May 13th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series over Memphis, winning the finale, 7-1. The Storm Chasers now head out west, beginning with four games in Tacoma.

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Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Storm Chasers broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth on Jorge Bonifacio‘s RBI triple. They then scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth. It started with a one out walk and a fielding error. The first run scored on another error and Bonifacio forced in a run with a bases loaded walk. With two outs, Jose Martinez‘ fly ball to right field was misplayed, scoring three runs.

Starter Miguel Almonte picked up the win, as he allowed a run on three hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out eight. Lefty David Huff followed with two scoreless innings (29 pitches, 20 strikes). Brian Duensing walked one over two scoreless innings.

*In roster news, reliever Clayton Mortensen was activated from the inactive list, giving Omaha a full 25-man roster.

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight in Springfield, 6-1.

The Naturals scored their lone run in the top of the fifth, which tied the game at 1-1. Mauricio Ramos hit his third home run of the season to start the inning.

However, starter Matt Strahm could not keep the Cardinals off the board. With two runners in scoring position and no outs in the bottom of the fifth, Strahm allowed a sac fly to give the Cardinals back the lead. In the sixth, he allowed a solo homer. All-in-all, Strahm allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out five.

It was another bad outing for lefty reliever Estarlin Cordero, who allowed a two-run home run two batters into the seventh. He would allow another run in the inning, but Cordero then retired the final four batters he faced (though all four outs came in the air).

High-A Wilmington won their series opener in Salem, 12-4. The Blue Rocks scored multiple runs in five innings.

All but two Blue Rocks hitters collected at least one RBI and every hitter but Robert Pehl collected a hit (0-for-4, two runs scored, and an RBI). They went 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

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Humberto Arteaga at the plate in the first inning on April 10, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Blue Rocks 2-3-4 hitters did most of the damage. Humberto Arteaga moved into the two-spot and went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, two RBIs, three runs scored, and his seventh stolen base. Corey Toups continued his hot streak (.336 in May) by going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Brandon Downes went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Derek Gordon made his first start of the season and lasted a season-high four innings (he found out the night before he was going to start). He allowed one hit, a double to start the 2nd inning, and one run (which scored on a ground out). Gordon struck out two. Jake Newberry pitched the final two innings, which were scoreless (he now has four scoreless innings with the Blue Rocks).

*In roster news, starter Pedro Fernandez was promoted to NWA (he was scheduled to start for the Blue Rocks Friday). Reliever Kyle Kubat was promoted from Lexington and made his debut tonight. He picked up the win, despite allowing three runs in the sixth (3IP, 6H, 3R, BB, 2K).

Low-A Lexington split their doubleheader against Charleston. The Legends won the first game, 4-2.

With the game tied at 2-2, Travis Maezes hit a two out, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. That made a winner of reliever Jacob Bodner, who had allowed the tying run in the top of the sixth (2IP, H, R, 0BB, 2K).

Starter Corey Ray took the no decision, as he allowed a run on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four, but allowed a solo homer in the fourth.

legends logoThe Legends lost the second game, 4-3 in eight innings.

Daniel Concepcion took the loss, as he allowed a solo homer in the top of the 8th inning (3IP, H, R, BB, 3K). Starter Yunior Marte allowed three runs on three hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out six.

The Legends scored single runs in the second, third, and sixth innings. Amalani Fukofuka, who went 2-for-3 in the first game, hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Chase Vallot tied the game in the sixth with his sixth home run of the season.

*In roster news, the Legends received pitcher Jake Kalish from extended spring training.

**Marten Gasparini error counter: he committed his 19th in Game 1 and 20th in Game 2. He also saw his average drop to .163.

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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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