July 1st Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha ended their losing streak against Colorado Springs, winning 9-6 in walk off fashion.

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A Ryan O’Hearn swing off Rangers ace Cole Hamels during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

The Storm Chasers scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, with Ryan O’Hearn‘s three-run home run with one out being the game winner. O’Hearn also hit a two out, two-run homer in the first.

That made a winner of reliever Eric Stout, who allowed two runs on five hits over three innings.

Frank Schwindel went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Ruben Sosa had two hits in the win.

*In roster news, reliever Miguel Almonte was called up to the big leagues, as lefty Matt Strahm was placed on the DL.


Double-A NW Arkansas completed the three-game sweep over Corpus Christi, winning 6-3. The Naturals now welcome San Antonio to town for three games.

Foster Griffin improved to 6-1 in Double-A, as he allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over six-plus innings. He struck out ten. He left with a runner on in the 7th inning, which scored. Jake Newberry earned his 12th save, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings.

Nicky Lopez made his first start at second base and batted leadoff. He went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Zach Walters, Anderson Miller, and Donnie Dewees each had two hits in the win. Miller and Dewees each scored a run and drove in a run.


Wilmington_Blue_Rocks_2010_2High-A Wilmington beat Salem, 8-3.

The story of the night was starter Andres Machado, who pitched a career-high seven innings and struck out a career-high 14 batters. He threw 102 pitches, 75 for strikes. Salem collected just six hits and a walk against him, scoring just one run.

Machado struck out six in a row from the third to the fifth innings and then four in a row from the sixth to the seventh.

“He (Machado) threw, what we call, strikes at the right time and ball-strikes at the right time,” said manager Jamie Quirk after the game. “He got (Salem) to chase a lot of pitches running out of the strike zone, but those come because you are ahead in the count. He did a very good job of staying aggressive, staying ahead in the count. 14 strikeouts, that’s a big number.”

The Blue Rocks collected 12 hits, with DJ Burt going 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs, and two runs scored. He also stole two bases to give him 24 on the season. Chris DeVito also had three hits, including a mammoth two out, two-run home run in the 6th inning. He drove in four runs. Brandon Downes and Roman Collins had two hits each in the win.


Low-A Lexington lost to Greenville, 5-2.

The Legends collected nine hits, but went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and struck out 13 times. Khalil Lee and Gabriel Cancel each had two hits in the loss.

Jace Vines took the loss, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out one.


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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