KC Royals April 30th Minors Recap


The final day of April proved to be somewhat successful for the KC Royals affiliates, as three of the four teams were victorious.

Let’s start with Omaha, who beat Colorado Springs in the first game of the series, 9-4. The Storm Chasers led by one run before a four-run top of the eighth.

In that 8th inning, Lane Adams hit his second home run since being promoted to Triple-A, a two-run shot. Five Storm Chasers had multi hit games, including Reymond Fuentes, who went 5-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Francisco Pena went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 14 games, with a 2-for-5 night (a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored).

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Omaha starter

John Lamb

allowed singles in every inning, but the fifth (he was perfect) and sixth (he allowed a double and a homer). Overall, Lamb allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out six and earned his first win of the season.

NW Arkansas swept their series over Springfield, winning the finale by a 7-2 score. The Naturals scored two runs in the first and never looked back.

Balbino Fuenmayor drove in the game’s first run with a single and Hunter Dozier followed with an RBI double. Fuenmayor and Naturals leadoff hitter Angel Franco each had three hits. Dozier, Santiago Nessy, and Terrance Gore all had two hits. Every Natural collected at least one hit.

J.C. Sulbaran earned the win, throwing six scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and walked three, while striking out four. Reid Redman followed with two scoreless before Sam Selman allowed two runs in the ninth.

In roster news, starter Glenn Sparkman was placed on the DL to make room for catcher Micah Gibbs.

Wilmington won their series over Myrtle Beach, winning the finale by a 6-4 score. The Blue Rocks now welcome Winston-Salem to town for four-games.

Catcher Cam Gallagher left the game in the fifth with an apparent back injury. Frank Schwindel, who was playing first base, moved behind the plate for the first time this season. The Pelicans took the lead in the top of the seventh on a Schwindel passed ball. However, he hit a two-run home run in the Blue Rocks four-run eighth to tie the game. It was his first homer of the season.

That made a winner of Luis Rico, who allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out three. Robinson Yambati pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the season (which leads the Carolina League).

Blue Rocks starter Yender Caramo took the no decision, as he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out two and induced 12 ground outs.

Schwindel, Dominique TaylorMauricio Ramos, and Kenny Diekroeger each had two hits in the win.

Lexington lost their series to Rome, losing the finale by a 5-2 score. The Legends now head to Asheville for four games.

The Legends collected seven hits in the loss, two extra base hits by Corey Toups (a double and a triple).

Colin Rodgers took the loss in relief of Corey Ray (4IP, 6H, R, 4BB, 3K). Rodgers allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four, but hit two batters. He was hurt by two errors at third base by Carlos Garcia (he now has eight on the season).

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