Royals April 19th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha beat Albuquerque in both games of their doubleheader by a final of 3-2.
In Game One with the game tied at 2-2, Xavier Nady doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning to score David Lough (who reached on an error). That made a winner of Omaha reliever Donnie Joseph, who pitched a perfect sixth. Blaine Boyer picked up his first save of the season by striking out two in the seventh.
Ryan Verdugo had a solid start for the Storm Chasers, as he allowed two runs on two hits over five innings. He struck out five. The two runs came on Nick Buss‘ two-run homer in the 5th inning.
Nate Adcock throwing a bullpen session in Baltimore (Jen Nevius)
In Game Two, Max Ramirez doubled in two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 2-2. Brett Hayes drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the 5th inning. In that inning, the Storm Chasers left the bases loaded.
Nate Adcock picked up his second win of the season. He allowed two runs (one earned, but he had the error) on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Michael Mariot earned his third save of the season with a perfect seventh.
Five of the Omaha hits came via the 2-3 hitters in their order (Lough and Johnny Giavotella). They scored three runs.
The Storm Chasers are now off to Nashville for a four-game set.
With Yordano Ventura only lasting four innings, the NW Arkansas bullpen blew the lead and lost to visiting Tulsa, 5-4.
The Drillers hit three homeruns, with none bigger than Kiel Rolling’s two-run shot off Sam Runion in the top of the 8th inning that gave the Drillers the lead.
The Naturals only collected four hits, with Brett Eibner picking up two of them (raising his average to .216).
The Wilmington Blue Rocks were rained out in Winston-Salem and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday. John Lamb will start Game One and Kyle Smith will get the ball in Game Two.
Lexington busted out for six runs in the bottom of the 4th inning en route to their 8-0 victory over visiting Greenville.
In that 4th inning, the Legends collected four doubles, stole three bases, and were helped out by a wild pitch and two errors. They only picked up eight total hits from seven players. Fred Ford went 2-for-3 with a double and two stolen bases. Adalberto Mondesi and Cameron Gallagher both delivered two-run doubles.
Colin Rodgers allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings while striking out six. Daniel Hernandez followed with two hitless innings of relief while striking out three.