Royals May 1st Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha split their doubleheader in Iowa.
The Storm Chasers lost the first game by a 1-0 final. The lone run scored with two outs in the fourth.
Tim Collins, Big leaguer (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Rehabbing lefty Tim Collins got the start and struck out five of the six batters he faced. He did walk one and hit one over two innings. Ramon Troncoso took the loss, as he allowed the lone run on four hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out four. Lefty Buddy Baumann continues to dazzle, as he struck out two over one inning of work (he has a 0.00 ERA).
The Storm Chasers collected just three hits, though two were doubles.
Omaha won the second game by an 8-6 score. They came back from a 6-2 deficit after just three innings.
PJ Walters struggled and allowed six runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks over just 2.2 innings. Justin Marks entered with two men on and left them stranded. He threw 2.1 scoreless innings. Spencer Patton earned his fourth save of the season by throwing two hitless innings. He did struggle with his command, throwing 19 of his 35 pitches for strikes.
Brian Fletcher fell a triple shy of the cycle and Brian Bocock also had three hits (he also scored three runs). Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella each had two hits, while CC drove in two runs and Gio drove in the eventual game winner.
Royals minor league third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert on the backfields during 2014 spring training (Jen Nevius).
NW Arkansas lost to Springfield, 7-3. The Cardinals scored in just two innings, as did the Naturals.
Every time the Naturals tied the game or took the lead, starter Jason Adam coughed up more runs. In the 2nd inning, the Naturals got on the board on Edinson Rincon‘s two out RBI double. However in the bottom of the inning, the Cardinals scored three runs, capped by a two out, two-run double by Mike O’Neill. In the top of the sixth, Cheslor Cuthbert hit a two-run home run to tie the game, only to see Adam allow four runs in the bottom of the inning, capped by a three-run homer.
Cuthbert and Mark Threlkeld, the Naturals 4-5 hitters, went 5-for-8 with two runs scored.
Reliever Angel Baez threw his third straight scoreless relief outing, as he allowed a hit and a walk (and committed an error) over 2.2 innings. He struck out three.
The Naturals outfield duo of Lane Adams and Jorge Bonifacio struggled in the field, as Adams committed his third error, while Bonifacio committed his fourth.
Wilmington lost their first game in Carolina by a 6-3 score.
Hunter Dozier during a 2014 spring training game versus Cincinnati (Jen Nevius).
It was the Hunter Dozier show for the Blue Rocks, as he hit his first home run of the season with two outs in the first to give them the lead. He had three of the Blue Rocks’ seven hits and drove in all three runs. Cam Gallagher had two hits in the loss.
Miguel Almonte once again struggled, though he last pitched on April 21st (due to rain outs and scheduled days off). He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He took his first loss of the season.
The Blue Rocks relievers continue to struggle with inherited runners. Aroni Nina entered in the sixth and allowed one of Almonte’s runs to score. Zeb Sneed entered in the seventh and allowed both of Nina’s runs to score. Yender Caramo, pushed out of the rotation with all of the off days, threw a scoreless inning of relief (he last pitched April 23rd).
Lexington lost their doubleheader to Lakewood and have now lost five in a row. The Legends head out on the road for four games in Hagerstown.
The Legends lost the first game by a 3-1 score.
Luis Santos was the hard luck loser, as he pitched a complete game. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out four. Two of the runs scored on a home run in the 3rd inning.
The Legends collected four hits, all singles.
The Legends lost the second game by a 10-5 score. The Blue Claws scored four in the second to take the lead and four more in the fifth.
Fred Ford hit his third home run of the season, a two out, two-run shot in the 5th inning. Ramon Torres went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. He also stole two bases.
Luke Farrell allowed nine runs on seven hits and six walks over four plus innings (he pitched to four batters in the fifth). Jose Miguel Rodriguez was solid in relief, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over the final three innings. He struck out four and induced three ground outs.
In roster news, catcher Jin-Ho Shin retired.