A new week brought more losses for the Kansas City Royals four full season minor league affiliates.
John Lamb was battered for four runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks over just 4.1 innings. He needed 90 pitches in the outing. Lamb did induce eight ground outs. Cory Wade allowed three runs on four hits over 2.2 innings.
The Naturals collected nine hits and worked six walks, but went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They hit into two double plays and were caught stealing twice. Lane Adams, Jorge Bonifacio, and Whit Merrifield each had two hits in the loss.
Though starter Jason Adam did not walk a batter, he allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits over five innings to drop to 0-3 on the season. The Naturals bullpen trio of Cody Fassold, Scott Alexander, and Andrew Triggs threw five scoreless innings of relief. Triggs needed just eight pitched in his perfect ninth.
Wilmington was swept in Myrtle Beach by losing 8-7 in walk off fashion on Monday night. They are now 0-7 against the Pelicans (who they play in Wilmington this weekend). They are also winless when they commit an error.
The Blue Rocks battled back to tie the game at 7-7 in the top of the ninth, scoring the tying run on a passed ball.
In his third inning of relief, Kyle Bartsch allowed back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the ninth. He was pulled for Mark Peterson, who induced a ground out that was booted by second baseman Jack Lopez to load the bases. Jorge Alfaro singled for the game winner.
On offense, the Blue Rocks collected 11 hits and worked five walks, but went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out eight times, five times to end innings with men on base. Lopez collected three hits (including two doubles), while Johermyn Chavez and Terrance Gore each had two hits.
Luis Rico dropped to 0-3 on the season, as he allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk over five innings. Andrew Edwards followed with three innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three.