June 1st Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their doubleheader in Colorado Springs. The Storm Chasers lost the first game, 6-5 in walk off fashion. Malcom Culver took the loss, as he allowed an inherited run in the fifth, one in the sixth, and the winning run in the seventh.

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Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Brian Flynn made his first start since being sent back from the big leagues and lasted just 1.2 innings because he reached his pitch limit (5H, R, BB, 2K). Brooks Pounders entered in relief with two on base and stranded both. Pounders ended up allowing two runs on three hits and a walk over 2.1 innings, though one scored after he was pulled from the game.

The Storm Chasers collected nine hits, though seven came from their 3-4-5 hitters. Jorge Bonifacio fell a home run short of the cycle. Balbino Fuenmayor and Hunter Dozier each had two hits, including a double each. Dozier also hit a solo homer.

The Storm Chasers lost the second game, 5-0. Left fielder Travis Snider, who can now opt-out of his contract, pitched the sixth and allowed a run on two hits and a walk.

Clayton Mortensen took the loss, as he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. Mark Peterson then allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over two innings.

The Storm Chasers collected six hits, three from leadoff hitter Ramon Torres and two from Bonifacio (who went 5-for-7 in the DH).

Christian Colon had a rough day, as he committed two errors at shortstop in the first game and then grounded into three double plays in the second game.

*In roster news, Dillon Gee was sent to Omaha, as reliever Peter Moylan was called back up.

Double-A NW Arkansas won their second straight over San Antonio, 7-5. The Missions scored three runs in the ninth and had the tying run coming to the plate, but Yender Caramo came in and shut the door for his second save.

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Blue Rocks starter Eric Skoglund on May 4, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Eric Skoglund earned the win, as he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and induced nine ground outs. Pedro Fernandez returned and threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Frank Schwindel hit two solo home runs. Corey Toups and Ryan O’Hearn each had two hits in the win (including a double). Toups scored two runs, while O’Hearn drove in two. Carlos Diaz played his first game with the Naturals and went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Terrance Gore was pulled in the top of the fourth. He went 1-for-1.

High-A Wilmington beat Lynchburg in their series opener, 9-6.

The Blue Rocks scored five runs in the first (not against the scheduled Hillcats starter who got sick, but against a reliever), lost the lead in the fifth, and came right back in the bottom of the fifth to reclaim the lead. They collected nine hits and were helped out by two Hillcats errors, two passed balls, and five wild pitches (and a really bad catcher).

“Outstanding getting a lead like that,” Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk said after the game about their five-run first. “I was more impressed, we gave it away, and then we came back again right away. That was better for me.”

The big hit in the five-run first came from their newest player, second baseman Brian Bien. Getting his first start at home (and just his second start since joining the team last week), Bien singled to center to score two runs with two outs. He would later drive in the go ahead run with a sac fly in the 5th inning.

The comeback made a winner of starter Matt Tenuta, though he allowed six runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three and allowed two home runs in the Hillcats four-run 5th inning (including one to Cleveland prospect Bobby Bradley with two outs that gave them the lead).

Derek Gordon entered in relief of Colin Rodgers (who walked five and hit a batter) in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Gordon got a fly out and then escaped a second and third, one out jam in the ninth for his second save. “He’s been very good with inherited runners,” Quirk said after the game about Gordon. “He knows how to pitch. I like to say he’s not afraid…he has faith in all his pitches and that’s a good thing.”

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Utility man Mike Hill during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Low-A Lexington won the series finale over Greensboro, 8-5. They now welcome Rome to town for three games.

The Legends took the lead for good in the fourth with a four-run inning, started by Mike Hill and his two-run double (two doubles and two runs scored). Jeckson Flores followed with a two-run home run (2-for-4).

Tanner Stanley and Marten Gasparini each had two hits in the win. Catcher Xavier Fernandez went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored off the bench. He entered on defense in the top of the third when starter Chase Vallot was leveled on a play at the plate (injured back).

Lefty reliever Mark McCoy earned the victory, though he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over 3.2 innings. He struck out three and threw 34 of his 52 pitches for strikes (something he struggled with in Wilmington). Nik Stephenson earned the save, stranding two inherited runners in the seventh (2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K).

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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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