April 26th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha enjoyed Wednesday off, as they begin an eight-game homestand on Thursday night. It begins with four games against Oklahoma City and ends with four games against Memphis.

Double-A NW Arkansas had their early afternoon game with Springfield rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 7th. The two teams finish the series on Thursday night.

 

High-A Wilmington lost their second straight in Myrtle Beach, with a 7-3 loss on Wednesday night.

Elier Hernandez HR

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

The Pelicans jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings over the Blue Rocks and starter AJ Puckett, who allowed seven runs (five earned) on ten hits and three walks over just four innings. He also committed an error on a pickoff throw in the 2nd inning.

The Blue Rocks did get three runs back in the top of the third, two scoring on an Elier Hernandez two out single. Hernandez collected two of the Blue Rocks six hits.

A positive in the loss? The relief appearance from lefty Colin Rodgers. He allowed just one hit over four scoreless innings while striking out five.

 

Low-A Lexington was swept by Augusta, losing the afternoon finale, 10-3. The Legends now welcome Hagerstown for four games.

The Legends broke their 20 inning scoreless drought in the fourth on Angelo Castellano‘s solo home run. He had two of the team’s five hits. Chris DeVito hit a two out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth (his fourth of the season).

Nolan Watson was the hard luck loser, as he dropped to 0-4 on the season. He allowed three unearned runs on eight hits over six innings. Watson struck out eight. All three of the GreenJackets’ runs scored in the third, with two errors (including one by Watson) fueling the fire.

The Legends bullpen duo of Vance Tatum and David McKay allowed seven runs on nine hits (four homers) and a walk over the final three innings. McKay allowed five of the runs on three homers, including back-to-back shots in the ninth. It had been at least five days since the two had pitched.

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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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