June 4th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener to Nashville, 13-5. It was their sixth straight loss.

omahaThe Sounds scored four runs in the first off Storm Chasers starter John Lannan, sending nine men to the plate and working three walks. Lannan would then allow five runs in the 3rd inning on a grand slam, followed by a solo home run.

That came after Omaha cut the deficit to 4-3 in the bottom of the second on Parker Morin‘s bases clearing triple.

Lannan was done after four innings, but it was not any easier for Mark Peterson. He walked six, threw three wild pitches, and allowed two hits. Peterson did escape the jams, as he allowed just one run. Malcom Culver stranded two runs in the seventh, but allowed a run in the eighth. Clayton Mortensen allowed a run in the ninth.

Morin (double and a triple) and Christian Colon had two hits each in the loss. Omaha only had six hits.

The very hot Balbino Fuenmayor (.424 in his last ten games) was hit by a pitch in the 2nd inning and stayed in the game. However, he was pinch-hit for in the fourth by just added to the roster Luis Villegas (Wilmington’s backup catcher). In his Triple-A debut, Villegas grounded out in his first at-bat (0-for-2 with a walk) and played first base (a position he has not played since 2011 in the DSL).

*Forgot to mention last night that starter Luke Farrell was placed on the DL.

Double-A NW Arkansas beat Corpus Christi, 2-1.

Jake Junis ST

Jake Junis during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

After dominating the month of May, Naturals starter Jake Junis continued dominating into the month of June. He earned his fifth victory, pitching six scoreless innings. Junis allowed two hits, walked one, hit one, and struck out eight. He allowed a single in the first and another in the fifth. Junis struck out the side in his final inning.

Eric Stout allowed the lone Hooks run. Yender Caramo recorded an out in the eighth, but left with two on. In came Kevin McCarthy, who stranded both runners and pitched a scoreless ninth (around a fielding error in left field by Carlos Garcia) to earn his tenth save.

The Naturals scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a bunt single by Terrance Gore. The pitcher threw the ball away, as did the right fielder, allowing two runs to score. Corey Toups went 3-for-4 with a double and Cam Gallagher had two hits in the win (his third straight multi-hit game).

High-A Wilmington had their series opener at Winston-Salem suspended in the top of the 8th inning with two outs and nobody on base. The score was tied at 2-2.

Josh Banuelos hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to tie the game in the third. Blue Rocks starter Zach Lovvorn allowed just two hits after allowing two runs on three hits and a wild pitch in the first. Lovvorn is still looking for his first win of the season (11 games and a 3.76 ERA).

After being promoted to Triple-A Omaha for one day, reliever Matt Alvarez returned to the Blue Rocks and walked two in a scoreless inning.

*In roster news, the Blue Rocks also added reliever Jake Kalish and catcher Nick Dini to the roster from Lexington. Reliever Kyle Kubat, who pitched 3.2 innings on Friday night, was “sent” to rookie level Burlington.

Low-A Lexington had their series finale against Rome rained out. The game will not be made up. The Legends now head north to play Lakewood on Monday night.

*In roster news, reliever Matt Ditman was added to the roster again.

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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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