June 5th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha held on to beat Nashville, 6-4. The Sounds scored three runs in the ninth on two home runs off Andrew Edwards (2.1IP, 4H, 3R, 2BB, 2K).

Irving Falu

Irving Falu at the plate during the Triple-A Championship for Omaha in 2013 (Jen Nevius).

The Storm Chasers welcomed back Irving Falu, who the KC Royals re-signed today. Falu batted leadoff (0-for-5) and played right field.

The game was scoreless until the fifth when Jorge Bonifacio hit a two out, two-run homer (2-for-3). All of the Storm Chasers offense came from the 2-3-4 hitters. Ramon Torres went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Christian Colon went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and three RBIs.

Brian Flynn made his second start since being sent back from the big leagues. He threw 51 pitches and struck out seven, but lasted just 2.2 innings (two hits). Brooks Pounders followed with two scoreless innings of relief. Matt Murray was credited with the win, though he allowed a run on two hits and a hit batter.

*To make room on the roster for Falu, infielder Steve Tolleson was placed on the DL.

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series to Corpus Christi, losing the finale, 3-2. After an off day, the Naturals head out on the road for eight days.

Ashton Goudeau took the loss, as he allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. Pedro Fernandez followed with 3.2 scoreless innings (one hit, a walk, and a hit batter). Tim Hill came on in the ninth with two on and walked the first batter he faced before escaping the jam.

The Naturals had ten hits, but went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and struck out 11 times. Corey Toups, Mauricio Ramos, and Frank Schwindel had two hits each.

*In roster news, right-hander Kyle Zimmer was placed on the DL. He has not pitched since May 17th.

Austin Bailey

Blue Rocks infielder Austin Bailey at the plate on April 11, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington split their doubleheader in Winston-Salem. The Blue Rocks won the suspended game, 6-2. It was re-started in the 8th inning with the score tied at 2-2.

The Blue Rocks scored four runs in the top of the ninth on four hits, including a double and two RBI triples. Austin Bailey drove in the go ahead run with a one out RBI triple.

That made a winner of newbie Jake Kalish, who threw two scoreless innings of relief. He did get into some trouble in the ninth, but induced a game ending double play.

The Dash took the second game, 4-0. All four runs scored in the first against Blue Rocks starter Corey Ray.

Ray allowed four runs on six hits in the first. He would allow just two base runners the rest of the way (he lasted five innings). Ray allowed a single in the fourth and a strikeout reached base in the fifth on catcher Nick Dini‘s throwing error (his first game as a Blue Rocks and second overall this season).

Derek Gordon followed and allowed one hit over three scoreless innings. He threw 21 of his 27 pitches for strikes.

The Blue Rocks collected eight hits, two by Humberto Arteaga. Dini went 1-for-3 in his debut.

Low-A Lexington had the day off, as they travel north to begin a seven-game road trip. It all starts Monday night at Lakewood.

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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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