April 19th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their afternoon game in Round Rock, 5-4.

The Express made it interesting in the bottom of the 8th inning, scoring two runs on two hits and a walk against Malcom Culver. Culver rebounded by pitching a perfect ninth for his third save.

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Jake Junis during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Jake Junis made his first start since making his Major League debut last week. He picked up the victory, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings. Junis struck out six, throwing 55 of his 79 pitches for strikes.

The Storm Chasers collected seven hits, with four leaving the ballpark, as they used the long ball to account for all five of their runs. Corey Toups and Dean Anna each hit solo home runs in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 2-2. Ryan O’Hearn gave Omaha the lead in the sixth with a two-run homer. Parker Morin‘s solo shot in the top of the eighth proved to be the game winner. Toups, Anna, and Morin all hit their first homers of the season.

Anna and Jorge Bonifacio each had two hits in the win.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas enjoyed Wednesday off (as part of about a 13 hour bus ride back to Springdale). The Naturals open up an eight-game homestand beginning Thursday night against Tulsa and then Springfield.

 

br-25th-anniversary-logoHigh-A Wilmington was swept in Salem, losing the finale in walk off fashion, 7-6. The Blue Rocks three-game losing streak came after a three-game winning streak. They have now played in nine one-run games (of their first 13).

One night after losing their first game when leading after eight innings, it happened again for the Blue Rocks. They had just taken the lead in the top of the eighth on a Roman Collins two-run home run.

Andres Machado started the ninth by allowing a solo homer. With one on and one out, Machado allowed a walk off, two-run home run to Michael Chavis (it was his third of the game, as he drove in five runs). Machado allowed those three runs on five hits and two walks over 3.1 innings.

Chavis’ previous two homers came against Blue Rocks starter Emilio Ogando, who allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings.

Collins and DJ Burt (2-for-3) saw their on-base streaks increase to 13 games. Leadoff hitter Nicky Lopez saw his streak come to an end (0-for-5). Chase Vallot hit his first homer of the season (a two out solo shot in the fourth). Elier Hernandez went 3-for-5 with his first triple of the season. Wander Franco and Tanner Stanley each had two hits in the loss. Those were the first two hits of the season for Stanley.

The Blue Rocks now return home for a four-game homestand against Winston-Salem.

 

Low-A Lexington lost their second series of the season to Greenville, losing this morning’s finale, 4-2. The Legends have lost every series so far in 2017 (four in all with just four victories). The team heads out on the road to Columbia for four games beginning Thursday night.

Chris DeVito continued his hot hitting, as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI. DeVito has five multi-hit games in his last seven, raising his average to .340. Gabriel Cancel also had two hits in the loss.

Ofreidy Gomez took the loss, dropping to 0-3. He allowed three runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out seven. Travis Eckert allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk over the final four innings. He struck out three.

*Not sure if this is something to keep an eye on, but leadoff hitter Khalil Lee was replaced on defense in right field in the fourth. Lee had lined out for the second out in the bottom of the third.

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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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