There were a few roster moves on Saturday throughout the Kansas City Royals farm system. Infielder Jason Donald went on the DL with a groin strain in Triple-A Omaha and fellow infielder Brian Bocock was promoted from Double-A NW Arkansas. Infielder Angel Franco came off the DL for the Naturals. Low-A Lexington put third baseman Mauricio Ramos on the DL and received left-handed pitcher Cody Reed from Idaho Falls (most likely he came from extended spring).
Now to the game recaps.
Omaha was shut out by New Orleans, 3-0.
Aaron Brooks was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He threw 52 of his 77 pitches for strikes. He also induced eight ground outs. Lefty Donnie Joseph struck out the side in the sixth. Fellow lefty Buddy Baumann threw a scoreless seventh before Spencer Patton allowed a solo home run in the eighth.
The Storm Chasers had just five hits, all singles. They also struck out ten times.
NW Arkansas won the pitcher’s duel over Tulsa, 2-1. The Naturals took both games in Tulsa as both teams head to Springdale for the next two games.
Jason Adam was solid over the first six innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out four. The lone run he allowed was on a 3rd inning solo homer, his first hit allowed. Both of the hits came in the third. Adam went on to retire the final ten batters he faced.
Wilmington walked off against nemesis Myrtle Beach by a 5-4 score. It is their first win in eight tries against the Pelicans.
The Blue Rocks were down 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth. With one out, a wild pitch and a throwing error moved pinch-runner Daniel Rockett to third base. He scored the tying run on Terrance Gore‘s double (one of his two hits). Gore then stole third base, his seventh stolen base of the season. He scored the winning run on a strikeout of Raul Mondesi, that was wild.
Reliever Kyle Bartsch earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief. The lone batter to reach against him came on a walk and he struck out three.
Christian Binford battled through five innings and two batters into the sixth. He left with two on and winning 3-1, but Glenn Sparkman allowed both runs to score, along with allowing a run of his own in the seventh. Binford struck out seven, but allowed eight hits and walked two.
The Blue Rocks only had six hits and struck out 12 times, but capitalized on some Myrtle Beach mistakes.
Lexington lost to Greenville, 5-1. The Drive scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Andrew Edwards took the loss, as he allowed all five runs on eight hits and two walks over just 3.1 innings. Luis Rico followed with 4.2 scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit and two walks, while striking out six.
The Legends collected just three hits. One was a solo home run by Frank Schwindel to account for their only run.
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