May 24th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha beat Albuquerque, 6-1.

omahaStorm Chasers starter John Lannan allowed a run in the top of the first on two hits. From there, Lannan retired 19-of-21 batters. Over eight innings, he allowed four hits and struck out five. Mark Peterson worked around a one out walk in the ninth.

The Storm Chasers scored two runs each in the first, fifth, and sixth innings. They collected 12 hits, ten of them coming from the top five hitters in the order. Leadoff hitter Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4, as did Hunter Dozier to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Dozier drove in two runs.

Brett Eibner collected two hits, scored a run, and drove in a run. Tony Cruz made his first start at first base and went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs to raise his average to .297. Christian Colon hit his first home run.

Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener in San Antonio, 2-1. The game was scoreless until the sixth.

Logan Moon

Blue Rocks outfielder Logan Moon at the plate in 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Logan Moon (2-for-4) broke the 1-1 tie with a solo home run in the top of the seventh. The bottom three in the Naturals order collected seven of their 11 hits. Carlos Garcia went 2-for-4 and Jack Lopez went 3-for-4 (but is still only hitting .150).

Naturals starter Jake Junis was pulled after five scoreless innings at just 66 pitches (41 for strikes) because he was pitching on short rest (he started on Thursday). He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out six. The Naturals only have four starters and Ashton Goudeau is scheduled to start tomorrow’s morning game (just up from Wilmington).

Evan Beal came on in relief, but allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. He was credited with the victory, as he allowed two hits and struck out four in two innings. Kevin McCarthy earned his eighth save, pitching two scoreless innings. It was dicey in the ninth, as the Missions had the bases loaded, but McCarthy turned a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.

High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Lynchburg, 7-2. The first place Hillcats scored six runs in the second.

That made a loser of Blue Rocks starter Zach Lovvorn, who struck out two of the four batters he faced in the first, but fell apart in the 2nd inning. Lovvorn allowed two singles, two doubles, a three-run home run, and a run-scoring wild pitch. There was also a fielding error and a passed ball.

Kyle Kubat allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out two. Brennan Henry followed with two scoreless innings of relief (one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts).

The Blue Rocks scored both of their runs in the sixth on Alfredo Escalera‘s two out, two-run single. Escalera and Humberto Arteaga each had two hits in the loss. Cody Jones made his Blue Rocks debut, batting leadoff (0-for-4) and playing center field.

legends logoLow-A Lexington beat Kannapolis, 3-1.

Torey Deshazier earned the win in relief of starter Julio Pinto, who took a line drive off his right arm in the second. Deshazier allowed an inherited run to score in the 2nd inning, but did not allow one of his own runs over 3.1 innings (four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts). Jake Kalish earned the save with 4.1 one-hit innings. He struck out four and induced seven ground outs.

The Legends broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh on Travis Maezes‘ two out solo homer. Leadoff hitter DJ Burt went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, a run scored, and an RBI. Roman Collins made his Legends debut, batting second (0-for-4) and playing left field.

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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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