KC Royals April 18th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha and New Orleans were postponed on Saturday night, with a doubleheader scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The Storm Chasers lost both starter Yohan Pino and infielder Orlando Calixte, who were called up to the KC Royals on Saturday. They will return outfielder Reymond Fuentes.
NW Arkansas won their first series of the season with a 5-0 victory over Midland.
Brandon Finnegan got the start and turned in his best outing this season. Though he walked three, he allowed just one hit over four scoreless innings. Andy Ferguson earned the win in relief, as he allowed three hits and three walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out seven.
Leading 1-0, the Naturals broke the game open with a four-run 6th inning. Dusty Coleman capped the inning with a two out, two-run single
Terrance Gore returned to the Naturals and went 2-for-3 (his first two hits of the season) with a run scored and two stole bases. To make room for him on the roster, right-handed reliever Ali Williams was placed on the DL with a right shoulder injury.
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. Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Rocks scored two in the bottom of the inning and two more in the sixth.
Bubba Starling singled in the Blue Rocks first run and came around to score on Frank Schwindel‘s double. In the sixth, Starling singled, stole second base, and scored on Cam Gallagher‘s double. Robert Pehl‘s single gave the Blue Rocks the lead.
Benino Pruneda earned the win in relief of starter Eric Skoglund (5.1IP, 4H, 3R, ER, 2BB, 4K). Pruneda entered in the sixth with two men on base and left both stranded. He threw 1.2 hitless innings of relief. Robinson Yambati earned the two inning save by striking out five of the seven batters he faced.
Lexington lost to West Virginia, 8-6. The Legends had the tying run on second base after scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Ryan O’Hearn struck out to end the game.
The three runs allowed by Legends starter Zach Lovvorn were unearned (the Legends committed two errors and had a passed ball). Lovvorn allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings. Ashton Goudeau then allowed five runs on five hits and a walk over two innings (though all five runs scored in the sixth).
Though Evan Beal pitched two scoreless innings, he walked four and allowed two hits. Kevin McCarthy pitched a perfect ninth.
On offense, the Legends collected nine hits, three by leadoff hitter Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado. He doubled but did not score a run. Corey Toups hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, his third home run of the season.