July 14th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha walked off against Nashville in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3. A sac bunt from Dean Anna and the ensuing throwing error allowed the tying and winning runs to score.

omahaThe Storm Chasers collected nine hits (all singles), with four coming from catcher Cam Gallagher. None of their runs were earned.

Luke Farrell got the start and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out ten. Eric Stout followed with two perfect innings of relief. Malcom Culver earned the win with a nine pitch top of the ninth.

Outfielder Logan Moon made his first start, batting ninth and playing right field. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

*In roster news, reliever Miguel Almonte was promoted to the big leagues to replace fellow reliever Neftali Feliz, who went on the paternity list.


Double-A NW Arkansas walked off in 12 innings over Tulsa, 2-1. With the bases loaded and one out, Samir Duenez delivered a sac fly to set off the celebration.

Naturals starter Emilio Ogando allowed seven hits and walked one over five innings. He struck out six. Yunior Marte followed and was pulled with two on and one out in the eighth. Richard Lovelady allowed the inherited run to score to tie the game at 1-1.

After Lovelady, it was lefty Tim Hill’s turn, back from a short demotion in High-A. He allowed two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings. Hill struck out five. Jake Newberry picked up the win, pitching a scoreless 12th inning.

The Naturals collected ten hits, three from leadoff man Nicky Lopez, who also stole his fourth base. Donnie Dewees had two hits in the win.


Brandon Downes

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

High-A Wilmington won their third straight against Lynchburg in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4 in nine innings. With the bases loaded and two outs, Brandon Downes worked a walk to win it (it was the third walk of the inning).

Blue Rocks starter Jared Ruxer held the Hillcats hitless until the fifth, when they tied the game at 2-2 on a two-run home run. Ruxer was pulled in the sixth after a sac fly tied the game again, this time at 3-3. The Hillcats scored their fourth run off Luis Rico in the sixth (an inherited run). Rico allowed two hits and struck out four over 2.2 innings, but left the game due to an apparent injury in the ninth. Walker Sheller picked up the win, as he struck out the side in the ninth.

The Blue Rocks re-tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a Jecksson Flores RBI single. Downes, Chase Vallot, and Colton Frabasilio each had two hits in the win.


Low-A Lexington finished their marathon game in Delmarva, winning 7-6 in 21 innings. The game was suspended after 20 innings on Thursday night as a storm rolled in. Another storm rolled in on Friday night, cancelling the second game.

Marten Gasparini led off the top of the 21st inning with a solo home run. He went 3-for-6 with two walks. Emmanuel Rivera went 4-for-8 with two doubles. He was the only Legend to not strike out, as they struck out 29 times.

Jose Veras earned the save, though it got interesting. He loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 21st inning, but induced a game ending double play.

Vance Tatum earned the victory in relief, as he pitched five scoreless innings (2H, BB, 8K). That came after Justin Camp pitched five scoreless innings of relief (0H, BB, 5K).

After an off day on Saturday, the Legends will play a three games in two days series at home against Hagerstown.

*Outfielder Rudy Martin, who was pulled on defense earlier in the marathon game, was placed on the DL. Pitcher Tyler Fallwell was added from Burlington for the second time this month.


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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