KC Royals Minors Recap: Hunter Dozier Hits Walkoff for Win


Omaha split their doubleheader in Memphis.

The Storm Chasers won the first game, 2-1 to end their five game losing streak.

They scored both of their runs in the top of the second on Orlando Calixte‘s second home run of the season. Yohan Pino earned the win in his first start back from the KC Royals. He allowed a run on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three.

On something you don’t see every day, slugger Matt Fields batted ninth and went 2-for-3.

The Redbirds won the second game, 4-1.

Dusty Coleman gave the Storm Chasers a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a single (his first RBI with Omaha).

Chris Dwyer made the spot start and allowed a run on four hits and four walks over two-plus innings (two batters in the third). Joe Paterson took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks over two innings. He also allowed Dwyer’s run. Michael Mariot pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

NW Arkansas walked off against Springfield, 3-2 to win the series.

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The Naturals were down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded,

Terrance Gore

was hit by a pitch to tie the game. With one out in the bottom of the tenth,

Hunter Dozier

hit a walk off solo home run (his third of the season).

That made a winner of reliever Aroni Nina, who walked two over two scoreless innings. Matthew Murray had gotten the start and allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out three.

Balbino Fuenmayor extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 2-for-4 afternoon.

Wilmington lost their series in Lynchburg by losing the finale, 7-2.

The Blue Rocks actually led 1-0 after two innings, but the lead quickly evaporated. The Hillcats collected 12 hits (though just one for extra bases) and the Blue Rocks committed three errors and had a passed ball.

Luis Rico took the loss, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out six. His piggy-back partner, Yender Caramo, entered in the fifth and allowed a run to score. However, he only pitched 1.1 innings and allowed an unearned run of his own.

It was a rough outing in relief for Estarlin Cordero, who allowed runs for the first time since April 23rd (five scoreless outings in between).

The Blue Rocks collected five hits, two by Kenny Diekroeger. He drove in a run and stole two bases.

*In roster news, piggy back starter Luke Farrell was promoted to NWA.

Lexington beat Savannah, 3-1 to win the series.

The pitcher’s duel went to the Legends, as Zachary Lovvorn allowed just one run on three hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out three. Lovvorn allowed a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth, but only faced more than three batters in an inning twice (the first and fifth).

Ashton Goudeau earned his first save. He allowed a single over two scoreless innings.

The Legends collected six hits, two by Corey Toups. Brandon Downes drove in the first run in the 2nd inning with a ground out and doubled in an insurance run in the ninth.

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