April 30th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha was rained out against OKC on Saturday night. The two teams will complete the series with a doubleheader on Sunday.

Raul Mondesi

Shortstop Raul Mondesi during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Double-A NW Arkansas won the first game against Tulsa, 6-4.

With the score tied at 3-3, Raul Mondesi hit a two out, three-run home run in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, the Drillers scored a run against Andrew Edwards (the first earned run he has allowed this season) and had the tying run on second base, but Edwards induced a ground out to earn his first save.

Mondesi’s homer was the fourth home run hit by the Naturals: Orlando Calixte hit one in the first (2-for-5), Frank Schwindel‘s came in the fourth (2-for-4), and Hunter Dozier hit one in the sixth (2-for-4).

Eric Stout earned the win in relief, though he allowed two of the three Drillers runs to score off Naturals starter Alec Mills in the seventh. Mills (6+IP, 9H, 3R, BB, 6K) allowed a double, single, and an RBI double to start the seventh before Stout came on in relief.

High-A Wilmington lost their ninth in a row, losing in 12 innings in Potomac, 3-2. The score was tied at 1-1 until both teams scored in the tenth.

After two strikeouts in the top of the tenth, Brandon Downes doubled and came around to score on Wander Franco‘s single. However, the P-Nats scored in the bottom of the inning off Mark McCoy.

In the bottom of the 12th with Matt Alvarez in his second inning of work, the P-Nats worked a leadoff walk. The next batter laid down a perfect bunt that was thrown away by Alvarez. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Alvarez got a comebacker and threw home for the first out. In came lefty Tim Hill, who got a ground ball to first base, but Ryan O’Hearn threw it away and the P-Nats walked off.

Blue Rocks starter Zach Lovvorn allowed a run on three hits, three walks, and a hit batter over seven innings. The lone run scored on a double play in the sixth.

The Blue Rocks collected nine hits, but four of them came from Roman Collins.

legends logoLow-A Lexington won in Hickory, 4-3. They only played five innings due to rain.

The Legends scored all four runs in the top of the fifth. Josh Banuelos started the rally with a one out single. Mike Hill followed with a single and Tanner Stanley worked his second walk to load the bases. DJ Burt (2-for-3) drove in a run with a single and Marten Gasparini followed with a two-run single to tie the game. A ground out by Samir Duenez gave the Legends their only lead.

Legends starter Corey Ray earned the complete game victory, as he allowed three unearned runs on six hits and a walk 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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