Royals July 9th Minors Recap


Despite a dominant start by John Lamb, Omaha lost to Iowa, 2-1 in 14 innings.

Photo courtesy of Minda Haas

Photo courtesy of Minda Haas

Strikeouts reigned supreme in the game, as the Storm Chasers struck out 20 times, while the Cubs struck out 19 times. Johnny Giavotella was the lone player to not rack up a K.

Lamb allowed an unearned run in the 2nd inning. Overall, he allowed just four hits over seven innings while striking out 11. The Cubs were held hitless from the 4th inning until the 14th, when Ramon Troncoso allowed a solo home run to Logan Watkins with two outs to break the tie.

Matt Fields had tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh with his team-leading 16th homer of the season. He and Paulo Orlando each had two hits in the loss.

NW Arkansas lost to Springfield, 4-1.

The Cardinals scored all their runs via the longball, three off Naturals starter Andy Ferguson. He allowed the four runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. Sam Selman made his first relief appearance since 2012 and pitched a scoreless seventh, before Matt Murray pitched a perfect eighth.

The Naturals collected eight hits, but went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Cheslor Cuthbert and Hunter Dozier each had two hits, while Ethan Chapman tripled in the game. None of the three scored a run.

In his second rehab game, Nori Aoki went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Wilmington had their doubleheader in Potomac rained out. They will try to play two on Thursday night in the series finale with Sean Manaea and Brandon Finnegan once again slated to start. The other game will be made up when the Blue Rocks head to Potomac next week.

The Blue Rocks find themselves in first place in the Northern Division in the Carolina League by a 1/2 game.

*In roster news, lefty Daniel Stumpf went on the DL with a right thigh contusion. Fellow reliever Blake Wood was sent down from Omaha.

lexington-legends-new-logoLexington beat Hickory 10-7 in 14 innings. The two teams combined for 38 hits.

The Crawdads were down by three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Kellin Deglan hit a three-run home run to tie the game.

The Legends scored three runs in the top of the 14th inning, as they sent eight men to the plate. Dexter Kjerstad singled with two outs to break the tie (one of his four hits), before Carlos Garcia singled with the bases loaded to drive in two more (one of his six hits).

Hickory had two on with one out in the bottom of the inning before infielder Kevin Kuntz escaped the jam to earn his first save of the season.

The Legends 2-3 hitters combined to go 11-for-16 with five runs scored and four RBIs (Garcia and Frank Schwindel).

Forgotten in the long game was the solid start by Luke Farrell, who allowed one run on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Alex Black earned the win in relief, despite also taking the blown save. He allowed three runs on five hits and six walks over five innings of relief. He struck out seven.

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  • unclejesse40

    It is really good to see Lamb throwing the way he is. Makes me wonder if Lamb shouldn’t take one of Vargas’s starts so that he can get a taste of what MLB batters are capable of. Reports have him routinely hitting 94 mph, which is great news after struggling to get in the 90′s at the start of the year. To be honest I would rather see what Lamb can do with a couple of starts than to see what Chen is going to do. Chen is a great long reliever guy but not a starter on a playoff team.

    • Ryan Caltrider

      I would also like to see what Lamb can do if Vargas misses 2 or 3 starts. I would rather not have lamb take Vargas’ turn on Sunday though. I don’t think throwing him to the wolves against the Tigers would be the best thing to do. Let Chen or the recently signed Saunders (if he is ready, I don’t know) make the start on Sunday.

      • unclejesse40

        That’s a great point. Shortly after the All-Star break we have the White Sox which might be a good game for him to get a shot.