Royals May 3rd Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha held on for a 4-2 victory over Oklahoma City. A three-run 3rd inning helped propel the Storm Chasers.
Photo courtesy of Minda Haas
John Lamb earned his first win of the season, as he scattered seven hits over 5.1 innings. He allowed two runs (one on a home run), walked three, and struck out seven. Spencer Patton entered in the sixth and stranded his one inherited base runner. Lefty Francisley Bueno pitched in his first game of rehab and threw a scoreless inning. Buddy Baumann earned his first save of the season with two scoreless innings.
Johnny Giavotella hit two doubles and drove in two to give him 200 RBIs as a Storm Chaser. He even stole a base. Lorenzo Cain continued his rehab and went 0-for-3 as the lead off hitter. He also played centerfield. Pedro Ciriaco also had two hits, including a double.
NW Arkansas lost their series opener to Arkansas, 5-4 in 15 innings. Kaleb Cowart hit a solo home run to lead off the 15th.
Both teams scored single runs in the 14th, with the Naturals scoring their run on a wild pitch with two outs. It was the first time either team had scored since the sixth.
Noel Arguelles took the loss, even though his relief outing started with two perfect innings. He allowed two runs on three hits over four innings and threw 36 of his 47 pitches for strikes. It was probably his best outing of the season.
Five hours earlier, Sam Selman got the start and allowed three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. He left with a 3-0 lead. Greg Billo followed and allowed three runs on eight hits over 2.2 innings. Cody Fassold was next and allowed just two hits and a walk over 3.1 scoreless innings. He struck out four.
The Naturals collected eight hits, three by Jorge Bonifacio. They also walked six times, but went just 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position. They hit into one double play and struck out 14 times.
To start the 8th inning, manager Vance Wilson was ejected. It came after Justin Trapp was called out on strikes to end the seventh.
Blue Rocks starter Christian Binford against Winston-Salem on April 12, 2014 (Jen Nevius).
Wilmington bashed Carolina, 8-1.
Christian Binford was perfect through four with six strikeouts. The perfect game was broken up when Jeremy Lucas doubled to lead off the fifth. He ended up allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings. Binford struck out eight while throwing 60 of his 82 pitches for strikes.
Bubba Starling put the Blue Rocks on the board in the first with a two-run home run, just his second of the season. They broke the game open in the fourth with a five-run inning. Raul Mondesi and Zane Evans each had two hits, including a double each.
Lexington lost in Hagerstown, 7-1.
The Legends collected eight hits, seven of which came from the bottom five in the order. Elier Hernandez and Samir Duenez each had two hits, with three doubles between them.
Luis Rico dropped to 0-4 on the season, as he allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. Andrew Edwards allowed two runs on seven hits over the game’s final four innings.