KC Royals April 23rd Minors Recap


Omaha came back to beat Memphis, 6-5.

Cheslor Cuthbert fell a triple short of the cycle, as his three-run home run in the sixth, broke the 3-3 tie. Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 3-for-5 night (and a two out RBI single). Moises Sierra also had three hits, while Casey Kotchman and Jose Martinez had two hits each.

John Lamb made his season debut and allowed three runs on three hits in the first (there was also an error). He settled down from there, allowing a single in the third (in which he picked the base runner off) and then a single and a walk with two outs in the fifth.

That was the end for Lamb and Brian Broderick went on to allow a hit over the next 2.1 scoreless innings. He was credited with the win.

Luke Hochevar worked around a leadoff walk to get out of his inning (with a double play). Things got interesting in the ninth, as Michael Mariot allowed a two run double with two outs to cut the lead to one run. Joe Paterson earned his second save of the season by inducing a ground out to end the game.

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*In other Storm Chasers roster news, centerfielder

Brett Eibner

was placed on the DL with a hamstring injury.

Lane Adams

was promoted from Double-A and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He struck out once and was caught stealing second base.

NW Arkansas lost their opener in Tulsa by a 7-2 score. Both teams collected eight hits, but the Naturals went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Dusty Coleman, Mike Bianucci, and Terrance Gore each had two hits in the loss. Gore is hitting .280 with six stolen bases.

Jonathan Dziedzic took the loss, as he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three. After Sam Selman pitched a scoreless sixth (though with two walks), Mark Peterson allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in the eighth. That broke the game open for the Drillers.

Wilmington lost their series opener in Frederick, 7-5. The Blue Rocks scored two runs in the ninth.

Eric Skoglund took the loss, as he allowed five runs on nine hits, a walk, and a hit batter over six innings. He struck out four. Estarlin Cordero allowed his first runs of the season (two) on four hits in his two innings of work.

On offense for the Blue Rocks, Jack Lopez went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. He also stole two bases. Mauricio Ramos and Logan Moon each had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI.

Lexington lost their doubleheader in West Virginia. The Legends lost the first game, 3-2 in eight innings.

The Legends had just four hits, including a two-run home run by Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado in the fifth. He had two hits. However, they committed four errors.

Colin Rodgers got the start and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out six. Kevin McCarthy took the loss in relief, allowing the walk off run in the eighth. He allowed three hits and struck out four over the game’s final 3.1 innings. Two of the hits McCarthy allowed came in the eighth and he was hurt by a two out wild pitch.

The Legends lost the second game, 5-2. They out-hit the Power, 8-6, but went just 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and hit into two double plays.

Ryan O’Hearn hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth. He went 2-for-3. Luis Villegas also went 2-for-3 with a two out, RBI double in the second.

Corey Ray took the loss, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over 5.2 innings. He did allow two solo home runs, but struck out 11.

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