Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 8, 2017

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (40-47)

Final Score: Omaha Storm Chasers 5, Iowa Cubs 1

Yesterday, the Omaha Storm Chasers were facing Aaron Brooks, one of the pitchers involved in the Ben Zobrist trade. Now in the Chicago Cubs organization, Brooks has struggled mightily this year in AAA, holding a 6.02 ERA heading into this game.

All in all, he pitched pretty well against his former team, starting the game with five scoreless innings. There was just one pitch he wish he could have back. The Raul Mondesi grand slam. This would be the second straight contest in which Mondesi would have one.

Ryan O’Hearn would also homer, hitting his 14th of the year, a solo shot off Cubs reliever Felix Pena in the 9th.

The rest of the Storm Chaser hits would come from the bats of Dean Anna, Billy Burns, Frank Schwindel, Brayan Pena, and Garren Cecchini.

Now back down in the minors, Eric Skoglund would allow one run in 4.2 innings. His command wasn’t the best tonight, as he struck out 5 and walked 5.

Brian Flynn would throw 3 scoreless innings, striking out 2. Malcom Culver would end it with a four-out save.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (48-38)

Final Score: Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5, San Antonio Missions 3

The Naturals got their 48th win off the year with a balanced attack offense and some great relief pitching.

Eight of nine hitters in the Naturals lineup would collect hits, with Samir Duenez being the only one coming up empty. Anderson Miller would have two hits also. He’s now batting .308 after an initial rough start to his AA career.

Down 3-2 in the 8th inning, Alfredo Escalera came up clutch, hitting a 3 run homer that put the Naturals up for good. His 4th round-tripper came off former Royals farmhand Aroni Nina.

Jack Lopez added in two stolen bases. He now has 16 on the year.

After starter Ashton Goudeau left the game with an injury in between the 1st and 2nd inning, the Naturals had to make N unexpected call to the bullpen. Righty Pedro Fernandez came to save the day, delivering 4 hitless innings of relief, striking out 5. Andrew Edwards would come in and give up one run in 3 innings. Jake Newberry would close it out in the 9th.

A+ –  Wilmington Blue Rocks (46-41)

Final Score: Potomac Nationals 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks

It was a very lackluster night for the Blue a Rocks on offense, only scoring one run on two hits.

The Blue Rocks only hits came from DJ Burt, who doubled, and Jeckson Flores.

Jared Ruxer stayed consistent on the mound, allowing 3 runs in 5.1 innings.

Tim Hill gave up one run in 1.2 innings of relief. He struck out three.

Grant Gavin tossed a scoreless eighth. He struck out one.

A – Lexington Legends (44-41)

Final Score: Greenville Drive 6, Lexington Legends 0

Another boring offensive performance last night on the Royals farm, as the Lexington Legends were shutout on three hits.

Two of the hits came off the bat of Meibrys Viloria. He’s now batting .324 in his last 10 games.

The only other Legend that got a hit was Marten Gasparini. He hit his 12th double of the year.

Khalil Lee also added in two walks.

It was a good night on the mound either. Travis Eckert only last two innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. Arnoldo Hernandez came in for relief, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits. Matthew Wynne pitched the eighth, allowing a couple base runners, but ultimately came out with a zero.

Kevin Lenik continued to look impressive in Lexington. He struck out the side in the ninth.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (9-11)

Final Score: Orem Owlz 12, Idaho Falls Chukars 1

Another game, another subpar Chukars pitching performance. The story was no different Friday night, as Idaho Falls pitching staff continued to struggle.

The game got pretty discouraging quick, as the Owlz dropped a six spot in the first inning. Geoffrey Bramblett was on the mound for the Chukars. He lasted until two outs in the fifth inning, when Christopher Marte came in for relief. He saved the bullpen, pitching the final 3.1 innings.

Recent draftee out of Florida Gulf Coast, Julio Gonzalez, was making his Idaho Falls Chukars debut tonigh. He went 0 for 4.

Robby Rinn stayed hot. He went 1 for 4 with a double. Now batting .346 with the Chukars.

Logan Gray went 2 for 4.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (5-11)

Final Score: Burlington Royals 7, Danville Braves 3

That’s now two straight for the Burlington Royals. The win came in thanks to a big start by Nathan Webb. He threw 5 innings, allowing only one run. He also struck out 7. Tyler Zuber and Tyler Falwell additionally got two innings of work each, combing for eight strikeouts.

Michael Gigliotti had another impressive game. He went 3 for 5 with a double and a walk. Also stole three bases.

Cal Jones, Reed Rohlman, Jesus Atencio, and Nick Hutchins all had multi-hit games.

Nick Hutchins and Reed Rohlman each homered for the first time in their professional career.

AZL – AZL Royals (5-7)

Final Score: AZL Padres2 6, AZL Royals 3

Though they didn’t win, it was an eventful evening for the AZL Royals in Surprise Friday evening.

The AZL Royals got their first run of the night when Esteury Ruiz scored on a throwing error. They added another run in the fourth after a Montae Bradshaw triple and Nick Pratto sac fly.

Sal Biasi struggled a bit in relief, letting the AZL Padres 2 take the lead in the 8th inning.

Nick Pratto would return the favor in the bottom half of the 8th though, hitting his first professional home run, an oppo shot to left field.

The 9th inning continued to be a problem for the AZL Royals though, as Sal Biasi and Danny Hrbek couldn’t hold things down, giving up 3 runs.

Nolan Watson, still rehabbing, had his first good outing of the year, throwing 3 scoreless innings, striking out 1.

DSL – DSL Royals (15-16)

Final Score: DSL Marlins 8, DSL Royals 7

It wasn’t a pretty day on the pitching side of things for the DSL Royals yesterday. Four of the five pitchers used yesterday gave up run(s), including starter Victor Medina, who gave up 3 runs in 1.1 innings.

Reliever Carlos Sanchez threw 2.2 scoreless innings.

Randor Vargas had himself quite the game. He went 3 for 5, hitting his first home run and first double of the year. DH Reynin Reynoso also added in two hits.

The game ended when Kelvin De Los Santos gave up the walkoff single in the bottom of the 9th. His ERA is now at 7.71.

Photo Credits: John Owen

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