Royals July 18th Minors Recap


Omaha returned from the All-Star break and won in Albuquerque by a 6-3 score.

Brian Sanches bested former Royal and Storm Chaser Jonathan Sanchez. Sanches allowed just one run on five hits over six innings (he only threw 64 pitches). Sanchez threw 91 pitches in just 4.1 innings.

Christian Colon and Max Ramirez, the Storm Chasers 2-3 hitters, went a combined 5-for-10 with two RBIs. Brett Hayes went 2-for-5 and nine-hole hitter Paulo Orlando went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

*They also played a little short-handed, as Chris Getz was recalled by the KC Royals. Johnny Giavotella and lefty Everett Teaford were sent back to Omaha.

NW Arkansas held on for the 6-5 win over Springfield. The Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the ninth and had the tying and winning runs in scoring position, but Zach Jackson recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Sugar Ray Marimon picked up the win, as he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. He struck out five.

Matt Fields and Whit Merrifield drove in four of the six runs and they both picked up two hits. Angel Franco went 3-for-4.

*In case you have not heard, Kyle Zimmer is expected to make his Double-A debut on Saturday. Reliever Kelvin Herrera was recalled by the Royals.

Wilmington lost again in Myrtle Beach, this time by a 3-1 final. The Blue Rocks put together a rally in the ninth, but a base runner was picked off and a double play ended the game.

After Sam Selman struggled through 4.1 innings (8H, 3R, 2BB, 5K), Malcom Culver was great in relief. He entered with two men on base and stranded them. He went on to throw 2.2 perfect innings of relief and struck out four.

Jared Schlehuber and Yem Prades each went 2-for-4, with Schlehuber providing the only run with a solo homerun in the second.

*In roster news, outfielder Tyler Chism was actually sent to rookie level Burlington this time. He played tonight for the Royals and went 3-for-8 combined in their doubleheader.

Lexington won again in Rome, this time by a 5-2 final.

After Crawford Simmons struggled through 4.2 innings (4H, 2R, 5BB, 3K) and left with the bases loaded, Ali Williams came in and shut the door. He allowed one hit over 2.1 innings to pick up the win. Clayton Schulz and Mark Peterson followed with a perfect inning of relief each. Peterson struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 12th save of the season.

The Legends scored three runs in the top of the first capped by Mark Donato‘s two-run double. In the 3rd inning, Donato drove in another run with a single and Cam Gallagher drove in the final run on a sac fly.