Royals May 3rd Minors Recap


Despite all the poor weather in the Midwest, Omaha opened up their home series against Memphis with a 3-1 loss. The Storm Chasers had a 1-0 lead, but saw the bullpen and their defense fall apart late.

Will Smith in Omaha. Photo by Minda Haas (

Will Smith made his first start since his spot start in the big leagues on Sunday with a good one. He allowed an unearned run on just two hits over six innings. He did walk four. Dan Wheeler was solid over 1.2 innings, as he struck out three.

George Sherrill entered with one out in the 8th inning and allowed a single to the first batter he faced. After a strikeout and a stolen base, Sherrill intentionally walked his final hitter. That brought in Blaine Boyer, who walked the next two hitters to force in the go ahead run.

After getting out of the 8th inning, Boyer went back out for the ninth. He walked the first batter he faced. The next batter laid down a sac bunt, which catcher Brett Hayes threw away, allowing an insurance run to score.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Storm Chasers went down quietly with three strikeouts.

NW Arkansas and Springfield were rained out for the second consecutive day. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 15th (to go along with one on the first day of the series, June 13th). The Naturals now play Arkansas at home over the weekend.

Wilmington went from no hits heading into the top of the 8th inning in Lynchburg to winning the game once the inning was over. They held on for the 1-0 victory. After losing seven in a row, the Blue Rocks have now won four in a row. It was the first time this season that the Blue Rocks faced their fellow Northern Division foe.

Geulin Beltre led off the 8th inning with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Kenny Diekroeger, who was the lone Blue Rocks base runner prior to the inning (he had walked in the third), singled in pinch-runner Lane Adams to break the scoreless tie.

Spencer Patton, who was already on in relief of starter Aaron Brooks (6IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K), picked up the win. He struck out five total Hillcats.

James Hoyt for the Hillcats allowed just one walk over six hitless innings. He struck out eight.

Lexington scored six runs in the top of the 6th inning and held on for the 6-3 win over Delmarva. The Legends swept the series with the Shorebirds and now head to Lakewood for four games.

The Legends picked up just one hit in the sixth, a Bubba Starling two-run single with two outs (he had two hits). There were five walks, a hit batter, a passed ball, two wild pitches, and a Delmarva error.

Colin Rodgers allowed two hits over 5.2 innings. On the downside, he walked four. Clayton Schulz picked up his second save of the season with 1.2 hitless innings of relief.

Adalberto Mondesi had a rough game, as he struck out four times and committed three errors at shortstop.