April 19th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha shut out Round Rock in the series opener, 3-0.

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Cheslor Cuthbert at the plate during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Storm Chasers scored in the top of the first on a Cheslor Cuthbert one out RBI single. Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single and then stole both second and third base (he stole second base again in the second).

Cuthbert drove in another run in the fourth. Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4.

Luke Farrell earned his first Triple-A win, as he allowed just two hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out four. The second hit Farrell allowed, a one out double in the sixth, chased him from the game.

Lefty Brian Duensing escaped that jam and pitched a scoreless seventh. Peter Moylan earned his second save wit two scoreless innings.

*In roster news, rehabbing outfielder Jarrod Dyson was activated from the DL and fellow outfielder Reymond Fuentes was optioned to Omaha. Right-hander Miguel Almonte, who was a late scratch from his Sunday start, was called up to Kansas City to take the place of Dillon Gee, who went on paternity leave.

Double-A NW Arkansas blew a 4-0 lead and lost in walk off fashion in Midland, 5-4. The Naturals were swept and have now lost six in a row.

The Naturals led 4-0 after two innings on two, two-run home runs. Hunter Dozier hit one in the first, while catcher Allan de San Miguel hit one in the second (in his first start of the season).

Leadoff hitter Ramon Torres went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He also stole three bases (to give him six on the season). However, he committed his first error.

Matt Strahm started and looked good (and left with the lead). Strahm allowed a run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. Then lefty Sam Selman entered in relief.

Selman struck out the first batter he faced, before issuing a walk and allowing a double. A balk drove in the first run. A ground out scored the next. After back-to-back singles, Torres’ error tied the game at 4-4. Selman was pulled in favor of righty Andrew Edwards, who induced a ground out to escape the jam.

Edwards allowed just one hit and walked one over 2.1 innings of relief. He struck out three.

Benino Pruneda started the bottom of the ninth and did not record an out. A single and a double started the inning, which led to an intentional walk. Pruneda then walked Oakland prospect Carson Blair to drive in the game winner.

High-A Wilmington beat Frederick, 6-1. The Blue Rocks scored five runs in the top of the first.

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Brandon Downes at the plate on April 11, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The first run scored on a wild pitch before Brandon Downes hit a two-run home run. Wander Franco and Chad Johnson then strung together back-to-back run scoring hits. Franco doubled and added a solo homer in the third (he fell a triple short of a cycle).

The Keys loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth against lefty Mark McCoy, who struck out the first two batters he faced before two walks and a hit batter. Derek Gordon came in and recorded a strikeout to earn his first save.

Pedro Fernandez earned his second victory, as he allowed a run on four hits and three walks over five-plus innings. He struck out seven. Fernandez left with the bases loaded in the sixth in favor of Evan Beal. A double play scored the run.

Baltimore lefty Brian Matusz shut down the Blue Rocks offense after entering in relief in the sixth. Over four innings, he allowed just one hit (an Elier Hernandez two out single in the ninth) while striking out nine (Humberto Arteaga and Ryan O’Hearn struck out twice).

legends logoLow-A Lexington beat Asheville for the second straight day, winning 11-9. The Legends had two five-run innings (the fifth and eighth).

The Legends hit two, two-run home runs in the eighth. Josh Banuelos hit his two batters into the inning (2-for-4, three runs scored). DJ Burt‘s gave them the lead (4-for-6, two runs scored, and five RBIs).

Jeckson Flores fell a homer short of the cycle (3-for-4, RBI, 2RS).

The late offensive outburst made a winner of reliever Yunior Marte, though he allowed five runs on five hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. Corey Ray started and allowed four runs (two earned) on ten hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out six.

*Martern Gasparini error counter: he committed his ninth (fielding).

**Chase Vallot committed his first error, but also had his fifth passed ball.

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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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