Royals July 25th Minors Recap


Omaha won their five game series over OKC with a 2-1 walk off victory in 12 innings. With the bases loaded and one out, Max Ramirez drove in the winning run on a sac fly.

The Storm Chasers bullpen was VERY good. It started with Donnie Joseph, who pitched two perfect innings while striking out two. Will Smith followed with two scoreless innings and struck out four. Next was Francisley Bueno, who allowed one hit over two innings. Buddy Baumann picked up the win with one inning of relief. He struck out the side.

Christian Colon (who went 2-for-5) hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the first to give Omaha the early 1-0 lead. Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-5.

Storm Chasers manager Mike Jirschele was not around to see the long game, as he was ejected in the very first inning (just two batters into the game) after a balk call.

Starter Yordano Ventura allowed one run on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three and threw 85 pitches.

Kyle Zimmer has continued his dominance in Double-A, as NW Arkansas beat Springfield, 6-0. Zimmer struck out 12 over six innings of work. He threw 69 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Two of the three hits he allowed came in the 2nd inning and did not leave the infield. He struck out at least two batters an inning except his final inning.

The Naturals offense scored single runs in the first two innings before pulling away over the final two innings. Brett Eibner tripled to lead off the game and scored the first run. He drove in the final two with a two-run homerun in the ninth. Orlando Calixte and Juan Graterol each had two hits.

*In roster news, pitcher Noel Arguelles was placed on the DL and Sam Runion was activated.

Wilmington could not keep up their winning ways, as they lost to visiting Myrtle Beach 6-2.

John Lamb took the loss, despite pitching well for the first time in a LONG while. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three. He pitched a lot better than the Blue Rocks bullpen. Kellen Moen allowed two runs on three hits in just one inning. Tyler Sample did not allow a hit over 2.1 innings, but he walked six. Cory Hall pitched the final 2/3 of an inning, but allowed an inherited runner to score.

The Blue Rocks lone runs came via Jorge Bonifacio‘s two-run homerun in the 8th inning. It was just his second homer of the season.

Lexington split their doubleheader with West Virginia. The Legends won the first game as the road team (which was a makeup from July 6th), 3-2.

In the 5th inning, the Legends broke the 1-1 tie by scoring two runs. Raul Mondesi tripled home one and scored on a passed ball.

Aroni Nina picked up the victory in relief, as he allowed one run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out seven.

In the second game, the Power won in ten innings by a 4-3 final. The Legends defense fell apart, as they committed four errors. Two of those errors came in the tenth, with the go ahead run scoring on the second error.

After the Power took a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh, the Legends came right back to tie the game. Fred Ford doubled in one run and scored to tie the game on Terrence Gore’s single. Gore also stole his 58th base.

Greg Billo continued his rehab from an arm injury and was okay. He allowed one run (none earned) on four hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out three.