Brooks Pounders in 2012 with Wilmington (Jen Nevius)

Royals June 14th Minors Recap

With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the rains came in Iowa and Omaha‘s game was suspended until Saturday. It was an interesting game, as reliever Brian Sanches, manager Mike Jirschele, and pitching coach Larry Carter were all ejected.

NW Arkansas lost late to Springfield, 8-4. That negated the solid start from Brooks Pounders, who allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out four.

The Naturals collected 14 hits, but went just 2-for-12 with 11 strikeouts. Orlando Calixte (who went 3-for-5) and Brett Eibner (2-for-4) each hit solo homeruns. Matt Fields and Roman Hernandez each collected two hits and Brian Fletcher went 3-for-4.

*Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert made his Double-A debut and went 0-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts. He also committed an error. To make room for both Cuthbert and reliever Scott Alexander, infielder Angel Franco was placed on the DL and reliever Matt Ridings was released.

Wilmington‘s comeback fell short, as they once again lost to Winston-Salem. This time by a 6-5 score. Jared Schlehuber‘s bases clearing double cut the deficit to one with two outs, but Dennis Raben struck out to end the game (he did have two hits).

Kyle Smith struggled in his final start before the All-Star break. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over just 3.1 innings. He also allowed two homeruns.

On offense, Kenny Swab, Schlehuber, and Raben each picked up two hits. Ethan Chapman made his High-A debut and went 0-for-2 with three walks while batting ninth.

Lexington had a 2-0 lead, but lost late in Asheville, 3-2.

The Legends collected six hits, two from Mark Threlkeld, who homered. However they committed three errors, which hurt the solid start by Christian Binford. He allowed three runs (one earned) on ten hits over seven innings.

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