June 28th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their series in Nashville, losing tonight’s finale, 5-1. The Storm Chasers have now lost three in a row and return home for a four-game series against Memphis beginning on Thursday.

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Brooks Pounders pitching in spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Miguel Almonte got the start for Omaha and took the loss. He allowed three runs on two hits and six walks over three innings. He struck out five. Brooks Pounders followed and allowed a run on two hits over four innings. He struck out eight. The lone run came via a solo home run in the fifth.

The Storm Chasers collected six hits, two each from Brett Eibner and Orlando Calixte.

Former Storm Chaser Andrew Triggs pitched the ninth for the Sounds.

Double-A NW Arkansas continued in their All-Star break. The Texas League All-Star Game was held tonight in Springfield, with three Naturals representing. Look for a recap of the game later tonight.

High-A Wilmington has now lost four in a row, losing to Lynchburg, 4-0. An hour and forty minute rain delay pushed back the start.

Blue Rocks pitching struck out 17 batters, including a career-high ten by starter Zach Lovvorn. Unfortunately, he dropped to 0-9, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks over 4.2 innings.

Jake Kalish stranded two runners in the fifth, as he pitched 2.1 perfect innings of relief (three strikeouts). Jacob Bodner allowed two hits and walked one over the final two innings (four strikeouts).

However, the Blue Rocks offense was held to just two hits and two walks. Their first hit came in the bottom of the first when Cody Jones led off with a triple. Two straight strikeouts and a grounded out ended the threat. Hillcats starter Sean Brady retired 16 in a row after the Jones triple before walking Austin Bailey with one out in the sixth.

The Blue Rocks second hit came in the seventh when Alfredo Escalera led off with a single.

legends logoLow-A Lexington lost to West Virginia, 3-2.

All-Star Emilio Ogando took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out six, but allowed back-to-back solo home runs to start the bottom of the first.

Daniel Concepcion followed and allowed just one hit and two walks over three innings. He struck out four.

The Legends collected seven hits, three from catcher Xavier Fernandez, who fell a triple shy of the cycle. Fernandez hit his fourth homer in the 4th inning.

 

Catcher Zane Evans continued his rehab assignment with rookie level Burlington, catching all nine innings. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored, as the Royals won 4-0.

Glenn Sparkman continued his rehab assignment with the AZL Royals, getting the start tonight. He pitched two hitless innings, walking one and striking out three. Sparkman pitched against big leaguer Craig Stammen with the AZL Indians (he allowed a run in his one inning of work).

Luke Farrell followed, beginning his rehab assignment. A one out walk, followed by two straight singles brought in a run for the Indians in the third. He struck out six over 3.2 innings. Farrell retired eight in a row after allowing the run. He was pulled in the 6th with two on and two outs (an error and a walk).

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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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