KC Royals May 3rd Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha split their series in Colorado Springs, with a 4-2 victory in the finale. The Storm Chasers now return home for a week, starting with Round Rock on Monday night.
Aaron Brooks won his second game of the season, tossing seven solid innings. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight.
Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 17 games. His two-run home run in the sixth gave the Storm Chasers a 3-0 cushion. Moises Sierra went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (his seventh of the season). Jose Martinez and Ryan Jackson each had two hits in the win.
NW Arkansas extended their winning streak to eight games with a 12-3 drubbing of Tulsa. The two teams finish up their series on Monday afternoon.
The Naturals scored four runs in the first and never looked back. They pounded out 18 hits, nine of which went for extra bases. Sixteen of those hits came from the top six in the order.
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Leadoff hitterDusty Coleman
went 3-for-6 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.Angel Franco
went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored.Jorge Bonifacio
hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth.
Balbino Fuenmayor went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a two-run homer. He also drove in five and scored three runs. Hunter Dozier and Bubba Starling each had two hits in the win. Starling stole his first base in Double-A.
That was enough offense for Jonathan Dziedzic to earn his first Double-A victory. Dziedzic allowed four hits and walked one over six scoreless innings. He struck out two and induced nine ground outs.
Wilmington will look to take the series over Winston-Salem on Monday night, as they beat the Dash, 4-1 on Sunday.
The Blue Rocks took a 2-0 lead in the first on back-to-back RBI doubles from Frank Schwindel and Zane Evans. In the fourth, Evans doubled in another run, with their final run scoring on a sac fly. Evans had four of the Blue Rocks seven hits (three doubles).
Schwindel made his first start behind the plate, catching starter Alec Mills. Mills allowed an unearned run on four hits over five innings. He struck out six. The Dash’s lone run came in the fifth on three straight Blue Rocks errors.
Benino Pruneda followed with two hitless innings of relief. He walked one and struck out four. Estarlin Cordero followed with two perfect innings and three strikeouts for his first save of the season.
*In roster news, the Blue Rocks put catcher Cam Gallagher on the DL, after he injured his back on April 30th. Pedro Gonzalez was added from extended spring training.
Lexington looks to take the series over Asheville on Monday, as they beat the Tourists 6-3 on Sunday. The Legends scored four of their runs with two outs.
The Legends received a solid bullpen effort from a trio of relievers, as starter Matt Tenuta was injured in the bottom of the first on an infield hit. Kevin McCarthy allowed one of the two inherited runners to score in the first and a run of his own in the fourth (it was unearned). He earned the victory, allowing three hits over 3.2 innings with two strikeouts.
Jake Newberry followed with four solid innings. He allowed one run on two hits (a solo homer in the eighth). Matt Strahm earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
The Legends collected 15 hits, just three for extra bases. Ryan O’Hearn and Brandon Downes each had three hits. Downes hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. Carlos Garcia and Wander Franco each had two hits with an RBI. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado also had two hits and a stolen base, despite not entering the game until the sixth as a pinch runner.