May 12th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their second straight in Las Vegas, winning 8-3 on Friday night. The Storm Chasers collected ten hits and walked four times, going 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Paulo Orlando

Outfielder Paulo Orlando at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Paulo Orlando fell a triple short of the cycle. He singled in the first, homered in the fourth to give the Storm Chasers a 1-0 lead, and doubled in three runs in the fifth. Orlando struck out in the eighth and was hit by a pitch in the ninth (Terrance Gore pinch ran for him so hopefully he is okay).

Christian Binford picked up his second victory in his second Triple-A start in 2017. He allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings. Binford struck out five, but did allow two solo homers. He threw 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

*After getting off to a hot start (.312 in April), first baseman Ryan O’Hearn is struggling. He is 5-for-38 over his last 11 games with 12 strikeouts. One of those hits was a pinch-hit, two-run home run on May 4th.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight to Tulsa, losing 9-4. For the second straight game, the Naturals’ starter could not finish four innings.

On Friday night, it was Emilio Ogando, who allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out four. The Naturals committed four errors, which led to four unearned runs.

For the second straight game against Tulsa, both Alfredo Escalera and Frank Schwindel had three hits (both hit a double). After having three days off, shortstop Humberto Arteaga has collected two hits in back-to-back games.

Outfielder Elier Hernandez made his Double-A debut, going 1-for-5, though he struck out three times.

*Manager Vance Wilson was ejected in the seventh.


High-A Wilmington won a one-run game, winning their series opener against Frederick, 2-1. They have won their last four one-run games, as they have played in 20 (which leads Minor League Baseball).

Cristian Castillo

Blue Rocks starter Cristian Castillo on May 2, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

Blue Rocks starter Cristian Castillo got off to a rough start, allowing a run on three hits in the first inning. He got into a groove from there, until the seventh when he allowed a one out single followed by a walk. After getting a strikeout, manager Jamie Quirk went to Yunior Marte (the only available reliever), who got out of the jam.

Marte retired the side in order in the 8th inning, but walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth. A one out walk put the go ahead run on base, but Marte got an infield pop up and a strikeout to earn his second save of the season.

The Blue Rocks took the lead in the fourth, as Cody Jones put the ball in play with the bases loaded and one out, as Keys starter Cody Sedlock made a mental error and did not get an out. Nate Esposito followed and reached on an error as the go ahead run scored.

Anderson Miller extended his on-base streak to 27 games with a walk in the 7th inning. Against a tough starter in Sedlock, the Blue Rocks were held to six singles, two each by Chris DeVito and Wander Franco.


Low-A Lexington salvaged their series with Greensboro, winning the finale, 3-1. The Legends now head out on the road, starting in Augusta tomorrow.

The Legends quickly took the lead with a run in the bottom of the first on a Joe Dudek RBI single. In the 2nd inning, Marten Gasparini hit a two out, two-run home run (2-for-3). They stole five bases.

Andre Davis improved to 3-2 for the Legends, as he allowed a run on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out nine and allowed a solo homer in the fifth. Julio Pinto worked around two hits and three walks over two scoreless innings. Walker Sheller earned his third save with two scoreless innings.

*DH Meibrys Viloria was ejected in the 7th inning after arguing balls and strikes (he was called out on strikes to start the inning).


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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