July 1st Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha walked off in the 10th inning against Memphis, winning 5-4.

Hunter Dozier

Third baseman Hunter Dozier during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

With two outs and no one on base, Hunter Dozier doubled for the second time. After an intentional walk, Travis Snider set off the celebration with an RBI single. Snider had tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a two out, three-run home run.

Alec Mills got the start and allowed four runs on eight hits (two home runs) over 5.2 innings. He struck out six. Tyler Olson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, thanks to Andrew Edwards, who stranded two base runners in scoring position in the eighth. Lefty Scott Alexander got the win, pitching a scoreless tenth.

*No Reymond Fuentes or Balbino Fuenmayor tonight (both were pinch-hit for on Thursday night).

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight to Midland, losing 6-4 on Friday night. Once again the RockHounds used power to secure a victory.

Starter Ashton Goudeau allowed three home runs, two in the first inning to give Midland a 4-0 lead. Goudeau allowed another two-run homer in the fifth (4.1IP, 11H, 6R, 0BB, 4K).

In his first game back with the Naturals, Benino Pruneda threw 2.2 perfect innings of relief. He struck out four and needed just 29 pitches. Lefties Kyle Bartsch and Eric Stout each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Naturals collected six hits, two from Cam Gallagher. Ryan O’Hearn drove in two runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth on a double.

Wilmington_Blue_Rocks_2010_2High-A Wilmington was clobbered by Winston-Salem, 18-5. The two teams combined for 30 hits, but the Blue Rocks went just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and the Dash hit FIVE home runs (and scored in every inning but the first and seventh).

It started with Josh Staumont, who once again did not get out of the 2nd inning. He escaped two walks in the first by getting an inning ending double play, but was pulled with one out in the second with the bases loaded (Staumont had allowed a solo homer to start the 2nd inning).

In came Luis Rico, who threw a wild pitch to score a run and then a sac fly made it 3-0. The Blue Rocks actually came back in the bottom of the second with two runs (on a passed ball and a ground out), but then everything fell apart.

Rico ended up allowing eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits (three home runs) and a walk over two innings. Next up was Jake Kalish, who allowed four runs on five hits (a homer) and three walks over 2.2 innings. It was the first time Kalish had allowed a run as a Blue Rock (seven appearances).

Next up was Jacob Bodner, who struck out three, but allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over two innings. Even utility man Robert Pehl couldn’t escape, as he allowed a run on two hits in the ninth.

The Blue Rocks collected 11 hits, including two hits each from Wander Franco, Brandon Downes, and Luis Villegas (in his first game back). Downes drove in three runs while Franco scored two.

Low-A Lexington lost to Rome, 3-1.

On Anderson Miller figurine Night, the Lexington native hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. Unfortunately, that was just one of the Legends three hits.

Gerson Garabito was the hard luck loser, as he dropped to 0-5. He allowed all three runs on three hits and four walks over 6+ innings. Garabito allowed a two-run home run in the seventh to break the tie.

Sam Lewis followed and threw three perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts.

*Remember from last night, I said I would have to keep an eye on DJ Burt because he was pulled in the 4th inning? Well, he started tonight and went 0-for-4.

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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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