May 7th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha ended their five-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory in Salt Lake.

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Christian Binford during spring training 2015 against Seattle (Jen Nevius).

Christian Binford, who was just promoted to Triple-A, made the start and allowed a run on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter over seven innings. He struck out four and induced nine ground outs. The Bees’ run came in the sixth, as former Royal Rey Navarro singled in a run with one out.

Seth Maness followed with two scoreless innings, as he allowed a hit and struck out two.

In the 3rd inning, the Storm Chasers scored their first run of the game on a balk. In the fourth, they scored three runs, two coming home on a Dean Anna double. With two outs in the fifth, Ramon Torres singled in a run, but then was picked off. Torres, batting fifth, went 2-for-4.

Raul Mondesi, Paulo Orlando, and catcher Parker Morin also had two hits in the win. Mondesi doubled and stole his sixth base.

*Former Royal Brooks Pounders struck out two over two scoreless innings of relief for the Bees. In roster news, Yender Caramo was “sent” to rookie ball to make room for Binford, who started in place of Jake Junis. Why? Who knows.


Double-A NW Arkansas won their second straight over Arkansas, winning Sunday night by a 3-0 score.

Naturals starter Miguel Almonte returned from his one day Major League stint, but it was a short one. He left after walking the leadoff hitter in the second due to injury (he struck out two in the first). Almonte ripped a nail on his pitching hand, according to Paul Boyd of the Northwest Arkansas Gazette, and manager Vance Wilson hopes this isn’t a long term thing.

Lefty Sam Selman entered with the runner on in the 2nd inning and walked just one over 3.2 innings. He struck out four. Reid Redman followed and allowed a hit over three scoreless innings. He struck out three. Jake Newberry earned his fifth save, though he did allow two hits over 1.1 innings. Those two hits came with one out in the ninth, but Newberry induced a game ending double play.

The Naturals scored their first run in the bottom of the first on a double play grounder. Samir Duenez drove in the team’s second run with a ground out in the third. In the fourth, Zane Evans drove in the final run with a single (just his ninth RBI of the season).

NWA collected ten hits (all singles), though six came from two batters. Leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Second baseman Jack Lopez went 3-for-3.


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

High-A Wilmington came back to beat Down East, 10-4 to win the four-game series. After a day off on Monday, the Blue Rocks begin a seven games in six days homestand.

Down 4-3 heading into the top of the eighth, Anderson Miller hit a solo home run to tie the game. Miller went 3-for-5 to extend his on-base streak to 22 games.

In the top of the ninth after two walks and a strikeout, DJ Burt doubled in a run to give the Blue Rocks the lead. After an intentional walk and a pitching change, Miller drove in Burt and Chase Vallot followed with a grand slam.

The Blue Rocks hit four homers: Cody Jones hit one in the second and Wander Franco hit one in the sixth.

Jake Kalish earned the victory in relief, as he allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings. That came after Richard Lovelady allowed one hit and a walk over two scoreless innings. Cristian Castillo got the start and allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out six.

*In the four-game series, the Blue Rocks hit nine homers, two by Miller and three by Vallot.


Low-A Lexington lost to West Virginia 9-3. The Power scored seven runs over their final three innings.

Legends starter Nolan Watson dropped to 1-5 on the season, as he allowed six runs on eight hits and four walks over five-plus innings. He left with the bases loaded in the sixth and Vance Tatum allowed all three runs to score (two walks and a pop up that dropped in). Walker Sheller came on with one out and the bases still loaded, but escaped the jam (he would allow a two out, two-run home run in the seventh).

Julio Pinto did not get suspended after his latest ejection and allowed a run on two hits in the eighth.

The Legends had eight hits and seven walks, but struck out nine times and went just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Leadoff hitter Khalil Lee was thrown out trying to steal for the sixth time this season (in 14 attempts).

Meibrys Viloria is starting to heat up at the plate, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He has hits in six of his last seven games with three doubles, two homers, and five RBIs.


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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