Royals August 1st Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
After watching Reno score three runs in the top of the 3rd inning, Omaha came back with four runs of their own and another two runs in the 4th inning to win 6-3. Johnny Giavotella and Tony Abreu (the 2-3 hitters) went a combined 4-for-8 with five RBIs.
Doug Davis rebounded from the rough 3rd inning to complete six innings and earn the victory. He allowed those three runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out eight and picked off a base runner.
It was a cool 111 degrees in Tulsa, as NW Arkansas lost 6-4. Noel Arguelles struggled through four innings, as he allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and five walks, a hit batter, and two wild pitches. Sam Runion made his Double-A debut with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
On offense, the Naturals out-hit the Drillers 11-9, but went 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Their 3-4 hitters, Brian Fletcher and Kevin Kouzmanoff, went a combined 4-for-9 with three runs scored.
Wilmington beat Winston-Salem, 9-4. Matt Ridings was the beneficiary of alot of offense. He allowed three runs on five hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out four.
The Blue Rocks collected 11 hits, with Geulin Beltre hitting a two-run homerun (2-for-4). Murray Watts and Orlando Calixte also collected two hits in the win (Watts drove in three runs), while Whit Merrifield went 3-for-4.
Despite scoring five runs in the top of the 5th inning, Kane County lost to Beloit, 8-6. The Cougars scored a run in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game, but Casey Fassold allowed a run in the bottom of the inning. That was the only run he allowed over three innings of relief while striking out five.
Tim Ferguson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while also throwing a runner out at second base.
Bubba Watch: Bubba Starling went 0-for-5 in Burlington’s 3-2 loss at Elizabethton in 11 innings.