May 8th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha‘s comeback against Iowa fell short, as they lost 6-5. The Storm Chasers scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run on first base, but pinch-hitter Whit Merrifield struck out to end the game.

The Storm Chasers had a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. They could have scored more, as they had the bases loaded with nobody out. The Cubs came right back with three runs in the top of the second.

Omaha starter Miguel Almonte needed 101 pitches to get through 5.2 innings. He allowed all six Cubs runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out three. Evan Beal made his Triple-A debut, allowing one hit over 2.1 scoreless innings. He also struck out three (32 pitches, 21 strikes). Lefty David Huff followed with a perfect ninth (two strikeouts).

The Storm Chasers collected seven hits, two from Brett Eibner, who drove in a run and scored a run.

Jake Junis ST

Jake Junis during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Double-A NW Arkansas shut out Arkansas for the second straight day, winning 1-0 on Sunday. It is the Naturals fourth win in a row and they are now over .500 for the first time this season.

The story was starter Jake Junis, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh. The Travelers collected their first hit off Junis to lead off the 7th inning. They actually had two hits in the inning, but Junis induced three ground outs to escape the jam. All-in-all, Junis allowed those two hits over seven scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Yender Caramo allowed a single to start the eighth, followed by a sac bunt. An error by Mauricio Ramos at third base put the tying run at third. Caramo bounced back and struck out the final two batters of the inning. Kevin McCarthy earned his fifth save with a perfect ninth (three fly outs).

The Naturals scored their lone run in the fourth, as Ryan O’Hearn (2-for-4 with a double) singled to start the inning. He was sacrificed to second base and Bubba Starling drove him in with a double.

High-A Wilmington won their first home series of the season, winning Sunday’s finale over Myrtle Beach, 6-5 in 11 innings. The Blue Rocks will enjoy Monday off before heading out on the road for seven games (Frederick and Salem).

Wander Franco

Blue Rocks third baseman Wander Franco at the plate on April 10, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

With one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, Alfredo Escalera reached on an error. After Austin Bailey worked a walk, Wander Franco delivered the game winner: a single to center.

That made a winner of reliever Matt Alvarez, who allowed one hit and walked two over 2.1 scoreless innings.

The Blue Rocks led 4-0 through five innings, but the Pelicans battled back with one run in the sixth and two each in the eighth and ninth. Chicago Cubs top prospect Gleyber Torres hit a game-tying one out, two-run home run in the ninth off lefty Tim Hill. Hill entered in the 8th inning in relief of Derek Gordon (1.1IP, 2H, 2R, 2BB 2K) and he allowed an inherited run to score (Hill’s line: 1.2IP, 2H, 2R, BB, K).

Blue Rocks starter Matt Tenuta took the no decision, though he only allowed a run on five hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out four.

The Blue Rocks offense collected 12 hits and walked seven times. The bottom three in the order: Elier Hernandez, Robert Pehl, and Humberto Arteaga, went a combined 7-for-12. Pehl doubled and drove in three runs in the fourth with two outs.

Low-A Lexington came back to beat Greensboro, 3-2.

The Legends tied the game in the fifth on a Cody Jones sac bunt (2-for-3) and took the lead in the sixth on an Amalani Fukofuka solo home run. Chase Vallot (2-for-4) drove in a run in the first on a two out single.

Emilio Ogando allowed a run in the first on a leadoff single, a wild pitch, an errant pickoff throw, and a ground out. He allowed another run in the third on two hits. Ogando then retired 13 of the final 15 batters he faced to pick up the win. His line looked like this: 7IP, 5H, 2R (ER), 2BB, 6K.

Julio Pinto earned his first save with two hitless innings of relief (though he walked two and hit one in the eighth).

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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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