It was a losing night across the KC Royals minor league system (though the Royals did win).
Starting with Triple-A Omaha, who was swept at home by Memphis, losing the finale 4-2. The Storm Chasers now head out west to play Salt Lake and Las Vegas beginning Saturday night.
Yender Caramo was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three. The Redbirds scored two runs in the third when Caramo allowed two hits and a walk. He retired the final six batters he faced.
Lefty Eric Stout followed with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed three hits and struck out one. Malcom Culver allowed two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth on three straight hits.
That proved costly, as the Storm Chasers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth with two outs on a Peter O’Brien RBI triple and a Bubba Starling RBI double. However, Cam Gallagher struck out to end the game.
Double-A NW Arkansas split their series in Springfield, losing the finale 4-3. The Naturals return home for eight games in nine days beginning Saturday night.
The Naturals took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Frank Schwindel solo home run. In the bottom of the ninth, the Naturals scored two runs on a Zane Evans single. They had the bases loaded with one out, but Logan Moon grounded into a game ending double play.
Naturals starter Zach Lovvorn was the hard luck loser, as he allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out nine and retired the final nine batters he faced. The eventual winning run scored in the fifth on a double play grounder.
*In roster news, Miguel Almonte, who was scheduled to start on Saturday for the Naturals, was called up to the big leagues to take the place of the injured Ian Kennedy. Emilio Ogando was promoted to NWA to replace Almonte and to start in his place (Ogando was supposed to start tonight for Wilmington).
High-A Wilmington lost the slugfest to Down East, 8-7.
Down 6-1 after two innings, the Blue Rocks fought back to cut the deficit to one run in the top of the third. Elier Hernandez (2-for-5) drove in a run with a single and Anderson Miller followed with a three-run homer (Miller extended his on-base streak to 20 games, as he went 3-for-5).
In the top of the eighth, the Blue Rocks had the bases loaded with nobody out. However, they only scratched out one run on a double play ground out.
With scheduled starter Emilio Ogando promoted to NWA, the Blue Rocks were forced into a bullpen game. Colin Rodgers took the loss, as he allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits over four innings. He struck out five. Four of the runs he allowed came in the 2nd inning when the Blue Rocks defense failed (including Rodgers on a bunt). There was a passed ball and second baseman DJ Burt forgot to cover first base.
Jared Ruxar followed and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over three innings.
*In roster news, reliever Jacob Bodner was added back to the active roster. He pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout, throwing just seven pitches.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener in West Virginia, 12-6. The Power scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth, right after the Legends scored four runs in the top of the inning to take a 4-3 lead.
In that 5th inning, Emmanuel Rivera hit a two-run homer (2-for-4). Marten Gasparini batted leadoff for the first time for the Legends and went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Chris DeVito returned to the lineup and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
It was a rough night for Legends starter Travis Eckert, who allowed nine runs on nine hits and two walks over 4.1 innings.