KC Royals Minors Recap: John Lamb Continues to Impress

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Omaha beat Iowa, 4-2. The Storm Chasers scored three runs in the top of the first.

Brett Eibner drove in the game’s first run with two outs. Casey Kotchman and Moises Sierra delivered back-to-back two out RBI singles. Four of the Storm Chasers seven hits (all singles) came in the first.

That was more than enough for starter John Lamb, who allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out ten. Scott Alexander followed with two perfect innings of relief to earn his fourth save. He threw just 16 pitches.

NW Arkansas started the second half with a loss in Arkansas, 7-4. The Naturals led 3-1 heading into the third.

Jake Junis made his Double-A debut and took the loss. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits, a hit batter, and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. Luis Rico also made his Double-A debut. He allowed two runs on four hits, a hit batter, and a walk over four innings. He struck out three.

The Travelers stole four bases off Junis and Rico (and catcher Zane Evans) and capitalized on three Naturals errors (including two by left fielder Terrance Gore).

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The Naturals collected just four hits, including

Parker Morin

‘s three-run home run in the second with two outs.

*In roster news, Luke Farrell was sent to Wilmington to make room for Rico.

The California League-Carolina League All-Star Game took place on Tuesday night at Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Four Wilmington players were representing the Carolina League, with two in the starting lineup. The CAL won 9-2.

Ramon Torres got the start at second base for the Carolina League and immediately made an impact. He singled with one out and stole second base. He moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch. Torres went 2-for-5 and played the entire game.

Cody Reed got the start for the Carolina League, pitching just inning. He retired the side in order, striking out the final two batters he faced. According to those at the game, the stadium radar gun read 98 mph.

Eric Skoglund pitched the 5th inning. He allowed a leadoff single, but the runner was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Skoglund then induced a ground out and got a pop up to end the inning.

Alec Mills entered in the 8th inning. He struck out the two batters he faced and threw just 11 pitches.

It wasn’t a great night to be a Lexington Legend at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Asheville, North Carolina. The North beat the South, 7-5. Five Legends were members of the losing South Division.

Ryan O’Hearn won the HR Derby. However, he was hitless in the game (0-for-4 with two strikeouts) and committed an error at first base.

Elier Hernandez started in right field and went 0-for-2. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado was his replacement and went 0-for-2.

Pedro Fernandez pitched the 3rd inning. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. Fernandez allowed a two-run home run. Zach Lovvorn pitched the 5th inning and allowed a two out, two-run homer. He did strike out two.

Idaho Falls beat Ogden, 9-6. It was a comeback victory, as the Raptors scored four runs in the bottom of the first.

The Chukars hit two home runs: a solo shot by Alexis Rivera in the second and a two-run shot by Brawlun Gomez in the fifth.

Marten Gasparini collected two hits and stole three bases to up his total to seven. Joshua Banuelos and Rivera also had two hits in the win. Amalani Fukofuka went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

Alberto Rodriguez earned the win in relief, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings.

Burlington held on to beat Princeton, 4-2. The Royals scored three runs in the top of the ninth.

Brandon Thomasson drove in two runs with a two out single which turned out to be the eventual game winner. Jose Martinez singled in the tying run in the eighth (one of his three hits).

Alex Luna earned the win in relief, though he allowed a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth. Julio Pinto took the no decision, as he allowed one run on three hits and three walks over 5.1 innings.

It was Scott Thorman‘s first victory as a manager.

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