KC Royals July 23rd Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha won their series over first place OKC, with a 6-3 victory in the finale. The Storm Chasers moved to six games back in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division (though there is still a month and a half left in the season).
The Storm Chasers broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 8th inning with a five-spot. Brett Eibner capped the scoring with a three-run home run.
Louis Coleman earned the win in relief, despite allowing two runs in the ninth. Michael Mariot allowed an inherited run to score and had runners at first and second base, but got a line out and a strike out to end the game.
John Lamb took the no decision, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three.
On offense, Jose Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Christian Colon, Orlando Calixte, and Angel Franco each had two hits in the win.
*In roster news, Matt Murray was sent to NW Arkansas.
NW Arkansas lost in walk off fashion in their series opener to Springfield, 3-2.
Things were dicey in the bottom of the eighth, when a Hunter Dozier throw sailed down the right field line. However, right fielder Jorge Bonifacio‘s throw to the plate got the potential tying run.
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The bottom of the ninth started with a leadoff walk. With two outs and the tying run on third base, first basemanFrank Schwindel
committed a fielding error to allow that run to score. A wild pitch moved the winning run to second base and a walk off single followed.
That overshadowed the solid start by Jonathan Dziedzic, who allowed one run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three.
The Naturals scored their two runs in the top of the sixth on Alex Liddi‘s two out, two-run double. Lane Adams went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the loss.
Wilmington lost in Salem, 3-1.
The Blue Rocks scored their lone run in the top of the first with two outs on a hit batter and back-to-back singles by Ryan O’Hearn and Elier Hernandez (both had two hits).
The loss negated the solid start by Luis Rico, who allowed a run on three hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out five, but also threw two wild pitches (which led to the run scoring).
Evan Beal took the loss, as he allowed two runs on six hits over three innings.
Lexington won their second straight against Rome, 4-3. The Legends scored three runs in the bottom of the first and held on.
Chad Johnson had two hits (including a double) in the win.
Colin Rodgers earned the win in relief. He allowed two hits and walked two over 5.1 scoreless innings. He struck out two.
With the score 4-3 in the 8th inning, watch Brandon Downes rob a potential homer (via Lexington Legends):
Idaho Falls lost in walk off fashion to Orem, 3-2. A passed ball on a strike out put the winning run on base and with two outs, scored on a double.
Nick Green took the loss in relief (1.2IP, H, R, 0ER, BB, 3K). Derek Gordon got the start for the Chukars and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. Josh Staumont followed with two hitless innings of relief, while striking out two.
Jeckson Flores and Kyle Pollock had two hits in the loss. Flores doubled and scored a run in the first.
Burlington lost to Bristol, 11-6. The Royals scored five runs in the bottom of the first.
In the first, Xavier Fernandez hit a two out, three-run home run. Ben Johnson went 4-for-4 in the loss. Austin Bailey went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple (his first of the season).
Joseph Markus got the start and allowed three runs on three hits and four walks over three innings. He struck out three. Enmanuel Camacho took the loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks over three innings. He struck out three. Mark McCoy pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.