Royals August 3rd Minors Recap

Omaha beat Iowa, 7-5. The win puts the Storm Chasers in first place.

After the Storm Chasers were losing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first, they scored seven unanswered runs over the next three innings. Whit Merrifield got it started in the first with a single. He scored on a wild pitch and then Carlos Peguero hit a home run. He would hit another homer in the fifth. Matt Fields hit his 22nd home run in the second.

The Storm Chasers collected 11 hits, with Merrifield, Johny Giavotella, Peguero, and Fields picking up two hits each.

Aaron Brooks won his eighth game, as he allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out five, but allowed two solo homers. Brooks left with two runners on base and Scott Alexander allowed one run to score.

In the 7th inning, Alexander allowed a hit and a walk to start the inning and was replaced by Jason Adam. Adam allowed a two-run double with one out. He recovered to strike out the next two hitters to escape the jam. After Adam made it through the eighth, Louis Coleman struck out two of the three batters in the ninth to earn his fifth save.

NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 3-0. The win gave the Naturals the series win. They now have Monday off before returning home for a six-game homestand.

Outfielder Ethan Chapman hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth to break the scoreless tie. It was also his first homer since rookie ball in 2012 (September 1st for Idaho Falls). In the top of the ninth, the Naturals added some insurance when Orlando Calitxte hit a two-run homer.

That made a winner of Andy Ferguson, who allowed two hits over six scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Angel Baez worked out of a second and third with one out jam in the seventh, before Sam Selman worked a perfect eighth. Andrew Triggs earned his 19th save of the season with a perfect ninth.

*Outfielder Lane Adams is rehabbing with rookie level Burlington. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs. He led off and played centerfield for seven innings.

Wilmington lost the series finale to Frederick, 5-4. The Keys scored three runs in the top of the eighth. The loss dropped the Blue Rocks to three games back of Potomac, but still tied with Lynchburg for second place.

Andrew Edwards started the 8th inning by allowing two straight singles, before a double scored the first run. After a strikeout, in came Kyle Bartsch, who allowed an RBI ground out to tie the game. A wild pitch later and the Keys had the lead.

The Blue Rocks had the tying run on third base with two outs, but Ramon Torres grounded out to end the game (he did have two hits in the game).

Glenn Sparkman was solid again, but took the no decision. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over five innings. He struck out five.

The loss came after the Blue Rocks came back to take the lead with a four-run 5th inning. With the bases loaded and one out, an error allowed the Blue Rocks first two runs to score. The second scored on a sac fly, before Zane Evans singled in the final run.

lexington-legends-new-logoLexington beat West Virginia, 3-0 to win the series. They now return home for a seven-game homestand.

The Legends scored two runs in the first and never looked back. Frank Schwindel has returned to the lineup with a bang, as he hit another home run, a two-run shot, with one out.

That made a winner of Matt Alvarez, who allowed two hits and walked two over five scoreless innings. He struck out eight. One single came in the first, while the other came to lead off the second. Alvarez then was perfect until the fifth, when he issued his two walks. Luis Rico allowed two hits over four scoreless to earn his first save of the season. He walked three and struck out four.

The Legends collected six hits, two by Dexter Kjerstad.

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