KC Royals April 13th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha was set to begin their four-game series in Memphis, but Mother Nature had other plans. The first game of the series was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 17th. Clayton Mortensen will make his first start of the season on Tuesday for the Storm Chasers.
NW Arkansas lost for the second straight day in Frisco, this time by a 7-4 score. The Naturals finish the series against the RoughRiders on Tuesday.
J.C. Sulbaran was the hard luck loser, as he allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He induced ten ground outs compared to one fly out and struck out three. Sulbaran allowed a solo home run in the fifth.
Things fell apart in the sixth for the Naturals when Matt Murray made his season debut. He left with two men on base and both scored. All-in-all, Murray allowed four runs on four hits and a walk while recording just two outs. Reid Redman allowed two runs of his own (one earned) on two hits over 2.1 innings.
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On offense,Balbino Fuenmayor
went 2-for-5 with an RBI.Dusty Coleman
went 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.Angel Franco
doubled and walked three times. KC Royals speedsterTerrance Gore
has yet to collect a hit this season, but he did walk twice and steal two bases.
Wilmington lost their series opener in Carolina in walk off fashion, 4-3.
Luis Rico made his Blue Rocks debut and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. He struck out nine. Yender Caramo was the hard luck loser, as he was pulled in the ninth with a runner on second base and one out. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed four hits and walked one. Nick Green entered and after a strikeout, allowed the game winning hit, an RBI single.
The Blue Rocks had plenty of chances (12 hits and four walks), but went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. They hit into three double plays and struck out seven times. The top of the Blue Rocks order collected seven of the hits. Ramon Torres went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Dominique Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Bubba Starling went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Lexington not only battled Greenville, but also an hour plus rain delay and themselves. The Legends held on for the 8-6 victory.
Down 2-0 heading into the fourth, the Legends scored six runs, which started with a two-run home run by Ryan O’Hearn (his first of the season). O’Hearn had three hits. With two outs (and after a pitching change), the Legends worked two walks and a hit batter driving in a run. Alfredo-Escalera Maldonado followed with a bases clearing single (helped by a fielding error in left field). They scored two more runs in the fifth on Wander Franco‘s two out single.
The Legends committed eight errors, which cost the team three runs. Centerfielder Brandon Downes and second baseman Carlos Garcia each committed two errors.
Zach Lovvorn, who pitched in relief on Opening Night, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk over the first 3.2 innings. He struck out five. Ashton Goudeau was credited with the win. He allowed an unearned run (and one of Lovvorn’s runs) on two hits while striking out four over two innings. Evan Beal allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Kevin McCarthy earned the save with two scoreless innings of relief (just one hit allowed and five ground outs induced). Goudeau, Beal, and McCarthy were making their season debuts.