April 28th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series opener over OKC, 10-2.

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Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The scoring for Omaha got started in the first when Whit Merrifield walked to start the inning. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a home run (3-for-5). In the 3rd inning, Brett Eibner hit his first homer of the season (a two-run shot).

The Storm Chasers blew the game open in the fourth, scoring five runs on six hits and a walk. Travis Snider capped the scoring with a two out, two-run double.

Starter Miguel Almonte earned his first win, as he allowed one run on five hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out eight.

*In roster news, outfielder Reymond Fuentes was placed on the DL and infielder Angel Franco was activated. Franco saw his first game action, entering on defense at shortstop in the seventh. He went 1-for-1 with a double.

Double-A NW Arkansas earned a series split in Springfield, winning the finale, 4-1 in ten innings.

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Mauricio Ramos during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The score was tied at 1-1 after seven inning and the Naturals scored three runs in the top of the tenth. The inning started with a Mauricio Ramos single (he has three of them) and with two outs, Ramon Torres worked a walk to load the bases. Orlando Calixte cleared the bases with a single to right field (and the ensuing fielding error).

That made a winner of reliever Kevin McCarthy, who allowed two hits over two scoreless innings. Starter Eric Skoglund allowed a run on five hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out five and retired the final ten batters he faced. The Cardinals lone run came via a home run in the third.

Hunter Dozier tied the game in the seventh with his fifth homer of the season.

High-A Wilmington had their series finale in Carolina postponed. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 18th when the Blue Rocks return to Carolina before the All-Star break. The Blue Rocks continue their road trip to Potomac for another weekend series.

legends logoLow-A Lexington won their series finale in Columbia, 6-5. The Legends scored three runs in the top of the eighth.

Samir Duenez hit two solo home runs, to lead off both the sixth and eighth innings (two of his four hits). Three batters later in the 8th inning, Ben Johnson drove in the tying run (one of his two hits). With two outs, Cody Jones doubled in the go ahead run.

Chase Vallot hit his fifth home run in the win.

The 8th inning comeback made a winner of reliever Kyle Kubat, who allowed a solo homer with two outs in the seventh over four innings of work. Kubat struck out four and induced six ground outs. Scott Blewett got the start and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four.

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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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