Royals June 9th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
After having Saturday night’s game suspended, Omaha beat Oklahoma City in the series finale with a 7-0 win. This game started with an hour plus delay. They are tied for second place.
May 23, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Louis Coleman (31) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium. The Angels won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Four Storm Chasers pitchers combined in the shutout. Everett Teaford started and allowed two hits and three walks over four innings. Louis Coleman earned the win with 2.1 innings of relief. Will Smith followed with 1.2 perfect innings. He struck out two and threw 15 of his 20 pitches for strikes. Michael Mariot finished out the shutout with the final inning.
Omaha took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a ground out. Adam Moore hit a three-run homerun in their six-run 6th inning. Outfielder Jarrod Dyson went 0-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and a run scored while rehabbing.
NW Arkansas and Arkansas were in a battle of their offenses, with the Naturals coming back to win, 7-5. They tied it with two runs in the sixth and took the lead with two runs in the seventh on Yem Prades‘ single.
Sam Runion picked up the win with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three. Brian Fletcher has been on fire since his return from the DL. He went 2-for-3 with a homerun and a stolen base in the win.
*In roster news, utility man Whit Merrifield returned from the DL, but did not play.
Wilmington may have just seen their chances of winning the first half end in Winston-Salem, as they were swept with a 6-1 Sunday loss. The Blue Rocks dropped to six games back of first place and continue their road trip on Monday in Salem (their elimination number is three). It was the third straight poor start from their prospect pitchers.
This time it was All-Star Kyle Smith. He allowed all six runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four.
The Blue Rocks offense out-hit the Dash 9-8, but went just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Justin Trapp, Jared Schlehuber, and Tyler Chism each collected two hits. Their lone run scored on a sac fly.
Lexington had their second game of the week cancelled due to bad weather, this time in Augusta. The Legends now return home to play Rome for three games beginning on Monday. They are 4.5 games back of first place, but three games away from elimination.