KC Royals May 12th Minors Recap


Omaha lost in Round Rock, 11-1 after an hour-plus rain delay. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Express scored seven runs.

That made a loser of Clayton Mortensen, who allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. He allowed two home runs: a three-run and two-run homer.

The Storm Chasers collected six hits, two from shortstop Orlando Calixte in his first game back from the big leagues. He also committed his fifth error, which cost the team two runs in the 8th inning. Texas big league rehabber Josh Hamilton singled in two runs in the eighth off lefty Joe Paterson (the first batter he faced in relief of Michael Mariot).

NW Arkansas swept their series in Arkansas, winning Tuesday afternoon by an 8-3 score. After enjoying Wednesday off, the first place Naturals will play 17 of their next 18 games at home.

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The Naturals were down 2-0 heading into the top of the fifth. They then scored three runs in that inning and two each over the next two innings.

In the sixth, Mike Bianucci and Balbino Fuenmayor hit back-to-back solo home runs. It was Bianucci’s eighth and Fuenmayor’s seventh. The bottom two in the Naturals order, Terrance Gore and Ethan Chapman, each went 2-for-4. Gore scored three runs and stole two bases (he now has 13 on the season). However, he was caught for the first time. Chapman doubled in a run.

Brandon Finnegan made the start for the Naturals, his first since returning from the KC Royals. He only threw 2.1 innings because he reached his pitch limit (44 pitches, 25 strikes). Finnegan walked two and struck out four. Matt Murray was next and allowed all three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out four and earned his third win of the season.

Sam Selman entered in the sixth with two men on base and left them stranded. He struck out five in 2.1 perfect innings.

Wilmington lost the pitcher’s duel in their series opener against Potomac, 2-0. The game was scoreless until the sixth.

Yender Caramo was the hard luck loser, as he pitched seven innings for the first time this season. Prior to the sixth, he had allowed two hits, but those base runners were erased on double plays.

With two outs in the sixth, the P-Nats reached base with two outs on a hit batter. After a stolen base, a single broke the scoreless tie. Caramo then allowed two hits in the seventh, including an RBI double with two outs.

Luis Rico was perfect over the final two innings for the Blue Rocks, striking out four.

The Blue Rocks collected just five hits, all singles.

Lexington lost their series to Kannapolis by losing the finale, 7-3. That came after the Legends led 2-0 after one inning.

The Legends scored their two runs in the first on an error and a ground out. They only collected three hits, including a double from Luis Villegas.

However, the Legends committed four errors that led to three unearned runs. Zach Lovvorn allowed all seven runs (four earned) on eight hits over five innings. He struck out five. He also hit two batters. Jake Newberry followed with three scoreless innings of relief (H, BB, 3K).

The Legends will now enjoy the day off before heading out on the road for seven games on Thursday.

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