Royals August 28th Minors Recap


Omaha broke their four game losing streak with a 7-2 victory in their series opener against Colorado Springs. OKC did not play, so the Storm Chasers are now 1.5 games back.

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

Aaron Brooks was stellar for his second consecutive start. He allowed just two hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven. Brooks allowed his first hit, a double to lead off the fifth. He walked a batter with one out in the sixth and allowed a two out single in the seventh.

Scott Alexander pitched a scoreless eighth before Blake Wood allowed two runs in the ninth on a home run.

The Storm Chasers scored four runs in the third on two home runs: a solo shot by Brett Hayes and a two out, three-run homer by Johnny Giavotella (one of his three hits).

Whit Merrifield and Paulo Orlando each had two hits in the win.

NW Arkansas won the pitcher’s duel over Tulsa, 2-1.

Sugar Ray Marimon took the no decision, as he allowed three hits and two walks over six scoreless innings. Aaron Crow made his debut and allowed a solo home run in the seventh to tie the game at 1-1. He was credited with the win when the Naturals scored a run in the top of the eighth on Brian Fletcher‘s sac fly.

Malcom Culver struck out the side in the ninth to earn his seventh save.

Orlando Calixte hit a solo home run in the fourth, his 11th of the season. Lane Adams and Justin Trapp each had two hits in the win.

*Adams and starter Andy Ferguson were named to the end-of-season Texas League All-Star team.

Wilmington busted out in a big way, beating Potomac, 8-0. Unfortunately, the two teams they are chasing for the final playoff spot also won, meaning they are still 1.5 games back.

It was a pitcher’s duel and a scoreless tie until the P-Nats made a pitching change after five innings. After having just three hits to that point, the Blue Rocks offense came alive in the sixth.

Raul Adalberto Mondesi got it all started with a triple off the right fielder’s glove. Brett Eibner followed with an RBI double (one of his three hits). It was his first RBI since returning from the DL. Eibner came around to score on Frank Schwindel‘s single.

In the 7th inning, the Blue Rocks tacked on three more runs on four more hits. In the eighth, they added three more on four hits. Every Blue Rock had at least one hit, as they totaled 14.

The offensive explosion made a winner of Jonathan Dziedzic, who won for the first time since May 24th. He scattered five hits over six scoreless innings while striking out eight. Andrew Edwards rebounded from a rough few weeks with three scoreless to earn his first save. He walked two and struck out three.

*Glenn Sparkman was named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Year. Former closer Mark Peterson (who is now with NWA) also made the postseason All-Star team as the top reliever.

Lexington lost their series and home finale to West Virginia, 12-7 in ten innings. The two teams combined for 26 hits.

The Power scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and five runs in the top of the tenth.

Kenny Diekroger hit a two-run home run in the sixth and Humberto Arteaga followed with a solo shot. That gave the Legends a 6-4 lead.

The Legends collected 12 hits, two each by Diekeroeger, Carlos Garcia, Elier Hernandez, and Luis Villegas.

Luis Rico got the start and allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out three. Andrew Brockett allowed two runs on on three hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Robinson Yambati got the blown save and loss, as he allowed six runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks over 1.2 innings.