July 2nd Minors Recap

omahaTriple-A Omaha lost to Colorado Springs, 11-0. Another blowout loss for the Storm Chasers meant that catcher Brayan Pena made another pitching appearance. He allowed a solo home run in the ninth.

Starter Christian Binford dropped to 3-7 in Triple-A, as he allowed nine runs on 11 hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five, but allowed five home runs. Kyle Zimmer followed and allowed a run on three hits over two innings.

The Storm Chasers collected just six hits, all singles. Bubba Starling had two of them.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener to San Antonio, 1-0.

The Naturals out-hit the Missions 7-6, but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They struck out 11 times. Alfredo Escalera went 2-for-3 with his eighth stolen base. He also threw out a base runner at home.

Starter Jake Kalish was the hard luck loser, as he allowed a run on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five. After a recent rough outing, reliever Andrew Edwards pitched two scoreless innings while striking out three.


Brandon Downes

Blue Rocks outfielder Brandon Downes at the plate on July 1, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington won their second straight over Salem, 2-0.

Both of the Blue Rocks runs scored via solo home runs hit by Brandon Downes, who now has hit eight in just 19 games. He went 3-for-4.

Starter Scott Blewett pitched the Blue Rocks first complete game since 2003, as he allowed just four hits over the nine innings. He struck out four, throwing 74 of his 111 pitches for strikes. It was his first complete game shutout.


Low-A Lexington came back to beat Greenville, 8-4. The Legends scored six runs in the fifth to take the lead.

In the 5th inning, the Legends batted around, collecting six hits, a walk, and three stolen bases. With the bases loaded and one out, Manny Olloque cleared the bases with a single. John Brontsema followed with an RBI double. Luis Villegas then singled, and with two outs, stole second base (his first of the season). Rudy Martin followed with a two-run single (he then stole two bases to give him 21 on the season). All four of the above had two hits in the victory.

Reliever Anthony Bender was credited with the victory, though he allowed a run (plus an inherited run) on four hits and three walks over three innings. He struck out two. Justin Camp continued his dominance since being sent back from High-A, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four. Camp also stranded a runner in the seventh.


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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