Royals May 14th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha fought back to tie the game at 5-5, but ended up losing to Colorado Springs, 9-5 to lose the series.
The Storm Chasers hit three homeruns, but all three were solo shots. They collected ten hits, but only four were for extra bases (including a double). They went just 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Johnny Giavotella and Max Ramirez, the 3-4 hitters, went a combined 4-for-9 with two homeruns, three runs scored, and four RBIs. Ramirez is coming off earning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors.
NW Arkansas lost to Arkansas, 4-1. The loss came after the Naturals took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Manny Pina‘s two out RBI single. It is hard to win a game when you only collect two hits and commit three errors.
Their second hit was a one out single by Rey Navarro in the fifth, but he was thrown out trying to steal second base on a strikeout to end the inning. The Naturals did not have another base runner.
Despite struggling with command early in the game, Naturals starter Jason Adam rebounded to last six innings. At one point early on, he had thrown 63 pitches, 33 for strikes (he ended up with 103 pitches, 58 for strikes). He retired ten in a row to end his outing.
Wilmington won the first game of their series in Potomac by a 7-3 final.
Aaron Brooks earned his first win of the season, as he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 6.2 innings. The P-Nats scored all of their runs in the bottom of the 5th inning, as they sent seven men to the plate (four hits and a sac fly). Wilmington came right back with a three-spot of their own in the top of the sixth to retake the lead.
The Blue Rocks 5-6 hitters (Jared Schlehuber and Jack Lopez) went a combined 5-for-9 with five runs scored. Schlehuber hit his first homerun of the season, a solo shot that gave them their first lead in the 4th inning.
*In roster news, the Blue Rocks lost outfield prospect Jorge Bonifacio for about 6-8 weeks with a broken left hamate bone. Bonifacio played on both Saturday and Sunday in Frederick and went 6-for-8. Tyler Chism took his place on the roster, as he was added from extended spring training. In his first game in High-A, Chism went 1-for-5 batting ninth and in left field.
Lexington beat Kannapolis, 6-1 behind another solid start from Miguel Almonte. Almonte allowed a solo homerun in the 6th inning, the only run he allowed over seven innings. He allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out two. Clayton Schulz pitched two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts.
Adrian Morales went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the fourth and an RBI double in the 6th inning. Ethan Chapman, who moved up to the second spot in the order while playing centerfield, went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (his 17th of the season).
*No Bubba Starling for the second game in a row.