Royals May 6th Minors Recap


There were two day games on Tuesday, but NW Arkansas continues to struggle at home. The Naturals were swept by in state rival Arkansas with a 5-4 loss in the four-game series finale. The Travelers scored in every inning from the sixth on, including the two out solo home run in the ninth off newly promoted Matt Murray.

Lane Adams (Credit to: Minda Haas)

The loss negated the solid start from Jason Adam, who allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six. The Travelers did have base runners in every inning against him.

On offense, the Naturals collected just four hits, three of which were doubles. Lane Adams had two of them, walked twice, and scored two runs. It extended his hitting streak to eight games. The Naturals worked eight walks.

The Naturals will hopefully enjoy Wednesday off before welcoming Springfield to town for four games beginning on Thursday.

*Murray was added as Greg Billo was placed on the DL. Hopefully this is just a move to watch his innings and not his elbow bothering him.

Wilmington needed a grand slam by Hunter Dozier in the ninth to beat Salem, 6-3.

Blue Rocks third baseman Hunter Dozier at the plate on April 13, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

It was Dozier’s second hit of the game. Plus he walked twice. The Blue Rocks collected 11 hits and worked six walks. Three players had multi-hit games, including Raul Mondesi‘s three hits and two by Johermyn Chavez (one of which was a home run). Mondesi also stole his sixth base of the season.

The Dozier homer took Miguel Almonte off the hook, as he was bit by a two-run home run in the fifth that gave the Red Sox the 3-1 lead. Other than that, Almonte pitched well. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five.

The Blue Rocks bullpen kept the Red Sox offense in check, throwing three scoreless innings. It started with Ali Williams, who was perfect over 1.2 innings and ended with Kyle Bartsch, who picked up the win. He struck out three over the game’s final 1.1 innings.

You can read more about Dozier and the game HERE.

Omaha played the lone night game and lost their series opener in Round Rock by a 7-4 score.

The Express scored six runs in the very first inning and never looked back. Somehow PJ Walters lasted five innings, though he allowed seven hits over the first two innings, including three home runs. He had allowed five hits before recording an out.

Paulo Orlando getting ready to run during spring training (Jen Nevius)

Casey Coleman and Kameron Loe combined for three scoreless innings of relief. Coleman struck out four in two innings.

Omaha actually out-hit the Express 13-10, but went just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They hit into two double plays and struck out 12 times. Johnny Giavotella and Paulo Orlando each had two hits. Orlando’s double drove in two runs in the eighth.

*In roster news, lefty Chris Dwyer was once again placed on the DL. Jimmy Paredes was added after being optioned from the big leagues (he was ejected in the sixth after grounding out). Jason Donald was also activated from the DL, though he is still listed on the DL on the Storm Chasers website (but he played tonight and went 1-for-2 with a run scored).

Lexington had the day off as they return home to face Asheville for three games.