Royals July 24th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha beat Memphis, 3-2 in ten innings. With one out and a runner on second base, Whit Merrifield reached via a throwing error by former big leaguer Pete Kozma, allowing the go ahead run to score.
May 31, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Aaron Brooks delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The two teams traded solo home runs, one by the Redbirds’ Scott Moore with two outs in the first, the other by Omaha’s Carlos Peguero in the fourth.
Aaron Brooks was solid in the no decision. He allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out seven. Casey Coleman allowed two hits over three scoreless innings to earn the win. He induced a game ending double play after allowing a one out single in the bottom of the tenth.
On offense for the Storm Chasers, Christian Colon, Peguero, and Pedro Ciriaco each had two hits in the win. Ciriaco scored two runs.
*In roster news, Jesus Flores was officially released. He had not played for Omaha since July 9th.
NW Arkansas lost to Springfield, 4-3.
Reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week Andy Ferguson made his third start against the Cardinals (out of his last four) and struggled right out of the gate. He allowed two runs in the first on three hits and two walks. Overall, Ferguson allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks over 5.1 innings.
Malcom Culver followed with 2.2 hitless innings. He struck out four. Blake Wood made his first relief appearance since joining the Naturals and allowed a hit while striking out two in his inning of work.
One day after Cheslor Cuthbert made his professional debut at second base, he was back at his natural position, third base. He went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. He even stole a base. Edinson Rincon and Ethan Chapman also had two hits in the loss.
Wilmington had their series finale in Carolina rained out. It was the last time the two teams were to meet, so it will not be made up. It stinks because the Blue Rocks OWN the Mudcats (14-5 this season) and the Blue Rocks have played so well on the road, 13-8 in the second half.
The Blue Rocks return home to play Winston-Salem for three games over the weekend. They currently still lead the Northern Division, but now just by a 1/2 game (Potomac is tied with the Dash in the ninth). UPDATE: The P-Nats won 9-6 in 11 innings, meaning the two teams are tied for first place. On the positive side, who knows what time the Dash got into Wilmington this morning.
Lexington lost to Charleston, 10-3. The game was tied at 1-1 after the first inning.
Jake Junis took the loss, as he allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits over 4.2 innings. He allowed a two-run home run in the fourth. Junis did not walk a batter, while striking out eight.
The Legends collected just four hits, including Carlos Garcia‘s two out, two-run double. However, they also committed three errors which cost them three runs.