Royals June 26th Minors Recap


Two KC Royals minor league pitchers earned Pitcher of the Week honors in their respective leagues. Veteran Doug Davis earned the award in the Pacific Coast League. In two starts with Omaha, he went 2-0 and allowed one run on eight hits over 12 innings. Kyle Smith earned the award in two leagues: the Pioneer and Midwest Leagues. Before his promotion to Kane County, Smith allowed one run on five three hits over five innings while striking out 11. In his one start for the Cougars, he pitched six no-hit innings while striking out six.

Omaha beat OKC, 5-1 behind the left arm of starter Will Smith. He allowed an unearned run on five hits over 7.2 innings. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Smith threw 103 pitches, 80 for strikes.

Max Ramirez and Kevin Kouzmanoff each had two hits. Every Storm Chaser had at least on hit except catcher Cody Clark.

Wilmington‘s offense came to life in Potomac, as they won 11-2. With the Blue Rocks leading 2-1 heading into the 5th inning, they scored three runs each over the next three innings to pull away. Cheslor Cuthbert hit a two-run homerun in the 6th inning (he went 2-for-4 with four RBIs). Orlando Calixte and Roman Hernandez also collected two hits. Those three combined to score seven runs.

That offense made a winner of Brooks Pounders, who picked up his first Carolina League victory. The bullpen combo of Cole White and Nick Graffeo threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Kane County lost to Beloit, 8-0. The Cougars collected just three hits in the loss. Matthew Summers of Beloit pitched a complete game.

The Cougars made two more errors, giving third baseman Michael Antonio 17 and second baseman Daniel Mateo 22 on the season.

2012 draft pick (19th round) Andrew Triggs made his Cougars debut with a scoreless inning of relief. He allowed a hit but struck out two.

*Bubba Starling still has not played in a game.