KC Royals Frank Schwindel Powers Naturals to Victory


Omaha lost to Sacramento, 5-4.

Alex Gordon made yet another rehab start as the Storm Chasers DH and went 2-for-4 with two singles.

Casey Kotchman went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Francisco Pena went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the eighth. Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double.

Buddy Baumann took the loss, as he allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. He left with two men on base in favor of lefty Troy Patton, who allowed one inherited runner to score (2.2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K). Miguel Almonte, who has transitioned to the bullpen, allowed a hit over two scoreless innings. Joba Chamberlain worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth.

*In roster news, Brett Eibner was activated from the DL. He went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

NW Arkansas came back to beat Springfield, 7-4.

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With two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning,

Frank Schwindel

hit a grand slam.

Jorge Bonifacio

went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the win.

Naturals starter Jonathan Dziedzic took the no decision, as he allowed three hits over six innings. He struck out three. Daniel Stumpf was credited with the victory, though he also took the blown save. He entered in the 7th inning with two runners on base and both scored (and were charged to Kevin McCarthy).

Malcom Culver earned his eighth save, as he entered in the ninth with the bases loaded and got a strikeout to end the game.

*In roster news, Raul Mondesi was placed on the temporary inactive list, while fellow infielder Logan Davis was activated.

Wilmington lost their tenth straight to Carolina, losing 7-4. The two teams combined for 26 hits. The Blue Rocks were eliminated from the second half title, but won the first half.

Pedro Fernandez dropped to 0-4 with the Blue Rocks and saw his ERA rise to 9.26. He allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk over just four innings. He struck out two. Ashton Goudeau allowed a run on three hits over three innings before Estarlin Cordero threw a scoreless inning.

Four Blue Rocks had two-hit games. Alfredo Escalera hit a two-run home run. Cameron Gallagher doubled. Leadoff hitter Jack Lopez went 2-for-5. Elier Hernandez drove in a run and stole a base.

Lexington beat Rome, 3-0, despite being out-hit 9-7.

Mike Hill drove in two runs, one with a 5th inning double and one with 7th inning triple. Chase Vallot hit a solo home run in the eighth. Legends leadoff hitter Luis Valenzuela went 2-for-4.

Matt Tenuta earned his second win, as he threw six shutout innings. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out four. Eric Stout followed with two scoreless innings before Jake Newberry earned his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

Burlington beat Princeton, 7-6. The Royals scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and a run in the top of the tenth to win it.

Ben Johnson‘s sac fly in the ninth tied the game. A Trey Stover sac fly after an Angelo Castellano triple gave the Royals the lead in the tenth.

Jacob Bodner earned the win, as he threw two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts.

Royals leadoff hitter Brian Bien went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Brandon Dulin, Meibrys Viloria, and Castellano each had two hits in the win.

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