KC Royals Balbino Fuenmayor Continues Hot Streak


Omaha won their third straight over OKC, winning Wednesday afternoon’s game, 5-4.

The Storm Chasers scored five runs in the bottom of the first and held on for the victory. Balbino Fuenmayor continued his hot streak, driving in the game’s first run with a single (part of five straight Omaha singles). Fuenmayor went 2-for-4, as did Cheslor Cuthbert and Christian Colon.

Brandon Finnegan got the start, but only pitched his scheduled one inning. He allowed a two out single in his scoreless first.

Miguel Almonte earned his first Triple-A victory, though he allowed four runs in the top of the sixth (two earned). Over five innings, he allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out two. Matt Murray allowed a hit over 1.1 scoreless innings. Scott Alexander earned his tenth save with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three.

*In roster news, outfielder Moises Sierra was released. Reliever Casey Coleman returned from the Pan Am Games.

NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 6-4 to split the four-game series.

Christian Binford evened his record to 4-4 with seven solid innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out one. He allowed a solo home run to start the game. Binford threw 83 pitches, 52 for strikes.

J.C. Sulbaran threw a scoreless eighth, before Sam Selman earned the save (though he walked two and allowed a run).

Frank Schwindel went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Parker Morin went 2-for-4 with his fourth triple of the season and two RBIs. Raul Mondesi hit his fifth home run of the season in the eighth.

Wilmington beat Salem, 6-5.

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The Blue Rocks got on the board in the first on a

Mauricio Ramos

RBI double. They took a short-lived lead in the top of the third on

Robert Pehl

‘s three-run home run. They took the lead for good in the top of the fifth on RBI singles by Ramos and

Alfredo Escalera

(who was then pinch run for).

Ashton Goudeau got the spot start in place of Jake Junis and earned his fifth win. He allowed a solo home run in the second and then a three-run homer and back-to-back doubles in the third. Over five innings, Goudeau allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.

Matt Alvarez followed and allowed four hits and a walk, but did not allow a run over 2.2 innings. Estarlin Cordero earned his seventh save with 1.1 hitless innings.

*Catcher Cam Gallagher returned to the Blue Rocks from the Pan Am Games and went 0-for-4, but threw out two base stealers.

Lexington won their series opener in Rome, 11-1.

Pedro Fernandez improved to 6-1 with 6.2 dominant innings. He allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out ten. He retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a two out single in the third. That was around his string of striking out six of seven batters.  Fernandez then retired six in a row before allowing a two out single in the fifth.

On offense, the Legends collected 12 hits, including solo home runs by Corey Toups and Wander Franco. Toups went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Franco also doubled and scored two runs. Samir Duenez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Burlington beat Bristol, 5-2.

The Royals scored four runs in the bottom of the first, with the first scoring on Austin Bailey‘s solo home run. The inning was capped by Luke Willis‘ two out, two-run triple.

Bailey had three hits and a stolen base, while Brandon Dulin went 2-for-5. Ben Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double.

Catcher Luis Villegas, who just joined the team from Wilmington, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Ashe Russell got the start and allowed a run on two hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Andre Davis earned the win in relief, as he allowed two hits and three walks over three innings. He struck out two. Christian Flecha earned his second save, allowing a run on two hits over the final three innings. He struck out three.

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