Happy Opening Day in Minors

Today was Opening Day in the minor leagues, but bad weather on the East Coast ruined the festivities for many teams (12 games were postponed, one was shortened due to snow). One of those teams was High-A Wilmington, who saw their home opener postponed (Friday night will be the opener).

One KC Royals affiliate opened at home, while the other two opened on the road. Only one was successful


omahaTriple-A Omaha lost in Colorado Springs, 2-1. The Storm Chasers collected just two hits, a Cam Gallagher double in the third and a Ramon Torres single in the eighth (the inning they scored).

The offense struck out ten times, three times for Peter O’Brien and twice for Ryan O’Hearn. The Storm Chasers did work six walks, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Sky Sox scored a run in the first against Storm Chasers starter Jonathan Dziedzic, who took the loss. He allowed both runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out five. Dziedzic also allowed a solo homer in the fourth.

Yender Caramo, lefty Eric Stout, and Malcom Culver each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, combining for six strikeouts.

Game 2 in Colorado Springs will see Jake Junis get the start for the Storm Chasers.

nwaDouble-A NW Arkansas lost their home opener, 4-0 to San Antonio.

Starting pitcher Zach Lovvorn must have been thinking “not again” tonight. Just like last season, he pitched well but still took the loss. The right-hander got the Opening Day start for the Naturals and allowed a run on one hit over six innings. Lovvorn struck out eight and did not walk a batter. The lone hit was a 4th inning solo home run.

Unfortunately, like last season, Lovvorn received zero run support. The Naturals collected just three hits and worked two walks. Frank Schwindel went 2-for-4 with a double.

In the 8th inning, the Missions scored three runs off Reid Redman and Tim Hill. Redman allowed a solo homer and a double to start the eighth. Hill allowed a double and then an intentional walk loaded the bases. He induced a double play, though a run scored. After another walk, Hill allowed an RBI single.

Game 2 in San Antonio will see lefty Eric Skoglund start for the Naturals.


legends logoLow-A Lexington won in Charleston, 6-3. The Legends scored four runs in the top of the first and never looked back. They collected 11 hits, with every hitter but Kort Peterson collecting a hit (he did walk once and was hit by a pitch).

Chris DeVito got the scoring started with a one out RBI single. Emmanuel Rivera followed with a two-run single, before Amalani Fukofuka drove in a run with a two out double. In the win, leadoff hitter Khalil Lee went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh. He also walked, stole his first base, and was the only Legends’ hitter to not strike out.

The one negative was the 15 strikeouts by the offense.

Nolan Watson got the start and allowed just an unearned run on three hits over four innings while striking out four. However, he walked five, throwing just 43 of his 83 pitches for strikes. After David McKay allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in the fifth, Grant Gavin picked up the win in relief. Gavin was dominant, throwing four hitless innings. He struck out one, throwing 35 of his 55 pitches for strikes.

Garrett Davila will start Game 2 for the Legends.


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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