KC Royals Minors Recap: Aaron Brooks Pitches Well in Loss


Omaha fought back to tie Tacoma, only to lose 4-3. Louis Coleman took the loss, as he allowed two singles and a sac fly in the top of the ninth.

With the Rainiers clinging to a 3-2 lead and veteran Kevin Gregg on the mound, Matt Fields singled to start the seventh (one of his two hits). After Whit Merrifield could not come through on the hit-and-run (Fields was thrown out trying to steal second base), he walked. Merrifield then stole both second and third base and tied the game on Reymond Fuentes‘ sac fly (he had three hits).

The Storm Chasers had the tying run on second base and the winning run on first base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Lane Adams flied out to end the game (his only at-bat in the game).

It was a matchup of Aaron Brooks and former Royals minor leaguer Mike Montgomery, with both not factoring in the decision. Brooks allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out seven.

*Alex Rios played his first game in right field on his rehab assignment. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. Erik Kratz once again caught and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

NW Arkansas lost the series opener to Corpus Christi, 4-1.

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The game was scoreless until the Hooks scored two runs in the sixth against Naturals starter

Jonathan Dziedzic

(he left with two men on base and one scored). The first run scored on an error and the second scored on a double play. Dziedzic did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth

The Naturals lone run came in the sixth via Raul Mondesi‘s third home run of the season. They collected just four hits and struck out 15 times.

Wilmington enjoyed the day off and the Blue Rocks will begin a nine games in seven days road trip on Wednesday night.

Lexington lost their second straight in Kannapolis, this time by a 4-1 score.

The Legends scored their lone run in the top of the first on three straight singles to start the game. The Legends collected seven hits, all singles, and by seven different players.

Nik Stephenson was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings. He struck out five and induced nine ground outs. Stephenson allowed three straight singles to start the bottom of the first and a double play scored the Intimidators first run. The second run scored on an error. He then retired eight in a row before allowing another single with one out in the fourth.

Yunior Marte made his season debut and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over 1.1 innings of relief. He struck out one.

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