KC Royals July 24th Minors Recap
By Jen Nevius
Omaha won their series opener over Colorado Springs, 4-2.
The Storm Chasers scored three runs in the first on four hits. Brett Eibner drove in a run with a single and another with a solo home run in the eighth.
Christian Colon and Francisco Pena also had two hits in the win.
Buddy Baumann got the spot start in his return from the Pan Am Games. He allowed a run on two hits over 3.2 innings. Brian Broderick was credited with the win in relief, as he was perfect over 2.1 innings. Casey Coleman earned his first save with two scoreless innings.
On the negative side, first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor crumpled to the ground on the game’s final out with a knee injury (he was trying to tag out the runner on a rundown).
NW Arkansas came back to beat Springfield, 7-2. The Naturals scored six runs in the top of the ninth.
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The 9th inning started with aLane Adams
solo home run. Back-to-back doubles byFrank Schwindel
followed to give the Naturals the lead. Two more doubles, a single, and a triple followed to drive in runs.
That made a winner of Kyle Zimmer, who threw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits, a walk, and struck out two. Luke Farrell got the start and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out two.
Morin and second baseman Gabriel Noriega each went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
*In roster news, J.C. Sulbaran was placed on the DL, as reliever Matt Murray was activated.
Wilmington lost their series in Salem with a 9-4 loss in the finale.
Zach Lovvorn took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks over just three innings (and two batters into the fourth). Robinson Yambati followed with four scoreless innings of relief.
Humberto Arteaga and Mauricio Ramos each had two hits in the loss. Ramos hit two doubles and drove in a run.
Lexington swept Rome with a 3-2 victory in the finale.
The Legends scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a ground out and a two out RBI single by Mike Hill. Wander Franco went 2-for-4 in the win.
Nik Stephenson earned the win in relief. He walked three over 2.1 scoreless innings. Eric Stout earned his first save with 1.2 innings of relief (hit batter and two strikeouts).
Corey Ray took the no decision, as he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three.
Check out this catch by Legends left fielder DonAndre Clark in the 2nd inning (via Lexington Legends):
Idaho Falls lost to Orem, 10-4.
The Chukars collected nine hits, but six of them came from the first three batters in their order. Leadoff hitter Cody Jones went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Amalani Fukofuka went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Logan Nottebrok went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Dylan Sons got the start and recorded just two outs (H, 3R, 2BB, HBP). Drew Milligan followed and allowed three hits and two walks over 2.1 scoreless innings. He struck out two.
The Owlz scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth against Tripp Davis (6H, BB), though two scored once he was pulled from the game with two outs. Brian Bayliss allowed three hits while striking out two in two innings, while Matt Portland struck out two over 2.1 perfect innings of relief.
Burlington beat Greenville in 11 innings, 9-7. The Royals tied the game in the top of the ninth.
With one out in the top of the 11th inning, Brandon Dulin hit a two-run home run (his seventh of the season). Dulin had three hits in the win, along with catcher Xavier Fernandez (who also had two RBIs). Austin Bailey went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
Nolan Watson got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over two innings (and one batter into the third). He struck out two. After Chase Darhower allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks over five innings of relief (with five strikeouts), Jake Kalish earned his first win of the season. Kalish allowed an unearned run on three hits over four innings while striking out three.