Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 10, 2017

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (48-40)

Final Score: San Antonio Missions 2, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 0

On the bump for the Naturals in a day game was right handed Corey Ray. Though impressive on the mound yesterday (6 innings, 1 earned run, 5 strikeouts), Ray took the loss due to the offense’s tough day. All the Missions needed were two runs, which they scored in the 5th and 6th inning.

The Naturals got men on base, but couldn’t score any runs. They left 12 on base and were 1 for 11 with RISP. 

Nicky Lopez reach base three times yesterday, with two walks and a single. Jack Lopez also reached base three times, with two hits and a walk.

Donnie Dewees doubled and walked twice. 

Zach Walters, Anderson Miller, and Allan de San Miguel all added in a hit of their own.

After recently being returned from the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen, Glenn Sparkman pitched a pair of scoreless innings in his first game back in a Naturals uniform.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (48-41)

Finals Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 7, Potomac Nationals 3

AJ Puckett was on the hill yesterday, facing the 39-48 Potomac Nationals. He got his eighth win of the year, pitching 5 innings of 3 run ball. His ERA is now at 4.18.

The Blue Rocks got good work out of their bullpen yesterday, getting a combined four scoreless innings from Franco Terrero, Luis Rico, and Walker Sheller.

The Blue Rocks made things a bit easier on the bullpen, adding three insurance runs in the ninth to push their lead to four. 

DJ Burt has been one of the Blue Rocks better hitters as of late. In his past 10 games he is batting .308/.426/.359. He continued that yesterday, reaching base with a hit and walk. He also stole his 27th base of the year.

Jecksson Flores had a 3 for 3 day at the plate.

Chase Vallot doubled and walked twice.

A – Lexington Legends (44-43)

Final Score: Greenville Drive 8, Lexington Legends 7

Garrett Davila couldn’t quite get the ball down in his start yesterday. He gave up 10 hits and 7 runs in 5 innings of work. Jose Vera’s and Anthony Bender pitched the final four innings.

The Legends were facing Red Sox prospect Jay Groome. He is considered one of the better LHP prospects in all of baseball. The Legends lineup got to him though, as he only lasted 2.1 innings, giving up 4 runs.

Gabriel Cancel keeps showing his superb power for a middle infielder, as he hit his 10th home run of the season.

Meibrys Viloria added 3 hits on offense.

Down 8-5 heading into the 9th, the Legends made it interesting after a Joe Dudek home run. With the bases loaded, Yeison Melo had a chance to win it, but he grounded into a force out.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (9-13)

Final Score: Orem Owlz 8, Idaho Falls Chukars 4

It was another long night for Chukars pitching. Two outs into the game, they had to open the bullpen gates, as starter Julio Pinto walked 6 of the 8 batters he faced. This led to four Owlz runs in the first.

Randy Acevedo helped the cause though, giving the Chukars 5.1 innings of relief. He gave up 3 runs.

Vance Vizcaino had two hits and two stolen bases. In his last 10 games he is batting .385/.419/.590. On fire.

The Chukars got half of their runs when Robby Rinn hit a two run shot in the 8th inning, his throw of the year.

Julio Gonzalez went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Jonathan McCray hit a flyball to Owlz CF Torii Hunter Jr. to end the game. He represented the tying run.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (5-13)

Final Score: Danville Braves 4, Burlington Royals 3

In his last start he gave up 9 runs, but in this one he was much better. Ismael Maldonado pitched four innings for the Burlington Royals yesterday, giving up 3 runs. He struck out 5 and walked 5.

Seuly Matias looks like he is starting to heat up. He went 3 for 5 one the day, hitting his 3rd home run of the year. He is hitting .250/.315/.458 after a slow start.

Dennicher Carrasco, Oliver Nunez, and Michael Gigliotti all reached base multiple times.

Luis Alcantara pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one. His ERA now stands at 1.64.

AZL – AZL Royals (5-8)

Final Score: AZL Reds 11, AZL Royals 4

Things started off nice for the AZL Royals, getting two runs in the top of 1st inning, with MJ Melendez and Brewer Hicklen contributing with singles.

The AZL Reds came right back in the bottom of the 1st though, as Royals starter Malcom Van Buren couldn’t get settled in. The Royals really pieced it together with their bullpen though, as Gustavo Tejeda, Charlie Neuweiler, Bryce Johnson, Daniel Tillo, Michael Austin, and Andrew Beckwith all pitched.

Daniel Tillo struggled a bit, giving up 5 hits out of 7 batters faced. All five hits came around to score.

Esteury Ruiz keeps hitting. He went 2 for 5 with a triple and stolen base yesterday. Batting .404 now.

In his first game in the Royals organization, Isaiah Henry went 1 for 4.

One of my more favorite players the Royals picked this year, outfielder Brewer Hicklen, went 3 for 4 at the plate today. Also stole a bag. Now hitting .333 early on.

DSL – DSL Royals (15-17)

Final Score: DSL Marlins 4, DSL Royals 3

The DSL Royals got three very nice pitching performances yesterday. Starter Adam Frias pitched 4 innings, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs, while striking out 5. Relieving him was Donato Auguste, who threw 3 scoreless innings, only allowing one hit. Leandro Mendez pitched innings 8, 9, 10, and 11, giving up one unearned run.

Due to the Royals notching the score even in the seventh, the game went into extra innings. The Marlins scored a run off an error in the eleventh to prevail though.

Paul Mondesi doubled yesterday, his first extra-base hit of the year. He also got his first RBI of the year in yesterday’s contest.

Randor Vargas reached base four times yesterday, with two hits and two walks.

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