Royals April 18th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha came back to beat Round Rock, 3-2.
Royals Carlos Peguero homers during spring training against San Diego in 2014 (Jen Nevius).
Francisco Pena hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 5th inning to tie the game at 2-2. Carlos Peguero hit his first home run of the season in the sixth to give the Storm Chasers the lead (one of his two hits).
Reliever Buddy Baumann took it from there. He threw three shutout innings in relief of starter Brett Tomko (5IP, 5H, 2R, BB, 2K) with two strikeouts to earn the win. Spencer Patton needed just ten pitches to pick up his third save of the season.
Christian Colon, Brian Fletcher, and Jason Donald all had two hits in the win. As a team, Omaha collected ten hits, but went just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. They hit into four double plays. Matt Fields saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end (0-for-3).
NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 6-5. The last few innings were quite entertaining.
JC Sulbaran was great in the start for the Naturals (6IP, 5H, R, 2BB, 4K) and left with the lead. That lead quickly went away once Noel Arguelles entered in the seventh. He allowed three straight one out singles to drive in the first run. A walk loaded the bases before two straight wild pitches allowed two more runs to score. Arguelles walked the next hitter and was lifted for Malcom Culver, who wild pitched the tying run in.
The Naturals quickly re-took the lead in the top of the 8th inning on a two out Cheslor Cuthbert RBI single. Cuthbert had three hits, including his first double of the season.
Culver rebounded to strike out the side in the eighth to earn the win. Hassan Pena worked around a two out walk for the save.
Brian Bocock picked up his first two hits for the Naturals (both were doubles) and Whit Merrifield also had two hits in the win.
Wilmington was rained out for the second time on their road trip (and second time to start the series). The Blue Rocks will play a doubleheader on Saturday in Myrtle Beach. Christian Binford will start the first game and Daniel Stumpf will start the second game.
Lexington lost to Augusta, 11-3. The Green Jackets scored in just three innings.
The Legends collected ten hits, but only two for extra bases. They went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and hit into one double play. They also committed three errors.
Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado, Humberto Arteaga, and Dominique Taylor each had two hits in the loss.
Luke Farrell took the loss, as he allowed three runs (none earned) on four hits and two walks over three innings. He struck out five. Legends manager Brian Buchanan was ejected in the top of the 3rd inning following a ground out.
*On Wednesday, the Legends placed pitchers Austin Fairchild and Kevin McCarthy on the DL and added pitcher Kenny Swab from extended spring training.