Royals August 26th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for the 7-2 victory over New Orleans. The Zephyrs out-hit the Storm Chasers 14-9.
Donnie Joseph picked up his first win as a KC Royals minor leaguer, with two scoreless innings of relief.
Every Omaha starter picked up a hit and all but three walked at least once. In that first inning, Omaha collected two hits and four walks, and were aided by a two-run error.
NW Arkansas lost to Tulsa, 6-3. For awhile, the Naturals had just one hit. Then Carlo Testa homered in the 7th inning for their second hit.
The Naturals came back with two runs in the top of the 9th inning and had runners at the corners, but Yem Prades grounded out to end the game. That left Whit Merrifield (2-for-4) in the on deck circle.
Wilmington took the first game of their doubleheader in Lynchburg, 1-0. It was a game dominated by pitching, that Jason Adam got the best of. He allowed five hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out five.
The Blue Rocks took the lead in the top of the 6th inning on a Matt Fields‘ sac fly. Nick Van Stratten and Murray Watts each collected two hits in the win.
Brett Eibner‘s two strikeouts in Game 1 gave him a total of 160 on the season, which is a new Blue Rocks record. His average also dropped to .192.
Wilmington lost Game 2, 3-2 despite out-hitting the Hillcats, 7-4. The Hillcats scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Blue Rocks went just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. They also made three errors.
With the DH split and Frederick’s win at Potomac, the Keys are now just a 1/2 game back of the Blue Rocks with seven games to go.
Kane County lost to Burlington, 7-6. After the Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the 6th inning, the Bees came back with four runs of their own in the top of the 7th inning. Four straight walks started the inning.
Two Cougars errors cost them three runs.
Justin Trapp, Dean Espy, and Tim Ferguson each picked up two hits in the loss.
Bubba Watch: Bubba Starling had the day off, but Burlington lost 5-2.