Unlike Wednesday, Thursday was a successful day on the KC Royals farm. All four affiliates were victorious.
Triple-A Omaha came back to beat Memphis, 5-3 in the series finale. The two teams split the four-game series. The Storm Chasers now return home for eight games (against Iowa and Memphis).
Down 2-0, the Storm Chasers scored four runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good. Cheslor Cuthbert got the scoring started with a solo home run (his seventh of the season). After three straight walks with the bases loaded, the tying run scored on a fielder’s choice, before Clint Barmes drove in two with a single (2-for-4).
That made a winner of starter Brooks Pounders, who allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out seven. Two runs scored on a 2nd inning homer. The other scored in the seventh when lefty reliever Brian Duensing wild pitched a run in.
Peter Moylan earned his fourth save with a perfect ninth.
Double-A NW Arkansas came back to beat Springfield, 3-2. The two teams finish up their series on Friday.
Down 2-0, the Naturals scored one run in the seventh and two to take the lead in the eighth. In the 8th inning, Hunter Dozier hit a two-run home run (his eighth of the season).
Kevin McCarthy earned the win in relief, though it got dicey in the ninth. The Cardinals had the tying run on second base with one out, but McCarthy got a strikeout and a ground out to end the game (2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K).
Naturals starter Alec Mills allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out nine and induced seven ground outs.
*In roster news, Carlos Garcia was placed on the DL to make room for outfielder Terrance Gore, who made his debut as a pinch runner tonight. Shortstop Raul Mondesi, who was a late scratch in Wednesday’s day game, did not play for the third straight day.
High-A Wilmington WON!!!! Yes, the Blue Rocks ended their 12-game losing streak with just their second win of the season at home. They beat Myrtle Beach in their series opener, 4-0.
The Blue Rocks jumped right out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Alfredo Escalera (2-for-5) singled, stole second base, and moved to third base on an Austin Bailey single. After Wander Franco walked to load the bases, Brandon Downes singled in two runs.
In the 7th inning, Franco tripled in two runs. Chad Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double.
The Blue Rocks received a much-needed dominant start from Ashton Goudeau. He allowed six hits over eight shutout innings. Goudeau did not walk a batter while striking out 11. The eight innings and 11 strikeouts are career highs for Goudeau. He was helped out in the fifth when Escalera threw a runner out at third base trying to stretch a double into a triple (that ended the inning).
*In roster news, reliever Ian Tompkins was released. A 14th round draft pick out of Western Kentucky in 2014, Tompkins threw just two scoreless games this season and he walked 12 over 10.2 innings. He also had the second-highest ERA on the Blue Rocks staff. Right-hander Jake Newberry was added to the roster from Lexington and he made his debut tonight (1IP, 0H,0R,0BB, 0K).
**I forgot to mention this last night, but third baseman Wander Franco has ditched switch-hitting for the time being. He hurt his shoulder on the first road trip (like last season) and is only hitting from the right side.
Low-A Lexington beat Delmarva, 7-5. The Legends scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
In the 8th inning, the Legends collected four hits, worked a walk, and stole three bases. That made a winner of reliever Franco Terrero, who walked one over 2.1 hitless innings. He struck out three.
Starter Foster Griffin was bitten by some shaky defense, as all four runs he allowed were unearned. Over 5.2 innings, he allowed five hits and walked one while striking out six (with nine ground outs). Catcher Chase Vallot committed his fifth error and had his ninth passed ball.
Travis Maezes committed an error at third base, but also hit his second homer (a two-run shot in the fifth).
*In roster news, right-handed pitcher Daniel Concepcion was added to replace Newberry.