KC Royals April 19th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha took the first game of their doubleheader with New Orleans by a 3-2 score. Problem is, the seven inning game took 11 innings to play, with the Storm Chasers earning the walk off win on a wild pitch on an intentional walk. The base runner moved to third base via an error.
Louis Coleman earned the win in relief, with three hitless innings. He struck out four. Coleman was the last of five pitchers, beginning with Luke Hochevar (1.2IP, 2H, R, BB, 0K). Casey Coleman allowed a run on three hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. Buddy Baumann struck out four over 2.2 scoreless innings, before handing the ball off to Michael Mariot (1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K).
Jose Martinez collected two hits, including a solo home run in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. He also stole a base. Moises Sierra went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base.
The Storm Chasers then took the second game by a 6-1 score. It was well after midnight when the game ended (after starting around 5:30pm). The two teams finish their series on Monday night.
After the Zephrys tied the game in the top half of the fifth, Omaha scored five runs in the bottom of the inning. They collected three hits in the inning, but were helped out by two walks, an error, and four wild pitches.
Clayton Mortensen earned the victory after allowing one run on five hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out seven. Joe Paterson allowed a hit over two scoreless innings (he struck out two).
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Leadoff hitterWhit Merrifield
went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.Brett Eibner
each had two hits and an RBI.
NW Arkansas lost their series opener to Frisco, 7-3. The Naturals were down 5-0 before scoring.
The Naturals scored all three of their runs on one swing of the bat by Alex Liddi. He hit a one out, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth (one of his two hits). Jorge Bonifacio and Balbino Fuenmayor each had two hits in the loss.
J.C. Sulbaran took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits, two walks, and a hit batter over five innings. He allowed a two out, three-run homer in the second. Sulbaran struck out seven.
Wilmington won their series over Frederick, with a 4-3 comeback victory in Sunday’s finale.
The Blue Rocks also turned their second triple play in two seasons and the second turned by Jack Lopez. Playing shortstop with runners on first and second and nobody out in the third, a soft liner was hit towards Lopez and he let it drop. Lopez tagged the runner at second base, tagged the bag, and threw to first base for the final out. Frederick argued that he caught the liner, but to no avail.
Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Rocks came within one run on a double play. Bubba Starling tied the game in the seventh with a solo home run, his second of the season (one of his three hits). They took the lead in the eighth on a sac fly.
Luis Rico got the win in relief of Yender Caramo (5.2IP, 6H, 2R, ER, BB, 4K). Rico allowed an inherited runner to score and one of his own on two hits and three walks over the game’s final 3.1 innings. He struck out four.
Lexington had their finale against West Virginia postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced because the two teams do not play in Lexington again in the first half (but play in WV next weekend).