April 30th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha was rained out for the second straight day. The Storm Chasers will play a doubleheader against Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon to wrap up the series. The other game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 16th.

nwaDouble-A NW Arkansas finally lost to Tulsa (they had won five in a row), losing Sunday afternoon by a 4-3 score.

The Naturals tied the game in the top of the 8th inning on a ground out. That came an inning after Logan Moon put them on the board with a two-run home run (his third of the season).

However, Reid Redman allowed a two out solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. The Naturals had the chance to tie the game in the ninth with the leadoff runner reaching base. However, Alfredo Escalera popped up the potential sac bunt to the catcher. Samir Duenez followed with a single, before the Naturals were retired.

Frank Schwindel‘s ten-game hitting streak came to an end. He went 0-for-3 with two walks and reached on an error.


High-A Wilmington won their finale at Buies Creek, 5-2. It was their first win on the six-game road trip. The Blue Rocks return home for three games against Salem.

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Blue Rocks outfielder Anderson Miller at the plate on April 23, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the ninth, Anderson Miller put the Blue Rocks ahead with a leadoff solo home run (2-for-4). With two on and one out, Nate Esposito drove in two with a double. Then the rain came, stopping the game for 14 minutes. With two outs, Nicky Lopez (3-for-5) drove in the fifth run with a double.

The insurance was needed, as the Astros scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a home run.

The Blue Rocks late rally made a winner of reliever Jared Ruxar, who allowed a run on three hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out four. That came after starter Emilio Ogando allowed a run on three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out six.

Ogando did not look like he was going deep in the game after walking three in the 2nd inning and allowing a run on a wild pitch (he was at 48 pitches after two innings). He constantly had men on base, except for the first and the sixth.


Low-A Lexington lost their finale to Hagerstown, 22-4. The Legends went just 2-5 on their homestand, as they head out on the road for six games (with two days off included).

The Suns scored six runs in the fourth, eighth, and ninth innings. They collected 30 hits, including six home runs (three by Carter Kieboom). Fourteen of their hits went for extra bases. Four guys had five-hit games and three of those fell just short of a cycle. It got so bad for the Legends pitchers that backup catcher Mark Sanchez had to come on in the ninth with two on and two outs to get out of it.

Though every pitcher for the Legends gave up runs (except Sanchez), Vance Tatum pitched the best. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out four. The lone run came via a homer to Kieboom in the seventh. Starter Andre Davis allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out three, but allowed four homers.

The Legends were held scoreless until putting up a four-spot in the bottom of the eighth. In that inning, they hit two home runs, including the first of the season for Marten Gasparini (2-for-5). Chris DeVito hit his eighth.

They had 12 hits, but went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They hit into two double plays. Gabriel Cancel went 3-for-5 with a double, while Emmanuel Rivera and Angelo Castellano each had two hits in the loss.


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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