Royals July 19th Minors Recap

Omaha lost in Albuquerque, 4-3.

After Justin Marks struggled through just 2.1 innings, Maikel Cleto and the rest of the bullpen pitched shutout baseball. Cleto entered with the bases loaded and one out in the 3rd inning and induced an inning ending double play. He allowed one hit and a walk over 3.2 innings. He struck out four.

Christian Colon and Quintin Berry each picked up two hits, with Colon hitting a solo homerun in the seventh.

NW Arkansas beat Springfield, 7-5. Both teams collected double digits in hits, but the Naturals had hits with men on base.

Every Natural picked up at least one hit except catcher Juan Graterol. Five had multi-hit games and they went 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Roman Hernandez had the big day, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Aaron Brooks picked up the win, despite allowing 13 hits (two of which were solo homeruns) over six innings. Noel Arguelles followed with two hitless innings of relief.

A six run bottom of the fourth doomed Wilmington, as they lost their third game in a row in Myrtle Beach, this time by a 10-6 score. Their defense committed four errors and cost them six runs.

It started out so well for the Blue Rocks, as they scored three runs in the top of the first, with Justin Trapp leading off the game with a homerun.

Things did not go so well for Leonel Santiago in his first High-A start. He allowed seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over three plus inning (he faced five batters in the 4th inning). Spencer Patton followed and allowed one of those inherited runners to score and one of his own. He then left with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and two of those runs scored (though both were unearned).

Micah Gibbs made his KC Royals debut behind the plate for the Blue Rocks and went 1-for-3. He also struck out twice and committed an error.

Lexington came back to beat Rome, 3-2. They scored a run in the top of the eighth on a throwing error to take the lead for good.

Greg Billo made his return from arm surgery to full season ball and pitched very well, though he left with a no decision. He allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings. He struck out five. John Walter picked up his third save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth.

Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homerun in the first to give the Legends the early 2-0 lead. Terrence Gore went 2-for-4 and stole two more bases to give him 52 on the season (which is second in the South Atlantic League).

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