July 15th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost to Nashville, 11-5.

omahaThe Storm Chasers collected ten hits, but went 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They hit into two double plays and struck out ten times. Frank Schwindel went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Garin Cecchini went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.

Onelki Garcia took the loss, as he allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks over five innings. It was a rough two-plus innings of relief for Christian Binford, who allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits. Lefty Brian Flynn allowed two of those runs to score in the eighth.

 

Double-A NW Arkansas lost their finale to Tulsa, 7-6. The Naturals now head to Springfield for four games.

The Naturals led 6-3 after six innings, only to see the Drillers tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the seventh.

The Naturals only had seven hits, three from catcher Nick Dini. Samir Duenez also had two doubles.

Jake Kalish took the loss in relief, as he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out six, but allowed a three-run home run in the seventh to tie the game. Glenn Sparkman made his first start, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks over 3.1 innings.

Pedro Fernandez walked one and struck out two over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

 

High-A Wilmington lost their series finale to Lynchburg, 7-4. They now welcome Potomac to town for three games.

The Blue Rocks were no-hit through the first six innings until Brandon Downes led off the 7th inning with an infield single against Hillcats starter Triston McKenzie. They would collect three hits and two runs in that inning, score one in the eighth, and another in the ninth. However, they only ended up with four hits, while committing four errors.

It was a rough night for Blue Rocks starter Cristian Castillo, as he could not put hitters away. He allowed all seven runs on 11 hits and a walk over four-plus innings. Two of those runs scored after Grant Gavin came on in relief in the 5th inning.

*Colton Frabasilio saw time behind the plate for the first time this season, pinch-hitting for Chase Vallot in the seventh. It was just a chance to give Vallot a breather, down 7-0 after all the long, hot games, manager Jamie Quirk said after the game.

**Shortstop Jecksson Flores was wiped out in the top of the ninth on a play at second base, where he was spiked, but Quirk said he should be okay.

 

Low-A Lexington enjoyed Saturday off, as they returned home to play Hagerstown three times in two days (they play a doubleheader on Sunday).

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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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