KC Royals Miguel Almonte Suffers Tough Loss for Omaha
By Jen Nevius
Omaha lost their second straight in Iowa, losing 4-0.
The Storm Chasers collected just two hits, including a Christian Colon double. Brett Eibner‘s 29 game on-base streak came to an end.
Miguel Almonte was the hard luck loser, as he allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out five, but left with two runners on base in the 6th inning. Lefty Troy Patton entered and allowed both runs to score, along with one of his own.
NW Arkansas lost their second straight in Tulsa, losing 4-1.
Kyle Zimmer took the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out three. The Naturals committed three errors.
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threw a scoreless inning,Daniel Stumpf
was perfect over two innings with three strikeouts.
On offense for the Naturals, Alex Liddi and Frank Schwindel each had two hits. Liddi drove in the lone run with two outs in the first.
Wilmington lost their 12th straight game, losing the opener in Lynchburg, 9-3. The Blue Rocks scored a run in the first on two hits. They did not collect another hit until the eighth.
Jack Lopez led off the game with a single, stole second base, and scored on Robert Pehl‘s two out single. Lopez would double in a run in the 8th inning (third hit of the inning).
Jake Junis took the loss, as he allowed six runs on six hits, two walks, and a hit batter over 5.2 innings. He left with the bases loaded in the sixth in favor of Andrew Edwards and one scored on a bases loaded walk. He got out of the inning with a strikeout. Edwards then allowed three runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter in the eighth.
Lexington was swept in their doubleheader against Greenville. The Legends lost the first game by a 7-5 score. The Drive scored three runs in the top of the seventh after the Legends scored three in the bottom of the sixth to re-take the lead.
Torey Deshazier took the loss in relief, as he allowed three runs on two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. He allowed a one out, three-run home run in the top of the seventh. Foster Griffin got the start and allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out two.
The Legends lost the second game, 11-4. They collected ten hits, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and committed three errors.
Luis Valenzuela led off the first with his first home run (4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored). Wander Franco went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the loss.
Yunior Marte took the loss, as he allowed eight runs (five earned) on eight hits (including a homer) and two walks over just 1.2 innings. He also committed an error on a pickoff throw. Niklas Stephenson then allowed three runs on three hits and three walks over 2.1 innings before Brennan Henry pitched three hitless innings of relief.
Burlington lost to Princeton, 2-0. The Rays scored single runs in the final two innings.
Ben Johnson collected two hits in the loss. Luke Willis tripled to start the sixth, but was left stranded.
Gabriel Cramer took the loss, as he allowed both runs on four hits over two innings of relief. Alex Luna got the start for the Royals and allowed four hits and walked one over 4.1 scoreless innings. Mark McCoy followed and walked one over 2.2 hitless innings.
Manager Scott Thorman was ejected in the 8th inning.
Bryan Brickhouse made his 2015 debut with the AZL Royals. He got the start and struck out one in his one inning of work. He had not pitched since last August.