Down 6-2 in the ninth, High-A Wilmington came back to make it a 6-5 game against Salem with two outs, the tying run on third base, and the winning run on first. However, Elier Hernandez flied out to end the game.
Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk had this to saying about his team’s 9th inning rally:
“It was great. We’re playing the best team, we won two in a row, treading water, that’s what we talked to the guys about. They just keep coming and it’s nice. Some days they’re out-manned but they’re never out hustled and we keep busting our butts. That’s what’s rewarding for them, a win isn’t always the most important thing, it’s how you go about it. They kept going right at it until the last out and I guarantee the other dugout was a little nervous at the end.”
That came after the game was scoreless through four innings.
Matt Tenuta took the loss, as he allowed four runs on six hits and three walks over 5.2 innings.
Wander Franco went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Alfredo Escalera, Elier Hernandez, and Chad Johnson each had two hits in the loss. Johnson hit his second homer of the series and second of the season.
The Blue Rocks ended up splitting the four-game series against the Southern Division leaders and thwarted their chances of clinching the first half title at Frawley Stadium.
How did the rest of the KC Royals full season minor league affiliates do?
Triple-A Omaha was swept in New Orleans, losing the finale, 7-4. The Storm Chasers out-hit the Zephyrs, 11-10, but only one hit went for extra bases and three players combined for nine hits.
The Storm Chasers took the 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth, but Matt Murray came on in relief and got the blown save and the loss. Murray allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in that inning. That came after starter Jonathan Dziedzic allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over the first five innings.
Jorge Bonifacio, Travis Snider, Balbino Fuenmayor all had three hits in the loss.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost to Arkansas, 2-0.
Naturals starter Eric Skoglund took the loss, as he allowed two runs (one on a solo home run) on five hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. Fellow lefty Kyle Bartsch allowed a hit and struck out two over 1.1 innings.
The Naturals collected just three hits, including a double from Frank Schwindel.
Low-A Lexington lost to Hagerstown, 7-5. Both teams had four-run innings.
The Legends only had six hits, but three of them were home runs. Jeckson Flores hit a solo shot in the third, Samir Duenez hit a solo shot in the seventh, and Travis Maezes hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
Emilio Ogando took the loss, as he allowed all seven runs on nine hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He also allowed three home runs.