Memorial Day Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their fifth straight, beating Round Rock this afternoon, 10-8.

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Infielder Ramon Torres during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Despite just ten hits, the Storm Chasers scored ten runs (6-for-11 with runners in scoring position). Ramon Torres continued his tear, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Hunter Dozier, continuing his rehab assignment that began last week in Wilmington, went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Frank Schwindel also had two hits in the win.

It was another shorter start for Josh Staumont, as he threw just 41 of his 84 pitches for strikes. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Staumont allowed two home runs that accounted for the four runs.

Lefty relievers Scott Alexander and Brian Flynn continued their rehab assignments with mixed showings. Alexander picked up the win, but blew the save. He allowed three runs on four hits (including a two-run home run) in the sixth (plus one batter in the seventh). Flynn followed and allowed a two-run homer of his own (2.1IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 4K). Al Alburquerque earned his third save by recording two outs in the ninth.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas enjoyed Memorial Day off before heading out on the road for six games, starting in Frisco.

 

High-A Wilmington lost their series finale to Potomac, 3-2. The P-Nats scored all three runs in the 5th inning. The Blue Rocks will enjoy Tuesday off before heading out on the road for seven days.

That made a loser of starter Cristian Castillo, who allowed the three runs on eight hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out five, but allowed a two out, two-run home run to P-Nats centerfielder Victor Robles (all three runs came with two outs).

Shortstop Nicky Lopez extended his on-base streak to 28 games with a lead off walk. The Blue Rocks left the bases loaded in the first en route to going just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

After not playing since May 20th, Colton Frabasilio started at first base this afternoon. He went 2-for-3. The Blue Rocks were held hitless until Frabasilio singled with one out in the fifth.

*According to milb.com, starter Foster Griffin was promoted to Double-A NW Arkansas, as Matt Tenuta was demoted. Tenuta, who was starting, has moved to the bullpen with the Blue Rocks. He dominated today in the move, throwing three scoreless innings. Tenuta allowed one hit and walked one while striking out five. The loss of Griffin moves reliever Andres Machado into the rotation to start Wednesday’s opener in Winston-Salem.

 

legends logoLow-A Lexington won their series opener in Asheville, 6-2.

After both teams scored single runs in the first, the game was scoreless until the sixth when Gabriel Cancel hit a solo home run to start the inning for the Legends. They would go on to score four more runs in the eighth. Two of those runs scored on a Rudy Martin two out double (he went 2-for-3).

Jaces Vines earned his fifth win of the season, as he allowed a run on six hits over six innings. He struck out four. Walker Sheller allowed a solo home run in the 8th inning (2IP, 2H, R, BB, 3K). Grant Gavin needed just nine pitches to record three outs in the ninth.

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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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