Blue Rocks starter Sean Manaea against Winston-Salem on July 27, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals August 29th Minors Recap

Omaha beat Colorado Springs for the second consecutive night, this time by a 6-2 score. The Storm Chasers are currently one game back of OKC, who is tied in the later innings.

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

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

Carlos Peguero got the scoring started in the first with a two out, two-run home run (his 30th of the season). Matt Fields added a solo shot with two outs in the second (one of his two hits).

That was enough offense for John Lamb, who earned his eighth win. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Chris Dwyer allowed a run on three hits and two walks over 1.2 innings. Casey Coleman earned his third save, as he entered with two men on base and left both stranded. He pitched 2.1 perfect innings of relief.

The Storm Chasers collected ten hits, two each by Whit Merrifield, Johnny Giavotella, Paulo Orlando, and Fields. All four also scored a run.

NW Arkansas lost to Tulsa, 3-2.

The Naturals scored a run in the first on a Brian Fletcher sac fly. They scored their second run in the ninth on Mark Threlkeld‘s RBI single. The Naturals had the winning run on third base, but a strikeout and a pop up ended the game.

Tim Melville took the loss (2-11), as he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five. Ali Williams and Brandon Finnegan each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Hunter Dozier had two hits (including a double) in the loss.

Wilmington beat Potomac for the second straight day, this time by a 2-0 score. Unfortunately for the second straight day, the two teams the Blue Rocks are chasing also were victorious (still 1.5 games back of a playoff spot, but now with just four to go).

The game was scoreless and both teams had just one hit until Brett Eibner singled to lead off the fifth (to that point, he had the Blue Rocks two hits). He would steal second, move to third on a wild pitch, but was left stranded.

The Blue Rocks cashed in with a runner on third base and one out in the sixth, when Jack Lopez tripled and scored on a ground out. Jared Schlehuber added a solo home run in the eighth.

Sean Manaea probably threw his best game of the season in quite possibly his final start of the season. He allowed just three hits (one led off the eighth) and struck out a career-high 12 over seven scoreless innings. He thew 98 pitches, 70 for strikes. Kyle Bartsch earned his seventh save, throwing two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed a double in the ninth, but struck out the final batter he faced on three pitches.

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Lexington lost their series opener in Greenville, 6-1.

Cody Reed took his ninth loss, as he allowed two runs on six hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out four and induced 11 ground outs.

On offense, the Legends collected seven hits, two by Carlos Garcia.

*In roster news, last night’s starter, Luis Rico, was placed on the temporarily inactive list. Todd Eaton was promoted from Burlington to take his place. Eaton made his debut and allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks over 1.2 innings. Three of the runs scored on a home run.

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