April 14th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their series finale to Round Rock, 4-2.

omahaWith the score tied at 2-2 in the eighth, the Express strung together four hits against losing pitcher Kevin McCarthy. In the final two innings, the Storm Chasers collected just one hit, but struck out four times.

Kyle Zimmer made his first Triple-A start and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out four. Mark Peterson followed with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. He threw just 29 pitches, 20 for strikes.

The Storm Chasers offense collected eight hits, but went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Whit Merrifield drove in both runs with an RBI ground out in the first and a two out double in the third (he went 3-for-4). Ramon Torres and Bubba Starling each had two hits in the loss.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas broke up the perfect game in the top of the ninth, but still lost in San Antonio, 2-0.

With one out in the ninth, Ruben Sosa singled off the third Missions pitcher of the game. With two outs, Donnie Dewees reached on an error, but the third strikeout of the inning ended the game. The Naturals struck out 11 times.

Miguel Almonte made his first start of the season and allowed just two hits and a walk over four scoreless innings. He struck out four. Ashton Goudeau took the loss in relief, as he allowed both runs on four hits and three walks over four innings.

 

Elier Hernandez

Blue Rocks right fielder Elier Hernandez at the plate during Game 2 of the CL Championship on September 14, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington won their first road game of the season, hanging on to a 4-3 victory in Potomac.

Emilio Ogando earned his first win, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six. Ogando allowed a two out, two-run home run in his final inning of work. Andres Machado earned his first save by striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

A Chase Vallot sac fly in the top of the first got the Blue Rocks on the board. Elier Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the third, his first homer of the season (he went 2-for-4). Back-to-back doubles with two outs in the sixth by Vallot and Roman Collins drove in the fourth and eventual game winning run.

 

Low-A Lexington lost to West Virginia, 5-1.

The Legends struck out 13 times, with Meibrys Viloria being the lone hitter without a K (he went 2-for-4). While the Power stole three bases off Viloria, he did pick off a base runner and threw out two more trying to steal second base.

Leadoff hitter Khalil Lee went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Emmanuel Rivera went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Travis Eckert got the start and allowed a run on five hits and two walks over four innings. Ofreidy Gomez took the loss in relief (he is now 0-2), as he allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk over the final five innings.

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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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