KC Royals Minors Recap: Eric Skoglund Continues to Dominate


Omaha lost their series opener to Iowa, 6-3.

It was just a one run game heading into the top of the ninth, but Louis Coleman allowed an RBI double (which could have been worse, but Brett Eibner threw a runner out at third base) and a solo home run. Coleman allowed those two runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out three.

After Clayton Mortensen allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk over the first four innings, Buddy Baumann was dominant in relief for Omaha. He allowed two hits over three scoreless innings, but struck out seven.

The Storm Chasers offense collected six hits, two coming off the bat of Francisco Pena, who homered in the fifth (a two-run shot).

NW Arkansas and Arkansas were rained out on Monday night. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

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Earlier in the day, eight Naturals were named to the Texas League All-Star team. Second baseman

Angel Franco

, first baseman

Balbino Fuenmayor

, outfielder

Jorge Bonifacio

, and DH

Mike Bianucci

were selected as starters. Shortstop

Raul Mondesi

, outfielder

Terrance Gore

, and utility man

Alex Liddi

were also selected.

J.C. Sulbaran

was the lone Naturals pitcher selected.

Wilmington ended their losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Salem. Combined with both Frederick and Lynchburg losing, the Blue Rocks now have a four game lead in the Northern Division of the Carolina League with six games to go.

The Blue Rocks offense came alive after being shutout in back-to-back games in Salem. They collected 11 hits, with four players having multi-hit games. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Ramon Torres drove in two runs with a double.

Carlos Garcia, Mauricio Ramos, and Logan Moon each had two hits. Ramos hit his second triple of the season. Moon scored two runs.

Eric Skoglund was dominant again, striking out eight over seven innings. He allowed an unearned run on four hits. Skoglund also induced eight ground outs. Luis Rico earned his second save with two perfect innings of relief. He struck out four.

Lexington lost their finale to Greensboro, 4-1.

The Legends collected five hits, all singles. Leadoff hitter Humberto Arteaga had two hits in the loss.

Zach Lovvorn took the loss, as he allowed all four runs on nine hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out four and induced 11 ground outs.. Kyle Zimmer was perfect in his two innings of relief. He struck out three.

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