April 23rd Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their first game in New Orleans by a 4-2 score.

omahaThe Storm Chasers scored three runs in the top of the second on a Parker Morin (2-for-4) single and then two more on a ground out and ensuing error. Leadoff hitter Ramon Torres went 2-for-4 with an RBI and his first stolen base. Ryan O’Hearn also had two hits, including a double and a solo home run (his fifth of the season).

Josh Staumont improved to 2-1 on the season, as he allowed just one hit over five innings. That lone hit came to lead off the 5th inning by former Storm Chaser Moises Sierra. However, Staumont walked five, hit a batter, and allowed two runs (on a wild pitch and ground out).

Bobby Parnell allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings. Malcom Culver walked one in the eighth and Al Alburquerque earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

*Jorge Soler was the DH and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas swept Tulsa with a 10-3 victory in the finale. The Naturals now welcome Springfield to town for four games beginning Monday night.

Naturals starter Zach Lovvorn allowed a run on two hits in the first, but scattered just three more and a walk over the next five innings. He improved to 2-1 on the season, the same amount of wins he earned all of last season.

The Naturals offense busted out for three runs in the third and six more in the fourth. In the 3rd inning, Ruben Sosa doubled in one with two outs and after an error, Samir Duenez doubled in two more.

In the 4th inning, Zane Evans got the inning started with a single (he also made the inning’s final out). Logan Moon singled in a run (he would homer later), before Duenez cleared the bases with a two out double and Frank Schwindel followed with an RBI single (he went 2-for-5).

 

Elier Hernandez HR

Elier Hernandez hits a homer on April 23, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington split their doubleheader with Winston-Salem and split the series. The Blue Rocks will now head to Myrtle Beach and then Buies Creek.

The Blue Rocks won Game 1, 8-0.

Elier Hernandez was the offensive hero, as he went 2-for-3 with a walk. He hit a three-run homer in the third and then drove in two more runs with a double in the sixth. I admit that this is the best I have seen Hernandez in three seasons and manager Jamie Quirk said the same thing following the doubleheader. Hernandez is 9 for his last 16 with three doubles, a triple, and a homer.

That made a winner of Foster Griffin, who allowed two hits and walked three over six scoreless innings. He struck out four. If not for a hiccup in the sixth when he started to lose his command (two walks and an infield single with two outs), he may have picked up the complete game. Instead, Richard Lovelady pitched a perfect seventh, needing just 13 pitches to finish off the Dash.

The Blue Rocks lost the second game, 1-0 in 11 innings (it was supposed to be a seven inning game).

Jake Kalish allowed a triple to start the 11th inning and a double drove in the game’s first and only run. Kalish got out of the jam to give the Blue Rocks a chance in the bottom of the inning. He took the loss, allowing that run on three hits and a walk over 2.2 innings.

Instead, poor base running did them in. Wander Franco led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a single, but was immediately picked off. In the tenth, Jecksson Flores singled to start the tenth and made a wide turn. The throw from left field was terrible and Flores tried for second, but was thrown out (he went 2-for-4).

The Blue Rocks only collected six hits, all singles. They went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Dash went just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, as Blue Rocks pitching allowed 18 base runners (ten hits, seven walks, and an error).

Yunior Marte gets the K

Blue Rocks reliever Yunior Marte gets the strikeout on April 23, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

Scott Blewett took the no decision, allowing six hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out five and induced two double plays. “He had to make some crucial pitches at crucial times and he did,” said Quirk.

Yunior Marte followed and allowed a hit and walked three over 2.1 innings. He helped himself out by picking off a base runner at second base and striking out three batters.

 

Low-A Lexington won their first series of the season, winning the finale in Columbia, 4-2.

Chris DeVito broke the scoreless tie with two outs in the fourth with a solo home run (his third of the season). In the fifth, the Legends added insurance with three runs on three hits and two walks. Angelo Castellano had two hits in the win, including an RBI double in the fifth.

Gerson Garabito improved to 2-1, as he allowed two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings. He struck out six. Grant Gavin followed with two perfect innings of relief, striking out three (20 pitches, 16 strikes).

The Legends now return home for a seven-game homestand.

*In case you were wondering, Tim Tebow had two of the Fireflies’ five hits.

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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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