June 2nd Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their third straight at Colorado Springs, losing 13-9. They blew a 9-2 lead after three innings.

omahaThe Storm Chasers offense knocked out the Sky Sox starter after two innings, as they put up six runs on six hits (all in the first inning). Their scoring ended in the third when Travis Snider (who chose not to opt-out of his contract) hit a two out, three-run home run.

Then the wheels fell off for Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic. He allowed four runs in the fourth on four hits. Then he was pulled in the fifth after allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Benino Pruneda entered with two on and one out. Pruneda walked in two runs and the defense allowed three runs to score.

Pruneda struck out the first two batters in the sixth, but then allowed a single. He was pulled in favor of Andrew Edwards, who allowed an RBI double. Edwards then struck out three over 2.1 scoreless innings.

After scoring in the third, the Storm Chasers had just four base runners the rest of the way. Two were erased on double plays. Hunter Dozier and Zane Evans (the 5-6 hitters) each had two hits in the loss.

Double-A NW Arkansas swept San Antonio for the first time since 2010 with a 5-1 series finale victory.

Kyle Bartsch 4-13

Kyle Bartsch pitching for Wilmington back in 2014.

After starter Alec Mills was pulled in the 3rd inning after a ball hit his pitching hand, lefty Kyle Bartsch faced his former team and his only blemish was a 5th inning solo home run. Bartsch earned his first win of the season, throwing four innings and allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two.

Fellow lefty Tim Hill followed with two scoreless innings and Kevin McCarthy threw a perfect ninth.

Every Naturals hitter collected at least one hit (they had 14, but went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position). Their top two hitters (Carlos Garcia and Corey Toups) each had two hits and a run scored. Bubba Starling hit a double and a triple. Frank Schwindel went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Cam Gallagher also had two hits in the win.

High-A Wilmington lost to visiting Lynchburg, 4-2.

The game did not get off to a great start for the Blue Rocks, as starter Josh Staumont walked the first batter he faced. He did however strike out the side, but that came after he allowed a two-run single. In the 2nd inning, the Hillcats scored on an error.

Staumont walked four and struck out seven over 4.1 innings (three hits). Luis Rico entered with a runner on and left him stranded. He however allowed a run on three hits and four walks while striking out four over 2.1 innings. Brennan Henry entered with two men on and stranded both in the seventh. Henry allowed one hit and walked two while striking out two over the final 2.1 innings.

Blue Rocks hitters collected six hits, two by Robert Pehl (who also drove in a run). However, they struck out 12 times.

For the second straight night, a player was ejected. Last night it was Hillcats reliever Jordan Milbrath. Tonight it was Blue Rocks center fielder Brandon Downes., who struck out looking to end the sixth. Manager Jamie Quirk moved some people around (Elier Hernandez from right to center and Austin Bailey moving from second to right), with Brian Bien coming in to play second base (he went 1-for-1).

Low-A Lexington had their series opener against Rome rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday.

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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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