May 25th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha was pounded by Albuquerque, 12-4.

omahaIt was a rough second Triple-A rehab start for Mike Minor (fourth overall). He lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits (two home runs) and two walks while striking out five.

It didn’t get much better for Brooks Pounders, who allowed four runs on six hits and a walk over 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed a two-run home run in the sixth. Benino Pruneda made his Triple-A debut, allowing a run on one hit and two walks over three innings.

The Storm Chasers collected eight hits, five for extra bases. However, only four players had hits. Leadoff hitter Jorge Bonifacio hit two solo homers. Balbino Fuenmayor fell a triple short of the cycle, hitting his second homer of the season in the 2nd inning. Angel Franco had two hits in the loss (playing third base).

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

Ashton Goudeau made his first Double-A start, allowing just two runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out three. Yender Caramo followed and allowed a hit and walked one over two innings.

Both teams collected just four hits, however the Naturals also walked four times and stole three bases (two by Jack Lopez and one by Terrance Gore).

The Naturals left five men in scoring position, scoring their lone run in the eighth on an Orlando Calixte single (after a double-steal).

*Outfielder Bubba Starling did not play for the sixth straight day.

High-A Wilmington beat Lynchburg, 9-6. Every time the Hillcats scored, the Blue Rocks came right back.

Wander Franco

Blue Rocks third baseman Wander Franco at the plate on April 10, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Blue Rocks overcame four errors and a passed ball with 14 hits. Leadoff hitter Cody Jones went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and his first stolen base. Humberto Arteaga went 2-for-5 with his ninth stolen base.

Brandon Downes and Wander Franco (2-for-5) each hit solo homers in the 3rd inning. Josh Banuelos went 3-for-5 and Luis Villegas had two hits and two RBIs.

Corey Ray won his first start in High-A, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out four. Jake Newberry followed and allowed a solo home run over 2.1 innings of work while striking out four. Matt Alvarez earned his second save, working around a walk in the ninth.

Low-A Lexington lost their series to Kannapolis, losing the finale, 12-3. The Legends now head out on the road for four games in Hagerstown.

Starter Nolan Watson dropped to 1-5, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and four walks over just three innings. He struck out two.

It got so bad that utility man Mike Hill pitched the ninth (two fly outs and a ground out).

The Legends collected five hits, two from Ben Johnson.

It was a rough day defensively for catcher Chase Vallot, who committed two throwing errors (ten on the year) and had three passed balls (12 on the year). Those five mistakes cost the Legends six runs.

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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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