It was a quiet day in the KC Royals farm system, with just two full season affiliates in action and both played day games.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their fourth straight and third straight in Tulsa, losing 1-0. The Drillers have now won ten in a row.
The Naturals collected just one hit, a Terrance Gore double with one out in the third. Corey Toups led off the game with a walk (and a stolen base). Drillers pitchers retired the final 20 batters of the game (nine ground outs and three strikeouts).
Lefty Matt Strahm took the loss, as he allowed one run on four hits. However, he only lasted two innings. Reliever Yender Caramo followed and allowed just two hits over 5+ innings. He struck out two and threw 32 of his 48 pitches for strikes. Evan Beal pitched the final inning (stranded a runner throwing just ten pitches).
Low-A Lexington was swept in Lakewood, losing today’s rain-shortened finale, 6-0. The Legends now head to Hagerstown for four games. They were also eliminated from first half playoff contention.
The Legends collected just three hits, including a double by Travis Maezes. DJ Burt stole two bases (his 12th and 13th of the season).
Scott Blewett took the loss, as he allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits over 3.1 innings. He struck out five. Nik Stephenson entered with two on in the fourth and allowed one to score on a sac fly. The Blue Claws scored five runs in the fourth on six hits.
Triple-A Omaha begins a 12-game road trip on Thursday night in New Orleans (then OKC and Colorado Springs). Infielder Christian Colon was called back up to the big leagues and catcher Tony Cruz was optioned back to Omaha.
High-A Wilmington begins a seven-game homestand Thursday night against Salem (then Winston-Salem).