May 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Irving Falu (19) hits the ball to right field against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Royals July 18th Minors Recap

Omaha has now lost four in a row, all to OKC, with a 10-5 loss. The Storm Chasers led 5-4 until a five-run top of the 8th inning for OKC.

After Ethan Hollingsworth, who was promoted from Double-A to fill the roster spot vacated by Francisley Bueno‘s promotion to the big leagues, gave up three runs on eight hits over four innings in the start, Roman Colon gave Omaha a solid three innings (he allowed a solo homerun).

Tommy Hottovy was roughed up in the 8th inning, as he allowed five runs (three earned) in just 2/3 of an inning. OKC had five hits and a walk. Hottovy did pick off a base runner.

In the loss, Irving Falu went 2-for-4 and Clint Robinson went 2-for-2 with three walks.

NW Arkansas is on the verge of being swept for the second straight four game series, as they lost to Arkansas, 8-2. The Naturals have lost seven in a row and are struggling in all facets of the game. Pitching hasn’t been good, as Michael Mariot allowed five runs in the top of the 5th inning (outside of that he pitched well). The bullpen gave up three runs. The offense collected nine hits, but went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Wilmington lost to Myrtle Beach again, with a 3-2 loss. Whit Merrifield led off the game with a homerun and the Blue Rocks led until the Pelicans scored two runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. They went on to score the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Andy Ferguson was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out four.

The Blue Rocks struck out 13 times, something that dogged the team early in the season.

Kane County collected just two hits en route to their 5-0 loss at Bowling Green.

Alex Llanos and Michael Antonio picked up the hits.

 

Bubba Watch: Bubba Starling went 1-for-4 with a walk, a strikeout, a run scored, and an RBI. He also stole his second base of the season in Burlington’s 4-3 walk off win (in 11 innings). He singled to lead off the 11th inning and scored when Jose Rodriguez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

 

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