It was another light day in the KC Royals farm system, with both full season affiliates in day game action.
Triple-A Omaha lost to New Orleans, 4-2. The Zephyrs hit four solo home runs.
Jonathan Dziedzic went into the 7th inning having allowed just one hit (a two out double in the third), but allowed a leadoff home run. In came Kevin McCarthy, who allowed back-to-back solo homers after recording the inning’s first out. Lefty Scott Alexander allowed a solo homer in the ninth.
The Storm Chasers had taken a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after back-to-back one out walks, followed by back-to-back RBI singles.
Reymond Fuentes collected two of Omaha’s five hits, though they worked six walks. They only went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position with a double play.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their second straight over Arkansas to start the second half, with an 8-6 win.
The Travelers tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh, but the Naturals came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a Logan Moon two out single (the inning started with two outs and no one on base). They tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Terrance Gore singled, stole second and third base, and scored on a sac fly.
The Naturals collected 14 hits (every player had at least one hit), though only one went for extra bases (a Gore triple). Frank Schwindel went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Mauricio Ramos and Jack Lopez each had two hits in the win.
Alex Gordon ended his rehab assignment with NWA by going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Gordon is now headed to Omaha before hopefully being activated over the weekend.
Despite picking up a blown save, Evan Beal was credited with the victory (1.1IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 2K). Tim Hill allowed a solo homer in the eighth before Mark Peterson earned his first save with a 12 pitch ninth (two strikeouts).
High-A Wilmington opens up the second half in Winston-Salem on Thursday night hoping to carry momentum from how the first half ended into the second half. The Blue Rocks roster will also look a little different.
Catcher Luis Villegas returns after a two and a half week stint with Omaha. Fellow catcher Nick Dini was sent back to Lexington, despite going 4-for-16 in his brief stint with the Blue Rocks. First baseman Samir Duenez was promoted from Lexington. He was hitting .272 with 15 doubles, three triples, six home runs, and 49 RBIs. Oh and he also stole 14-of-16 bases. First baseman/DH Josh Banuelos was released, as it was a struggle for him since his promotion (.177 in 26 games with just four extra base hits, though he walked 16 times compared to 12 strikeouts).
Low-A Lexington opens up the second half on Thursday night at home against Hagerstown.