July 16th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha won their series finale with Nashville, 15-1. The Storm Chasers now welcome Colorado Springs to town for four games.

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First baseman Frank Schwindel during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

It got so bad for the Sounds, that they used a position player to pitch. Frank Schwindel hit a grand slam off him, as the Storm Chasers scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth. Schwindel went 2-for-5.

Ruben Sosa went 3-for-4 with three doubles, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Logan Moon also had three hits and scored three runs. Cam Gallagher, Dean Anna, and Garin Cecchini all had two hits in the win.

Starter Eric Skoglund was the beneficiary of all the offense, as he improved to 3-4 on the season. He allowed just one run on nine hits over seven innings. He struck out seven.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Springfield, 6-0. The Naturals collected just three hits, all singles.

Corey Ray took the loss, as he allowed all six runs on seven hits (three home runs) and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out four. Andrew Edwards threw just 18 pitches over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.


Chase Vallot

Blue Rocks catcher Chase Vallot at the plate on June 15, 2017 (Jen Nevius).

High-A Wilmington won their series opener over Potomac in walk off fashion, 2-1 in 11 innings. The game was 1-1 after the top of the second.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, Chase Vallot blooped a single over the five-infielder P-Nats setup.

In the pitcher’s duel, the Blue Rocks collected just six hits, two by leadoff man DJ Burt.

Walker Sheller earned the win in relief, as he allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of work. That came after Blue Rocks starter AJ Puckett allowed a run on seven hits and a walk over the first six innings. He struck out three.

Lefty Colin Rodgers allowed a hit and walked two over 1.2 innings. He struck out three. Franco Terrero stranded a runner in the eighth and escaped jams in the ninth and tenth. He walked four (two each in his last two innings), but struck out four.


Low-A Lexington split their doubleheader with Hagerstown.

The Legends won the first game, 2-0. Joe Dudek drove in the first run in the third on a two out single. Gabriel Cancel added a solo home run in the sixth (2-for-3). Manny Olloque added two hits in the win.

Travis Eckert earned the win in relief, as he allowed a hit and walked one over three innings. Anthony Bender got the start and allowed four hits and a walk over the first four innings. He struck out three.

The Suns won the second game, 13-2. They scored eight runs in the top of the fifth.

Ofreidy Gomez took the loss, as he allowed eight runs on 12 hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He left with two men on base in the fifth in favor of Tyler Fallwell, who allowed both to score, along with five of his own. He allowed a two out grand slam in the fifth in his Legends debut.

John Brontsema went 3-for-3 with a 2nd inning solo home run. Vance Vizcaino made his Legends debut, going 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored from the leadoff spot (he played left field).


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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