June 22nd Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series opener over Memphis, 11-3.

omahaThe bulk of the Storm Chasers offense came from the 2-3-4 hitters. Raul Mondesi went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Jorge Soler also had three hits, including a double, drove in two runs, and scored a run. Ryan O’Hearn went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

The bottom two in the Omaha order, Terrance Gore and Garin Cecchini, each had two hits in the win. Cecchini doubled twice and scored two runs.

Lefty Eric Skoglund made the start and allowed a run on three hits (a solo home run) and a walk over 2.2 innings. He struck out two. Fellow lefty Brian Flynn earned the win in relief, as he allowed two hits and struck out two over 1.1 scoreless innings. Miguel Almonte was activated from the DL and pitched a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts.

Kyle Zimmer pitched two innings of relief, though he allowed a run on four hits and a walk. He did strike out three.


Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener in Tulsa, 5-2.

nwaDown 2-1 after six innings, the Naturals scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, along with two more in the ninth.

With two outs in the seventh, Zach Walters delivered an RBI single (3-for-4) to tie the game. Walters would drive in another run in the ninth. In the 8th inning, Logan Moon doubled in a run to give the Naturals the lead. Moon went 2-for-5 and drove in the team’s first run with two outs in the fourth.

Sam Selman earned the win in relief, as he allowed a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings. He struck out four. Jake Newberry earned his tenth save with a perfect ninth.

Onelki Garcia was solid in the start, as he allowed two runs on six hits (two solo home runs) and a walk over six innings. He struck out two.


High-A Wilmington started the second half with a loss at Salem, 11-7. The Red Sox scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Red Sox sent 12 men to the plate, collecting seven hits and two walks. The Blue Rocks committed two errors and two relievers threw four wild pitches. It started with normally reliable Jacob Bodner, who allowed four hits and a wild pitch before being replaced by Walker Sheller. After a run-scoring error and a wild pitch, Sheller walked the next two batters he faced. Sheller allowed three hits, three wild pitches, and two stolen bases. He threw 31 pitches. Franco Terrero came on with a runner on and induced a double play and got a fly out to finally end the inning. Terrero threw just nine pitches.

That came after Blue Rocks starter Scott Blewett struck out 12 over six innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. Blewett struck out ten last Friday night against Salem.

The Blue Rocks collected 15 hits, three from Chris DeVito, Wander Franco, and Jecksson Flores. DeVito scored three runs and Franco drove in three runs. Leadoff hitter DJ Burt walked three times, but did not score a run.
*In that 8th inning, Blue Rocks right fielder Kort Peterson was removed on defense after a triple. He left with an injured chest, according to milb.com. He went 2-for-5 at the plate.

**All-Star shortstop Nicky Lopez was not in the lineup. Speculate if you must.


Low-A Lexington lost their opener of the second half in West Virginia, 9-6. The Power scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth against Legends reliever Anthony Bender (1IP, 5H, 5R, 0BB, 2K, 2HR).

The Legends hit two home runs. Gabriel Cancel (3-for-4, two doubles) hit a solo homer in the second. Marten Gasparini hit a two-run shot later in the inning.

*In roster news, Justin Camp returned to the Legends. In his return, he pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three. All-Star reliever Grant Gavin was promoted to Wilmington.


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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