Royals April 21st Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
A new week brought more losses for the Kansas City Royals four full season minor league affiliates.
Omaha was shut out by Nashville by a 7-0 score. The Sounds scored in just two innings.
The Storm Chasers had just three base runners, singles by Brian Fletcher and Francisco Pena and a walk by Brett Eibner.
John Lamb was battered for four runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks over just 4.1 innings. He needed 90 pitches in the outing. Lamb did induce eight ground outs. Cory Wade allowed three runs on four hits over 2.2 innings.
Omaha committed three errors, two by Christian Colon at second base and one by Johnny Giavotella at third base.
NW Arkansas lost their first game at home to Springfield by a 5-2 score. The Naturals are now 0-7 at home.
The Naturals collected nine hits and worked six walks, but went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They hit into two double plays and were caught stealing twice. Lane Adams, Jorge Bonifacio, and Whit Merrifield each had two hits in the loss.
Though starter Jason Adam did not walk a batter, he allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits over five innings to drop to 0-3 on the season. The Naturals bullpen trio of Cody Fassold, Scott Alexander, and Andrew Triggs threw five scoreless innings of relief. Triggs needed just eight pitched in his perfect ninth.
Wilmington was swept in Myrtle Beach by losing 8-7 in walk off fashion on Monday night. They are now 0-7 against the Pelicans (who they play in Wilmington this weekend). They are also winless when they commit an error.
The Blue Rocks were down 6-3 after two innings as Miguel Almonte was rocked (3.1 IP, 4H, 7R, 4BB, 3K). The Pelicans also ran all over the Almonte-Zane Evans tandem (three stolen bases).
The Blue Rocks battled back to tie the game at 7-7 in the top of the ninth, scoring the tying run on a passed ball.
In his third inning of relief, Kyle Bartsch allowed back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the ninth. He was pulled for Mark Peterson, who induced a ground out that was booted by second baseman Jack Lopez to load the bases. Jorge Alfaro singled for the game winner.
On offense, the Blue Rocks collected 11 hits and worked five walks, but went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out eight times, five times to end innings with men on base. Lopez collected three hits (including two doubles), while Johermyn Chavez and Terrance Gore each had two hits.
Lexington lost their series opener in Hickory by a 6-4 score. The two teams combined for 25 hits. The Legends were down 6-0 after six innings.
The Legends offense collected 13 hits, but just two for extra bases. Humberto Arteaga had three hits, while Elier Hernandez, Samir Duenez, and Mauricio Ramos each had two hits.
Luis Rico dropped to 0-3 on the season, as he allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk over five innings. Andrew Edwards followed with three innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three.