Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 12, 2017

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (49-40)

Final Score: Northwest Arkansas Naturals 7, Tulsa Drillers 4

Returning from the All Star Futures Game, on the bump for the Naturals, was Foster Griffin. He didn’t have his best stuff for the second straight start, going five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs. He struck out six, including old friend Peter O’Brien three times.

The Naturals had a nice, balanced attack on offense yesterday, with a lot of players chipping in, as 7 of 9 collected a hit.

Samir Duenez led the charge, hitting his 12th home run of the year, one of his two hits on the night. Nicky Lopez also singled twice, raising his average to .327.

Jack Lopez stayed hit, reaching base four time with a pair of hits and walks.

Anderson Miller, Humberto Arteaga, Cody Jones, and Logan Moon all added in hits.

Richard Lovelady pitched well again, throwing two scoreless frames, striking out one. He has yet to give up a run in eight AA innings. Jake Newberry finished it off, getting a six out save, striking out two.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (49-41)

Final Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 4

On the mound for he Wilmington Blue a Rocks was the streaky right hander, Andres Machado. He was catching too much of the zone in this start, giving up three runs on ten hits in four frames. 

The Blue Rocks offense picked it up though, especially in the ninth. Trailing 4-3, DJ Burt hit a sac fly to tie the game. The Blue Rocks would prevail in the 13th inning, as Wander Franco scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

DJ Burt kept up his string of good games, hitting a double, walking, and stealing a bag. 

Wander Franco went 2 for 5 with a BB.

Roman Collins went 3 for 5 with a triple.

The Wilmington bullpen really deserved credit in this one too. Matt Tenuta, Grant Gavin, and Jacob Bodner all combined for nine innings pitched, one run allowed on six hits, striking out ten.

A – Lexington Legends (45-43)

Final Score: Lexington Legends 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

Starting for the Legends was Jace Vines, in search of his ninth win of the year. For most of the game it was smooth sailing for Vines, as he was able to command his pitches really well (98 pitches, 69 strikes) in eight innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits.

Lexington got their runs early and late, scoring in innings 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9. The Legends lineup was locked in tonight, as 8 of the 9 starters got a hit.

Angelo Castellano, Emmanuel Rivera, Gabriel Cancel, and Manny Olloque all had multi-hit games. 

Emmanuel Rivera hit his ninth home run of the year. Khalil Lee hit his fourth triple of the year.

Travis Eckert pitched a scoreless ninth to end it, striking out one.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (9-14)

Final Score: Helena Brewers 7, Idaho Falls Chukars 4

The pitching performances for the Chukars continue to doom them. Like a lot of games recently, the Chukars were down early, as starter Robert Garcia gave up three runs in the first inning.

The Chukars came responded later on though, as Vance Vizcaino went deep for the second time this year, making the Score 3-2. He is now hitting .410/.442/.641 in his last ten games.

Jeremy Gwinn came into relieve Garcia, going the rest of the distance, allowing two runs along the way. He punched out five.

Amalani Fukofuka had another impressive game, going 2 for 5. He is now batting .341 on the year.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (3-10)

Final Score: Elizabethton Twins 9, Burlington Royals 3

Making his first start since being promoted from the AZL Royals, things didn’t go so well for Joey Markus. He struggled a lot with command, going only three innings, surrendering five hits, six runs, and three walks. Carlos Hernandez, making his first relief appearance of the year, pitched well, giving up three runs in five innings.

Michael Gigliotti remains consistent in his role as a leadoff hitter for Burlington, going 2 for 5 on the night. He is now batting .303.

Dennicher Carrasco and Cal Jones each added two and three hits, respectively.

Recent draftee Travis Jones continues to rake. After hitting .485 with the AZL Royals in nine games, Jones is hitting .364 for Burlington in his first three games with the team.

AZL – AZL Royals (6-8)

Final Score: AZL Royals 8, AZL Cubs 0

It was a good overall performance by the AZL Royals in their Wednesday night contest against the AZL Cubs. It all started with starter Dillon Drabble fueling the team with three scoreless innings. 

Daniel Garmendi and Stephen Greenless each pitched three scoreless innings themselves, with Garmendia getting the win and Greenless getting the save.

On offense, it was usual business. MJ Melendez led the way, going 3 for 3 with a BB. Esteury Ruiz also went 2 for 5 with a pair of SBs. Both of their batting averages are now north of .400.

First round pick Nick Pratto added in a double and an RBI. Cristian Perez also had two hits.

DSL – DSL Royals (16-18)

Final Score: DSL Royals 4, DSL Rays1 2

On the hill for the DSL Royals was the stellar performing Rovaldis Cabrera. He provided the team with four innings, giving up three hits and two runs. He added in five strikeouts also, while walking none. His ERA now stands at 1.61.

Like the AZL Royals, the DSL club only had to use three pitchers themselves. Relieving Cabrera was Adriam Castillo, who shut out the DSL Rays1 in 2.2 innings. He didn’t allow any hits. Adrian Alcantara came in for the one out save, lowering his ERA to 1.88.

Reynin Reynoso kept the momentum from his last few games, hitting his second double of the year, accounting for two of the four DSL Royals runs.

CF Warling Vincente added in two hits of his own.

Photo Credits: Clinton Riddle

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