June 14th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their eighth straight with a 6-3 loss at first place OKC.

omahaThe Storm Chasers collected just four hits, all singles. Tony Cruz went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and his first stolen base of the year.

Christian Binford took the loss, as he allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. It could have been worse, but Mark Peterson stranded both inherited runners in the fifth (2.2IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K).

*In roster news, pitcher Tyler Olson was claimed off waivers from the NY Yankees and optioned to Omaha.

Double-A NW Arkansas was swept by Arkansas, losing the finale 6-1. Both teams are now tied for last place in the North Division of the Texas League (and both have been eliminated from first half title contention).

All-Star starter Jake Junis proved he is human, allowing six runs on ten hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. One run scored once he was pulled in favor of Yender Caramo (2.1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K).

The Naturals collected three hits and a walk in the first, but could only scratch out one run. Cam Gallagher and Terrance Gore each collected two hits in the loss (the team had just seven). Strikeouts were an issue, having 11 of them. Seven of them came over the final three innings.

High-A Wilmington won their second straight over visiting Winston-Salem with a 14 inning, 3-2 walk off victory.

Humberto Arteaga batting

Humberto Arteaga at the plate on June 12, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

With two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Josh Banuelos was hit by a pitch and Cody Jones worked a four-pitch walk. With Robert Pehl pinch running for Banuelos, up came Humberto Arteaga, who was 0-for-6. Arteaga grounded the first pitch he saw back up the middle for the game winner.

The Blue Rocks tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on Austin Bailey‘s sac fly (his second RBI of the game).

Pitching was the name of the game. Blue Rocks starter Foster Griffin allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out three. The Dash had chances to score against Jacob Bodner in his two innings of work, but he escaped and was helped by Brandon Downes throwing out a runner at the plate to end the ninth.

Derek Gordon allowed one hit over three scoreless innings. He struck out five. Lefty Brennan Henry earned the victory, pitching two perfect innings.

Low-A Lexington lost their second straight to West Virginia, 7-3.

The Legends out-hit the Power, 10-7, but six of those hits came from two players. Samir Duenez went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Xavier Fernandez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run.

Gerson Garabito took the loss, as he allowed five runs on five hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. It could have been worse, but lefty Mark McCoy stranded both inherited runners in the fourth (2.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, HBP, 2K).

In his first game back since being injured on a play at the plate on June 1st, All-Star catcher Chase Vallot was hit in the face while at the plate in the 3rd inning. He was removed from the game.

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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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