Omaha had off on Wednesday, but begin a four-game home series against Round Rock on Thursday. Roy Oswalt will be starting for RR. The Storm Chasers will feature three rehabbing Royals, catcher Salvador Perez, second baseman Chris Getz, and left-hander Everett Teaford.
A solo homerun from Eric Duncan (who went 3-for-4) in the bottom of the 8th inning broke the 1-1 tie, as Northwest Arkansas beat Arkansas, 2-1. Jon Keck picked up his first Double-A victory, as he pitched two hitless innings of relief.
Elisaul Pimentel got the start and allowed one run on five hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out five.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks lost to Carolina, 5-2. Tyler Sample was solid on Wednesday night (despite the four walks), but left with the game tied at 2-2 after six innings. Lynchburg finally ended their losing streak, as they beat Myrtle Beach to increase their lead in the Northern Division of the Carolina League to 1.5 games over the Blue Rocks.
The Blue Rocks went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Roman Hernandez is starting to figure out Carolina League pitching, as his 3-for-4 raised his average to .229.
That one inning burst of offense made a winner of Aaron Brooks, who allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings. Matt Ridings picked up his first save for the Cougars, as he allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings of work.
Topics: Aaron Brooks, AL Central, Baseball, Daniel Mateo, Elisaul Pimentel, Eric Duncan, Jon Keck, Kane County Cougars, Kansas City, Kansas City Royals, KC, KC Royals, MLB, NW Arkansas Naturals, Roman Hernandez, Royals, Salvador Perez, Tyler Sample, Wilmington Blue Rocks