Two walk off wins, two losses for Royals minors

Day 2 of the minor league baseball season saw the KC Royals affiliates pick up two wins.

omahaTriple-A Omaha collected their first win of the season, a 6-5 walk off victory. With the bases loaded, veteran Tony Cruz worked a walk to drive in the winning run (the second straight walk in the inning).

That made a winner of Malcom Culver, who blew the save by allowing two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth.

The Storm Chasers scored three runs in the first and another two runs in the seventh (the 7th inning runs came via Cheslor Cuthbert‘s home run). Leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Brett Eibner went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Jorge Bonifacio went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a stolen base.

Veteran John Lannan allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over five innings. Brian Duensing followed with two perfect innings of relief. He threw just 16 pitches.

Double-A NW Arkansas lost to visiting Frisco, 6-3, despite another solid start. This time it came from lefty Matt Strahm, who allowed just two hits over five scoreless innings. He struck out four and induced eight ground outs.

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth with one out. Fellow lefty Estarlin Cordero had a tough going in his Double-A debut. Cordero walked two straight before allowing an RBI single to Texas Rangers prospect Lewis Brinson. Cordero fell behind the next hitter 3-0 before allowing a two-run double. Another walk ended Cordero’s night.

In came Andrew Edwards, who allowed both inherited runners to score. He did however strike out five over 2.2 innings.

On offense, the Naturals collected five hits, including an RBI double from Hunter Dozier (who also stole a base).

High-A Wilmington also lost their second straight, losing to visiting Potomac, 5-2.

The game was tied at at 2-2 after the Blue Rocks scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on an error. However, the P-Nats scored two in the top of the eighth to retake the lead.

2015 draft pick Josh Staumont took the loss, showing why he is SO frustrating. The 8th inning started with a walk. He then threw the ball away on a sac bunt, which was then thrown away by right fielder Elier Hernandez, allowing both runners to score. Staumont struck out the next batter, but a wild pitch saw the batter reach base. All-in-all, Staumont allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits, four walks, and a hit batter over 2.2 innings. He struck out seven and threw just 36 of his 68 pitches for strikes.

On offense, the Blue Rocks collected seven hits, all singles. Ryan O’Hearn went 2-for-4 with a walk. However, just like in Game 1, the Blue Rocks struck out in double digits (12).

legends logoLow-A Lexington won their second straight over Lakewood, this time by a 5-4 score in walk off fashion. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Marten Gasparini delivered a sac fly for the win.

That made a winner of Nik Stephenson, who allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over three innings. The two runs scored via a two out, two-run homer in the seventh.

Foster Griffin got the start for the Legends and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out one. Jake Newberry followed with two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

On offense, DJ Burt went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI. Amalani Fukofuka went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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