Royals June 27th Minors Recap


Jake Odorizzi was looking to stay undefeated in Triple-A for Omaha (and technically he still is), as the Storm Chasers beat New Orleans, 8-5. The Storm Chasers have now won four in a row. Odorizzi lasted just three innings and allowed all five runs, though only two were earned. The four-run 3rd inning did him in. One run scored on a Tony Abreu fielding error and two scored after that (with two outs).

Down 5-1, Omaha came storming back, with two runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and three more in the 4th inning. Wil Myers hit a two-out, two-run homerun in the 3rd inning (his 12th in Triple-A). Lorenzo Cain, who has moved up in his rehab, hit a two-run homerun in the 4th inning.

Wilmington lost the series finale to Potomac, 7-4 as the two teams split the four-game series. Elisaul Pimentel returned to the Blue Rocks after spending last season there (he was pitching in Double-A). He took the loss, as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits and two walks over just 4.1 innings.

Tyler Sample celebrated his 23rd birthday with two shutout innings out of the bullpen. To make room for Pimentel, the seldom used Michael Liberto was promoted to Double-A.

The Blue Rocks return home to play a short three-game series beginning on Thursday before heading back out on the road Sunday. It will be their first home series of the second half.

Kane County salvaged the series finale against Beloit, 3-1. Angel Baez threw 5.2 scoreless innings to earn his second win, despite walking four (he allowed just three hits).

Julio Aparicio collected two hits with a batting average of just .438 (in just four games).

*Still no Bubba Starling, but he tweeted that he will debut Thursday in Johnson City.