June 5th Minors Recap

It was a light Monday in the KC Royals farm system, as just two full season affiliates were in action. Double-A NW Arkansas had off before beginning a homestand, while Low-A Lexington headed out on the road to start a series Tuesday night.

omahaTriple-A Omaha won their series opener against Nashville, 4-2.

A Hunter Dozier one out single in the sixth broke the 2-2 tie (he went 2-for-4). Omaha added some insurance in the 7th inning on an RBI ground out. Leadoff hitter Ramon Torres went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

The Storm Chasers got their first two runs in the bottom of the second on solo home runs from Jorge Soler (in his first game back from the big leagues) and Bubba Starling (2-for-3).

Miguel Almonte made his first start for the Storm Chasers and threw five scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and walked two while striking out eight. It was another rough outing for lefty Brian Flynn, who allowed two runs on four hits over 1.2 innings. He allowed a two-run home run in the sixth that tied the game at 2-2 (but was credited with the victory).

Al Alburquerque stranded an inherited run in the seventh, as he threw 1.1 scoreless innings. He struck out three. Malcom Culver earned his fifth save.


High-A Wilmington won their second straight game against Down East, winning 5-4.

Nate Esposito

Blue Rocks catcher Nate Esposito at the plate on April 12, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

In the 2nd inning, the Blue Rocks took advantage of three straight walks to start the inning. Catcher Nate Esposito followed with a two-run single to give the Blue Rocks a lead they would not relinquish. Esposito went 3-for-4 and drove in another run with a ground out.

Anderson Miller and Brandon Downes, the Blue Rocks 3-4 hitters, each had two hits in the win. Miller doubled twice and threw a runner out at second base while Downes hit a solo home run (his fourth of the season).

After missing three straight games from being hit by a pitch on June 1st, Chase Vallot returned to the lineup as the DH. He went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. Vallot also struck out three times.

Andres Machado won his first game as a starter in his second start this season. He allowed three runs on five hits over six innings. Machado struck out four. The Wood Ducks scored all three of their runs in the 4th inning on three hits and a hit batter. To that point, Machado had retired nine of ten. He then retired nine of ten to end his night.

Justin Camp allowed a hit over two scoreless innings before Franco Terrero earned his fourth save of the season. Terrero threw just nine pitches (seven strikes), though he did allow a leadoff home 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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