It was a light night in the Kansas City Royals minor league system, as just Double-A NW Arkansas was in action.
The first half came to an end for the Naturals, as they beat Arkansas, 8-0. It was just their tenth win at home this season.
The Naturals collected just seven hits, but three of those hits left the ballpark. Lane Adams hit two home runs, a solo shot to start the first and a two-run shot in the third. Mark Threlkeld hit a three-run shot in the fourth. Max Ramirez had two hits in the win.
JC Sulbaran picked up the victory, as he allowed four hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six. Malcom Culver pitched a scoreless eighth, while Noel Arguelles threw a perfect ninth with a strikeout on just eight pitches. Arguelles has now thrown two straight scoreless outings.
Wilmington was hosting the Hitting Challenge and HR Derby as part of the California League-Carolina League All-Star festivities. The California League won the Hitting Challenge by a wide margin. Bakersfield outfielder Jesse Winker won the HR Derby with a total of five homers. Fellow California Leaguer Brandon Drury (Visalia) came in second with three homers.
So the “flipping the script” and having hitters hit from centerfield into the stands did not work.
The lone Blue Rocks representative in Monday night’s action was catcher Cam Gallagher, their lone offensive selection. He participated in the HR Derby, but did not hit any out. That’s not really a shocker, considering he has yet to hit one this season.
Former Blue Rock Johnny Damon (who will have his number retired on Tuesday) also took part in the HR Derby, though he did not hit any out. He used the cleats of eventual winner Winker and congratulated him afterwards.
Tomorrow night the Blue Rocks will host the All-Star Game.