KC Royals May 1st Minors Recap


Omaha was pummeled by host Colorado Springs, 16-4. The Sky Sox pounded out 21 hits, including three home runs.

Luke Hochevar took the loss, as he allowed seven runs on seven hits and a walk over 1.2 innings. The Sky Sox sent 13 men to the plate against him. Chris Dwyer got out of the 2nd inning, but allowed an inherited run to score.

Joe Blanton followed with his worst outing of the season, allowing five runs on eight hits over four innings. Joe Paterson did not make it out of the seventh, as he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while recording two outs. Brian Broderick entered with the bases loaded and allowed two inherited runners to score.

In positive news, Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a ninth inning double. Francisco Pena and Reymond Fuentes each had two hits in the loss.

*In roster news, infielder Orlando Calixte was called up to the KC Royals to take the place of Alcides Escobar, who was placed on the seven-day concussion DL.

NW Arkansas opened up their series with Tulsa with a 10-3 victory.

The Naturals busted out the offense, collecting 15 hits. In his first game of the season, catcher Micah Gibbs went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Balbino Fuenmayor also had four hits, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Alex Liddi and Mike Bianucci each had two hits in the win (Liddi doubled twice).

The burst of offense made a winner of Miguel Almonte for the first time this season. He allowed one run on five hits over five innings. He struck out seven in his longest outing of the season. Malcom Culver then threw two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts.

Wilmington won the first game of their series against Winston-Salem by a 6-1 score. The game was scoreless until the seventh, when the Dash scored one run in the top of the inning. The Blue Rocks came back with a five-spot, sending ten men to the plate.

The bottom of the seventh began with a Frank Schwindel single. After Zane Evans doubled (one of his two hits), Mauricio Ramos drove in Schwindel with a single (one of Ramos’ two hits). Logan Moon drove in a run with a single (one of his two hits) and with the bases loaded (and after a pitching change), Daniel Rockett walked to score another run. With two outs, Jack Lopez drove in two with a single.

Jake Junis took the no decision, as he left in the seventh with two on and one out. Nick Green allowed one of the runs to score. Junis allowed just four hits and struck out eight over 6.1 innings. He retired the first seven batters of the game before allowing a one out single in the third. He then retired ten in a row before allowing a two out single in the sixth.

Lexington lost the first game of their series in Asheville, 4-1.

Despite the fact that the Legends scored a run in the first, it was not until there were two outs in the top of the ninth that they collected their first hit. With two outs, Carlos Garcia doubled. Corey Toups followed with a single, but Garcia was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

In the first, Garcia was hit by a pitch to leadoff the game, stole second base, moved to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on a sac fly. The Legends struck out 12 times.

Zachary Lovvorn took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out six. Ashton Goudeau followed with 2.2 perfect innings of relief (four strikeouts).

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