After a week away in the 90+ degree heat (it felt more like 100) and a delayed flight home yesterday, it’s been a little tough getting back into the swing of things. The KC Royals made a ton of roster moves at both the Major League and minor league levels while I was gone.
On Tuesday night, it was a short night in the Royals farm system, as two teams had their games suspended.
Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener in Nashville, 10-0. It got so bad that infielder Dean Anna pitched the 8th inning. He allowed a run on two hits.
Storm Chasers starter Christian Binford took his first loss of the season, as he allowed seven runs on nine hits over two-plus innings.
The Storm Chasers collected just three hits. Ryan O’Hearn and Raul Mondesi each doubled in the loss. Terrance Gore had a pinch-hit single in the seventh.
Double-A NW Arkansas had a power failure at Arvest Park, leading Frisco 6-5 in the 5th inning. The game will be played in its entirety Wednesday afternoon with a seven-inning game to follow.
High-A Wilmington won their series opener over Lynchburg, 3-0. The Blue Rocks have now won three in a row and have now moved into third place in the Carolina League Northern Division.
The Blue Rocks took a 1-0 lead in the first after a leadoff walk to Nicky Lopez (2-for-4 with his tenth stolen base). He scored after a DJ Burt single and ensuing error. Tanner Stanley added a solo home run to lead off the seventh (it was his first of the season). They scored a run in the eighth on a Chris DeVito double (2-for-4 with two doubles), but left two runners in scoring position with one out.
Blue Rocks starter Cristian Castillo improved to 3-2 on the season with six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and struck out two, throwing just 76 pitches. Richard Lovelady earned his second save by throwing just three pitches, as he induced a game ending double play.
There were two rehab assignments. Third baseman Hunter Dozier started at third base and batted third. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Dozier legged out an infield single in the 8th inning and scored from first base on DeVito’s double. Reliever Andrew Edwards allowed two hits and walked three over 2.1 scoreless innings. He struck out five.
Low-A Lexington had their game at home suspended due to rain against Hickory, with the Legends leading 1-0 starting the 3rd inning (Emmanuel Rivera led off the second with a home run). The game will be completed in its entirety Wednesday afternoon, with a seven-inning game to follow.