Easter Sunday Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their first game over New Orleans, 7-0. Three pitchers combined on the one-hit shutout.

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Lefty Jonathan Dziedzic during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Jonathan Dziedzic got the start and retired the first 16 batters he faced before a Ramon Torres error at shortstop with one out in the sixth ended Dziedzic’s perfect game bid. A walk followed the error, but Dziedzic got a fly out and a strikeout to end the threat.

Dziedzic retired the first two batters in the seventh, before Bobby Parnell struck out the final batter of the inning. Parnell sent down the Baby Cakes in order in the 8th inning. Matt Strahm allowed a leadoff single to former Royal Ryan Jackson to start the ninth and break up the no-hitter. Strahm then retired the next three hitters to close out the game.

More on Dziedzic: he induced ten ground outs and struck out six. Hr threw 61 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

On offense, the Storm Chasers scored five runs in the second, with four scoring on Torres’ two out grand slam (his third home run of the season). Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the win (his third three-hit game of the season).

 

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Corpus Christi, 10-3. The Naturals tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh, only to see the Hooks come right back.

Naturals starter Corey Ray allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. The Hooks hit two home runs off him: one to lead off the first and one with two outs in the third. Pedro Fernandez took the loss in relief, as he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over 2.1 innings.

Lefty Tim Hill allowed an inherited run to score in the seventh on a ground out and then five of his own in the eighth on six hits, a walk, and a sac fly.

The Naturals got on the board in the fourth on a Zane Evans two-run home run (his first of the season). He had two hits, as did Mauricio Ramos and Samir Duenez.

 

Wilmington_Blue_Rocks_2010_2High-A Wilmington won their first series of the season, winning in Potomac in the finale 5-4 in 11 innings. It was the Blue Rocks third extra inning game, but their first victory.

Over the first six innings, the Blue Rocks were held to one run on two hits by P-Nats starter Wirkin Estevez. That lone run came on Anderson Miller‘s solo homer in the second. The Blue Rocks tied the game in the seventh with three runs on three hits. The rally started with a one out walk and Nicky Lopez tied the game with a two-run single (he walked twice in the game and stole his fourth base).

The Blue Rocks had the go ahead run on third base in the seventh and the tenth but could not come up with the big hit. In the 11th inning, seldom-used Jonathan McCray came through with an RBI double.

Things got interesting in the bottom of the 11th inning with Blue Rocks reliever Jared Ruxar on the mound in his third inning of work. The P-Nats got a walk and a single before Ruxar got an infield pop up for the first out. In came Andres Machado, who got a ground out before loading the bases with an intentional walk. A ground out ended the game, giving Ruxar his first victory and Machado his second save.

Miller and Roman Collins each had two hits in the win. Wander Franco went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Cristian Castillo got the start for the Blue Rocks and allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings. Jacob Bodner started the bullpen dominance with three scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out three.

 

Low-A Lexington lost their series to West Virginia, as they lost the finale, 13-5. The two teams combined for 28 hits.

It was another rough start for Nolan Watson, who dropped to 0-2 on the season. He allowed eight runs on 11 hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. Watson allowed a two-run home run in the fourth. He left with two men on base and both scored when Jose Veras allowed a grand slam in the sixth (2.2IP, 5H, 4R, 0BB, K).

On offense for the Legends, Manny Olloque hit his third homer of the season (a two-run shot). Chris DeVito and Meibrys Viloria each had three hits in the loss. DeVito doubled, drove in two runs, and scored two runs. Kort Peterson went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

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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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