August 8th Minors Recap

Triple-A Omaha lost both games of their doubleheader in Memphis.

omahaThe Storm Chasers lost the first game, 3-1. They collected just four hits, including a double from Logan Moon. Raul Mondesi played the whole game at shortstop for the first time since returning from a back injury (0-for-3, two strikeouts).

Starter Brian Flynn took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on five hits and three walks over four-plus innings. He left with two runners on base and both scored with reliever Seth Maness in the game (2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K).

The Storm Chasers blew a 2-0 lead and lost the second game, 4-2. Lefty reliever Eric Stout allowed a bases clearing double with two outs in the bottom of the sixth after loading the bases on walks.

Starter Emilio Ogando made his Triple-A debut in the second game. He allowed a run on four hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out two.

The Storm Chasers collected seven hits, but hit into two double plays and had a base runner picked off. Corey Toups went 2-for-2 with a run scored.

*In roster news, Andres Machado was sent back to Double-A, as reliever Jake Newberry and Ogando were added to the roster. Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert was activated from the big league DL and infielder Ramon Torres was sent back to the Storm Chasers.


Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener over Midland, 11-5.

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Outfielder Alfredo Escalera during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Alfredo Escalera‘s two out, three-run home run broke the 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh (he went 3-for-4). The Naturals tacked on three runs of insurance in the bottom of the eighth, capped by a Cody Jones two-run single (it was his only at-bat).

Naturals reliever Richard Lovelady earned the victory, though he did allow an inherited run in the sixth (2.2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K). Andrew Edwards pitched a perfect ninth in his first game since clearing waivers.

Starter Josh Staumont threw 34 pitches in the first and 77 total (40 for strikes) over just three innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out three.

Paulo Orlando continued his rehab assignment and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. He was replaced on defense in the eighth. Anderson Miller also had two hits in the win.

*Third baseman Hunter Dozier did not play for the second straight game (he has had three straight days off).


Wilmington_Blue_Rocks_2010_2High-A Wilmington lost their series opener at Down East, 11-3. The Blue Rocks collected 12 hits, but went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times.

Leadoff hitter Nick Heath went 4-for-5, but only scored one run. Jecksson Flores went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Roman Collins went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. After two straight days off, Chris DeVito went 2-for-3 with two walks.

Blue Rocks starter Cristian Castillo took the loss, as he allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He left with two on in the 5th inning, which scored with lefty Luis Rico on the mound (1.2IP, 3H, 2R, ER, BB, 2K). After pitching a perfect seventh and striking out the first two batters in the eighth, Walker Sheller allowed four runs on four hits. It all started with a walk.

*With second baseman DJ Burt having surgery today on his hand and missing the rest of the season, the Blue Rocks received John Brontsema from Low-A Lexington. Brontsema made his High-A debut, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. He also committed an error.


Low-A Lexington lost their second straight in Asheville, this time by a 9-7 score. The Legends actually led 7-3 after four innings, but the Tourists had their own five-run inning in the fifth.

Joe Dudek gave the Legends their first lead with a two-run home run in the 2nd inning (his eighth of the season). Khalil Lee went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Emmanuel Rivera and Max Bartlett each had two hits in the loss. Rivera is now hitting .301 (third in the South Atlantic League) and leads the SAL in hits with 118.

Legends starter Ofreidy Gomez dropped to 5-10, as he allowed eight runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out four.


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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