June 2nd Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha blew a 2-1 lead in Memphis heading into the 7th inning, losing 12-2.

omahaLefty Brian Flynn, rehabbing with the Storm Chasers, took the loss, as he allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in the seventh, while recording just one out. Onelki Garcia left two inherited runners on in the seventh, but then allowed six runs on four hits and three walks in the 8th inning. Mark Peterson recorded the final out on eight pitches.

The Redbirds comeback negated the solid start from Luke Farrell, who allowed a run on four hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out three.

The Storm Chasers collected just five hits, including the first Triple-A home run for Frank Schwindel (which broke the 1-1 tie in the fifth).


Double-A NW Arkansas was walked off in Midland, 10-9. The Naturals scored all nine runs across the fifth and sixth. The RockHounds scored five runs in the seventh and three to win it in the ninth.

With two outs and nobody on base, Naturals closer Jake Newberry allowed four straight hits, three of which drove in runs. Newberry also allowed an inherited run in the seventh, as Luis Rico only recorded one out (1/3IP, 4H, 5R, 2BB, K).

The loss negated the solid start from Emilio Ogando, who allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five.

The Naturals collected 17 hits, with every starter having at least one hit. The top two hitters in the order: Jack Lopez and Elier Hernandez, went a combined 7-for-12 with two RBIs and four runs scored. Hernandez may have gotten hurt in the bottom of the ninth after a run scoring double. He was replaced on defense.

Mauricio Ramos, Humberto Arteaga, and Logan Moon each had two hits in the loss. Moon doubled twice and scored two runs.


Chris DeVito

Blue Rocks first baseman Chris DeVito on May 24, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington won their second straight in Winston-Salem, 12-3. The Blue Rocks collected 17 hits, six for extra bases, and worked seven walks.

The Blue Rocks took a 7-0 lead in the first, as they sent 13 men to the plate. Anderson Miller walked twice in the inning.

Chris DeVito hit for the cycle, the first for a Blue Rock since 1999 (Dee Brown did it in April of 1999 and was the first) and the third in BB&T Ballpark history (the home of the Dash). He singled in the first, tripled in the second, doubled in the fourth, and homered in the fifth. His home run in the fifth came right after Brandon Downes hit his first home run since returning from the DL earlier this week (2-for-5, four RBIs). Dash pitching finally got DeVito out in the eighth and ninth, inducing two ground outs. His first four hits came against three different Dash pitchers.

Leadoff hitter Nicky Lopez went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. The bottom three in the Blue Rocks order: Nate Esposito, Cody Jones, and Jecksson Flores, each had two hits (a combined 6-for-14 with five runs scored).

After walking three in the bottom of the first and allowing a run on a sac fly, starter Colin Rodgers rebounded to last five innings and earn the victory. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks. Justin Camp made his High-A debut, but allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over 1.2 innings. Yunior Marte was credited with the save, as he pitched 2.1 scoreless innings (two hits and four strikeouts).

*In roster news, reliever Andrew Edwards was promoted to NWA, while fellow reliever Jared Ruxer returned to Wilmington from NWA.


Low-A Lexington walked off to beat Augusta, 2-1. The Legends scored a run in the eighth to tie the game with two outs and won the game on an Emmanuel Rivera RBI single with the bases loaded and nobody out.

Rivera went 2-for-4 against GreenJackets starter Domenic Mazza, who pitched a perfect game against the Legends back on April 25th. Mazza took the complete game loss, in his third start against Lexington.

Legends starter Travis Eckert allowed a run on five hits and three walks over the first six innings. He struck out five. Grant Gavin followed with two scoreless innings of relief (two hits, a walk, and four strikeouts). Anthony Bender earned his first victory, as he allowed a hit and struck out one in the ninth.


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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