KC Royals Minors Recap: Sean Manaea Makes AA Debut

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Omaha lost their series opener to first place OKC, 12-4.

Clayton Mortensen took the loss, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out three. Troy Patton allowed one run on two hits over the next two innings. Chris Dwyer then allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over the final three innings. He struck out four.

Cheslor Cuthbert went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Moises Sierra went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss. His throwing error cost the Storm Chasers a run.

NW Arkansas lost to Tulsa, 6-0.

It was a rough Double-A debut by Sean Manaea, who battled his command over just three-plus innings. He allowed four runs (three earned, though he committed the error on a potential double play ball) on six hits (three doubles), three walks, and a hit batter. He struck out five and threw 41 of his 77 pitches for strikes.

Manaea left with two men on base and nobody out in the 4th inning, but Mark Peterson got a strikeout and a double play to end the threat. Peterson did allow a run over three innings of relief. He allowed three hits while striking out three.

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The Naturals collected just three hits, all singles, but none after the 5th inning. Their only base runner after the

Lane Adams

one out single in the fifth was a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth.

*Gabriel Noriega made his NWA debut and went 0-for-2 with a walk while batting ninth and playing shortstop.

Wilmington lost in Carolina, 8-2. The Blue Rocks led 2-0 until the Mudcats five-run 5th inning.

The Blue Rocks scored two runs in the top of the first, as the game opened with a hit batter and a walk. Mauricio Ramos drove in the first run with a single (one of his two hits) and a double play scored their second run.

They only had four total hits, but committed four errors.

Blue Rocks starter Matt Strahm was throwing a perfect game until allowing a leadoff home run in the fifth. A walk followed before things fell apart. An RBI, two errors, and a two-run double followed. After a stolen base, Blue Rocks catcher Santiago Nessy picked the base runner off third base.

Yender Caramo was the new Blue Rocks pitcher in the sixth and he induced four straight ground outs to start his outing. However, the 8th inning started with a fielding error. With two outs, the Mudcats strung together three straight run-scoring hits.

Lexington lost to West Virginia in the four-game sweep, losing 8-7. The Power scored in every inning but the eighth.

Emilio Ogando got the loss in relief. He allowed an inherited run to score in the fifth, along with two of his own over the final 3.1 innings. He allowed four hits (including a solo home run) and walked one while striking out one. Foster Griffin got the start and allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out three, but allowed a solo homer.

On offense, Anderson Miller went 2-for-4. Mike Hill went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs.

Idaho Falls beat Great Falls, 5-1. They scored their runs over the 6-7-8 innings.

Hunter Haynes won the game in relief. He allowed one hit and two walks over three scoreless innings. He struck out four. Daniel Concepcion got the start for the Chukars and allowed four hits and walked three over four scoreless innings. Josh Staumont allowed the lone run on one hit and two walks over two innings. He struck out four.

Brawlun Gomez hit a two-run home run in the eighth (one of his two hits). Amalani Fukofuka also had two hits and an RBI in the win.

Burlington lost to Elizabethton, 12-1.

The Royals collected just three hits, with one being an RBI double by Austin Bailey in the ninth. Bailey had the Royals first hit, a two out single in the fourth.

Julio Pinto took the loss, as he allowed five runs on seven hits over just 1.2 innings.

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