KC Royals July 9th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha came back to beat Iowa, 7-5.
John Lamb took the no decision, as he struck out ten in five innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. Louis Coleman entered in relief and immediately allowed the tying run in the six. However, he was credited with the win.
The Storm Chasers came right back to re-take the lead in the bottom of the sixth on two hits and three walks. They collected eight total hits, seven coming from the top four in the order. Leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield went 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and his 21st stolen base.
Balbino Fuenmayor has a hit in all five Triple-A games so far. Francisco Pena, who did not start, hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth that ended up being the game winner.
The Cubs had the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth (thanks to three Omaha errors), but Scott Alexander earned his eighth save by getting out of the jam (he also got out of the 8th inning jam).
*In roster news, Angel Franco was added from the AZL (he was on the DL and had not played since June 2nd).
NW Arkansas had their TV game against Frisco cancelled due to rain. The two teams play a doubleheader on Friday night with Cody Reed and Christian Binford getting the start.
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was suspended in their series finale against Frederick, losing 6-1 in the top of the fourth. The game will be resumed on July 15th when the Keys return to Frawley Stadium.
Sean Manaea got the start and he left fastball after fastball up in the zone (topped at 96 mph, but was mostly 93 mph) and the Keys batters made him pay. He was pulled one pitch before the tarp was placed on the field. Manaea allowed ten hits, two walks, and six runs and is responsible for the runner on third base when play resumes.
Yender Caramo entered in relief and threw one pitch (in the dirt) and catcher Santiago Nessy overthrew second base on the stolen base attempt right before the game was delayed.
*In roster news, catcher Luis Villegas replaced Cameron Gallagher, who was added to the USA team for the Pan Am Games.
Lexington split their doubleheader to Savannah. The Legends lost the first game, 7-4.
Foster Griffin took the loss, allowing five runs on three hits and four walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out five, but allowed a three-run home run in the fourth.
Ryan O’Hearn hit his 18th home run, a solo shot in the sixth. He had two hits and two RBIs. The bottom two in the Legends order, DonAndre Clark and Luis Valenzuela, went a combined 5-for-6 with a double.
The Legends won the second game, 3-0.
O’Hearn hit his 19th home run, a solo shot in the fourth. He had two hits and two RBIs.
Yunior Marte improved to 4-0, as he allowed two hits and walked one over five scoreless innings. He struck out three and induced seven ground outs. Niklas Stephenson earned his first save with two scoreless innings of relief (one hit and one strikeout).
Burlington lost to Bristol, 7-4.
Ben Johnson and Colton Frabasilio each had two hits in the loss. Both doubled. Meibrys Viloria walked twice and scored two runs.
Igol Feliz took the loss, as he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out two. Jacob Bodner threw two perfect innings of relief.