KC Royals August 22nd Minors Recap

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Omaha split their series in Las Vegas, as they lost the finale 9-5.

Casey Kotchman went 4-for-5 with a double. Jose Martinez went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in the third that gave the Storm Chasers the lead. Christian Colon went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Casey Coleman got the start and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks over 3.1 innings. Buddy Baumann entered with two men on and allowed one run to score (1.2IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K).

Miguel Almonte then entered and allowed five runs on three hits and three walks. Almonte recorded just two outs and threw 33 pitches (15 for strikes). Michael Mariot was next and threw 2.1 scoreless innings (H, BB, 3K).

NW Arkansas won the pitcher’s duel, 2-1 over Corpus Christi.

The Naturals scored two runs in the top of the fifth with two outs. Terrance Gore tripled in a run and scored on Ramon Torres single. Gore had three hits in the win. Lane Adams went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.

That made a winner of Brooks Pounders, who allowed a run on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five. Daniel Stumpf followed with two scoreless innings of relief before Malcom Culver earned his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

Wilmington lost to Salem, 4-3. Both teams had three-run innings.

“I tried to keep to the middle of the field because I knew he [Kevin McAvoy]was throwing a lot of sinkers, Garcia said. “When I saw the changeup I just didn’t try to do too much and put the ball in play.”

The Red Sox collected four runs on six hits (three doubles) against Blue Rocks starter

Zach Lovvorn

. However, Lovvorn settled down to retire eight of the last ten batters he faced.

Evan Beal

followed with three perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts.

Andrew Edwards

pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Blue Rocks scored three runs in the bottom of the third, all with nobody out. Dominique Taylor drove in the first run with a double (3-for-4) and Carlos Garcia followed with a two-run single.

Lexington beat Hargerstown, 7-4.

Foster Griffin earned his third straight win, as he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out seven.

Austin Bailey went 4-for-4 and fell a triple short of a cycle. He doubled twice, hit a solo home run in the first, scored three runs, and drove in three. Anderson Miller went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.

Idaho Falls beat Grand Junction, 6-4. The Chukars had two, three-run innings.

The first three batters in the Chukars order, Cody Jones, D.J. Burt, and Amalani Fukofuka, each had two hits and an RBI. Burt doubled and Fukofuka tripled. Roman Collins also had two hits and stole his ninth base.

Derek Gordon earned his second win, as he allowed two runs on four hits (two solo homers) and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out four. Cruz Guevara recorded an out in the sixth before handing the game over to Josh Staumont, who allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over three innings. Staumont earned his first save by striking out five.

Burlington lost to Johnson City, 9-3. The game was tied at three until the Cardinals scored five runs in the top of the eighth.

Xavier Fernandez and Brandon Dulin each had two hits in the loss. Fernandez hit a solo homer in the fourth. Dulin hit his 14th double.

Ashe Russell got the start and allowed a run on one hit and two walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out four. The run scored once Andre Davis entered in relief (3.1IP, 4H, 2R, BB, 2K). Davis allowed a two out, two-run home run to the first batter he faced in the fourth.

Gabriel Cramer took the loss, as he allowed four runs on one hit and three walks over just 1/3 of an inning. He left with the bases loaded and all three scored once Christian Flecha entered in  relief. Flecha allowed a grand slam to the first batter he faced.

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