May 2nd Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha held on to win their opener in Memphis, 4-3.

The Redbirds scored two runs in the ninth off Brian Duensing (in his third inning of work) and had the tying run on second base. However, Duensing induced a ground out to end the game.

Cheslor Cuthbert ST

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

Lefty Brian Flynn made his first start and earned the victory. He allowed four hits and walked one while striking out six over the first five innings. Luke Farrell pitched in relief and allowed a run on two hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.

The Storm Chasers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third on a two out home run from Cheslor Cuthbert off former teammate JC Sulbaran. Balbino Fuenmayor drove in the eventual game winner in the sixth on a two out single (Jose Martinez, who went 2-for-4, scored).

Double-A NW Arkansas swept host Tulsa, winning the finale, 9-3. The Naturals scored seven runs in the top of the ninth in the comeback win.

The top of the ninth started with a Hunter Dozier solo home run to tie the game (2-for-4 with a double). Bubba Starling then singled, went to second base on a sac bunt, and scored the go ahead run on a Frank Schwindel single.

nwaThe Naturals were not done. They collected four more run-scoring hits and were helped out by three Tulsa errors and a wild pitch.

Naturals starter Christian Binford started out shaky, as he allowed two runs on three hits and a wild pitch in the first. After allowing a solo home run with one out in the third, Binford retired the final 14 batters he faced.

Benino Pruneda earned the win in relief, as he allowed a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings. He struck out one.

High-A Wilmington lost their series opener at home to Frederick, 11-2. It is their tenth straight loss.

The Blue Rocks scored in the first and the ninth, collecting just six hits (two by Wander Franco).

Starter Pedro Fernandez took the loss, as he allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. He did not strike out a batter. It was also a tough night for reliever Derek Gordon (though he did strand two inherited runners). He also allowed five runs (on five hits) over 1.2 innings.

*If things couldn’t get worse for the Blue Rocks offense, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was promoted to NWA (according to the Kansas City Star), though it is much deserved. While O’Hearn was hitting .352, he was down to .268 in his last ten games with 17 strikeouts in 43 at-bats.

Low-A Lexington lost their finale in Hickory, 8-4.

The Legends had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the third. DJ Burt reached on an error and stole both second and third base (2-for-4). Burt scored on a Samir Duenez single (2-for-4, two RBIs). Chase Vallot doubled in a run (2-for-4) and scored on Ben Johnson‘s two out single.

However, Legends starter Emilio Ogando allowed single runs in the third and fourth, and two more in the fifth (4.2IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 7K, HR).

Travis Maezes made his Legends debut when he entered on defense at third base (but in place of shortstop Marten Gasparini, who went 2-for-3 with a walk).

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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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