Blue Rocks centerfielder Brett Eibner

Royals August 28th Minors Recap

Omaha was shut out by Memphis, 5-0. The Redbirds scored four runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Newly promoted Michael Mariot threw five shutout innings of relief for the Storm Chasers. He retired the final 11 batters he faced.

Lefty starter Chris Dwyer landed on the DL and Justin Marks was promoted from Double-A to take his place.

NW Arkansas was pounded by Arkansas, 12-2. That was after the Naturals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It could have been more for the Naturals in that first inning, but poor base running squashed any threats.

After Alex McClure singled to put runners at the corners, he was thrown out trying to steal second base. Brian Fletcher followed with an RBI triple. Then Fletcher was thrown out trying to steal home (on a double steal).

Wilmington came back to defeat Myrtle Beach, 6-5. Brett Eibner (2-for-3 with no strikeouts) hit a two-run homerun in the 6th inning to give the Blue Rocks the lead. With the win and a Frederick loss, the Blue Rocks now hold a two game lead for the final spot in the Carolina League playoffs.

Edwin Carl threw three hitless innings of relief to pick up his second save. He struck out five.

Kane County lost to Burlington, 3-1Justin Trapp went 3-for-5 and fell a triple shy of the cycle. The Cougars lone run came via Trapp’s solo homerun in the 9th inning.

Kyle Smith was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out eight. Cole White, who had been on the DL in Wilmington for awhile, allowed a run on one hit and two walks while striking out two (it was his first appearance with the Cougars). The dominant relief outing came from Cody Fassold, who pitched two perfect innings of relief while striking out four.

 

Bubba Watch: Bubba Starling went 0-for4 with a strikeout in Burlington’s 3-1 victory at Bristol.

 

*26th round pick Mark Donato was suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Baseball Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. After signing, Donato was hitting .253 with 27 RBIs in 35 games for the AZL Royals.

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