Royals August 14th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha won their finale against Fresno, 1-0.
Anthony Seratelli hit a two out, solo homerun in the first inning and the Storm Chasers pitching made it hold up. It was his 11th of the season and he had two of the team’s four hits.
Yordano Ventura picked up the win, despite walking five over six innings. He allowed six hits while striking out four. Michael Mariot followed with two scoreless innings of relief before Will Smith picked up his fourth save of the season.
NW Arkansas also won by a 1-0 final.
Matt Fields hit a two out, solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh to account for all of the scoring. It was his 28th homerun of the season. Whit Merrifield collected two hits in the win.
After Kyle Zimmer pitched the first two innings (he retired all six batters he faced, but left with stiffness), the Naturals bullpen was virtually spotless. It started with Spencer Patton, who allowed one hit and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Jon Keck picked up the win with two scoreless innings. Sam Runion and Zach Jackson each pitched a scoreless inning, with Jackson earning his 14th save of the season.
After needing 18 innings to finish off Salem last night, Wilmington won their first game in Lynchburg by a 6-4 score.
Sam Selman earned his tenth win of the season and carried a no-hitter into the fourth before Josh Elander hit a leadoff double. In the fourth, the Hillcats scored two runs with three doubles. Selman allowed all four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out seven. After the Hillcats cut the deficit to 6-4, Cody Fassold pitched three scoreless innings of relief (coming off a terrible outing on Saturday).
The Blue Rocks 6-7-8 hitters (Tim Ferguson, Micah Gibbs, and Yowill Espinal) went a combined 6-for-10 with five runs scored.
*In roster news, the Blue Rocks added pitcher Tripp Davis, who signed as a free agent out of NJIT. He had pitched in 11 games in the AZL.
Lexington‘s second game in Charleston was rained out on Wednesday night. They will play two on Thursday night before heading to Greenville.