Once again, it was a light night in the KC Royals minor league system, with just two full season affiliates in action. Tuesday night was both the South Atlantic League and California/Carolina League All-Star Game, with Emilio Ogando of Lexington and Humberto Arteaga of Wilmington representing.
Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener against New Orleans, 6-5. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Ramon Torres singled to left field to score a run, but Irving Falu (who worked a pinch-hit walk) was thrown out at the plate to end the game.
John Lannan took the loss, as he allowed five runs on 12 hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. Lannan left with two runners on base in the sixth and Benino Pruneda stranded both (1.1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K).
The Storm Chasers collected eight hits. Leadoff hitter Angel Franco went 2-for-4 with a double and his first home run. Balbino Fuenmayor went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Luis Villegas got a rare start behind the plate and went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Double-A NW Arkansas kicked off the second half with a victory over visiting Arkansas, 9-2.
The Naturals scored in all but three innings, pounding out 13 hits. Mauricio Ramos went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Corey Toups went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Logan Moon and Carlos Garcia each had two hits in the win.
Alex Gordon continued his rehab assignment and went 1-for-5 with an RBI as the DH. Ryan O’Hearn hit a home run for the second consecutive day.
In the longest outing of his career, Pedro Fernandez earned his first Double-A victory. In 7.2 innings, he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Fernandez allowed a leadoff home run to start the game and two more hits and a run in the third. Then he cruised.
Lefty Kyle Bartsch retired the final four batters of the game.
In his first start since July 2015 Tommy John surgery, Glenn Sparkman allowed a two out, two-run home run in the first with the AZL Royals. That was the only inning Sparkman pitched (1IP, 2H, 2R, 0BB, 0K).