It was a quiet day in the KC Royals minor league system. There were just two games, one in the afternoon and one at night.
Triple-A Omaha beat Memphis, 8-4. Six of the Storm Chasers runs scored with two outs.
The Storm Chasers took a quick 1-0 lead on a bases loaded double play in the first. They added five runs in the bottom of the second. It all started with two outs and no one on base. Angel Franco walked and scored on Dusty Coleman‘s home run (2-for-2). Four straight singles followed to chase the Redbirds starter. Hunter Dozier greeted the reliever with an RBI double to finish off the scoring.
That made a winner of John Lannan, who allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out three. David Huff followed and allowed a run on two hits in two innings of work. He struck out two. Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless ninth.
The top four in the Omaha order each had two hits. Whit Merrifield and Jorge Bonifacio scored two runs each. Brett Eibner drove in a run and scored a run. Jose Martinez drove in two runs and doubled.
High-A Wilmington lost their second straight game in Frederick, losing 7-2.
The Blue Rocks tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch and a sac fly. In that inning, they worked four walks. However, the Keys scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to re-take the lead.
Reliever Ashton Goudeau took the loss, as he allowed three straight singles to start the 7th inning. The last was a bunt single with an ensuing throwing error by third baseman Wander Franco that allowed the go ahead run to score. Lefty Mark McCoy entered in relief and allowed a two-run double before walking the next batter. After a stolen base, McCoy allowed a sac fly and another walk before getting out of the inning.
Goudeau ended up allowing four runs on five hits and a walk over four-plus innings. He struck out six. Colin Rodgers made the start and allowed a run on one hit and two walks over the first two innings. He was pulled because of a rib cage issue.
The Blue Rocks collected six hits from six different players. They also worked five walks, but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Robert Pehl led off for the first time and doubled.
Double-A NW Arkansas begins a four-game series in Springfield on Thursday night. Low-A Lexington begins a seven-game homestand on Thursday night against Charleston.