May 18th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha enjoyed the day off as they begin a four-game series Thursday in Reno. The Storm Chasers roster could be a little different (rumors of a Whit Merrifield callup are out there).

Double-A NW Arkansas lost to Arkansas, 2-1.

Mike Moustakas

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on St. Patty’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Mike Moustakas began his rehab assignment, as the Naturals DH, batting second. He went 2-for-4 and drove in the lone run. Leadoff hitter Ramon Torres also went 2-for-4. Mauricio Ramos (now hitting .321) and Logan Moon also collected two hits in the loss.

Matt Strahm was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out four. Eric Stout followed and allowed a hit over 2.1 innings.

In more roster speculation, outfielder Terrance Gore was replaced defensively in the fourth. In the top of the inning, Gore grounded out to the pitcher.

*Now we know why right-hander Alec Mills was skipped in the rotation: he was called up to the big leagues to be the KC Royals 26th man for today’s doubleheader. Here’s hoping Mills actually gets to pitch. Orlando Calixte did not play for the fourth straight day. Calixte was pulled on Saturday for defense in the sixth.

High-A Wilmington walked off against Frederick, winning 3-2 with a three-run 9th inning. Click HERE for the full recap.

Low-A Lexington beat Hickory, 4-2. The Legends now head to Greenville for four games.

The Legends scored two runs in the first Amalani Fukofuka‘s two-run single with the bases loaded (one of his two hits). Chase Vallot doubled in a run in the third and homered in the eighth.

Corey Ray earned his second victory, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out five and induced eight ground outs. Yunior Marte picked up his first save, allowing one hit over the final two innings. He struck out three.


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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