The KC Royals made an announcement on this off day, that rehabbing players Cheslor Cuthbert and Paulo Orlando both had setbacks and will continue to stay on the DL. Expect a big league roster move on Friday, as they now have an open roster spot (maybe catcher Cam Gallagher, who has been with the team due to a lingering issue with starter Salvador Perez).
Triple-A Omaha lost in Albuquerque, 9-5.
Storm Chasers starter Jake Junis took the loss, as he allowed five runs on seven hits (two home runs) and two walks over five-plus innings. Junis was injured going after an infield single to start the 6th inning.
Kevin Lenik, up from Low-A earlier in the week, had his second impressive outing. He pitched a perfect 8th inning.
The Storm Chasers collected ten hits, but went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Frank Schwindel went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Billy Burns and Dean Anna each had two hits in the loss.
*In roster news, reliever Kevin McCarthy was optioned back to Omaha. Catcher Brayan Pena was placed on the inactive list, while fellow catcher Nate Esposito was promoted from High-A. Espo made his first Triple-A start, going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice.
It was a rough return for KMac, as he entered after an injury to Junis. He allowed four runs on five hits (including three triples), though he did induce a double play.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener to Springfield, 6-2. The first-half champions are now nine games back in the second half.
Donnie Dewees hit an inside-the-park home run for the Naturals first run, which gave them the lead in the third (he went 2-for-5). Nicky Lopez and Nick Dini both had three hits in the loss.
Naturals starter Foster Griffin took the loss, as he allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. He struck out five, but allowed a two-run home run. Griffin left with two runners on base in the 7th inning, but lefty Tim Hill stranded both (1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K).
*In roster news, pitcher Glenn Sparkman, who welcomed his second child earlier this week, was placed on the DL. Sparkman had pitched just three times since being returned from Toronto.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener at Carolina, 3-2. The loss dropped the Blue Rocks to three games back.
The Blue Rocks collected five hits, two of which left the ballpark. Travis Maezes and Brandon Downes both his solo home runs.
Cristian Castillo was the hard luck loser, as he allowed all three runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. He struck out four. Castillo could not put away Mudcats DH Lucas Erceg, who drove in all three runs (two coming on a home run).
*The Blue Rocks are hurting at catcher, as Chase Vallot was replaced after the top of the second. If he is injured, they are down to the rarely used Colton Frabasilio.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener to Kannapolis, 2-0. The loss dropped them to 7.5 games back, as they lost their fifth straight.
The Legends were held to three hits and a walk, but struck out 12 times.
Anthony Bender was the hard luck loser, as he allowed both runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out seven.
*In roster news, starter Nolan Watson returned from the DL, after spending the last few weeks rehabbing with the AZL Royals and the Burlington Royals.