May 14th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener in Tacoma, 3-2. The Storm Chasers led 2-0 after two innings.

omahaBrett Eibner, who singled with two outs in the top of the first, moved to third base on a Jose Martinez single. He scored on a steal of home. In the 2nd inning, back-to-back doubles scored Omaha’s final run.

In the bottom of the seventh, starter Jonathan Dziedzic allowed a one out, two-run home run to give the Rainiers the lead.

Former Royal Casey Coleman earned the victory in relief for Tacoma. He struck out four straight batters across two innings of work.

Double-A NW Arkansas beat Springfield, 7-2.

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First baseman Frank Schwindel during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

In the top of the second, the Naturals put together three straight singles to start the inning before Frank Schwindel hit a grand slam (his sixth home run of the season).

That was more than enough offense for starter Jake Junis, who allowed five hits and hit a batter over 6.2 scoreless innings. He struck out six in winning his second straight start. Reliever Benino Pruneda allowed the two runs in the eighth.

Terrance Gore pinch ran in the eighth for Ryan O’Hearn (1-for-4) and stole his first base since being sent back to the minors. Mauricio Ramos continues his hot hitting (.383 in May), going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

High-A Wilmington lost in Salem, 8-7 in ten innings.

In his fourth inning of work (with them all being shaky), lefty Mark McCoy allowed a single to start the bottom of the tenth (that was the first hit he allowed). He then walked the next batter to end his night (he walked five total). In came fellow lefty Tim Hill, who after a strikeout, allowed an RBI single to Boston prospect Andrew Benintendi.

The walk off loss came after the Blue Rocks fought back to tie the game at 7-7 with two runs in the top of the ninth. With two outs and nobody on base, Austin Bailey singled. After an Alfredo Escalera single (2-for-6), Humberto Arteaga (2-for-6) tied the game with a two-run triple.

The Blue Rocks pounded out 15 hits and worked nine walks, but went just 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position. The first six batters in their lineup had multi-hit games.

Low-A Lexington lost to Charleston, 5-1.

Starter Nolan Watson dropped to 0-4 on the season, as he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out six. Two of the four hits Watson allowed left the ballpark.

Reliever Franco Terrero followed Watson with three perfect innings of relief. He struck out three. Nik Stephenson followed and allowed two runs on three hits over the final two innings. He also allowed a solo homer.

The Legends collected six hits, but three came from Amalani Fukofuka.

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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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