June 16th Minors Recap

Before I begin recapping Thursday night’s games, lets start with the roster moves. First, outfielder Brett Eibner was activated from the DL and fellow outfielder Reymond Fuentes was optioned to Triple-A.

Texas League All-Stars Alec Mills and Kevin McCarthy were promoted to Triple-A Omaha. Mills just started on Monday, so expect him to pitch sometime this weekend for the Storm Chasers at Colorado Springs. Reliever Matt Murray was placed on the DL. If you check out the Omaha roster, they currently have 27 active players, so more moves are coming.


Now to the games.


omahaTriple-A Omaha lost their series finale in OKC, 5-4 despite out-hitting the Dodgers 10-5.

The Storm Chasers had six extra base hits, but went just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Travis Snider went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run. Ramon Torres and Angel Franco each had two hits, with Franco doubling twice.

John Lannan took the complete game loss, as he allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and walk. He struck out six. It was a much needed complete game, with the Storm Chasers having to pitch a bullpen game yesterday.

Double-A NW Arkansas lost to Springfield, 2-1.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the third on back-to-back sac flies off losing pitcher Pedro Fernandez (3.2IP, 4H, 2R, 3BB, 3K). Yender Caramo followed and allowed two hits and a walk over 3.1 scoreless innings. He struck out four. Lefty Kyle Bartsch allowed a hit over two scoreless innings.

The Naturals collected eight hits, just one for extra bases. The top three in the order had two hits each (Corey Toups, Logan Moon, and Cam Gallagher). Gallagher drove in the Naturals lone run in the sixth on a two out, RBI double.

High-A Wilmington started their series in Carolina on a high note, winning both games of their doubleheader. The Blue Rocks took the first game, 2-1.

Robert Pehl

Robert Pehl at the plate for the Blue Rocks on June 15, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Blue Rocks got on the board in the 2nd inning on a two out, solo home run from Brandon Downes. Winning pitcher Corey Ray (5IP, 2H, R, 3BB, 3K) wild pitched in a run in the fourth, but the Blue Rocks came right back in the top of the fifth. Chad Johnson (2-for-3) singled with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a Robert Pehl single. Johnson extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Lefty Luis Rico earned his second save with two perfect innings of relief. He struck out the final three batters of the game.

The Blue Rocks won the second game, 3-2. Both teams traded runs in the first and fourth innings, before the Blue Rocks took the lead for good in the sixth.

With a runner on third base and two outs, Wander Franco drove in the eventual game winner with a single. Humberto Arteaga, Downes, and Pehl each had two hits in the win.

Colin Rodgers got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, a walk, and three hit batters. Jake Kalish earned the win in relief, as he pitched three scoreless innings. Kalish allowed just one hit while striking out five.

*Outfielder Alfredo Escalera was pulled from Game 1 after his first inning at-bat due to injury. He grounded out.

Low-A Lexington blew an 8-0 lead after two innings, losing their series opener in Augusta, 11-10.

The Legends got their scoring started in the top of the first on DJ Burt‘s one out solo home run (his second of the season). Five hits and a walk later, seven more runs scored. Burt led off the 2nd inning with a double and scored on a Samir Duenez homer (3-for-5 with three runs scored).

The GreenJackets then scored over the next four innings, capped by a seven-run 6th inning.

Legends starter Nolan Watson allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over four innings. He struck out three. Nik Stephenson allowed a run in the fifth and then faced five batters without recording an out in the sixth (1IP, 3H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, K). Gabe Cramer got the blown save and the loss, as he allowed back-to-back homers to give Augusta the lead.

Xavier Fernandez, Marten Gasparini, and Jeckson Flores all had two hits in the loss. Fernandez and Gasparini each drove in two runs, but both committed errors. Gasparini actually committed three of them to give him 33 on the season.


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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