KC Royals Minors Recap: Moises Sierra Delivers Victory


Omaha won their series opener in Nashville, with a 7-5 victory in ten innings. Both teams traded scores in the ninth.

The top of the tenth started with back-to-back walks. With the bases loaded and one out, Moises Sierra delivered with a two-run single.

Scott Alexander, who blew the save in the bottom of the ninth, earned the win with a scoreless tenth. Michael Mariot also had a blown save, when he allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Aaron Brooks got the start for the Storm Chasers and allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three.

On offense, the Storm Chasers collected 13 hits, two hits each by Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert, and Jose Martinez. Merrifield drove in two runs, while Martinez scored two runs, walked twice, and stole a base. CC extended his hitting streak in Omaha to nine games.

*In roster news, infielder Angel Franco was added to the roster. Catcher J.C. Boscan was placed on the DL.

NW Arkansas lost their second straight in Springfield, 8-1. The Naturals scored in the top of the first.

Naturals starter Cody Reed was cruising to start, retiring the first ten batters he faced. Then he allowed a one out home run in the fourth and things snowballed from there. After a two out walk, Reed allowed a two-run homer. In the 5th inning, Reed allowed four singles, with an error by Raul Mondesi mixed in.

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So Reed allowed seven runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out four.

Malcom Culver

allowed a run on three hits over two innings of relief. He struck out three.

Mark Peterson

pitched a scoreless inning.

On offense, Bubba Starling hit two more doubles (14 in Double-A) and drove in the lone run, while Hunter Dozier had two hits.

*For those who like to speculate: outfielder Lane Adams was pulled on defense in the bottom of the eighth. He flied out to lead off the top of the inning.

Wilmington lost their second straight to Frederick, 8-4. The Blue Rocks committed three errors, had a passed ball, a balk, and two wild pitches.

A five-run top of the second chased Alec Mills (along with an apparent hand injury). Mills allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits over just 1.1 innings. Kevin McCarthy followed and allowed one run on two hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out five.

Matt Alvarez allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. Andrew Edwards pitched a scoreless ninth. Both pitched in two straight games for the first time this season.

On offense, catcher Santiago Nessy went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He also had two errors and a passed ball. Mauricio Ramos was back in the lineup after being hit by a pitch in Wednesday’s first game. He went 2-for-4. Jack Lopez also had two hits in the loss.

Lexington beat Delmarva, 7-4. Both teams scored four runs in the ninth.

The Legends top of the ninth started with a leadoff walk. DonAndre Clark, Luis Valenzuela, and Logan Davis each had two hits in the win. Davis drove in two runs.

Delmarva’s run in the ninth came on a grand slam off Jake Newberry, who entered with the bases loaded in relief of Brennan Henry.

Pedro Fernandez earned his fifth win, pitching six shutout innings. He allowed two hits while striking out seven. Fernandez retired the final ten batters he faced.

Idaho Falls walked off against Missoula, 6-4. Both teams scored two runs in the ninth.

Roman Collins hit his first professional home run, a two-run shot for the walk off win (one of his two hits).

Brooks Pounders made his first 2015 start with the Chukars and allowed one hit while walking three over three scoreless innings. He struck out four. Josh Staumont followed and only recorded two outs: 0H, 2R, 5BB, K, 3WP. Cruz Guevara entered with the bases loaded in the fourth and left all three stranded. Guevara allowed two hits and walked one over 3.1 scoreless innings.

Ian Tompkins earned the win, despite picking up the blown save. He allowed a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

On offense, Amalani Fukofuka went 2-for-4 with two triples and two runs scored.

Burlington lost to Pulaski, 10-3.

Anderson Miller put the Royals on the board in the first with a two-run home run. The lead was short-lived, as the Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the first.

Ashe Russell took the loss, as he allowed six runs on four hits (two home runs) and three walks over two innings. He struck out one. After Christian Flecha allowed four runs on five hits over the next two innings, Eric Sandness pitched three scoreless innings (though he walked three) and Jacob Bodner struck out two in his one inning of relief.

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