The month of July began with solid starting pitching across the KC Royals minor league system.
Omaha defeated Albuquerque, 6-0. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning when Wil Myers hit a three-run homerun.
Will Smith was dominant against the Isotopes, as he pitched six shutout innings. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out nine. Ryan Verdugo made his second appearance out of the Storm Chasers bullpen, with one scoreless inning (he struck out two).
NW Arkansas beat Corpus Christi, 2-1. Sugar Ray Marimon earned his first Double-A victory with 5.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits (though he walked four).
Former Royal Kevin Chapman pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Hooks.
The one not-so-good start of the night came from Wilmington, but the Blue Rocks beat Frederick, 8-7. It got ugly in the 9th inning, as the Keys came back with three runs, but Sam Runion came in and picked up the two out save.
Matt Ridings picked up the win after 3.1 hitless innings of relief.
The Blue Rocks offense was alive, collecting 16 hits and going 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They hit three homeruns: Brett Eibner‘s tenth, Jose Bonilla‘s second, and Matt Fields‘ first. Angel Franco, Lane Adams, and Cheslor Cuthbert each had three hits. Only one starter did not pick up a hit (Geulin Beltre).
Kane County added four runs of insurance in the top of the 9th inning, as they beat Peoria, 7-2. Dean Espy hit a two out, three-run homerun in that inning.
Bubba Watch: He got Sunday off, as Burlington lost 7-3.