Royals June 27th Minors Recap

Omaha fought back to tie the game, but OKC walked off on Domingo Santana‘s three-run home run. The Storm Chasers lost 8-5.

It was the third consecutive poor outing for closer Spencer Patton, who lost two of those games. After Wilking Rodriguez allowed two runs in the 6th inning to give OKC their first lead of the game, Louis Coleman (who entered with the bases loaded and allowed one run to score) allowed two hits over 2.1 scoreless innings. He struck out three.

On offense in the loss, Johnny Giavotella had three hits and drove in the tying run in the top of the ninth with a double. Matt Fields and Jimmy Paredes had two hits. Paredes drove in three runs with a two out triple in the first inning.

*In roster news, outfielder Brett Eibner was placed on the DL due to a right abdominal strain.

NW Arkansas beat Midland, 8-2.

Infielder Orlando Calixte at the plate during 2013 spring training (Jen Nevius).

Infielder Orlando Calixte at the plate during 2013 spring training (Jen Nevius).

The Naturals collected 14 hits, all but one came from the first six batters in their order. Angel Franco had three hits. Lane Adams, Orlando Calixte, Cheslor Cuthbert, Hunter Dozier, and Max Ramirez all had two hits in the win. Calixte hit a two-run home run in the 7th inning. Dozier drove in two runs with a single in the Naturals four-run 5th inning. Adams stole two bases to up his total to 26 on the season.

JC Sulbaran evened his record to 5-5 with 6.1 solid innings. He allowed one run on three hits and four walks while striking out five. He did leave with the bases loaded, but Malcom Culver escaped by striking out the two batters he faced. Culver went on to throw a scoreless 8th inning.

It must have felt like Ground Hog’s Day for Wilmington on Friday night, as they were no-hit for the second consecutive day by the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Blue Rocks lost 5-0 and now have not collected a hit for 20.2 innings.

For the second consecutive night, the Hillcats starter pitched the first seven innings. Tonight, it was Cody Scarpetta, making just his third start of the season (he was pitching for the independent league team in Lancaster until June 12th).

Scarpetta carried a perfect game into the sixth, before walking Terrance Gore with two outs. In the 7th inning, he hit Bubba Starling to start the inning. That was it against him.

Reliever Benino Pruneda pitched a perfect 8th inning and went back out for the ninth. Gore worked a six-pitch walk to start the inning, before Pruneda threw just three pitches to record the next two outs. Up came Jared Schlehuber as the Blue Rocks last hope, but he struck out on the eighth pitch of the at-bat.

Prior to this season, Pruneda had not pitched since 2011 due to injury.

Tonight was probably a storybook game for both pitchers. It was even more special for the guy behind the plate. That would be Tyler Tewell, who caught all 18 innings the last two nights. Tewell even helped out on offense, driving in a run with a single in the eighth.

Once again lost in the no-hitter was the solid start for the Blue Rocks by Glenn Sparkman. He allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five.

Lexington held on for the 5-4 victory over Augusta. The GreenJackets scored three runs in the top of the ninth and had runners at second and third base. A strikeout finally ended the game.

The Legends scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Two of those runs came around to score via Frank Schwindel‘s first triple of the season (one of his two hits). Ramon Torres also had two hits in the win.

Matt Tenuta earned his third victory of the season. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. Pedro Fernandez followed with two scoreless innings, while Kevin Perez threw a scoreless eighth. Both earned their first holds of the season.


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