Royals June 4th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha led 1-0 early, but lost to Memphis, 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. They lost four of five to the Redbirds and now will enjoy an off day on Wednesday.
The Storm Chasers lone run came via Xavier Nady‘s tenth homerun of the season.
Everett Teaford received the no-decision, as he allowed one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out four. Donnie Joseph took the loss, as he allowed the go ahead run in the top of the sixth. Michael Mariot pitched the final two innings while striking out two.
*In roster news, the KC Royals demoted both reliever Louis Coleman and catcher Adam Moore, while signing outfielder Quintin Berry and sending him to Omaha. Reliever Kelvin Herrera was promoted to the big leagues. They also added starter Yordano Ventura on Monday. So, they will need to make a few more moves because their roster is way over the limit.
Tulsa scored four runs in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead over NW Arkansas and held on for the 5-3 win. Two of the Naturals three runs came via solo homeruns from Yem Prades and Matt Fields.
All seven of the Naturals hits (two from Rey Navarro) came versus Drillers starter Roy Oswalt. Former Natural Cole White picked up the save with a perfect ninth.
Brooks Pounders took the loss, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits and four walks over five innings. Matt Ridings and Sam Runion combined to throw three perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts.
*With Ventura’s promotion, the Naturals added starter Aaron Brooks from Wilmington. Most likely, he will fill right into Ventura’s spot in the rotation (they started on the same days).
Wilmington battled back to beat Carolina, 3-1. They trailed 1-0 until the seventh when Jack Lopez doubled in a run (one of his two hits). In the 8th inning, Cheslor Cuthbert drove in the go ahead run with a single (one of his three hits). The other run scored on a wild pitch.
Kyle Smith took the no decision, as he allowed one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out four. Reliever Cody Fassold picked up the win with two perfect innings of relief.
After Lexington took a 2-0 lead in the first, Savannah put up a six-spot in the bottom of the 2nd inning and won 9-2.
Legends starter Daniel Stumpf went into tonight’s start with an ERA of 1.90. After going just four innings tonight, his ERA rose to 2.81. He walked five and allowed six hits.
It could have been worse, but outfielders Ethan Chapman (who collected two hits from the leadoff spot) and Bubba Starling threw runners out at the plate.