July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World pitcher Yordano Ventura throws a pitch during the first inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals April 30th Minors Recap


Omaha lost their second consecutive game in New Orleans on Tuesday night by a 2-1 score.

Justin Marks made his Triple-A debut this season and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over just four innings. He struck out three. Francisley Bueno followed with two perfect innings of relief, before Everett Teaford and Michael Mariot each threw a scoreless inning.

The Storm Chasers collected ten hits, with Johnny Giavotella, Xavier Nady, and Willy Taveras each picking up two hits.

*Brian Sanches was placed on the inactive list to make room for Marks.

NW Arkansas shut out Springfield in the home series opener, 4-0.

Yordano Ventura allowed just one hit (and three walks) over five shutout innings. He struck out ten. The Cardinals first hit came with two outs in the fifth. Ventura struck out the side in both the first and third innings.

Cole White got into trouble in the sixth, and Andy Ferguson escaped the bases loaded mess (2.1IP, 3H, 0R, OBB, K). After Nick Rogers put two men on base, Edwin Carl cleaned up the mess to pick up his fourth save of the season.

On offense for the Naturals, Mitch Canham went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the first. Yem Prades hit a solo homerun in the third.

*With Marks’ promotion, outfielder Alex Llanos was activated from extended spring training.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks broke their seven-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over Salem.

Their offense busted out for 13 hits, with eight of them coming from the Blue Rocks top three hitters. Justin Trapp, Daniel Mateo, and Jorge Bonifacio went 8-for-12 with seven runs scored and five RBIs. They also walked three times. Bonifacio also hit his first homerun of the season in the bottom of the first, a no-doubter into the left field bullpen.

But it was not just about the Blue Rocks offense. John Lamb returned to the rotation after having his last start skipped. He allowed two runs on four hits and one walk over six innings. He struck out seven and was only beat by Garrin Cecchini, who hit two doubles and a homerun.

He only threw 73 pitches, but had long waits due to the offensive outbursts (the Blue Rocks batted around in the bottom of the sixth). Lamb only threw 13 pitches over his last two innings. The only negative was the velocity of his pitches. I kept an eye on the Blue Rocks radar gun and the highest it read over his final innings was 84. In a three pitch at-bat, he threw 83, 72, and 67.

Check out what Lamb had to say following his start:

 

Kellen Moen followed with two innings (25 pitches, 16 for strikes), before Robinson Yambati threw just 11 pitches in the ninth (which included a walk and a strikeout).

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