April 15th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series opener in New Orleans, 3-0.

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Lefty Jonathan Dziedzic during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The story was Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic, who pitched seven scoreless innings in picking up his first win of the season. He allowed just three hits (the first coming with one out in the fifth) while striking out six.

Peter Moylan followed by striking out two in the eighth and Brian Duensing earned his first save, needing just ten pitches.

The Storm Chasers collected seven hits, two by Balbino Fuenmayor. They took the lead in the top of the first on a Brett Eibner sac fly. Rehabber Jarrod Dyson went 0-for-3 with a walk, was hit by a pitch, and scored two runs.

*In roster news, right-handed reliever Aroni Nina was placed on the DL. He allowed four runs on two hits and two walks without recording an out last night. Fellow right-handed reliever Mark Peterson replaced Nina on the Storm Chasers roster (and will be making his Triple-A debut).

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight in Frisco, this time by a 7-1 score.

The Naturals lone run came via Raul Mondesi‘s solo home run in the fifth. He also doubled and stole his fifth base. However, he also committed his fourth error. They collected seven hits, including two by Hunter Dozier, but also hit into three double plays.

Naturals starter Christian Binford took his second loss, as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out five. Binford left with two on base and Yender Caramo allowed both to score on a triple to the first batter he faced. Caramo allowed two hits and struck out three over 2.1 innings.

*Taking Peterson’s spot on the Naturals roster is catcher Allan de San Miguel (who will be making his KC Royals debut).

High-A Wilmington won their second straight in Potomac, this time by a 6-3 score. Power played a big part of the Blue Rocks victory.

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Blue Rocks Ryan O’Hearn at the plate on April 10, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn hit two home runs tonight, including a two-run shot in the first. That was an inside-the-park homer, in which the center fielder dove on a line drive, missed it, and it rolled all the way to the wall.

In the 6th inning, both he and Corey Toups hit solo homers. O’Hearn raised his batting average to .406, so expect a promotion in the near future (he has at least one hit in every game but one).

Matt Tenuta earned the victory, as he allowed a run on three hits over five innings. The run and two of the three hits he allowed came in the bottom of the first. Tenuta struck out five.

After Derek Gordon allowed two runs on three hits over three innings, Evan Beal picked up his first save by inducing a game ending double play.

Low-A Lexington lost in walk off fashion in West Virginia, 6-5 in ten innings.

With two outs and the winning run on third base, the Power got a single to set off the celebration. That came against reliever Kyle Kubat, who took a blown save and the loss, as he allowed the tying run in the eighth (2.2IP, 4H, 2R, BB, 2K).

Starter Nolan Watson allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over 4.1 innings.

DJ Burt extended his on-base streak to 68 games with an RBI triple, though the second baseman did commit his second error of the season. Shortstop Marten Gasparini drove in two runs, but also committed his seventh error.

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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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