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

Royals August 25th Minors Recap

Omaha lost their second straight game in Reno, this time by a 7-1 score. The Storm Chasers are now tied with OKC for the top spot in the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League.

The Storm Chasers collected just five hits, two by both Johnny Giavotella and Brian Bocock. Gio doubled and tripled and scored their lone run in the top of the ninth on a ground out.

Clayton Mortensen took the loss, as he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out five. Scott Alexander followed and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over two innings. Casey Coleman allowed an unearned run over the game’s final 2.2 innings.

One night after being eliminated from postseason contention, NW Arkansas lost their finale in Arkansas, 12-1. The Naturals now move on to Tulsa for four games.

Aroni Nina made his first Double-A start (and his first start since 2013) and was lit up for five runs on three hits and three walks over just two innings. It didn’t get any better after Nina left the game.

Ali Williams was next and he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks over two innings. He allowed a two out, two-run home run. Malcom Culver then allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over 1.2 innings. Culver left with two men on base in the sixth, but Noel Arguelles left them stranded (1.1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K).

It was so bad that first baseman Mark Threlkeld had to pitch the ninth. No word on why Andy Ferguson, who is from the Little Rock area, was scratched from the start.

The Naturals collected just three hits, all singles.

In the 7th inning, both hitting coach Andre David and manager Vance Wilson were ejected after Jorge Bonifacio was hit by a pitch.

*In roster news, pitchers Luke Farrell and Kevin Perez were added to the Naturals roster from Lexington. JC Sulbaran was placed on the DL with a right finger injury.

Wilmington lost their finale in Salem, 6-2. With the loss, the Blue Rocks are still tied for second place with Lynchburg (six games back). The Hillcats also lost, but now last place Frederick is just 1.5 games behind them.

With the game tied at 1-1, the Red Sox scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh against Blue Rocks reliever Andrew Edwards. After pitching a perfect sixth, Edwards got into trouble in the seventh. Three straight hits to start the inning drove in the first run, before Reed Gragnani doubled in a run. Blue Rocks killer Jantzen Witte followed with a two-run single.

Edwards allowed five runs on six hits and a walk over three innings. The loss negated the solid start by Glenn Sparkman, who allowed one run on seven hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six and induced six ground outs.

The Blue Rocks got a run in the ninth on Cody Stubbs‘ solo home run. On offense, they collected six hits, two each by Zane Evans and Stubbs.

*In roster news, Jack Lopez was activated from the DL and fellow infielder Logan Davis was sent back to rookie level Idaho Falls. Lopez went 0-for-2 in getting the start at second base.

Lexington had off on Monday before beginning a three-game series against West Virginia on Tuesday night. It is the Legends final homestand of the 2014 season.

*In roster news, the Legends received Niklas Stephenson from rookie level Burlington.

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