Triple-A Omaha has won three in a row in winning their series in Round Rock, 6-2. The Storm Chasers now head to New Orleans for a four-game series.
Outfielder Jorge Soler made his Royals (and season debut), as he began a rehab assignment. He started in right field and batted third. Soler went 2-for-3, hitting a three-run home run in the 4th inning that gave Omaha the lead. The Storm Chasers tacked on three more runs in the ninth on a Ryan O’Hearn solo homer (2-for-3), a Dean Anna single, and a balk.
Jonathan Dziedzic improved to 3-1 on the season, as he allowed a run on seven hits over 7.1 innings. He struck out seven.
*In roster news, infielder Raul Mondesi and outfielder Paulo Orlando were optioned to Omaha in favor of outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and lefty Matt Strahm.
Double-A NW Arkansas was rained out against Tulsa. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
High-A Wilmington lost to Winston-Salem, 4-1. For the second straight night, it was a pitchers’ duel.
For the second straight night, the Blue Rocks collected just four hits, but it wasn’t enough tonight. Also for the second straight night, Elier Hernandez had two of those hits.
Jecksson Flores made his season debut at shortstop (giving Nicky Lopez his first day off) and went 0-for-2 with a walk and he grounded into a double play.
Cristian Castillo took the loss, as he allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out three. Jared Ruxer allowed a solo home run across 3.1 innings of relief. He struck out three.
The Dash have just five wins so far this season and starter Tanner Banks now has three of them. He also lowered his ERA to 1.38.
Low-A Lexington lost to Columbia, 5-0. While the Legends collected just four hits (all singles), former football player Tim Tebow had three hits for the Fireflies.
Nolan Watson dropped to 0-3 on the season, as he allowed four runs on ten hits and a walk over 4.1 innings.
I am lucky enough to have one of my readers, Mike Taylor, in attendance for tonight and tomorrow night’s games. He gave me some insight beyond the box score:
- Watson sat at 88 mph and touched 90 mph. He was hurt by some poor defense at first base by Chris DeVito, who whiffed on a soft grounder in the third that was a ruled a single and missed a throw from Watson that was also ruled a single in the fourth.
- Julio Pinto was impressive in his one inning of relief. He regularly touched 96 mph.
- Marten Gasparini (center) and Khalil Lee (right) can really cover a lot of ground in the outfield.
- Shortstop Ricky Aracena showed off a gun for an arm, but unfortunately picked up a fielding error. Aracena, catcher Meibrys Viloria, and third baseman Emmanuel Rivera also showed some hustle on the bases.