Mother’s Day Minors Recap

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there who may be reading this. All four KC Royals affiliates were in action and three of them were victorious (along with the big league Royals).

omahaTriple-A Omaha swept Las Vegas, winning the finale by an 8-4 score. The Storm Chasers will enjoy Monday off before beginning an eight games in seven days homestand.

The Storm Chasers pounded out 19 hits, with every hitter having at least one (they had seven multi-hit games).

Ryan O’Hearn, Garin Cecchini, and Terrance Gore each had three hits. All three drove in a run and Gore scored two runs. Raul Mondesi tripled and homered. Ramon Torres, Bubba Starling, and Dean Anna each had two hits in the win. Anna scored two runs.

All of that offense made a winner of Luke Farrell, who improved to 4-1. He allowed two runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out five.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas was swept in their four game home series against Tulsa, losing the finale, 10-2. The Drillers scored eight runs over the final three innings.

Naturals starter Matt Tenuta took the no decision, as he had a second straight quality start. Tenuta allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six.

Logan Moon had his second straight three-hit game, as he scored two runs. The Naturals top two spots in the order, Alfredo Escalera and Humberto Arteaga, each had two hits (including a double) and an RBI in the loss. Arteaga is now 13 for his last 23 to raise his average to .280.

The Naturals now head out on the road for eight games.

 

High-A Wilmington won both games of their doubleheader over Frederick and swept the three-game series over the Keys. The Blue Rocks won their first home series of the season.

The Blue Rocks won the first game, 10-2.

Anderson Miller

Blue Rocks outfielder Anderson Miller collects a hit on May 11, 2017 against Potomac (Jen Nevius).

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the Blue Rocks strung together four straight hits and a sac fly to take a 1-0 lead. Anderson Miller, who went 3-for-4, drove in the first run and scored the third. Miller extended his on-base streak to 28 games.

In the 3rd inning, the Blue Rocks batted around in scoring four runs on five hits and a walk. The inning started with DJ Burt getting hit by a pitch (he went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored).

Leadoff hitter Nicky Lopez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Chris DeVito went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored.

Starter Foster Griffin improved to 3-2 on the season, though he struggled through five innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six. Griffin needed 94 pitches (61 for strikes) to complete his five innings of work. Richard Lovelady allowed two hits over the final two innings.

The Blue Rocks won the second game, 3-1.

The Keys jumped on Blue Rocks spot starter Jared Ruxer in the top of the first for a run on three hits and a sac fly. Ruxer ended up lasting five innings and only allowed five hits and a walk while striking out three.

The Blue Rocks took the lead in the fourth on a bases loaded sac fly and a wild pitch. Miller added a solo home run in the sixth (he singled in the fourth to extend his on-base streak to 29 games). The Blue Rocks collected just four hits, with Miller having two of them.

Jake Kalish earned his first save of the season with two scoreless innings of relief (2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K).

*In roster news, outfielder Tanner Stanley came off the DL as first baseman Colton Frabasilio went back on the DL. Stanley started Game 1 in left field and batted eighth (0-for-3).

 

Low-A Lexington won their second straight in Augusta, winning 7-1 on Sunday afternoon.

With the scored tied at 1-1, the Legends scored a run in the sixth and five more in the seventh. Their 4-5 hitters, Joe Dudek and Emmanuel Rivera, each had three hits. Dudek doubled, scored two runs, and drove in two, while Rivera doubled twice and drove in three.

That made a winner of starter Jaces Vines, who allowed a run on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four, with his only mistake being a solo homer in the fourth. Anthony Bender made his season debut and picked up the save. He allowed three hits over three scoreless innings of relief. Bender struck out three.

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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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