KC Royals April 10th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
There was much better pitching all across the four full-season KC Royals minor league affiliates on the second night of the 2015 season.
Omaha couldn’t muster enough offense to beat New Orleans, as they lost 4-1.
Veteran Joe Blanton made his Royals debut and gave the Storm Chasers what is expected of him: a solid outing. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings. Blanton allowed a solo home run in the 2nd inning that gave the Zephrys their first lead.
After Scott Alexander allowed insurance runs in the sixth (two runs on two hits), Casey Coleman pitched two scoreless innings (three hits).
The Storm Chasers collected eight hits, but went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They hit into three double plays and struck out eight times (three times by leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield). Matt Fields collected three hits in the loss (including a double).
It seems Brian Flynn‘s 1/3 of an inning last night cost him some time, as he was placed on the DL today with a lat strain.
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lost for the second straight game to Midland, this time by a3-2
score. All five runs were scored in the first and all on home runs.
Jorge Bonifacio hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first. In the bottom of the inning, Glenn Sparkman allowed a three-run home run (along with two walks and a double). From there, Sparkman did not allow a baserunner over the next three innings (retired ten in a row with six strikeouts).
Mark Peterson followed that up with three scoreless innings (two hits) before Ali Williams pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Naturals collected just three total hits, two in the first. Hunter Dozier singled in the fourth, but was erased on a double play.
Wilmington rebounded from a rough opening night to return the favor in Myrtle Beach, as the Blue Rocks won 8-3.
Cody Reed got the victory, as he allowed a run on five hits and a walk over five-plus innings. He struck out four. Luke Farrell followed and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk over the final four innings. He struck out seven.
Zane Evans gave the Blue Rocks the lead in the second on his first home run of the season (a solo shot). Evans once again went 2-for-4. In the third, Bubba Starling hit a two out, three-run homer. That gives him three extra base hits in his first two games, but he also struck out three times tonight. Logan Moon made his full season debut and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Lexington moved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-1 victory in Charleston.
The game was scoreless until the Legends scored a run in the fifth on Kyle Pollock‘s double. They scored two runs in the sixth, helped by two errors, a balk, and three walks.
Matt Tenuta got the victory, as he allowed three hits over five scoreless innings. He struck out five. Jake Newberry followed with three scoreless, with a walk being his only blemish. He struck out three. Matthew Strahm picked up the save, but allowed the RiverDogs lone run in the ninth (he walked one and there was an error).
Elier Hernandez was hit by a pitch in the second and was pulled after running the bases.