June 4th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha had their series finale in Memphis postponed due to rain. It will be made up when the Storm Chasers return to Memphis in August. Omaha now returns home for seven games beginning Monday night against Nashville.

nwaDouble-A NW Arkansas split their doubleheader in Midland and lost the series. The Naturals now return home for a nine games in eight days homestand beginning Tuesday night.

The Naturals won last night’s suspended game, 9-5. The score was 6-5 in favor of NWA in the 8th inning when the game was halted due to rain.

Andrew Edwards picked up the victory, making his season debut with the Naturals. He recorded two outs (on strikeouts), but allowed a single when the rains came. Lefty Sam Selman stranded the inherited runner when the game resumed, picking up his fifth save of the season. Over 1.2 innings, Selman struck out two and walked one.

On offense, Jack Lopez went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored. Corey Toups and Alfredo Escalera also had three hits in the win.

The Naturals lost the second game, 8-2. Starter Foster Griffin took his first Double-A loss, as he allowed five runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six, but allowed two solo home runs.

NWA collected eight hits, all from the bottom five in the order. Shortstop Humberto Arteaga went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Donnie Dewees went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.


Roman Collins

Blue Rocks outfielder Roman Collins on May 27, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington won their series opener against Down East, 6-4. The Blue Rocks fought back to tie the game in the fifth and then scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead.

In the 7th inning, the Blue Rocks sent eight men to the plate. With the bases loaded on two walks and an error, Wander Franco (2-for-5, triple) drove in the tying run with a single and Roman Collins (2-for-3, two runs scored, and two walks) followed with a two-run single.

Jacob Bodner earned the victory in relief, as he struck out four over two innings. He did allow a solo home run in the sixth. Richard Lovelady earned his fifth save with two perfect innings of relief. Lovelady has not allowed an earned run since May 1st (a span of ten appearances).

First baseman Chris DeVito went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. He is in the midst of a four-game multi-hit streak (11-for-20).


Low-A Lexington won their series against Augusta with a 5-2 victory in Sunday’s finale. The Legends head out on the road for seven games beginning Tuesday in Columbia.

Legends starter Jace Vines allowed a leadoff walk, followed by a stolen base, a strikeout, another stolen base, and a passed ball to give the GreenJackets a 1-0 lead. Vines would allow a solo home run in the sixth. All-in-all, Vines allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven in earning his sixth win of the season.

Jose Veras earned his second save by throwing two hitless innings of relief.

Khalil Lee quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first with a solo home run. The Legends took the lead in the second on an error and a Rudy Martin two-run single. Meibrys Viloria went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. However, he had his seventh passed ball. John Brontsema also had two hits in the win. He doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run.


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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