Blue Rocks first baseman Cody Stubbs at the plate on April 13, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals May 24th Minors Recap

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Omaha‘s six run bottom of the first proved to be enough as they beat Round Rock, 9-3. They sent ten men to the plate in the first with big hits coming from Johnny Giavotella (a two-run home run) and Jesus Flores (a bases clearing double with two outs).

The Omaha Storm Chasers - logo image from MiLB.comThe Storm Chasers collected 14 hits, with every starter having at least one hit except Carlos Peguero (though he walked twice). Flores and Melky Mesa, the bottom two hitters in the order, went a combined 4-for-8 with five RBIs. Mesa hit a two out solo homer in the fifth. Brett Eibner also had two hits (including a homer), as he dropped to the fifth spot in the order.

Omar Infante played second base on his rehab assignment and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Mike Moustakas went 1-for-4.

The offensive outburst made a winner of PJ Walters for the first time this season. He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out seven. Buddy Baumann allowed one hit over the next two innings before Donnie Joseph allowed yet another run (though it was unearned) in one inning of work (three hits). Joseph has allowed runs in each of his last five appearances (six runs over 6.1 innings).

NW Arkansas lost their fifth straight game and first to Corpus Christi by a 7-4 score. The Naturals led 3-2 heading into the top of the 8th inning.

Tim Melville only lasted four innings, as he allowed two runs on three hits and three walks. He threw 78 pitches, just 39 for strikes. Angel Baez then threw three scoreless innings of relief. The last time Baez allowed an earned run was way back on April 19th. He handed the ball over to Cody Fassold, who allowed five runs over the game’s final two innings.

The Naturals collected seven hits, two of which were solo home runs. Edinson Rincon hit his first of the season in the 3rd inning, while Orlando Calixte hit his fourth in the 8th inning. Rincon had two hits in the loss.

Wilmington beat Frederick 8-4. The Blue Rocks are now tied for first place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League at 24-23.

Cody Stubbs was the offensive star, as he hit his second home run of the season, a two out, three-run shot in the Blue Rocks’ four-run 3rd inning. Stubbs collected three hits, including his first triple, and drove in five runs. Zane Evans also collected three hits, while scoring three runs, and Hunter Dozier went 2-for-4. Bubba Starling extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two out triple in the fourth.

Jonathan Dziedzic earned his fifth win of the season with five solid innings. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Yender Caramo earned his second save of the season, as he threw the final four innings. He also allowed two runs (though only one was earned), but on five hits.

*Shortstop Raul Mondesi did not play once again.

Lexington lost to Savannah, 5-1.

The Legends collected seven hits, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Ramon Torres hit two doubles, while Mauricio Ramos also had two hits.

They committed three errors, which cost them one run.

Jake Junis took the loss, as he allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings. He also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and was called for a balk. Tripp Davis made his first appearance since May 16th and allowed an unearned run on two hits over three innings.

*In roster news, Elier Hernandez was placed on the DL. Dexter Kjerstad was added to take his place.

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