May 9th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost their series at Salt Lake, as they lost the finale, 9-1. After enjoying Wednesday off, the Storm Chasers will play four games in Las Vegas.

Eric Skoglund dropped to 1-3 on the season, as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out seven, but allowed a two-run home run in the fifth.

The Storm Chasers collected five hits, two by leadoff hitter Ramon Torres. They scored their lone run in the 7th inning against former Royal Brooks Pounders on a Bubba Starling RBI single (three hits came in that inning).

*In roster news, starter Jake Junis earned his second big league promotion of the season, as lefty reliever Scott Alexander was placed on the DL. Junis is in line for his first big league victory, as he walked two and struck out two in a scoreless 11th inning against Tampa Bay. He struck out Evan Longoria to end the inning with the winning run on second base. Yender Caramo returned to the active roster.

 

nwaDouble-A NW Arkansas swept their four-game series over Arkansas, winning the finale, 3-1. The Naturals will enjoy Wednesday off before playing a four-game series at home against Tulsa.

Naturals starter Matt Tenuta made it past five innings for the first time this season. In earning his second victory, he allowed just four hits over six scoreless innings. Tenuta struck out four. Tim Hill earned his first save with two scoreless innings. He struck out three.

The Naturals collected just five hits, two of which left the ballpark. Frank Schwindel hit his sixth homer of the season to lead off the 2nd inning, while Zane Evans hit his second home run of the season to lead off the seventh. Schwindel added a sac fly in the fourth to give him 24 RBIs on the season.

 

High-A Wilmington started their four-game series with Potomac with a bang, winning their first game in walk off fashion, 3-2. The game was tied at 2-2 after three innings.

The bottom of the ninth started with a single by Cody Jones (he went 2-for-4). After a sac bunt, Nicky Lopez walked for the second time. After a wild pitch, DJ Burt walked for the second time to load the bases. That brought up reigning Carolina League Player of the Week Elier Hernandez, who delivered the game winning RBI single to right field (he went 2-for-5).

Blue Rocks starter Foster Griffin allowed two runs on two hits, a walk, and a sac fly in the first inning. From there, Griffin allowed just one hit and walked two over the next seven scoreless innings. He is the first pitcher to complete eight innings.

Yunior Marte was credited with the win in relief, as he pitched a perfect ninth.

The Blue Rocks tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a Chase Vallot two out, two-run single.

 

Low-A Lexington enjoyed Tuesday off before starting a three-game series against Greensboro on Wednesday night.

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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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