Royals August 27th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Despite a four-run 8th inning, Omaha lost to Iowa, 7-6. They hold just a one game lead in the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League.
The Storm Chasers collected 11 hits and the Cubs committed five errors, but went just 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position. The top four in the order (Irving Falu, Christian Colon, Johnny Giavotella, and Ben Broussard) went a combined 9-for-19 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Chris Dwyer took the loss, as he allowed six runs on seven hits and six walks over 5.2 innings.
*In roster news, the KC Royals traded outfielder Quintin Berry to Boston for pitcher Clayton Mortensen. Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena also signed a minor league deal and both were assigned to Omaha.
A four-run bottom of the eighth broke the 1-1 tie and NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 5-1. The Naturals are still two games back in the North Division of the Texas League.
They sent nine men to the plate, but collected just one hit in the 8th inning. They worked four walks and were helped out by an error on a sac bunt and two wild pitches.
Whit Merrifield and Lane Adams each collected two hits in the win.
Sugar Ray Marimon struggled with his command (five walks) over six innings, but only allowed one run and five hits. Andrew Triggs earned his first Double-A win with two scoreless innings. He worked around two 8th inning walks, but struck out three.
*Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was pulled in the fifth. No word yet on why.
Wilmington kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over visiting Myrtle Beach (who has lost ten of their last 11 games). The Blue Rocks are still six games back of the wild card spot and have just five games left. However, second place Lynchburg has seven games left.
Angel Baez was wild (four walks), but he did not allow his only hit until there was one out in the fifth. He allowed that one hit over six shutout innings with four strikeouts. Daniel Hernandez was hit hard in his first inning of work (two runs on three hits), but rebounded in the eighth. Malcom Culver picked up his fourth save with a perfect ninth.
Sam Bates contributed two doubles, an RBI, and scored two runs. Jack Lopez also had two hits, including a double, scored a run, and drove in one.
Lexington lost their first game at first place Augusta, 6-2. The Legends are now 5.5 games back of the GreenJackets, but are still in second place.
The Legends had six hits, two by Cameron Gallagher.
Daniel Stumpf struggled through 4.2 innings and left with the bases loaded (one scored). Overall, he allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six.