May 29th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha beat El Paso, 3-2. The two teams finish up their series on Memorial Day.

John Lannan scattered eight hits and two runs over 7.2 innings. He was pulled with two on and two outs in the eighth in favor of Malcom Culver, who struck out San Diego prospect Hunter Renfroe to end the inning. Culver worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth.

The Storm Chasers tied the game in the bottom of the first on Jorge Bonifacio‘s fifth triple. They took the lead in the fifth on a ground out and a two out double by Ramon Torres. He went 2-for-4 to collect his first Triple-A hits.

Reymond Fuentes returned to the lineup after five games after making a great catch at the wall last Monday. He led off and went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

*In roster news, catcher Tony Cruz earned a big league callup with starter Salvador Perez dealing with a quad injury. Reliever Peter Moylan was optioned back to Omaha.

Double-A NW Arkansas won their series in Corpus Christi with a 4-1 victory in Sunday’s finale. The Naturals now head home and begin a six-game homestand, beginning on Tuesday against San Antonio.

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Jake Junis during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Starter Jake Junis earned the victory, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out six and allowed a solo home run. Junis ended May with a miniscule 0.95 ERA, which is the lowest starting pitcher ERA for a month in franchise history.

Kyle Bartsch earned his first save, working out of jams in both the eighth and ninth (two hits and two walks). He has yet to allow a run since re-signing with the Royals (our appearances totaling 5.2 innings).

The Naturals collected nine hits, one from each in the lineup. They scored two runs in the sixth to take the lead on Corey Toup‘s RBI triple and Ryan O’Hearn‘s sac fly. Jack Lopez added insurance in the top of the ninth with a two out, two-run homer (his fourth of the year). Lopez is second on the team in homers among active players, though he is hitting just .135.

*In roster news, catcher Zane Evans was promoted to Omaha. Lefty reliever Estarlin Cordero was placed on the DL.

High-A Wilmington swept their doubleheader in Myrtle Beach. The Blue Rocks guaranteed their first road series victory since their first road series in April (14-17), as they have won three straight.

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

The Blue Rocks won the first game, 8-4. They added some insurance in the top of the seventh on Wander Franco‘s three-run home run (he drove in five RBIs).

Alfredo Escalera went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Starter Foster Griffin earned his first High-A victory, though he allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings. Brennan Henry and Jake Newberry each worked a scoreless inning of relief.

The Blue Rocks won the second game, 3-1 in ten innings. They scored one run in the first on Escalera’s double and two in the tenth on Austin Bailey‘s two out triple (he did not start).

Matt Alvarez earned the victory in relief, throwing two scoreless innings (hit, walk, and strikeout). That came after winless Zach Lovvorn allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk over the first six innings and Kyle Kubat worked two scoreless innings of relief. Both hits Lovvorn allowed came in the fourth, as did the run after back-to-back errors.

Brian Bien made his first start, playing second base and batting ninth (0-for-2).

legends logoLow-A Lexington split their series in Hagerstown with an 11-8 victory in Sunday’s finale. The two teams combined for 25 hits and two almost cycles.

After the Suns scored three runs in the bottom of the first on a bases clearing double (and three walks), the Legends came back with a five-run 4th inning. It started with a two out solo home run from Travis Maezes. Four batters later, Samir Duenez tripled in three runs and Chase Vallot followed with an RBI single.

Duenez had three hits in the win, as did Roman Collins (who scored three runs). Vallot drove in six runs and fell a triple short of a cycle. He homered with two outs in the sixth (his eighth of the season).

The comeback made a winner of Yunior Marte in relief of Julio Pinto (2.2IP, 3H, 3R, 4BB, K). Marte allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings.

The Legends now return home for a six-game homestand beginning Monday against Greensboro.

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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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