Royals AFL October 14th Recap

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Peoria was thumped by Glendale, 9-0 in their first night home game. The Javelinas collected just three hits, none until the fourth against the Desert Dogs second pitcher.

Blue Rocks starter Miguel Almonte against Salem on May 12, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

The lone bright spots on the pitching front for Peoria were KC Royals relievers Miguel Almonte and Sam Selman. Almonte entered in the 4th inning with a runner on first base and two outs and got a strikeout. In the fifth, he hit the first batter he faced before getting a strikeout (though the base runner stole second base). After the catcher picked off that base runner, Almonte got another strikeout to end the inning. In his final inning, Almonte allowed a leadoff single, but a double play on a line out erased the base runner. He ended his outing with a strikeout.

So, Almonte allowed a hit and hit a batter over 2.1 innings. He struck out four.

Selman entered the out-of-hand game in the top of the ninth. The lefty got a pop up and a ground out on just six pitches before allowing a two out single. Selman then got a strikeout to end the inning, but threw another 11 pitches (17 total).

Hunter Dozier started at third base and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Raul Mondesi started at shortstop, but shifted to the nine-spot in the order. It didn’t help his offense, as he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He also committed a throwing error, his first in the AFL. It came in the 3rd inning, with runners at second and third base and one out (Glendale scored two runs in that inning and one on that play).

*Former Royal Patrick Leonard went 0-for-4 with a strikeout while playing first base for Peoria.