KC Royals May 18th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha lost their afternoon game in Memphis, 5-1. The two teams combined for just nine hits.
The Storm Chasers lone run came via a Reymond Fuentes home run in the seventh.
Clayton Mortensen took the loss, as he allowed three runs on just two hits and five walks over six innings. He struck out five and allowed a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Scott Alexander followed and allowed a two-run home run of his own (in the seventh).
NW Arkansas walked off for the second straight day, though this time it came against Arkansas. The Naturals won 3-2 over the second place Travelers in ten innings.
With runners at the corners and one out in the bottom of the tenth, Angel Franco laid down a perfect bunt down the first base line to score the speedy Terrance Gore (who pinch ran) for the walk off winner.
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That made a winner of relieverMark Peterson
, who threw three scoreless innings. Peterson allowed just one hit while striking out two.Christian Binford
made his first start of the season with the Naturals and allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out five.
Raul Mondesi went 3-for-4 (all infield singles) and scored a run. Mondesi and Franco had five of the team’s seven hits. Micah Gibbs put NWA on the board in the bottom of the second with his first home run of the season. Balbino Fuenmayor‘s 14-game hitting streak came to an end (0-for-3 with an RBI).
*In roster news, veteran Rafael Furcal was promoted to Omaha and utility man Logan Davis was activated. Davis pinch-hit for Jorge Bonifacio in the bottom of the first (no word on an injury or promotion).
Wilmington enjoyed the off day before starting a seven-game home stand beginning on Tuesday night.
Lexington won the wild game over first place Greenville, 13-11. The Legends were victorious despite committing six errors. They did however out-hit the Drive, 17-6.
The Drive scored seven runs in the third, while the Legends scored six runs in the sixth.
Chase Vallot his his first home run of the season, a two out, two-run shot in the sixth. He went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Wander Franco hit a solo homer in the third (2-for-5 with two runs scored). Ryan O’Hearn went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI. The top two in the order: Corey Toups and Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado each had two hits and scored two runs.
Jake Newberry earned the win in relief of Colin Rodgers (2.1IP, 2H, 7R, ER, 4BB, K). Newberry entered with the bases loaded and allowed all three to score. He then allowed three runs (two earned) of his own over 4.1 innings. He allowed three hits and a walk. Matt Strahm earned his fourth save of the season. He allowed an unearned run on one hit (a homer) over 2.1 innings. Strahm struck out three.
It was also the debut of Greenville’s Yoan Moncada, so I am sure there were a TON of scouts in attendance. He went 0-for-3 with two runs scored. He also committed an error at second base.