July 5th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha beat New Orleans, 2-1.

Yender Caramo

Yender Caramo pitching for Wilmington in 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Both teams scored in the first, with the Storm Chasers breaking the tie in the fifth on a Raul Mondesi single (he went 3-for-4 with a run scored). Frank Schwindel went 2-for-4.

That was enough for Storm Chasers starter Yender Caramo, who allowed an unearned run on six hits over eight innings. He struck out three and induced 11 ground outs.

*In roster news, Miguel Almonte was officially added to the roster. Lefty Sam Selman was promoted from Double-A, as Josh Staumont was demoted to Double-A (probably to work with pitching coach Steve Luebber, who got Staumont back on track last season).


Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Corpus Christi, 5-2.

The Naturals scored their lone runs in the 4th inning on a Samir Duenez two-run home run (his 11th of the season). Leadoff hitter Nicky Lopez went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Anderson Miller also had two hits in the loss.

Starter Corey Ray took the loss, as he allowed four runs on six hits and five walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out three, but allowed two home runs. Yunior Marte stranded two runners in the fifth: 2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K.


AJ Puckett4

Blue Rocks starter AJ Puckett on April 20, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington beat Lynchburg, 6-2. The Blue Rocks used great starting pitching and the long ball to beat the first place Hillcats.

AJ Puckett evened his record to 7-7, as he allowed two runs on three hits over a career-high eight innings. He struck out seven, throwing 70 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

The Hillcats collected two hits to start the bottom of the first and scored their first run on a double play grounder. Puckett went on to retire 19 in a row from there before a leadoff triple in the 8th inning. The next batter reached on a throwing error to allow the second run to score.

The Blue Rocks hit three home runs. Shortstop Jecksson Flores, who committed the 8th inning throwing error, hit a solo home run in the third. Later in the inning, Brandon Downes hit a two-run shot (his ninth of the season in just 22 games). Chase Vallot hit a solo home run in the seventh, his team-leading 11th of the season.


Low-A Lexington had their game against West Virginia suspended, leading 6-2. The game will be resumed on Thursday.

The Legends had just scored five runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to take the lead, as Gabriel Cancel had doubled in two runs with one out. That is when the game was suspended.

*In roster news, Cody Nesbit was placed on the DL, two days after being activated and getting hurt in his first appearance.


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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