There was a lot of roster movement earlier today and there will be more tomorrow when the KC Royals reveal who they will be promoting to the big leagues. Lefty Matt Strahm was optioned to Triple-A Omaha, hoping to iron out his mechanics.
I mentioned yesterday that Omaha will be adding lefty starter Eric Skolgund. They also added catcher Parker Morin and right-hander Kyle Zimmer (leaving me speculating that Jake Junis may be getting the big league callup). Right-handed reliever Andrew Edwards and catcher Brayan Pena were placed on the DL.
Terrance Gore, who was optioned to Double-A on Monday, is expected to join the Naturals on the road. The Naturals also added catcher Allan de San Miguel from extended spring training.
Triple-A Omaha won their home opener, 9-1 over Round Rock. The Storm Chasers collected 15 hits.
The Storm Chasers kicked off the bottom of the first with a solo home run by Ramon Torres. In the third, they scored four runs, three coming on Jorge Bonifacio‘s double (he would triple to lead off the fifth).
Corey Toups went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5, hitting his third homer of the season. The bottom two in the order, Cam Gallagher and Dean Anna, each went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
All of that offense made a winner of starter Jonathan Dziedzic, who improved to 1-1 on the season. He allowed six hits over 5.2 scoreless innings. In the 7th inning, Kevin McCarthy allowed a run after walking two in the inning. Strahm allowed a hit and struck out one in his inning of work (it was his Triple-A debut). He threw just 12 pitches. Al Alburquerque walked one and struck out three in the ninth.
Double-A NW Arkansas salvaged their series finale with Corpus Christi, winning 12-3. After enjoying Wednesday off, the Naturals begin a six-game road trip in San Antonio and CC.
The Naturals collected 17 hits, worked five walks, and capitalized on five Hooks’ errors.
Those 17 hits came from six batters (the top four and the bottom two). A seven-run 2nd inning put the Naturals ahead for good. Logan Moon got the scoring started with a three-run home run, one of his three hits. Later in the inning, Samir Duenez (3-for-5) tripled in two runs.
Donnie Dewees, Alfredo Escalera, and Ruben Sosa also collected three hits in the win. Dewees walked twice, Escalera drove in two, and Sosa scored two runs. Frank Schwindel went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
All of that offense made Zach Lovvorn a winner, as he allowed a run on one hit and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight in his second consecutive start and has now allowed just two hits in two starts.
Evan Beal pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts before lefty Sam Selman allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth.
High-A Wilmington beat visiting Carolina, 3-2. It was their fourth one-run game in a row (and their first win).
Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Rocks scored their first run on a Wander Franco two out single (he went 2-for-4). In that inning, the Blue Rocks worked three walks. They took the lead in the seventh, capitalizing on three Mudcats errors and two walks. Both runs scored on a double error (fielding and then throwing) by Carolina shortstop Luis Aviles.
That made a winner of reliever Andres Machado, who walked three over two scoreless innings. That came in relief of starter Cristian Castillo, who allowed an unearned run on two hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out five. The Blue Rocks overcame four errors, two more throwing errors by catcher Chase Vallot on stolen base attempts.
Second baseman DJ Burt collected his first two-hit game of the season, picking up just his second and third hits of the season.
The Blue Rocks could be hurting heading into tomorrow morning’s homestand finale, as outfielder Brandon Downes left due to injury, as he was pinch-hit for in the fourth. They only have three outfielders, which forced manager Jamie Quirk to move converted first baseman Roman Collins back to the outfield.
Low-A Lexington lost in Greenville, 4-3. The Legends scored their first run in the eighth on an error and scored their final run in the ninth on a double play.
The Legends collected nine hits, four coming from Emmanuel Rivera, who doubled twice and scored a run. He did commit his second error at third base, which cost them two runs.
Starter Nolan Watson allowed four runs in the first, with two coming on a home run after Rivera’s error (the first two came on a home run). However, Watson settled down to last five innings (just one more walk and a single). Jose Veras followed with two scoreless innings (one hit and a strikeout). Julio Pinto allowed two singles around three strikeouts in the eighth.