Royals June 30th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha lost in ten innings to Iowa, 7-6. The Storm Chasers led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.
In his first inning of work, Wilking Rodriguez allowed a lead off double and a sac bunt put the winning run on third base in the tenth. After back-to-back intentional walks, Josh Vitters singled to right field for the game winner.
Spencer Patton started the bottom of the eighth by walking the first two batters. In came Casey Coleman, who got a line out before loading the bases with a walk. Kris Bryant gave the Cubs the lead with a grand slam. It was short-lived, as Matt Fields delivered a two out RBI single in the top of the ninth to tie the game (he had struck out in his other four at-bats).
The loss negated the solid start by Sugar Ray Marimon, who allowed a two run home run to Manny Ramirez in 6.1 innings of work. The Cubs collected six hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out four.
The Storm Chasers scored four of their runs in the 2nd inning, all coming on home runs. Carlos Peguero hit a three-run shot and Francisco Pena followed with a solo homer. Peguero drove in four runs. Johnny Giavotella collected three hits, while Jimmy Paredes had two hits in the loss.
NW Arkansas lost their afternoon finale in Frisco, 9-2.
Jason Adam was battered for seven runs on ten hits and a walk over four innings. He allowed three doubles, a triple, and a home run. On a positive note, Matt Murray threw three hitless innings, allowing just a walk.
The Naturals collected seven hits, five of them went for extra bases. Lane Adams hit two doubles. He also stole his 28th base of the season.
Wilmington has now lost six in a row as they lost in walk off fashion in Salem, 7-5 in ten innings. Both teams scored two runs each in the 8th inning.
With one out and a runner on base in the bottom of the tenth, Ryan Dent hit a walk off home run.
Miguel Almonte got the start for the Blue Rocks and was solid allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over 6.1 innings. He did leave with the bases loaded in the seventh, but Mark Peterson entered and induced a double play to end the threat. Peterson struggled in the 8th inning, allowing two runs (one scored on a stolen base throwing error).
The Blue Rocks collected nine hits, three by DH Michael Antonio. Jack Lopez had two hits in the loss.
Lexington beat Augusta, 6-5.
Andrew Edwards made his first start since May 19th and was solid across four innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk. Over the next 3.1 innings, Matt Alvarez allowed two solo home runs that cut the lead to one run. However, Jose Miguel Rodriguez did not allow a base runner in the final 1.2 innings to earn his fifth save of the season.
The Legends also hit two solo homers: one by Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado in the fifth and one by Frank Schwindel in the sixth. The Legends scored three runs in the sixth to give them the lead. Escalera and Schwindel collected two hits, as did Chad Johnson.
*In roster news, outfielder Dominique Taylor was placed on the DL. Alexis Rivera was added from Idaho Falls.