It was yet another losing day in the KC Royals minor league system.
Triple-A Omaha lost in walk off fashion, 7-6 in Memphis. The Storm Chasers fought back to tie the game at six in the top of the eighth.
In his second inning of work, Peter Moylan hit former Storm Chaser Carlos Peguero with the bases loaded to set off the celebration.
Six of Omaha’s nine hits came from the bottom three in the order. Tony Cruz went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Dusty Coleman went 2-for-4 and drove in the tying run in the eighth. Angel Franco made his first start of the season and went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
After Omaha starter Miguel Almonte allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and four walks over just 2.1 innings, the bullpen pitched well until the ninth. Lefty David Huff allowed a hit over 2.2 scoreless innings. Clayton Mortensen followed with two scoreless innings.
Jose Martinez (at first base) and Cheslor Cuthbert (at third base), both committed errors. It was Cuthbert’s seventh.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their opener to Springfield, 5-1. That came after the Naturals fought back to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh on a Jack Lopez single (and ensuing error).
Jake Junis had his best start so far this season, as he allowed just one run on three hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out eight. The Cardinals scored their lone run off Junis on 5th inning solo home run.
Yender Caramo took the loss (his third), as he allowed three runs on five hits over two innings (all the runs scored in the eighth).
The Naturals collected just six hits, two by Orlando Calixte.
High-A Wilmington lost their 11th straight game, losing to Frederick, 8-7. The Keys scored two runs in the eighth to tie the game and one in the top of the ninth.
The Blue Rocks fought back to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth with three runs, as they were helped out by two errors and a wild pitch.
The Blue Rocks bullpen left a lot to be desired once again. Matt Alvarez relieved starter Matt Tenuta in the fifth and allowed both inherited runners to score. After Alvarez pitched 1.2 innings, it was Ian Tompkins turn. He did not allow a hit over 1.2 innings, but he did walk six and allowed two runs.
Mark McCoy took the loss, as he entered with the bases loaded in the eighth and allowed one to score on a hit batter. McCoy then allowed the winning run in the ninth on a ground out, though he walked three in the inning with a wild pitch (he did not allow a hit).
Command was an issue with the pitching staff, as they walked 16. 16!!!!! Of the combined 231 pitches thrown, only 111 were strikes. A lot of the reason why the game lasted three hours and 41 minutes.
The Blue Rocks out-hit the Keys, 10-6, but six of the ten hits came from the top three hitters. Leadoff hitter Corey Toups went 2-for-4 with a triple and a solo home run. Alfredo Escalera went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Josh Banuelos made his Blue Rocks debut, going 1-for-4 with a run scored in the start at first base.
Low-A Lexington enjoyed the day off and being a three-game home series against Delmarva on Wednesday.