May 3rd Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their second straight game to Memphis, this time losing 6-4 in ten innings.

omahaIn Bobby Parnell‘s second inning of work, the Redbirds scratched through with two runs on a one out double.

The Storm Chasers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Jorge Soler‘s solo home run (he went 2-for-5). They tied the game in the sixth on Garin Cecchini’s two out, two-run homer.

Luke Farrell took the no decision, as he allowed a run on three hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out nine.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas won their second straight in Springfield with a 4-1 victory. The game was delayed to start by rain and had another rain delay during the game.

Down 1-0 after the first inning, the Naturals scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Samir Duenez hit a solo home run (his fourth of the season) in the seventh.

That made a winner out of Naturals starter Corey Ray, who improved to 3-1 on the season. Ray allowed a run on six hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four. Pedro Fernandez and Jake Newberry followed with two scoreless innings of relief each. Newberry earned his fourth save.

Leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Shortstop Humberto Arteaga also had two hits in the win.

 

High-A Wilmington lost their home series to Salem, as they lost Wednesday night’s finale, 4-3. It was their 11th loss in a one-run game. The Blue Rocks now head to Down East (otherwise known as Kinston, NC) for four games.

For the second straight night, it was a rough start for the Blue Rocks starter. Four batters into the game, the Red Sox held a 3-0 lead. Blue Rocks starter Foster Griffin allowed a one out single, walked the next hitter, and then allowed a three-run home run to Salem first baseman Josh Ockimey on an 0-2 pitch. Over the next five innings, Griffin allowed just two more hits and a walk while striking out a total of nine.

The Blue Rocks fought back to tie the game with single runs in the second, sixth, and seventh innings. Their second and third runs scored via Salem errors.

In the top of the eighth, Yunior Marte allowed the go ahead run on a Michael Chavis one out RBI double. In six games this season against the Blue Rocks, Chavis is 10-for-23 with 11 RBIs. Salem threatened for more in the ninth after Marte struck out the first two batters of the innings. Three straight walks brought a pitching change and Jake Kalish got a fly out to escape.

The Blue Rocks had a chance in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, with back-to-back singles from Elier Hernandez and Anderson Miller (3-for-5 to extend his on-base streak to 18 games). After Miller stole his second base of the game to put both runners in scoring position with two outs, Wander Franco struck out to end the game (it was the third strikeout of the inning).

 

legends logoLow-A Lexington won their second straight in Greensboro, winning 5-2 Wednesday afternoon.

Legends starter Jace Vines evened his record to 2-2 on the season, as he threw six scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits and walked three while striking out three. Vines allowed two hits and a walk in the first and walked a batter in the second, but then retired eight in a row before a one out walk in the fifth.

Five Legends hitters had two hits each in the win. Leadoff hitter Khalil Lee doubled and walked. Angelo Castellano also doubled and walked, but also scored a run. Nick Dini doubled and scored a run. Meibrys Viloria hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 2nd inning. Amalani Fukofuka walked, scored two runs, and stole two bases.

*Of note, first baseman Chris DeVito was replaced on defense in the sixth. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the plate.

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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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