Royals June 2nd Minors Recap


Omaha lost both games of their doubleheader against Memphis. They lost the first game, 7-0. Former Royals minor leaguer Jamie Romak hit a grand slam in the Redbirds’ six-run 2nd inning.

After starter Justin Marks allowed six runs in the second, the Omaha bullpen allowed just one more run on five hits over the game’s final five innings.

On offense, the Storm Chasers collected just three hits.

In Game 2, they were shut out once again, this time by a 5-0 final. Memphis once again put runs on the board in the second, this time they put up a three-spot.

Will Smith took the loss, as he allowed all five runs on five hits (two homeruns) and two walks over six innings. Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect 7th inning with a strikeout (ten pitches, eight strikes).

The Storm Chasers once again only collected three hits. In the two games, Brett Hayes had two hits.

NW Arkansas ended their seven-game losing skid with a 6-5 win over San Antonio. It got a little dicey in the ninth, as the Missions had the tying run on third base, but Jon Keck struck out his final batter to end the game.

The Naturals collected ten hits, though only two went for extra bases. Four hitters collected nine of the ten hits. Rey Navarro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Brett Eibner went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He also stole a base.

Wilmington lost their series to Frederick with a 5-3 Sunday loss. The Blue Rocks dropped to 3.5 games back of first place in the Northern Division of the Carolina League. The first half ends on June 16th and Wilmington does not play a divisional opponent the rest of the half.

The Keys scored four runs in the top of the 5th inning against Blue Rocks starter Kyle Zimmer. All four runs scored on a no out grand slam. Zimmer then retired the final six men he faced.

On offense for the Blue Rocks, Cheslor Cuthbert went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Tyler Chism hit his first homerun of the season (a solo shot in the fifth).

Lexington swept their four game series at home against Hagerstown with a 5-2 win. With the game tied at 2-2, the Legends scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth. They are 4.5 games back in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. However, they are in sixth place with the first half ending on June 16th.

Bubba Starling tripled in one run and Fred Ford doubled him in (Ford had two hits and scored two runs). Michael Antonio delivered a sac fly to finish the scoring in the eighth.

That late offense made a winner of Aroni Nina, who allowed a solo homerun over his 3.1 innings of relief. That was the only hit he allowed, to go along with two walks.