July 31st Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost to Fresno, 6-4. The Storm Chasers had two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, but could not push runs across.

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

The Storm Chasers collected 11 hits, but went just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out 11 times.

Frank Schwindel extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a two out, two-run single in the first to tie the game (he had three hits). Billy Burns, Dean Anna, and Logan Moon all had two hits in the loss.

Sam Selman took the loss in relief, as he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over the final two innings. He struck out four. That came after Kevin Lenik pitched three perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts.

Omaha starter Eric Skoglund allowed four runs on five hits and four walks over just four innings. He threw 100 pitches, just 59 for strikes.


Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener to Arkansas, 11-5.

The Naturals collected 14 hits, but went just 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and struck out seven times. Only two of the hits went for extra bases.

Leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Nick Dini, Alfredo Escalera, Anderson Miller, and Carlos Diaz all had two hits in the loss.

Naturals starter Corey Ray took the loss, as he allowed eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He left with the bases loaded in the fifth and two scored against Zach Lovvorn.

Richard Lovelady followed and allowed a run on three hits (a solo home run) over 2.2 innings. Jake Newberry allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in the ninth.


High-A Wilmington lost their series opener at home to Buies Creek, 4-2.

The Blue Rocks came back to tie the game in the 5th inning on a Roman Collins two-run home run. They had just four hits, with two base runners erased on the base paths.

“We have to find a way to start swinging the bats again,” Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk said after the loss. “We haven’t swung the bats now in five, six days. We have too many guys not getting on base and not getting runs. We have too many guys swinging the bat poorly right now, and we have to grind through that until a couple guys get hot.”

Reliever Jacob Bodner took the loss, as he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He struck out three, which all came in the seventh. Walker Sheller entered in the ninth with a runner on second base and one out and struck out both batters he faced on just six pitches.

“He [Walker Sheller] was very impressive,” Quirk said. “He blew those two guys away and they didn’t have a chance (in the ninth inning). Good for his psychic going forward. He was very aggressive and is starting to find it.”

Blue Rocks starter Jared Ruxer allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out two. “I’ll take six innings, two runs every time out,” Quirk said about Ruxer. “Anybody who goes out there, that’s a good outing.”


legends logoLow-A Lexington won both games of their doubleheader against West Virginia.

The Legends came back and won the first game, 5-2. Down 2-0 in the fourth, Emmanuel Rivera hit a solo home run to get them on the board.

An error in the fifth tied the game and Yeison Melo gave the Legends the lead with a two out single. Meibrys Viloria and Vance Vizcaino each had two hits in the win.

Arnaldo Hernadez earned his first win, a complete game victory. He allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five.

The Legends won the second game, 2-1. Down 1-0 heading into the sixth, the Legends tied the game on a Melo double. They walked off in the bottom of the seventh on an Angelo Castellano one out single.

Gerson Garabito returned from the DL and threw the first three innings. He allowed one hit while striking out two.

Michael Silva earned his first win in his first game with the Legends (up from rookie level Idaho Falls). He pitched two perfect innings of relief while striking out two.

Rivera and Manny Olloque each had two hits in the win.

*Second baseman Gabriel Cancel returned from the DL in the first game and went 1-for-3.


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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