Finally! Some wins for the KC Royals full season minor league affiliates.
Omaha picked up two homeruns in those first two innings, a two-run shot from Xavier Nady in the first and a two-run shot by Adam Moore in the second. Anthony Seratelli led off the 9th inning with a solo homerun to account for all of their runs.
Nate Adcock got the start and allowed two runs (one earned, though the error was his) on four hits and four walks over four innings. Everett Teaford followed with two scoreless innings (2H, BB, K) and Louis Coleman threw 1.2 scoreless innings (2H, BB, 3K). Donnie Joseph entered in the 8th inning and loaded the bases before rearing back and getting a strikeout. Michael Mariot picked up his first save by striking out two of the four batters he faced.
The Storm Chasers now head to Albuquerque for four games beginning on Monday.
NW Arkansas was not so lucky, as they lost their first game to Frisco, 3-2. With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the 6th inning and reliever Santiago Garrido just entering the game, Odubel Herrera tripled to lead off the inning. Hanser Alberto delivered a sac fly and the Frisco bullpen made the run stand.
Yordano Ventura got the start and allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. Garrido took the loss, as he allowed that one run on two hits over three innings. He struck out two.
On the offensive side, the Naturals picked up eight hits, three for extra bases. Yem Prades and Angel Franco picked up two hits. In a positive note, Brett Eibner did not strike out, but he is still looking for his first hit.
In the first with two outs, Jorge Bonifacio got the rally started with a double. Cheslor Cuthbert singled him in and scored on Lane Adams‘ triple. Adams scored on a wild pitch. In the second, two straight singles and a sac bunt started the inning. Jack Lopez followed with an RBI single, before Bonifacio tripled in two runs. He would score on Cuthbert’s sac fly.
The Pelicans pitched staff then retired ten in a row before a walk (which was erased on a double play). Adams singled in the 8th inning for their only other hit after the first two innings. He fell a homer short of the cycle.
Kyle Smith started, but did not pick up the win. He allowed four hits and three walks over 4.2 scoreless innings. He struck out seven. Lefty Antonio Cruz picked up the win, as he pitched 2.2 perfect innings of relief. Andrew Triggs allowed both runs in the ninth on a homerun.
The Blue Rocks continue on the road in Carolina beginning on Monday.
Lexington won their first game of the season in their finale in Augusta, 5-2.
The Legends got on the board in the top of the first inning on Michael Antonio‘s two out RBI single. After Augusta took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, the Legends came right back to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth on a sac fly (after a Terrence Gore one out triple). They took the lead for good in the 8th inning on Antonio’s two out, two-run double.
Colin Rogers allowed two unearned runs in the 4th inning (Adalberto Mondesi committed his third error of the season). He only allowed three hits and two walks over five innings. Clayton Schulz (who picked up the win) and Daniel Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings each.
The Legends head home for their home opener on Monday night.