KC Royals Minors Recap: Frank Schwindel Impresses in AA Debut


Omaha had their series finale in OKC rained out. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 21st in Omaha. The Storm Chasers return home for four games against Iowa leading into the Triple-A All-Star break.

NW Arkansas blew a lead in Midland, as they lost 9-8. The Naturals were swept by the RockHounds and return home for a six-game homestand against the same teams they just played on the road (Frisco and Midland).

The Naturals led 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but Midland scored five runs. The Naturals then had a 9th inning comeback, but for the second straight game, Ramon Torres made the game’s final out.

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Miguel Almonte

allowed three runs over the first four innings,

J.C. Sulbaran

recorded just one out, while allowing five runs on five hits (including a solo home run to start the fifth). He left with the bases loaded and

Daniel Stumpf

allowed two of the runs to score, along with one of his own in the sixth (2.2IP, 3H, R, BB, 5K).

Frank Schwindel, who was called up from Wilmington earlier in the day, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Torres collected his first AA hit, a 5th inning single.

Terrance Gore went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and his 31st stolen base. In the three-game Midland series, Gore went 8-for-12.

Wilmington lost their series opener to Frederick, 4-3.

The Blue Rocks fought back to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth, only to see the Keys retake the lead in the top of the ninth on a two out, two strike, pinch-hit two-run triple.

The bottom of the 8th inning started with a leadoff walk. Logan Moon collected the team’s second hit of the game and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. After a walk to load the bases, a passed ball put the Blue Rocks on the scoreboard. Back-to-back sac flies gave them the short-term lead.

It was a BIG strikeout game for both teams. Frederick starter David Hess struck out seven over seven one-hit innings. Blue Rocks starter Matt Strahm struck out eight over six innings (6IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB). He also allowed another solo home run, his third at Frawley Stadium in four games. Luis Rico took the loss, but he struck out seven in three innings.

*Elier Hernandez made his Wilmington debut as the DH. He went 0-for-4. The Blue Rocks also added infielder Humberto Arteaga to their roster (finally).

Lexington had their game against Asheville cancelled (the two teams do not play again this season). The Legends start a five-game home series with Savannah on Wednesday night.

*In roster news, Logan Davis (who was with NWA) joined the team to replace Arteaga.

Burlington lost to Bluefield, 5-1.

Matt Tenuta took the loss, as he allowed two runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out four. Tenuta allowed a two out, two-run home run in the 2nd inning.

On offense, the Royals collected seven hits, two each by Jose Martinez and Ben Johnson.

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