Royals Carlos Peguero homers during spring training against San Diego in 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals August 26th Minors Recap

Omaha‘s skid has reached three games, as they lost 7-6 in Reno. The Storm Chasers also dropped into second place with six games remaining.

Leading 6-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Aces scored three runs off reliever Christian Binford to retake the lead. The 7th inning all started with a leadoff walk, followed by a fielding error. Three straight run scoring singles later chased Binford from the game. Louis Coleman escaped the jam to keep the deficit to one run.

However, the Storm Chasers did not have a base runner after a Paul Janish RBI single with one out in the sixth.

The Storm Chasers collected eight hits, including Carlos Peguero‘s team-leading 29th home run (a solo shot in the sixth). He and Janish each had two hits in the loss. Whit Merrifield broke out of an 0-for-20 slump with a two out, two-run double in the fifth.

*With Wednesday night’s starter, Liam Hendriks, called up to the big leagues to make the start for the Royals, it looks as though Andy Ferguson will make the start for Omaha on Wednesday. It is not official yet, but he was a late scratch on Monday for NWA. It will be the Triple-A debut for one of the lone bright spots on the Naturals pitching staff.

NW Arkansas continues their slide, as they lost in walk off fashion, 6-5 in Tulsa.

It has been an up-and-down Double-A part of the season for Brandon Finnegan and tonight was one of those not so great outings. He entered in relief of starter Matt Murray in the 8th inning and allowed an inherited runner to score.

Finnegan went back out for the ninth. Finnegan struck out the first batter, but he reached on a passed ball. That was followed by another strikeout and a ground out that should have ended the game. A single followed to tie the game (the third hit against Finnegan), which brought a pitching change. In came closer Mark Peterson, who allowed an RBI single on the only pitch he threw for the game winner.

Finnegan blew his second save and lost his third game.

Murray allowed four runs on eight hits in a season-high 7.1 innings. He struck out six.

In the top of the seventh, Juan Graterol and Parker Morin went back-to-back to give the Naturals the lead.

The Naturals collected 11 hits, three by Jorge Bonifacio. Graterol and Morin each had two hits in the loss.

Wilmington lost their series opener to Potomac, 3-1. The loss pushed the Blue Rocks seven games back of the P-Nats, but they are still tied for second place. Problem is, last place Frederick is now just a 1/2 game back.

After Miguel Almonte allowed just one hit and a walk over the first four innings (seven strikeouts), the P-Nats got to reliever Yender Caramo in his first inning of work. They scored three runs in the top of the fifth on four hits and a walk. Caramo threw four innings of relief (three runs on seven hits).

The Blue Rocks scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth, They collected seven hits, but all were singles. They struck out 11 times. Cody Stubbs had two hits in the loss.

Lexington lost to West Virginia, 8-2. The two teams combined for 23 hits.

Matt Alvarez took the loss, as he allowed six runs on five hits, two walks, and two hit batters over just 2.1 innings. Jose Miguel Rodriguez entered in the 3rd inning and allowed two inherited runners to score. He went on to allow two runs of his own over 3.2 innings.

Crawford Simmons returned from the DL and pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Robinson Yambati pitched a scoreless ninth.

Of the Legends’ ten hits, just one went for extra bases. That was a solo home run from Mauricio Ramos (one of his two hits). Dominique Taylor and Elier Hernandez also had two hits each in the loss.

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