May 16th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost in walk off fashion to Tacoma, 7-5. The Rainiers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth with Mike Baxter hitting a two out, three-run walk off homer.

omahaMalcom Culver entered in relief of John Lannan in the ninth with a run in and two on base (Lannan’s line: 2IP, 2H, 3R, ER, 2BB, K). Culver recorded the first two outs on fly outs, but then allowed the homer.

The Storm Chasers scored all five of their runs in the top of the second. It started with a Jose Martinez double and he scored two batters later on a Tony Cruz single. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Hunter Dozier and Balbino Fuenmayor followed before a two out, two-run home run from Whit Merrifield capped the scoring.

Right-hander Christian Binford, just promoted from Double-A, allowed single runs in the second, fifth, and sixth innings (one on a homer). All-in-all, Binford allowed eight hits and a hit batter over six innings while striking out four.

* Lefties Brian Duensing and David Huff opted out of their contracts and were granted their release.

Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener over Arkansas, 6-5. With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth, Logan Moon worked a bases loaded walk to break the tie.

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Infielder Jack Lopez during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Jack Lopez hit the second of his two home runs in the 7th inning to tie the game. Frank Schwindel also homered, a two out, two-run shot in the 2nd inning.

Eric Stout earned the victory in relief of starter Eric Skoglund (6.2IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 6K). Stout allowed two hits over 1.2 scoreless innings. Kevin McCarthy entered with a runner on base in the ninth and earned his sixth save.

High-A Wilmington lost their series in Salem, losing tonight’s finale, 4-0. The Blue Rocks return home Tuesday night for a seven-game homestand.

The Blue Rocks collected six hits, two from Humberto Arteaga (who doubled). They went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Ashton Goudeau took the loss, as he allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out four. Jacob Bodner, just promoted from Lexington, made his debut and allowed one hit and walked one over 2.2 innings. He struck out five and stranded one runner in the sixth.

*Colin Rodgers was placed on the DL. He had a rib issue in his last start (May 11th), only throwing two innings.

Low-A Lexington lost their series opener to Hickory, 8-2. The Crawdads blew the game open over the final two innings, scoring four runs.

The Legends collected eight hits, two from Samir Duenez (he also stole his 11th base). Ben Johnson hit a solo homer in the fourth. However, they struck out 14 times and hit into a double play.

Scott Blewett was the hard luck loser, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out four, but allowed two solo homers. He also threw two wild pitches, one of which led to a run (throwing error by catcher Chase Vallot). The score was 4-2 when Blewett left.

Torey Deshazier allowed four runs on one hit and six walks over 2.2 innings. Nik Stephenson entered with two outs in the ninth with the bases loaded and allowed a two-run double.

Legends manager Omar Ramirez was ejected in the 3rd inning.

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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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