Royals June 14th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha has won nine row, with a 4-2 victory at Nashville. The Storm Chasers went just 1-for-10. Wil Myers hit his tenth homerun with the Storm Chasers, a solo shot in the 7th inning (he drove in two runs).
Ryan Verdugo improved to 5-1, as he allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over six innings. Newly demoted Louis Coleman picked up his second save with a hitless 9th inning.
A four-run top of the 4th inning held up, as NW Arkansas ended their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win at Springfield. Three straight one out singles by Mario Lisson (2-for-3), Rey Navarro, and Sharlon Schoop capped the Naturals scoring.
Michael Mariot picked up the win, as he allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out six.
*Earlier in the day, the Texas League named their All-Star teams and there are quite a few Naturals on the North roster. John Whittleman (1B), Yem Prades (OF), Carlo Testa (OF), and Christian Colon (DH) were voted in as starters. Pitchers Patrick Keating and Justin Marks will also be joining them in Tulsa on June 28th.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks ended their eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Winston-Salem (who was trying to clinch the Southern Division in the Carolina League). An RBI triple by Brett Eibner with the Blue Rocks trailing in the 6th inning and a one out RBI single by Geulin Beltre with the infield in gave the Blue Rocks the lead.
Sam Runion escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the 6th inning in relief of Jason Adam (who was hurt by two solo homeruns from Cyle Hankerd). Runion picked up the win with 2.1 hitless innings of relief.
Check out the video below of Blue Rocks manager Vance Wilson talking after the game about ending their losing streak, getting a good outing from Adam, getting some timely hits, and Eibner’s ability to run like a deer:
Kane County lost their second straight series (both on the road), as they lost to Quad Cities, 4-3. The River Bandits scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to take the lead that they would not relinquish. The Cougars now return home to play Cedar Rapids for three games to finish the first half.
In the loss, Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jason Mitchell took the no decision, as he allowed just one run on three hits over 5.2 innings.