Triple-A Omaha lost the series finale in Colorado Springs, 8-4. The Sky Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. The two teams now head to Omaha to play a four-game series.
Three of the Storm Chasers runs scored via the long ball. Ryan O’Hearn hit a three-run home run with two outs in the sixth (2-for-4). Birthday boy Frank Schwindel led off the 8th inning with a solo homer. Leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Lefty Danny Duffy made his second rehab start. He allowed a run on four hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out five and retired the final eight batters he faced. Miguel Almonte followed with two strikeouts in one scoreless inning of relief.
Malcom Culver took the loss, as they left him in WAY too long. He allowed the seven runs on six hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Culver retired the first four batters he faced before falling apart in the 8th inning.
*In roster news, infielder Corey Toups was promoted from Double-A.
Double-A NW Arkansas held on to win their opener against Corpus Christi, 9-8. The Hooks scored four runs in the top of the ninth and had the tying run on second base.
The Naturals collected 15 hits. Their two All-Stars did some damage. Leadoff hitter Jack Lopez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. He also stole his 13th base. First baseman Samir Duenez went 4-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
Alfredo Escalera and Donnie Dewees each had two hits in the win. Dewees hit a two-run home run in the second (his sixth of the season).
Newcomers Nicky Lopez and Anderson Miller both got in on the action in their Double-A debuts. Lopez played shortstop and batted second. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Miller went 1-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Starter Emilio Ogando evened his Double-A record to 5-5, as he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out three, but allowed two solo home runs.
After Ashton Goudeau allowed a run in the seventh, things got interesting with Andrew Edwards on the mound. He allowed an inherited run and then five of his own on six hits over 1.1 innings. Pedro Fernandez picked up his first save, though he allowed three inherited runs to score in the ninth.
*Saturday night’s starter, Foster Griffin, earlier today was named as the KC Royals lone representative in the upcoming Futures Game in Miami next Sunday.
**In roster news, catcher Allan de San Miguel was activated from the DL and a late addition to the starting lineup (Nick Dini was originally in the starting lineup). de San Miguel went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
High-A Wilmington ended their five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory in their series finale in Frederick. The Blue Rocks now return home for four games against Salem.
The Blue Rocks broke the scoreless tie in the fourth on a Brandon Downes solo home run. With the score tied at 1-1 in the eighth, Chris DeVito singled into right field to drive in the go ahead run.
That made a winner of starter Cristian Castillo, who improved to 5-3. He allowed a run on four hits and three walks over seven innings. He struck out four. Matt Tenuta earned his second save, with two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed one hit while striking out one (19 pitches, 12 strikes).
Low-A Lexington won their series finale against Columbia, 6-5. The Legends now head out on the road for four games in Greenville.
Leadoff hitter Khalil Lee went 2-for-2 with two walks. He also tripled and scored a run. Meibrys Viloria went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The Legends scored twice on sac flies.
Despite allowing an inherited run in the sixth and a run of his own in the seventh, Travis Eckert was credited with the victory. Justin Camp earned his first save, as he pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed a hit and struck out one.
*In roster news, right-hander Kevin Lenik was added to the roster from rookie level Burlington. He had not allowed a run over five innings of relief so far this season with the Royals.