Royals July 10th Minors Recap

Omaha came back with four runs in the top of the eighth to beat Memphis, 8-3. In the 8th inning, the Storm Chasers sent nine men to the plate, picking up four hits.

Willy Taveras went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. Quintin Berry went 3-for-3 with a stolen base.

Danny Duffy pitched well, as he allowed one run on seven hits and three walks over six innings. However he took the no decision. Maikel Cleto got his second blown save with Omaha, but picked up the win (3IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 3K).

NW Arkansas only scored in three innings, but beat Springfield, 10-5. After the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game, the Naturals busted out for five runs in the bottom of the inning.

In that 6th inning, Orlando Calixte hit a grand slam. Cheslor Cuthbert went 2-for-3 with a double and Yem Prades collected three hits.

Sam Runion earned the win in relief. He entered in the 6th inning with two men on base and recorded a strikeout. He then retired the side in order in the seventh.

Wilmington lost to Frederick, 6-1.

John Lamb took the loss, as he allowed three runs in the first inning. He only lasted 2.2 innings. Tyler Sample relieved him and pitched better than his last relief appearance following Lamb (just 1/3 of an inning). Tonight, Sample allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings.

The Blue Rocks only collected five hits.

Lexington lost to Greensboro, 6-3.

Both teams collected nine hits, but the Legends went just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Raul Mondesi collected two hits in the loss.

After Miguel Almonte only lasted three innings (probably so he can pitch in Sunday’s Futures Game), Ali Williams threw three shutout innings of relief.

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  • unclejesse40

    Would the Royals be able to send Cleto down to AA? If he really does have the “stuff” why not let him taste a little success in AA as a starter and then bring him up. Seems to me like he is just going to flounder in AAA until he figures out how to get guys out.

    • Michael Engel

      They could send him to Double A – it may be that they have other pitchers at that level they want to keep there rather than bounce them to make room for a guy like Cleto, or it may be that they want to specifically see him in Triple A. He’s never been good, if you go off of his track record, but the one year he was okay was in Double A in the Cards’ system. He’s just lost any semblance of control this year.

      Could be that they want him to work specifically with the pitching coach at that level, too.

      In the end, he’s probably priority 15 on a list of 20 down there, though.