Royals April 16th Minors Recap


The wind was blowing out a bit at Werner Park and Round Rock took advantage with an 8-2 victory over Omaha. The Express hit three home runs.

All three of those homers were hit off Storm Chasers starter John Lamb, who allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five. Casey Coleman, who was just signed over the last day or so, allowed a run on one hit and two walks over two innings.

Donnie Joseph allowed three runs (one earned) on a hit and two walks over just 1/3 of an inning. He left with two men on base and both scored when Cory Wade entered in relief (both scored on a Matt Fields‘ fielding error at first base).

On offense for Omaha, Jimmy Paredes collected two hits and Francisco Pena hit a solo homer in the fifth (his second straight game with a homer).

NW Arkansas has now lost ten in a row, with their 7-0 loss in Tulsa. Maybe it is time for a sacrifice?

The Naturals picked up just two hits, but committed four errors (Cheslor Cuthbert committed his seventh at third base). They did not have a hit after the 2nd inning.

Sam Selman took the loss, as he allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out just one. Cody Fassold allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over 2.1 innings, while Angel Baez gave up a two-run home run in his one inning of work.

Wilmington’s Jack Lopez on April 13, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

With Tuesday’s rain out, Wilmington played two in Lynchburg on Wednesday night. The Blue Rocks took the first game, 7-2. All of the runs were scored over the final two innings.

The Blue Rocks busted out for seven runs in the top of the sixth. Prior to that inning, they had just two hits. They sent ten men to the plate in the 6th inning with the big hits coming from Jack Lopez and Daniel Rockett (the two hits prior), who hit two-run doubles in the inning. Hunter Dozier drove in the game’s first run with an RBI single.

Miguel Almonte was once again dominant for Wilmington. He allowed just one hit and two walks over six scoreless innings. He struck out seven. It was his second one-hit start of the season. Click HERE to read more about his outing (with quotes from pitching coach Steve Luebber) via

Wilmington lost the second game, 3-2. The Blue Rocks had runners at the corners and two outs in the 7th inning, but Dozier struck out to end the game.

Both teams collected six hits, though three of the Blue Rocks hits came via leadoff hitter Raul Mondesi. They had the bases loaded in the sixth, but could only drive in two runs.

Yender Caramo took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. Matthew Murray pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts.

Lexington lost the series and the finale in Rome, 4-3 in 11 innings. The Legends broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth with a two out RBI single. However, the Braves tied it back up in the bottom of the inning on a two out RBI double. The Braves walked off on a one out single in the 11th.

After re-taking the brief lead in the ninth, the Legends had their final seven batters retired.

Both teams collected eight hits, with Mauricio Ramos and Chad Johnson having two each. Ramos hit a triple, while Johnson hit his fourth double of the season. All three of their runs scored with two outs.

The loss negated the solid start by Matt Tenuta, who allowed one run on four hits and two walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out six.

The Legends return home for three games against Augusta starting Thursday.