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Royals April 23rd Minors Recap

Omaha had Wednesday off as they head out on an eight-game road trip beginning in New Orleans. They will be without reliever Cory Wade, who was released prior to the trip. They will have Tim Collins with them, as he rehabs from injury.

Whit Merrifield during 2014 spring training against the SD Padres (Jen Nevius).

Whit Merrifield during 2014 spring training against the SD Padres (Jen Nevius).

NW Arkansas has now won two home games in a row as they held on to beat Springfield, 6-5 in their School Day game.

Sam Selman earned his first Double-A win, as he allowed one run on two hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Things were once again ugly for Noel Arguelles, who was pulled in the 7th inning with two outs and a runner on base. He left the game with his head down, after allowing three runs (the runner that was on base would also come around to score) on two hits and three walks. Arguelles allowed a solo home run to the first batter he faced in the sixth and walked the next.

Andrew Triggs entered in the seventh and allowed the inherited run to score on the only hit he allowed over 2.1 innings.

The Naturals scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, capped by Whit Merrifield‘s two-run homer.

Despite playing some subpar defense in centerfield, Lane Adams stole three bases on the day and went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. He has been hitting much better since dropping from the leadoff spot in the Naturals order. Jared Schlehuber went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the win.

Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert left the game with an apparent wrist injury. He dove after a ground ball and landed awkwardly on his wrist and in the 8th inning, he seemed to re-aggravate it when fouling a ball off (he was replaced in the middle of his at-bat by Juan Graterol).

Wilmington won the first game of their home series against Carolina by holding on for the 4-3 final. It was their first win of the season when committing an error.

With the wind howling out to right field, Raul Mondesi hit his first home run of the season in the 5th inning to break the 2-2 tie. He collected three hits and scored three runs in the win. He also stole his fifth base of the season. Mondesi even threw the potential tying run out at the plate to end the 8th inning after the Mudcats cut the deficit to one run.

Hunter Dozier broke out of a season-long slump with a 3-for-4 night. He also drove in two runs, including the eventual game winner in the seventh.

Yender Caramo picked up his first win of the season, as he allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings. He also induced nine ground outs.

lexington-legends-new-logoLexington came back to beat Hickory, 6-2. They also won the series and now head to Greenville.

The Crawdads scored their two runs in the very first inning against Luis Santos, who settled down after that. After that first inning, Santos did not allow another hit or base runner until his final inning, the seventh. All-in-all, he allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five. Jose Miguel Rodriguez earned his second save of the season with two hitless innings of relief.

Down 2-1 heading into the 8th inning, the Legends stormed back with a four-run inning. It was capped by Elier Hernandez‘ first home run of the season, a three-run shot to give them the lead. He had three hits and four RBIs in the win. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado and Humberto Arteaga, the 1-2 hitters, each had two hits.

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