While the big league Kansas City Royals won on Sunday, all four of their minor league affiliates lost.
Let’s start with Omaha, who lost in New Orleans by a 4-2 score. They were swept in the four game series and now move on to Iowa for four games.
John Lamb was the hard luck loser, as he allowed just four hits in six innings of work. Two of those four hits left the yard and accounted for the three runs he allowed. Lamb walked two and struck out seven.
On offense in the loss, Matt Fields had two of the Storm Chasers seven hits.
The Naturals out-hit the Drillers, 9-5, but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and struck out nine times. Justin Trapp‘s solo homer in the fifth accounted for their only run. Jorge Bonifacio and Jared Schlehuber, the Naturals’ 3-4 hitters, went a combined 5-for-9. Juan Graterol had two hits in the loss.
Tim Melville took the loss, as he allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over seven innings. He committed one of the Naturals two errors in the Drillers three-run 3rd inning. Scott Alexander and Angel Baez each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
The Blue Rocks had their chances, but left men on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Bubba Starling struck out twice to end scoring opportunities (in the seventh and the ninth). They only had four hits, two by Raul Mondesi, who drove in one of the runs and scored the other.
Daniel Stumpf dropped to 0-4, as he allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He did strike out nine. Ali Williams followed with 1.2 scoreless innings before Matthew Murray allowed a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to give the Pelicans some insurance. That was his only blemish over three innings of work.
The Drive scored six runs in the first, two in the fourth, five in the fifth, seven in the seventh, and one in the eighth.
It was a rough 2014 season debut for Cody Reed, who allowed six runs in the first inning while recording just one out. It could have been much worse, but Jose Miguel Rodriguez only allowed one of his three inherited runners to score. He would go on to allow two of his own runs in 3.2 innings.
Kenny Swab allowed five runs on four hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning. It was his first appearance since April 19th. Kevin Perez allowed one of those runs to score and went on to allow five more of his own in two innings of work (he allowed three hits and four walks). Alex Black finished out the game by allowing all three of his inherited runners to score, along with three of his own on six hits and two walks over just 1.1 innings.
On offense for the Legends, they had 14 hits and every hitter had at least one. Frank Schwindel and Dominique Taylor each had two hits, including a double. Elier Hernandez and Chad Johnson also had two hits. Humberto Arteaga drove in three runs in the loss, including a two-run single in the ninth.