It was a rough Thursday for the KC Royals and its four full season minor league affiliates: everyone lost.
John Lamb debuted for Triple-A Omaha, but lost in the finale to Fresno, 6-1.
The Grizzlies sent nine men to the plate against Lamb in the very first inning, scoring four runs on five hits and a hit batter. He did recover to finish six innings (at 100 pitches). Lamb struggled with his command early (walking two and hitting one).
The Storm Chasers lone run came on Paulo Orlando‘s solo homerun in the bottom of the third.
NW Arkansas blew a solid start by Jason Adam as they lost to Corpus Christi, 6-5. The Naturals actually had the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth, but Orlando Calixte popped up in the infield to end the game.
Adam left after seven innings, having allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven and threw 54 of his 85 pitches for strikes. I would have like to seen him go further in the game because tonight was the type of pitching he needs to be doing more often.
However, the Naturals bullpen trio allowed five runs over the final two innings.
Wilmington blew the first start by Tripp Davis, as they lost in Lynchburg, 9-6. The Hillcats scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh off two Blue Rocks relievers. The loss also dropped them behind the Hillcats for the wild card spot in the playoffs.
Davis, a 2013 signee, allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings in his first appearance for the Blue Rocks. Two of the three runs he allowed came in the first inning.
Lexington lost both games of their doubleheader in Charleston. The Legends lost the first game by a 1-0 score.
Daniel Stumpf was the hard luck loser, as he allowed a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth. In the complete game loss, he allowed just two hits while striking out three.
The Legends lost Game 2, 8-4 in six innings. The RiverDogs scored three runs in the bottom of the first and five more in the fifth.
Starling’s knee must be feeling fine, as he went 2-for-3 with two triples and two RBIs. Dozier went 0-for-3 in his second game.
Christian Binford allowed all eight earned runs on nine hits over just 4.2 innings. His ERA only rose to 2.38.