KC Royals Minors Recap: Alex Rios Homers for Omaha

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Omaha won their second game over Tacoma by a 5-2 score.

In his third rehab game, Alex Rios put the Storm Chasers on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run. He went 1-for-4 in the game. Brett Eibner added a two-run insurance homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Reymond Fuentes went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his RBI single in the fifth gave Omaha the lead for good. He is now hitting .321.

John Lamb earned the win, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. Buddy Baumann followed with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief (one hit) while striking out three. Michael Mariot earned his third save of the season, as he was perfect over the final 1.1 innings (two strikeouts).

NW Arkansas lost their second straight to Corpus Christi, this time by a 9-3 score. The Hooks scored five runs in the top of the first.

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That made a loser of Naturals starter

Miguel Almonte

, who allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks over three innings. He allowed a three-run homer in the first.

Matt Murray

then allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over four innings. After he allowed a two out, two-run home run in the fourth, Murray retired the final ten batters he faced.

Ali Williams

pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

On offense for the Naturals, both Balbino Fuenmayor and Mike Bianucci had two hits.

Wilmington swept their doubleheader in Potomac. The Blue Rocks won the first game, 3-1.

Alec Mills gave the Blue Rocks their first complete game of the season, as he allowed one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out eight.

The Blue Rocks got on the board in the first on Jack Lopez‘ first home run of the season. With the game tied, they scored two runs in the top of the fourth on a Logan Moon triple and a Cam Gallagher infield single (Gallagher would leave the game due to injury).

Moon also doubled and walked in the game, while also throwing out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. Gallagher and Dexter Kjerstad each had two hits in the win. Kjerstad also stole a base.

The Blue Rocks won the second game, 5-1.

The offense broke through with five runs in the top of the fifth. It all started with a Santiago Nessy one out single. Two batters later, Ramon Torres (2-for-4) doubled in the game’s first run. Carlos Garcia (3-for-4) then singled in two. Garcia then stole his second base with the Blue Rocks and scored on an error. Frank Schwindel capped the scoring with an RBI double.

Luis Rico earned his third win, as he allowed a run on three hits and two walks over five-plus innings. He struck out five. Rico left the game with runners on the corners and no outs in the sixth in favor of Matt Alvarez, who allowed a sac fly to the first batter he faced. Alvarez went on to allow one hit and walked one over the final two innings.

*In roster news, outfielder Daniel Rockett was released. First baseman/outfielder/DH Cody Stubbs was activated from extended spring training. He made his season debut in Game 2 and went 2-for-3 with a double as the DH.

**Former Royals minor leaguer Kevin Perez pitched in relief for the P-Nats in Game 1. He was perfect in his one inning of work. Perez was released by the Royals on March 28th and signed with Washington just a few days later.

Lexington won the series finale in Kannapolis, 4-3. They now return home for four games against Greenville.

The Legends scored one run in the eighth on a wild pitch and two runs in the ninth to take their first lead of the game. Kyle Pollock drove in both runs with a double.

On offense, Humberto Arteaga went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. He also stole his 11th base of the season.

The Legends received a dominant relief outing from Matt Strahm, whose only blemish over three innings was a walk. He struck out NINE. Evan Beal earned the save, as he worked around an error and a walk with two outs.

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