on three hits over 3.2 innings. Medlen allowed two solo homers. He threw 45 of his 72 pitches for strikes.
Heading into his fourth rehab start, I would like to see Medlen throw less pitches each inning. He is averaging around 17 pitches per inning. Not exactly getting quick outs.
- On Monday, the US roster for the upcoming Pan-Am Games were announced. The tournament will be held in Toronto from July 10-19. The Storm Chasers will lose four players. They include pitchers Casey Coleman and Buddy Baumann, first baseman/DH Casey Kotchman, and infielder Dusty Coleman.
Kotchman was in the lead to be voted in as a starter for the Triple-A All-Star Game, which occurs during the Pan-Am Games. Guess Omaha will lose at least one representative.
The Storm Chasers will also lose 3B/1B Cheslor Cuthbert for the weekend before the All-Star break, as he was chosen to represent the Royals and the World at the Futures Game. This may be Balbino Fuenmayor‘s opportunity to receive a much deserved promotion. The Storm Chasers would be down to just one first baseman.
The Storm Chasers would also be in a need of a longman out of their bullpen, losing both Coleman and Baumann for about a week. Most likely, lefty Brandon Finnegan will be sent back to Omaha soon.