May 28th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their second straight to El Paso, 7-2.

With the score tied at 2-2, the Chihuahuas scored five runs in the eighth. Christian Binford took the loss, as he walked the first two batters of the inning and then allowed a two-run triple. Binford was pulled in favor of Clayton Mortensen, who allowed an RBI double, a single, and a two-run home run before recording an out.

Prior to the 8th inning, Binford had allowed five hits (two solo homers) and one walk.

The Storm Chasers collected just five hits, including doubles by Balbino Fuenmayor and Orlando Calixte.

Just signed infielder Steve Tolleson made his debut with a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth (a strikeout).

*In roster news, lefty Brian Flynn was sent back from the big leagues as Chris Young was activated from the DL. The Royals want Flynn to start now that he is back in the minors.

Double-A NW Arkansas beat Corpus Christi, 6-5 in 12 innings.

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

With the bases loaded and two outs, Frank Schwindel (2-for-6) delivered an RBI infield single to give the Naturals the lead. In the bottom of the 12th inning, lefty Eric Stout earned his second save with a perfect inning.

Kevin McCarthy earned the victory with three perfect innings (four strikeouts).

Logan Moon went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, though he was pinch run for in the 11th. Terrance Gore was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the inning. Leadoff hitter Carlos Garcia went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, while Zane Evans also had two hits in the win.

Lefty Matt Strahm made the start for the Naturals and reached the 100-pitch mark for the first time in his career. He allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. Yender Caramo had the blown save, allowing a run in the seventh on three hits.

*Big leaguer Carlos Gomez was the Hooks leadoff hitter (3-for-6) and DH in a rehab assignment for Houston.

High-A Wilmington was rained out in Myrtle Beach. The two teams hope to play two games tomorrow afternoon (though a tropical storm is hitting South Carolina).

legends logoLow-A Lexington split their doubleheader in Hagerstown. The Legends won the first game, 8-1 scoring in each of the final four innings.

In the seven inning complete game victory, Scott Blewett allowed just an unearned run on four hits. He struck out five (including the final three of the game), throwing 53 of his 82 pitches for strikes. It was Blewett’s first complete game of his professional career.

The Legends 3-4 hitters (Samir Duenez and Chase Vallot) went a combined 5-for-7 with three doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Amalani Fukofuka hit a three-run home run in the sixth.

Second baseman DJ Burt committed his eighth error of the season in the 6th inning (he would commit his ninth in the second game), which led to the unearned run. Shortstop Marten Gasparini committed his 24th error.

The Legends lost the second game, 4-0.

The Legends collected five hits, including a double by catcher Xavier Fernandez. He also stole a base (his first in his professional career).

Gerson Garabito took the loss, allowing all four runs on six hits and a walk over 3.1 innings. He left with two runners on base in the fourth and both were stranded by Nik Stephenson. Stephenson allowed just one hit over 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

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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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