Royals June 8th Minors Recap


Omaha pounded Round Rock on Friday night, 11-5, as the Storm Chasers collected 21 hits (everyone had at least one hit except Jason Bourgeois). Salvador Perez, who continues his rehab assignment, went 5-for-5 with four runs scored and caught all nine innings.

Chris Getz also continues to rehab with Omaha and he went 2-for-5 as the DH. Jonathan Sanchez (another KC Royal on a rehab assignment) picked up the victory. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out five while throwing 78 pitches (46 for strikes). He did allow two homeruns that accounted for all of the runs. Veteran Doug Davis relieved him and allowed a two-run homerun over his three innings of work.

There was no homerun hit by Wil Myers tonight, but he did go 2-for-5 with a run scored. He did however hit a triple. Irving Falu continues to hit after his demotion, as he went 3-for-5 (.340 average) with four RBIs.

After Arkansas took the lead in the top of the 10th inning, NW Arkansas walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning with a 5-4 win. With the bases loaded and two outs, Christian Colon worked a walk to tie the game (he went 2-for-4). Eric Duncan followed with a walk-off RBI single to the pitcher (he went 3-for-6).

John Whittleman fell a double short of the cycle. He homered in the 2nd inning, singled in the 6th inning, and tripled in the 8th inning.

Noel Arguelles picked up the no decision. He allowed just one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings. It was his best start of the season. With their sixth straight win, the Naturals have moved into a tie atop the Texas League’s North Division.

With a chance to pick up two games on Lynchburg (who lost both games of their doubleheader to Frederick), the Wilmington Blue Rocks lost both games of their doubleheader in Winston-Salem. In the first game, which was a  re-start of a suspended game, the Blue Rocks lost 5-3. They led 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning when the game re-started (Brian Fletcher and Cheslor Cuthbert had hit homeruns). However, the Blue Rocks only collected two hits once the game re-started.

The second game was so bad that utility man Luis Piterson ended up pitching the 6th inning. He allowed a two-run homerun to Trayce Thompson. The Blue Rocks were pounded 11-3. They had just five hits, three being solo homeruns (two of which came in the 7th inning when they were losing 11-1). Wilmington starter Leondy Perez pitched just one inning.

Before the games, Juan Graterol was placed on the DL with a knee contusion and Jake Kuebler came off the DL. Kuebler hit a homerun in his return.

Kane County scored four runs early and the bullpen made it hold up, as the Cougars won 4-1. The bullpen combination of Jonathan Dooley, Rudy Brown, and Matt Ridings (who was just named to the Midwest League All-Star team) allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings of relief.

The Cougars did not record a hit after the 4th inning against the Quad Cities bullpen. Orlando Calixte went 2-for-4 with a triple and his 9th homerun of the season.