June 10th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their second straight in New Orleans, losing 3-2.

Brian Flynn

Lefty Brian Flynn during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Rehabber Brett Eibner went 0-for-3 with a strikeout while playing left field in his second straight game. Irving Falu, who entered on defense for Eibner in the sixth, drove in the Storm Chasers first run with a single in the eighth.

With a lack of infielders (and three active catchers), the Storm Chasers were forced to move Tony Cruz, who started at first base, to third base in the eighth. Cruz had just walked with the bases loaded to force in the second run. Then Luis Villegas pinch-hit for fellow catcher Parker Morin in the ninth (he grounded out).

They ended up using their entire roster of position players.

Lefty Brian Flynn got the start and walked two over 3.1 hitless innings. He struck out five. Brooks Pounders followed and allowed three hits and a walk over 1.2 innings.

Mark Peterson allowed all three runs on four hits over two innings to take the loss. The big hit was a three-run home run in the seventh. Malcom Culver struck out the side in the eighth.

The Storm Chasers were beat by former teammate Paul Clemens, who pitched seven scoreless innings.

Double-A NW Arkansas finished their series in Tulsa with a 3-1 loss. The Naturals scored a run in the ninth on two hits, including Mauricio Ramos‘ RBI double (2-for-4).

The Naturals had just four hits, with two coming in the fourth.

Ashton Goudeau was the hard luck loser, as he allowed three runs on five hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out five, but allowed two solo home runs.

Alfredo Escalera

Alfredo Escalera at the plate on April 23, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington held on to beat Salem, 5-4. The Red Sox scored a run and had the tying run on second base, but Derek Gordon earned his third save by getting Boston prospect Yoan Moncada to ground out to end the game.

The Blue Rocks scored a much needed insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on Alfredo Escalera‘s RBI single (3-for-4). However, they had the bases loaded with nobody out and three strikeouts followed.

The Blue Rocks were down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh when they put up a four-spot. Brandon Downes broke the 2-2 tie with a two-run home run (his fourth).

Zach Lovvorn took the no decision (and is still looking for his first win), as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over six innings. Kyle Kubat earned the victory, though he allowed a run on three hits over two innings of relief.

Low-A Lexington lost their second straight in Hagerstown, 4-3 in walk off fashion. The Suns scored all four runs in the bottom of the ninth without making an out.

Nik Stephenson took the loss, as he allowed the four runs (three earned) on an error, a hit batter, two singles, two walks, and a wild pitch. The winning run scored on a fielder’s choice.

Julio Pinto got the start for the Legends and allowed four hits, a walk, and hit two batters over 4.1 innings. He struck out four. Daniel Concepcion followed and allowed four hits over 3.2 scoreless innings.

The Legends scored all three of their runs in the top of the third. Anderson Miller (2-for-4) drove in two runs with a one out double.

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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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