Royals July 23rd Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha played two on Tuesday night against OKC, with the first game being a makeup of a suspended game from earlier in the season (it was suspended in the bottom of the first). That game went 11 innings, with the Storm Chasers winning, 4-3 in walk off fashion.
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, Anthony Seratelli singled to left field to set off the celebration.
The Storm Chasers collected 13 hits and worked seven walks. Pedro Ciriaco and Christian Colon each had two hits. Johnny Giavotella added three hits, including a double.
Will Smith picked up the win in relief with two hitless innings.
Game 2 also saw Omaha win in walk off fashion, 3-2. They scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs. After a two out wild pitch put runners at second and third base, Irving Falu doubled them both in for the game winner.
The walk off made a winner of Brian Sanches, who pitched a complete game. He allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk. He struck out two and threw 85 pitches to improve to 7-2.
NW Arkansas and Arkansas was suspended at the start of the tenth inning with the score tied at 8-8. It will be completed on Wednesday.
It was a wild game, with the Naturals hitting six homeruns. None was bigger than the one hit by pinch-hitter Orlando Calixte to tie the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the ninth.
Jason Bergmann entered to a bases loaded, one out mess in the top of the seventh, but got a double play fly out as Whit Merrifield threw a runner out at the plate to end the inning. Bergmann then pitched another two scoreless innings of relief.
Brian Fletcher went 4-for-5 with two homeruns and three RBIs.
Wilmington did not win a game on their road trip, as they have now lost nine in a row with an 8-7 loss. They blew a 7-4 lead late.
After another poor outing from a Blue Rocks starter (this time Sam Selman), they had to rely on their bullpen. The usually reliable Spencer Patton did not have it over his final two innings of work. He allowed a two-run homerun in the sixth and then another in the seventh (which was his fourth inning of work). Malcom Culver came on and threw two perfect inning of relief.
The Blue Rocks out-hit Carolina, 13-9 and actually did well with runners in scoring position (7-for-12). However, they had two runners thrown out at the plate on back-to-back plays in the 7th inning and went down in order in the final two innings.
Justin Trapp, Jack Lopez, Yem Prades, and Ethan Chapman each collected two hits. Trapp hit a two-run homerun in the sixth. Lopez stole two bases.
Lexington saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end, as they lost their finale against Greenville by a 5-4 score.
The Drive scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it. It was Mark Peterson‘s first blown save of the season (four straight hits after recording an out).
On offense for the Legends, Raul Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Terrence Gore stole two more bases to up his season total to 56.