Royals August 24th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha lost in walk off fashion, 5-4 in their first game in Reno.
After Chris Dwyer struck out both batters he faced in the eighth, he immediately gave up back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the ninth. After a sac bunt and an intentional walk, a sac fly won it for the Aces.
The Aces scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead, only to see the Storm Chasers tie the game up in the top of the seventh on Pedro Ciriaco‘s two out single.
The Storm Chasers out-hit Reno, 9-7, but went just 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Francisco Pena hit his 27th home run with two outs in the first (one of his two hits). Brian Bocock went 3-for-4, while Johnny Giavotella had two hits in the loss.
NW Arkansas split their doubleheader with Arkansas. They now dropped into last place in the North Division of the Texas League (nine games back).
The Naturals took the first game by a 6-5 score.
In Game 1, the Naturals came back with four runs in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh to break the tie. A one out walk came around to score in the seventh on Mark Threlkeld‘s double. It was his second RBI in two innings. In the sixth, Angel Franco tripled in two runs to take their short-lived lead.
Tim Melville improved to 2-10 on the season, as he allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. He also allowed three solo home runs. Noel Arguelles earned his first save with a scoreless seventh.
The Naturals lost the second game, 5-2. The Travelers led 5-0 after two innings.
Tripp Davis took the loss in his first Double-A start. He allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. Mark Peterson worked a scoreless seventh.
The Naturals collected six hits, two by Jorge Bonifacio. He also drove in a run.
Wilmington and Salem also played two on Sunday evening. Once again, the first game started in a rain delay. The Red Sox came back and won the suspended game, 7-4.
When the game restarted, the Blue Rocks led 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Red Sox had the bases loaded and nobody out. In came Daniel Stumpf, who walked in the first run. A ground out and a single later, Salem had retaken the lead.
The Blue Rocks took the second game, 5-4 in 11 innings.
Things were wild in the top of the 11th. Raul Mondesi led off the inning with a walk and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Bubba Starling struck out, but Mondesi moved to third base on the throw to first base to complete the strikeout. That brought up Frank Schwindel, who broke the tie with a single to left. He also doubled in a run to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth.
Kyle Bartsch struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th inning to earn his sixth save of the season. He saved the game for reliever Luis Santos, who allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over three innings.
Sean Manaea was once again solid in the start. He left with the lead, as he allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out four and induced 11 ground outs.
The Blue Rocks collected ten hits, three by Cam Gallagher. Mondesi and Schwindel each had two hits in the win. Brett Eibner collected his first hit since returning from the DL, a double to lead off the game.
With the split, the Blue Rocks are now tied with Lynchburg for the final playoff spot in the Northern Division of the Carolina League.
Lexington won their fifth in a row with a series sweep in Augusta. The Legends won 4-2 in the finale.
Cody Reed was solid in earning his third win of the season. He allowed just two hits and walked three over five innings. He struck out five. After Ashton Goudeau allowed two runs over the next two innings, Andrew Brockett and Tim Hill each worked a scoreless inning. Hill earned his seventh save of the season.
The Legends collected eight hits. Chad Johnson had two hits and scored two runs, while Elier Hernandez went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Hernandez has had multi-hit games in each of his last five and in seven of his last eight. That has raised his average to a respectable .256.