April 18th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha saw their five-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-0 loss in New Orleans to finish the four-game series. The Storm Chasers now head to Round Rock for four games.

omahaOmaha collected just four hits, all singles. They also hit into two double plays. While Cheslor Cuthbert collected a hit, he also committed his fifth error at third base.

John Lannan took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on eight hits and three walks over five-plus innings (he faced two batters in the sixth). Lannan allowed a solo home run in the fifth. Malcom Culver followed and left two runners stranded in the sixth, going three scoreless innings (two hits and five strikeouts).

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight in Midland, losing 4-3. The series finale will be tomorrow afternoon.

Manager Vance Wilson was ejected in the 7th inning when center fielder Bubba Starling appeared to make a diving catch to end the inning with the game tied at 3-3. Instead, the umpires ruled that the ball hit the ground, allowing Midland to score.

That made a loser of reliever Yender Caramo, who allowed that run on three hits and a walk over two innings. Naturals starter Alec Mills allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three and induced nine ground outs.

The Naturals tied the game in the top of the sixth on Orlando Calixte‘s first home run of the season. Calixte also had two outfield assists, throwing out base runners at both third base and home from right field.

Mauricio Ramos and Frank Schwindel, the Naturals 7-8 hitters, each collected two hits. Schwindel scored a run. Raul Mondesi stole his seventh base, but committed his fifth error at shortstop.

High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Frederick, 5-1.

The Blue Rocks scored a run in the top of the first with back-to-back two out doubles from Ryan O’Hearn and Elier Hernandez. O’Hearn went 2-for-4, his fourth straight multi-hit game. However, the Blue Rocks only collected five hits, coming from the first four batters in their order.

Zach Lovvorn lost his third game, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. Matt Alvarez then allowed a run on two hits over 1.1 innings. Josh Staumont pitched a scoreless eighth (one walk and two strikeouts).

legends logoLow-A Lexington won their series opener in Ashville, 7-5.

Every Legend (except Marten Gasparini) collected a hit. Chase Vallot and Ben Johnson each collected two hits, scored a run, and drove in a run. Vallot hit his fourth double. Johnson picked up two outfield assists, throwing out base runners at both third base and home from right field. Cody Jones went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.

Legends starter Foster Griffin earned his first win, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out eight.

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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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