July 13th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha came back after the All-Star break with a 10-1 loss against Nashville.

omahaThe Storm Chasers collected just three hits, all singles.

Yender Caramo took the loss, as he allowed seven runs on 11 hits and a walk over five innings. After lefty Sam Selman pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, Kyle Zimmer allowed three runs in the top of the ninth.

*In roster news, outfielder Bubba Starling was placed on the DL and fellow outfielder Logan Moon was promoted from Double-A. Reliever Seth Maness, designated for assignment last week, accepted his assignment and was activated.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost to Tulsa, 5-4. The Naturals’ comeback fell short, despite Humberto Arteaga‘s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.

Josh Staumont made the start, his first appearance since being demoted from Triple-A over a week ago. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. Staumont struck out three, but threw just 38 of his 72 pitches for strikes.

Zach Lovvorn was next and stranded two runners in the fourth. He ended up allowing three runs on four hits, a walk, and a hit batter over 2.2 innings, though two runs scored after Lovvorn was pulled in the seventh with Andrew Edwards on the mound.

The Naturals collected eight hits, two from Samir Duenez.


Nick Heath

Blue Rocks outfielder Nick Heath on Breast Cancer Awareness Night on July 12, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington beat Lynchburg, 6-5. For the second straight night, the Blue Rocks walked off against the Hillcats, with Thursday night coming in the bottom of the ninth.

Down by a run in the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Rocks tied the game on a Nate Esposito single. With the bases loaded and one out, Nick Heath lifted a soft fly ball to left, which dropped, and the throw home was dropped by the catcher to score the winning run. Heath went 2-for-5.

That came after the Hillcats led 4-0 after three innings against Blue Rocks starter Scott Blewett (5IP, 7H, 4R, 3BB, 4K). The Blue Rocks fought back to tie the game with four runs in the fourth on six hits, a sac fly, and a ground out. The Hillcats retook the lead in the seventh on a bases loaded walk against winning pitcher Franco Terrero, who entered with the bases loaded and one out.

Chris DeVito, Roman Collins, and Chase Vallot each had two hits in the win.

*Colin Rodgers was back off the DL, and allowed a run on three hits and three walks over 1.1 innings. He struck out three.


Low-A Lexington‘s game in Delmarva ended too late for this edition (I sound like my local newspaper). Anyway, the game was locked up at 6-6 after 16 innings.

The Shorebirds tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth (which was unearned).

The Legends were on their fifth pitcher after starter Andre Davis allowed five runs on ten hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four. Justin Camp did not allow a run over five innings (one walk and five strikeouts).

Emmanuel Rivera was 4-for-6 with two doubles, but scored just one run. Legends hitters had struck out 24 times.

*Outfielder Rudy Martin was replaced on defense in the 3rd inning after a leadoff double to him in right field. Yeison Melo was 2-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI, but committed an error as Martin’s replacement.

UPDATE: The game completed 20 innings before a storm rolled in that suspended the game, still tied at 6-6. The game will be resumed tonight, starting with the 21st inning. The strikeouts were up to 28.

Vance Tatum followed Camp with five more scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out eight.


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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