May 26th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series finale in Nashville, 8-3 in 11 innings. The Storm Chasers scored five runs in the top of the 11th, after the Sounds scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Raul Mondesi

Shortstop Raul Mondesi during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

With one out in the top of the 11th inning, Cam Gallagher broke the tie with an RBI single (he went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored). With the bases loaded and two outs, Raul Mondesi cleared the bases with a triple. Mondy would scored the final run on a wild pitch (he went 3-for-6 with his 11th stolen base).

Storm Chasers starter Jake Junis took the no decision, as he pitched seven innings of shutout baseball. He allowed just two hits and walked one while striking out 12 (100 pitches, 70 strikes). Lefty Scott Alexander, beginning his rehab assignment, allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the 8th inning. Fellow lefty Eric Stout allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a sac fly and a ground out (which came with the bases loaded and nobody out).

Bobby Parnell earned the victory, as he pitched two perfect innings of relief, while striking out one.


Double-A NW Arkansas ended their six-game losing streak with a walk off victory over Midland, 11-10.

With the bases loaded, no outs, and a run already in, Donnie Dewees singled to drive in two runs to set off the celebration (he went 3-for-4). Leadoff man Jack Lopez had three hits, including two home runs (three runs scored and four RBIs). Mauricio Ramos, Alfredo Escalera, and Zane Evans all had two hits in the win. Evans hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

The RockHounds scored seven runs in the 7th inning off three Naturals relievers.

Reliever Jared Ruxer made his Double-A debut, but allowed three runs on one hit and two walks in one inning. Ruxer left with two on and both scored when lefty Tim Hill came on in the 7th inning. Hill recorded just two outs, as he allowed four runs on three hits and a walk.

Midland first baseman Viosergy Rosa hit the second of his two home runs of the night in the seventh off Jake Newberry and it was a grand slam. Newberry had entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs and was credited with the victory.


High-A Wilmington split their doubleheader with Potomac. The Blue Rocks lost the suspended game from last week at the P-Nats, 3-2. The game re-started in the fourth.

The Blue Rocks collected six hits including a solo home run with two outs in the top of the ninth by Chris DeVito.

Andres Machado took the loss in relief, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk over 3.1 innings. He struck out four and picked off a base runner.

Scott Blewett

Blue Rocks starter Scott Blewett in his first start of the season on April 8, ,2017 (Jen Nevius).

The Blue Rocks won the second game, 4-2 in seven innings. They came back to tie the game in the fifth with a run and then took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

With one out in the fifth, DJ Burt singled (3-for-3). He then stole his 14th base of the season and moved to third base on a throwing error. Hunter Dozier, still in Wilmington on a rehab assignment, tied the game with a single.

Chase Vallot led off the 6th inning with a walk (and was pinch run for). Three batters later, Jecksson Flores drove in the pinch runner to give the Blue Rocks the lead. Burt would drive in the fourth run with a single.

In the 6th inning, Nicky Lopez extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He extended his on-base streak to 24 games with a walk in the first.

Scott Blewett earned the victory, as he allowed two unearned runs on three hits and three walks over six innings (Vallot committed two throwing errors). He struck out five. Jacob Bodner earned his second save with an eight-pitch seventh.

*In roster news, reliever Gabe Cramer was placed on the DL. He missed the start of the season due to injury.


Low-A Lexington beat Columbia, 5-2.

Emmanuel Rivera got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run. Khalil Lee went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored. Lee also stole his 13th base. Kort Peterson and Marten Gasparini each had two hits in the win. Peterson doubled and drove in a run.

Garrett Davila improved to 4-0 on the season, as he allowed a run on four hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out two. Justin Camp earned his first hold of the season after throwing two scoreless innings of relief (no hits, no walks, and two strikeouts).

*In roster news, outfielder Nick Heath, who just made his season debut on Wednesday, was placed on the DL (just two games played).


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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