KC Royals April 14th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha broke the scoreless tie in the sixth with a four-spot and beat Memphis, 5-1.
The 6th inning for Omaha started with a leadoff walk to Whit Merrifield. Reymond Fuentes followed with a single before Brett Eibner singled in the game’s first run. It also chased Memphis starter John Gast from the game.
Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Matt Fields grounded into a force out to drive in the Storm Chasers second run and another run scored on a throwing error on the play. Francisco Pena drove in the inning’s final run with a fielder’s choice.
Fuentes, Eibner, and Cheslor Cuthbert each had two hits in the win.
Clayton Mortensen made his season debut and threw six scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and a walk and struck out three. Brian Broderick allowed the lone Redbirds run in the seventh before Scott Alexander and Louis Coleman each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
NW Arkansas won the final game of their series in Frisco by a 6-2 score.
Miguel Almonte struggled right out of the gate in his second start of the season. He allowed a run in the first and hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. He settled down a bit, but then allowed another run in the fourth before being replaced by Daniel Stumpf.
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Stumpf had an awful Double-A debut on Opening Night, but rebounded nicely on Tuesday. He did not allow a base runner over three scoreless innings while striking out two.Mark Peterson
followed with two scoreless innings (though he allowed two hits) beforeAroni Nina
struck out the side in the ninth.
The Naturals collected eight hits, two each by Jorge Bonifacio, Mike Bianucci, and Hunter Dozier (the 3-4-5 hitters). Bonifacio hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth, as the KC Royals prospect is already one home run away from matching his total of last year.
Terrance Gore was pulled in the middle of the fourth, as Lane Adams (1-for-3) replaced him in centerfield with one on and nobody out.
Wilmington was rained out in Carolina and the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 31st. The two teams finish up their series on Wednesday afternoon. Jakob Junis will make his second start for the Blue Rocks.
Lexington won their second straight in Greenville, with a 5-3 victory. The two teams finish their series Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 3-3, the Legends scored two runs in the top of the eighth on Wander Franco‘s two out single. It was one of his two hits and Franco now has five RBIs on the season. Chad Johnson had three hits and a stolen base, while Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado and Samir Duenez each had two hits (including a double).
Pedro Fernandez picked up the win in relief, though he also got a blown save. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk over four innings. That came in relief of Torey Deshazier, who allowed two hits (including a solo home run) while striking out five.