KC Royals Minors Recap: Naturals and Legends lose in walk off fashion


Omaha lost their second straight at Colorado Springs, 4-3.

The Storm Chasers scored three runs in the first, capped by Reymond Fuentes‘ two-run home run two batters into the game.

Casey Coleman got the start and allowed three straight singles and a run to start the bottom of the sixth. In came Michael Mariot, who hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. After a strikeout and a sac fly, Mariot allowed a two-run double to give the Sky Sox the lead.

*Shortstop Orlando Calixte was ejected in the sixth after striking out. That created alot of moving around on defense for the short-handed Storm Chasers. Whit Merrifield moved from right field to second base, Jose Martinez moved from first base to right field, J.C. Boscan moved from catcher to first base, Micah Gibbs (just added to the roster from Double-A) entered to catch, and Dusty Coleman moved from second base to shortstop.

**In roster news, pitcher Wandy Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list (no idea why).

NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Tulsa in walk off fashion, 3-2.

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The Drillers loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two walks and a single against

Malcom Culver

. With two outs, in came

Daniel Stumpf

, who allowed an RBI single.

The Naturals collected six hits, including a two-run home run from Alex Liddi. Edward Salcedo collected his first hit in the Royals organization, a two out single in the eighth.

Brooks Pounders took the no decision, as he allowed three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings.

Wilmington lost their series opener to Winston-Salem, 7-3.

Pedro Fernandez dropped to 0-5, as he has yet to finish five innings with the Blue Rocks. He allowed six runs (five earned) on ten hits and four walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out two.

Apparently the Blue Rocks are vowing to do things differently with their pitchers to get ready for the playoffs which start next Wednesday night. So hopefully that means that relievers won’t be pitching once every five days. Normal starter Zach Lovvorn made his first relief appearance and though he pitched a scoreless inning, he needed 30 pitches (17 strikes).

Manager Brian Buchanan also said you will begin seeing less of the rotation of the infielders and outfielders. So Humberto Arteaga started at shortstop (he had been playing alot of second base lately) and went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Logan Moon started in centerfield and went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Lexington lost to West Virginia, 3-2 in walk off fashion. It came after the Legends tied the game up in the top of the ninth on an Austin Bailey two out double.

Colin Rodgers took the loss, as he allowed the game winning run on two hits in the bottom of the tenth. However, over four innings prior, Rodgers had only allowed a walk while striking out six.

Moving into the leadoff spot, DonAndre Clark went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Foster Griffin got the start for the Legends and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out two.

Burlington beat Bluefield, 10-0. The Blue Jays collected just three hits.

Meanwhile, the Royals collected 18 hits, including triples from Angelo Castellano (3-for-5 with two RBIs), Riley King (3-for-5 with two runs scored), and Brandon Thomasson. Luke Willis went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Jose Martinez, Meibrys Viloria, Tanner Stanley, and Trey Stover each had two hits in the win. Stanley had two RBIs.

Igol Feliz earned the win, allowing one hit and four walks over six innings. He struck out three and allowed a hit with two outs in the sixth. Mark McCoy followed and allowed a hit and two walks over two innings. Gabriel Cramer allowed a hit in the ninth.

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