KC Royals July 11th Minors Recap


Omaha split their doubleheader with Iowa heading into the Triple-A All-Star break. The Storm Chasers won the day game, 3-2. It was manager Brian Poldberg’s 1,000th career regular season victory.

Whit Merrifield led off the bottom of the sixth with a double (he hit two of them) and came around to break the tie on a Christian Colon single. Brett Eibner hit a two out, two-run home run in the fourth that gave the Storm Chasers their first lead.

Michael Mariot earned the win in relief of Yohan Pino (5IP, 7H, 2R, BB, 6K). Mariot was perfect over two innings with two strikeouts.

The Storm Chasers lost the night game, 3-2.

Aaron Brooks took the complete game loss, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out three, but allowed a solo home run in the fourth.

Omaha collected eight hits, all singles, including two by Moises Sierra. Angel Franco collected his first Triple-A hit in the 2nd inning.

NW Arkansas lost their sixth straight game, losing their series opener to Midland, 2-0.

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Naturals starter

Jonathan Dziedzic

needed 34 pitches to get through the top of the first (he gave up two RockHounds runs on two hits, a walk, and an error). Dziedzic retired the final seven batters he faced in going five innings (four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts).

Luke Farrell

followed and allowed one hit and a walk over four scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three.

The Naturals collected five hits, two by Hunter Dozier.

Wilmington lost in walk off fashion in Lynchburg, 3-2 in ten innings.

The Hillcats first batter in the bottom of the tenth hit a home run off Ashton Goudeau (2IP, H, R, BB, 3K). Jake Junis took the no decision, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out six and induced eight ground outs.

The Blue Rocks offense came from Cody Stubbs, who hit two solo home runs.

Lexington played two against Savannah, though it took much longer than normal to play the two scheduled seven inning contests.

The Legends won the first game in walk off fashion, 8-7 in 15 innings. It was a 2-2 game after five innings and both teams traded scores in the ninth, 12th (two runs each), and 13th innings.

The Sand Gnats took the lead in the top of the 15th inning on a solo homer. Corey Toups singled in the tying run with one out (one of his four hits). After back-to-back walks loaded the bases, Wander Franco won the game with a sac fly (the right fielder dropped the ball) after five hours of baseball.

Nik Stephenson won the game in relief. He allowed one run on two hits over two innings. Pedro Fernandez got the start for the Legends and allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks over the first five innings. He struck out eight.

Brennan Henry followed with two scoreless innings of relief. Evan Beal allowed a solo home run in the top of the ninth with two outs (3IP, 3H, R, 0BB, 2K). Eric Stout then allowed three runs on four hits over three innings. He allowed a two-run homer.

DonAndre Clark entered as a pinch runner in the ninth and went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Chad Johnson and Luis Valenzuela each had two hits in the win. Johnson drove in two runs.

The Legends lost the second game, 5-2 (which ended after 1am ET).

Corey Ray took the loss, as he allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out three. Ray was hurt by two Logan Davis throwing errors at second base and one by first baseman Ryan O’Hearn.

Torey Deshazier walked two over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Toups had two of the Legends six hits in the loss, including a double.

Idaho Falls was rained out in Missoula. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday.

Burlington lost to Danville, 9-5.

Joseph Markus took the loss, as he allowed five runs on four hits and two walks over three innings. He struck out three. Enmanuel Camacho followed and allowed four runs on seven hits (three homers) over 3.1 innings. He struck out three. Next up was Mark McCoy, who allowed one hit over 2.2 innings while striking out four.

The Royals 2-3 hitters, Jose Martinez and Anderson Miller, went a combined 4-for-8. Martinez homered and drove in three.