Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 6, 2017

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (39-46)

Final Score: New Orleans Baby Cakes 7, Omaha Storm Chasers 0

Now back in AAA, Luke Farrell looked to continue his recent impressive string of starts in the minors. This wasn’t the case though, as Farrell got knocked around in 3 innings of work, allowing 7 hits and 5 runs (4 earned). Handing the ball to the bullpen in inning #4, Sam Selman was the first reliever to come in. Making his first appearance in a Storm Chasers uni since 2014,  Selman gave up one unearned run in 1.2 innings of work. 

Finishing off the game would be Kyle Zimmer, who is still is trying to find some steadiness in relief. Eric Stout pitched 2 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.56.

On offense, the Storm Chasers couldn’t muster up much. Billy Burns, Dean Anna, and Cam Gallagher were the only players that collected hits, having two each.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (47-37)

Final Score: Northwest Arkansas Naturals 9, Corpus Christi Hooks 4

Heading into this start, Foster Griffin looked like he was handling Texas League competition pretty well. Before today’s game, Griffin held the 5th best ERA in the Texas League, minimum 40 innings pitched.

After stringing together three straight very impressive starts, Griffin would find himself scuffling a bit in this contest against the Astros AA affiliate. After surrendering a home run to the first batter he faced, Astros prospect Ramon Laureano, he gave up another run on a fielder’s choice. But the NW Arkansas lineup would come to the rescue, with most of the damage coming in the 8th inning against Hooks reliever Alex Winkelmam. 

Richard Lovelady would come in and throw 3 innings, striking out 4. What else would you expect? Jake Newberry finished the last two innings.

Nick Dini hit his second home run of the year, one of his two hits. Anderson Miller and Alfredo Escalera would also contribute a pair of singles each.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (45-40)

Final Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

Toeing the slab for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in yesterday’s contest would be Andres Machado. He would be looking to build off a career performance, in which he struck out 14 batters in 7 innings of work. And he would do just that, pitching 7.1 innings of 1 run ball. He was able to command his pitches well in the zone, walking none. 

The Blue Rocks offense would show up early, putting 3 runs on the board in the first. This would include local kid Nick Heath hitting his first career High-A home run. Then, after a Brandon Downes triple, Chris DeVito would hit his 17th home run of the season. The Blue Rocks would thn add 2 runs in the 7th with a DJ Burt single and Nick Heath sacrifice fly. Then in the ninth, another run would come, with Brandon Downes scoring on a wild pitch.

Franco Terrero would close things out, giving up a run in 1.2 innings. 

A – Lexington Legends (43-40)

Final Score: Lexington Legends 6, West Virginia Power 3

Finishing up a suspended game from July 5th, the Legends would send starter  Jace Vines out to start the 4th inning. He would be relieving Garrett Davila, who gave up 5 hits and 2 runs in 3 innings. 

Vines would do all he asked to do and more, pitching the final six innings of the game. He gave up 3 unearned runs, while striking out 7 and walking none. Vines would go to 8-4 on the year, lowering his ERA to 2.75. 

On offense, Rudy Martin, Gabriel Cancel, and Marten Gasparini would each get two hits. Angelo Castellano would hit home run #4 and Luis Villegas would stay hot, hitting home run #2.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (8-10)

Final Score: Ogden Raptors 18, Idaho Falls Chukars 1

In the past two game, the Ogden Raptors have out scored the Idaho Falls Chukars 35-4. Starter Jeremy Gwinn gave up a bulk of the runs, allowing 8 hits and 11 runs (7 earned) in 4 innings. Robert Garcia, 15th round pick this year, also struggled in relief, giving up 5 runs in 3.2 innings. The Chukars defense didn’t provide any help too, as five different players committed errors. 

First baseman Jake Wakamatsu had to come in and get the final four outs.

Rocky Collado had 2 of the 8 Chukars hits.

The Chukars are giving up a ridiculous 9.2 runs per game.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (3-11)

Final Score: Bluefield Blue Jays 11, Burlington Royals 1

Idaho Falls wasn’t the only Royals rookie team to get blown out, as the Burlington Royals dropped their fourth straight.

Burlington actually got a nice performance from their starter, Carlos Hernandez. He threw 4.2 innings, giving up 2 runs, while striking out 7. Collin Snider then came in for relief, but his defense did him no favors. He gave up 7 runs in 3.1 innings. All 7 runs were unearned, thanks to two errors. 

First baseman Ryan Dale had to come in and pitch the ninth, where the Blue Jays added on two runs.

On the other side of things, Oliver Nunez hit his first home run since 2015, when he was in the DSL. He finished the day 2 for 3. 

AZL – AZL Royals (5-5)

Final Score: AZL Rangers 5, AZL Royals 4

Making the start for the AZL Royals yesterday would be 2015 9th round pick Joseph Markus. He contributed a nice outing, giving up 2 runs in 4 innings. 

Recent undrafted signee Mitchell Schulewitz would make his pro ball debut, pitching two scoreless frames, striking out 1.

The AZL Royals were heading into the 9th leading 4-2 with Stephen Greenless on the mound, trying to close it out. He couldn’t get it done though, as the AZL Rangers hung up a 3 spot in the frame. 

Esteury Ruiz, MJ Melendez, and Travis Jones all continue to hit though. Ruiz went 2 for 4 with a home run and a triple. Melendez hit his second home run. Travis Jones went 1 for 2 with a double, raising his batting average to .485.

DSL – DSL Royals (14-14)

Final Score: DSL Red Sox 4, DSL Royals 2

On the hill for the DSL Royals in yesterday’s game would be Angel Zerpa. He had thrown the ball considerably well before the game, posting a 2.45 ERA and .154 BAA in 22 innings. He would struggle a bit in this start, facing 16 batters in 3 innings. All of the damage against him would come in the second inning, as he gave up 2 runs on a pair of RBI hits.

Down 3-0 in the 8th inning, the DSL Royals would make it a bit interesting, getting on the board with a Rubendy Jaquez single and a successful double steal.

The DSL Red Sox would add another run in the 9th by way of a balk.

Paul Mondesi would come up empty with a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th. He is now batting .102 his second year in the DSL.

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