Blue Rocks starter Glenn Sparkman against Carolina on May 21, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals Fourth of July Minors Recap

Omaha lost the first game of their series against Colorado Springs, 6-1.

John Lamb took the loss and was in trouble the entire game. He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He allowed two solo home runs and struck out seven. Spencer Patton, coming into the game in the 6th inning, allowed a solo home run in his two innings of work. He struck out five, but threw 32 pitches.

Lefty Tim Collins walked two in two scoreless innings.

On offense for the Storm Chasers, Carlos Peguero had two his.

*The Royals signed infielder Paul Janish and assigned him to Omaha. He made the start at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

NW Arkansas lost their series to Midland, losing the finale by a 6-0 score. The Naturals collected just four singles in the loss.

Sam Selman was wild in the loss. He lasted just 4.1 innings (94 pitches) and walked three. He also allowed five runs on nine hits. Angel Baez entered in relief with two men on base and both scored. He also allowed a run of his own in the sixth.

Jorge Bonifacio had two hits in the loss. They never had more than one base runner in an inning.

*Christian Binford will make his Double-A debut on Saturday in the series opener against Frisco. Some of those players saw him earlier in the season with Myrtle Beach (ie Joey Gallo).

Wilmington won the first game of their series in Winston-Salem, 5-0. They received some offense, but the big story was starter Glenn Sparkman.

Sparkman stepped up in a big way, throwing 6.1 no-hit innings against the Dash before Joey DeMichele singled. That must have made him mad because he struck out the next two batters to end the seventh and end his night. Sparkman struck out nine and would have lasted longer if not for his shorter leash (he has only made eight starts so far this season).

The Blue Rocks manufactured their first run of the game in the second, scoring on a sac fly. Bubba Starling gave Sparkman some breathing room in the fifth with a two-run home run.

The Blue Rocks collected 12 hits with four players having multi-hit games. Jack Lopez seems to really be thriving in the leadoff spot, going 2-for-5 (his third two-hit game in his last five). The middle of their order (4-5-6) went a combined 7-for-11 with three runs scored. Michael Antonio continued his hot hitting with three hits.

Mark Threlkeld made his Blue Rocks debut, batting fourth and playing first base. He had two hits, but committed an error.

Lexington suffered a walk off loss to Asheville by a 7-6 score. With the game tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth, the Tourists scored on a bases loaded single (after a wild pitch and two walks).

That came after the Legends fought back with a four-run 7th inning that tied the game. That inning all started with Kenny Diekroeger‘s leadoff homer (one of his two hits). Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado collected three hits in the loss, as they had nine hits.

Matt Alvarez took the loss, though that was the lone run he allowed over 3.1 innings out of the bullpen. Jake Junis got the start, but allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk over the first five innings.

 

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