June 19th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha beat Iowa, 5-1.

Luke Farrell

Right-hander Luke Farrell during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The story was starter Luke Farrell, who retired 20 of the last 21 batters he faced. Over eight innings, he allowed a run on three hits while striking out nine. Farrell allowed a solo home run in the 8th inning.

Leading just 2-1 in the top of the ninth, Dean Anna delivered with a two-run triple (2-for-4). He would score on a Garin Cecchini single.

Bubba Starling (2-for-4) put the Storm Chasers on the board in the top of the first with an RBI double.

*In roster news, reliever Kevin McCarthy was called back up to the big leagues to take the place of starter Eric Skoglund, who was sent back to Omaha.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas ended the Texas League first half with a doubleheader victory over Arkansas. The two teams begin the second half on Tuesday playing each other again.

The Naturals won the first game, 3-2. They scored three runs in the top of the seventh, with the final run scoring on a Carlos Diaz suicide squeeze. Prior to that, the Naturals were held to zero hits over the first 5.2 innings.

Corey Ray earned the victory (5-4), as he allowed a run on five hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out two. The lone run scored against him came on a 2nd inning home run. Jake Newberry earned his ninth save, though he allowed a run in the seventh and had the tying run on second base.

nwaIn Game 2, the Naturals also won 3-2.

Ashton Goudeau earned his third victory of the season, as he allowed just two hits over five scoreless innings. He struck out five.

The Naturals scored two runs in the second on back-to-back two out hits from Logan Moon (a double) and Jose Sanchez (a single). Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

 

High-A Wilmington began their three-day All-Star break. Six Blue Rocks are currently in Salem for the Carolina League All-Star Game (which is Tuesday night). Carolina’s Jake Gatewood beat out Lynchburg’s Sicnarf Loopstock in the HR Derby tonight. Wilmington’s Anderson Miller participated and hit four home runs.

 

Low-A Lexington also began their three-day All-Star break. The South Atlantic League will also hold their All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Pitchers Jace Vines and Grant Gavin will be representing the Legends.

 

Rookie level Idaho Falls opened their season tonight. The game is currently tied at 6-6 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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