Royals June 15th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha finished their suspended game from Friday night, and lost 9-5 to Iowa. When the game restarted, the game was tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth. The Cubs scored four runs and never looked back.
The Storm Chasers also lost the second game, by an 8-7 score. They had the go ahead run on second base in the top of the ninth, but Adam Moore struck out and Quintin Berry grounded out to end the game. Moore had already drive in three runs on three hits (including a homerun), but struck out three times. Berry had two hits.
It was a rough night for the first three Omaha pitchers, all with big league experience. Danny Duffy made the rehab start and allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over just three innings. He struck out five (68 pitches, 37 strikes). Everett Teaford was next and allowed four runs (two after he exited) on five hits and three walks over 2.2 innings. He also struck out five. Louis Coleman entered in the sixth and allowed both of his inherited runners to score, along with two of his own on a grand slam.
Edwin Carl (Jen Nevius)
NW Arkansas lost the first game of their doubleheader to Springfield, 8-2. The Cardinals scored five runs over the final two innings to win. The Naturals scored their two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Cheslor Cuthbert collected his first Double-A hit, a double in the seventh. He also scored in that inning.
The second game of the doubleheader was delayed in the fifth, but the Naturals won 6-1. Edwin Carl made the spot start and pitched four scoreless innings. Scott Alexander made his Double-A debut and picked up the win, though he allowed the lone Cardinals run. Zach Jackson picked up his fifth save with two scoreless innings of relief.
Manny Pina hit a solo homerun in the third and Matt Fields hit a solo homerun in the fourth (his 16th of the season). Pina went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Wilmington finally defeated Winston-Salem and eliminated the Dash from the first half crown. The Blue Rocks won 3-2.
Sam Selman rebounded from his rough start in Salem when he did not record an out in the first. His first and final three innings were very good, but the three in between were a little rough. However, he escaped. Selman allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks over six innings. Listen to what Selman had to say following the game:
I had the chance to finally see Spencer Patton pitch in relief and I was impressed. He is one of the best relievers in the Carolina League. His curveball was good (around 86) and he pumped his fastball around 93. Patton needed just nine pitches in the 8th inning, but had a tougher time in the ninth. With two outs and a runner on first base, Dash leadoff hitter (and prospect) Joey DeMichele fouled off pitch after pitch before finally flying out to end the game (it was a 13 pitch at-bat).
The Blue Rocks offense gave Selman a 3-0, started with Denis Raben’s solo homerun in the second. It was his first since signing with the Royals and he received the silent treatment when he first entered the dugout. Daniel Mateo added a two-run shot in the third. They only had three baserunners after that and two were erased on inning ending double plays.
Ethan Chapman picked up his first hit in High-A, a single in the eighth.
Lexington lost to Asheville, 6-1. The Tourists scored four runs in the bottom of the third and never looked back.
After Daniel Stumpf struggled over 4.2 innings, Kevin Allen threw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Cory Hall followed with a perfect inning of relief.
Shortstop Raul Mondesi went 2-for-4 in his first game after being added to the South Atlantic League All-Star team. The rest of the team collected five hits.