The Carolina League Northern Division scored two runs in the bottom of the first and made it hold up, as they beat the Southern Division, 2-0.
Third baseman Michael Chavis of the host Salem Red Sox was named the game’s MVP, as he drove in both runs in the first on a double.
All six Wilmington Blue Rocks representatives participated.
Shortstop Nicky Lopez got the bottom of the first started with a single and a stolen base (he moved to third base on an error). He scored the first run. Lopez went 1-for-2.
Anderson Miller started in right field and played the whole game while batting eighth. He went 1-for-3.
Cristian Castillo was the first Blue Rocks pitcher to enter the game for the Northern Division. He pitched a scoreless 2nd inning: 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K. Castillo needed just eight pitches, seven for strikes to retire the side in order.
AJ Puckett followed Castillo, pitching the 3rd inning. He allowed a hit in his scoreless inning. Puckett threw 11 pitches, ten for strikes. Yunior Marte pitched a perfect fifth, throwing eight of his ten pitches for strikes.
Richard Lovelady allowed two hits in the eighth, but escaped unscathed: 2H, 0R, 0BB, K.
Over in the South Atlantic League, the game was called after seven innings with the score tied at 3-3.
Only one of the two Lexington pitchers had a chance to toe the rubber in Columbia, South Carolina. Jace Vines pitched the fifth, getting a strikeout and two ground outs in his perfect inning of relief for the South. Vines threw 12 pitches, seven for strikes.
Former Legend Kyle Kubat pitched the bottom of the seventh for the North. He allowed a two out double: 1IP, H, OR, 0BB, K.
In other KC Royals full season action…
Triple-A Omaha lost their series finale in Iowa, 6-4. The Storm Chasers will enjoy Wednesday off before beginning a four-game home series against Memphis.
Jonathan Dziedzic took the loss, as he allowed four runs on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three. Dziedzic allowed three home runs that accounted for all four runs he allowed.
Frank Schwindel went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Bubba Starling and Garin Cecchini each had two hits in the loss. Both doubled.
Double-A NW Arkansas started the Texas League second half with a 3-1 win in Arkansas, as they overcame three errors. The Naturals finish their series against the Travelers on Wednesday before heading back to Tulsa for four games before the All-Star break.
Naturals starter Foster Griffin, who was named to the Carolina League All-Star team last week, improved to 4-1 in Double-A, as he allowed a run on seven hits and a walk over 6.2 innings. He struck out six.
All-Star shortstop Humberto Arteaga drove in the Naturals first run with a two out single in the first. In the second, fellow All-Star Jack Lopez drove in the second run with a one out single. Lopez went 2-for-3. In the fifth, Lopez singled, moved to second base on a wild pitch, and scored on a Corey Toups single (2-for-4).
All-Star first baseman Samir Duenez went 2-for-4 in the win.