June 8th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha came back to beat Nashville, 4-2. The Storm Chasers split the four-game series and now welcome New Orleans to town for three games.

Down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Omaha tied the game with two outs on an error and two batters later, Bubba Starling drove in the go ahead run. Garin Cecchini hit a solo home run in the 8th inning to provide some insurance.

Brian Flynn earned the victory in relief, as he stranded a runner in the seventh. Storm Chasers starter Luke Farrell allowed two runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out a career-tying ten batters.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas won their second straight over first place Springfield, 8-0.

Corey Ray

Blue Rocks starter Corey Ray on June 11, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Naturals scored four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Donnie Dewees hit a two-run home run to cap the scoring. Dewees went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

The story of the night was Naturals starter Corey Ray. He earned his fourth victory with a complete game shutout. He allowed just four hits while striking out four. Ray threw just 88 pitches, 60 for strikes. Prior to tonight, Ray had never thrown more than 7.2 innings in a professional game.

Jack Lopez went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Jose Sanchez made his 2017 debut, starting as the DH and batting ninth. He went 1-for-4.

 

 

High-Wilmington needed 15 innings to beat visiting Buies Creek, 4-3. After having Wednesday off, they may have killed their bullpen for the weekend after burning four relievers (with just two arms left).

Roman Collins

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

With two on and one out in the bottom of the 15th inning, Roman Collins doubled to center field with his first hit of the game to drive in Jecksson Flores to finally end the game five hours after it started.

Franco Terrero earned his first win of the season, pitching four scoreless innings of relief. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three. Terrero threw a season-high 55 pitches (37 for strikes) and induced six ground outs.

The Blue Rocks scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and had a chance to win it with the bases loaded and one out, but DJ Burt and Anderson Miller struck out to send the game into extra innings.

The Blue Rocks were held to one hit (a Nicky Lopez RBI triple in the 2nd inning) until the bottom of the ninth when Wander Franco singled with one out.

The Blue Rocks pinch ran for Chris DeVito in the 8th inning after he walked with one out. It backfired at the time, as Chase Vallot struck out and pinch runner Jecksson Flores was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the inning. Flores then flied out to start the tenth (he ended up going 2-for-3).

*Outfielder Brandon Downes was not in the lineup after being replaced on defense Tuesday night at Down East. Scott Blewett did not make the start, despite being listed as the starter following Tuesday night’s victory. Blewett is not listed as a starter in the next three games either.

 

Low-A Lexington was swept in Columbia, losing the finale, 8-0. The Legends now head to Hickory for four games, as they dropped to 7.5 games back of first place.

The Legends collected just four singles, two from Angelo Castellano.

Travis Eckert took the loss, as he allowed four runs on on six hits, a walk, and a hit batter over four innings.

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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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