May 1st Minors Recap

For the second straight day, Triple-A Omaha and OKC were rained out. One of the game’s will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 3rd (the next time the Dodgers head to Omaha). The other will be made up when the Storm Chasers travel to OKC in July right before the All-Star break.

The Storm Chasers now head out on the road to play four games in Memphis.

nwaDouble-A NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 7-5. The two teams finish up the series on Monday, with NWA looking for the sweep.

The Drillers had mounted a comeback late, hitting two, 2-run home runs (one off lefty Estarlin Cordero in the seventh and one off right-hander Kevin McCarthy in the ninth). McCarthy earned his fourth save.

The Naturals offense went to work in the first, as Raul Mondesi singled with one out, stole second base with two outs, and scored on Hunter Dozier‘s single. They scored three more in the third, capped by Mondesi’s two-run double.

Bubba Starling (3-for-4, a triple short of a cycle) hit a solo home run in the seventh and the Naturals scored two much needed insurance runs in the top of the ninth on back-to-back RBI singles from Mauricio Ramos (2-for-4) and Frank Schwindel.

Lefty Matt Strahm earned his first Double-A victory, as he allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out eight.

High-A Wilmington had their finale in Potomac rained out. Since it was the last day the two teams were to face each other in the first half, the game will not be made up. The Blue Rocks return home with a nine-game losing streak for seven games, beginning with Carolina on Monday night.

Low-A Lexington lost to Hickory, 4-3.  The two teams finish up the series on Monday.

Legends starter Nolan Watson lasted just 3.2 innings, as he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk (62 pitches, 45 strikes). Watson left in the 4th inning with runners at second and third base in favor of Yunior Marte, who got a strikeout to escape.

Marte took the loss, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks over three innings of relief. The Crawdads scored a run in the fifth and a run in the seventh to take the lead. Marte allowed a one out double in the seventh and after a passed ball on Chase Vallot (his seventh), the go ahead run scored on a sac fly.

On offense for the Legends, Ben Johnson went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Mike Hill hit a two-run home run in the fourth to give them the lead.

*In roster news, first baseman Josh Banuelos was promoted to Wilmington (no roster move yet for the Blue Rocks).

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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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