Royals April 10th Minors Recap


Omaha split their home series with Memphis, as they lost 10-1 in the finale. The Storm Chasers now head out on the road for the first time (four in Nashville).

Photo courtesy of Minda Haas

It was a rough start for John Lamb, who allowed two home runs over five innings. All-in-all, he allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits and a walk while striking out four. Donnie Joseph had an even worse outing after being sent back from the big leagues. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks over just 1.2 innings. He did strike out three.

On offense, the Storm Chasers collected eight hits, but went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Matt Fields picked up three hits (including a double), while Francisco Pena had two hits.

My co-editor Hunter was at the game and will have more on Lamb’s outing a bit later.

NW Arkansas lost their long-awaited home opener to Frisco, 11-7. The RoughRiders hit four two-run homers, while the Naturals committed four errors. To think that the Naturals were winning 4-0 after the first (they sent eight men to the plate).

Tim Melville got the start and allowed one home run over four innings. He allowed four runs on three hits while striking out three. Angel Baez had a disastrous relief outing, allowing four runs on three hits (two homers) and a walk over two innings. He did strike out four. Things were also bad for lefty Scott Alexander, who allowed three runs on three hits (including a homer) over two innings. Cody Fassold was the lone pitcher to not allow a base runner (one inning).

The Naturals only collected eight hits, two by Lane Adams. Jared Schlehuber drove in two runs, one on his first homer of the season.

Wilmington has now lost five in a row, as they were swept by previously winless Myrtle Beach with a 6-5 loss in the finale. The Blue Rocks now will welcome Winston-Salem to town for four games beginning Friday night.

Blue Rocks starter Miguel Almonte threw hard consistently, but was beat by one man, Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo (he went 4-for-4). Gallo hit two home runs, one of which sailed over the scoreboard, deep into the night. Overall, Almonte allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out eight over 5.2 innings.

The Blue Rocks (and the Pelicans defense) took Almonte off the hook for the loss in the bottom of the seventh, when they tied the score with four runs. Jack Lopez had the big hit, a two out two-run double that tied the game. However, Myrtle Beach came right back with a run in the eighth on a double error by Lopez at second base.

The Pelicans were saved by reliever Alex Claudio, who entered with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 2nd inning. He left them stranded and then went on to throw four more scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit while striking out six. Wilmington only collected three hits in the loss.

Lexington was the lone winner on Thursday, with a 2-0 victory in their series opener at West Virginia. The game was scoreless until the Legends put two runs on the board in the eighth.

Both of those runs came on one swing, a one out, two-run home run from Fred Ford. It was one of his two hits. Elier Hernandez collected three hits, while Chad Johnson had two hits.

Luis Rico got the start and allowed three hits and three walks over four innings while striking out two. Andrew Edwards earned the win with five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two.