AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (41-49)
Final Score: Omaha Storm Chasers 4, Nashville Sounds 3
The all star break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Omaha Storm Chasers, losing 10 of their last 13 games. Looking to start the second half off right, the Storm Chasers would send Luke Farrell to the mound.
The Storm Chasers jumped out early on Jesse Hahn, getting an RBI single from Cam Gallagher in the 1st inning. They would lose that run quickly though, with Farrell surrendering an RBI double in the 2nd. The Storm Chasers would find themselves down after a Franklin Barreto (back from the majors) home run.
Down 3-2 in the 9th, the Storm Chasers would win it on a Dean Anna sac bunt plus Sounds throwing error, scoring two.
Luke Farrell ended up giving up three run in six innings. He struck out ten batters.
Eric Stout threw two perfect innings of relief. Malcom Culver pitched a scoreless 9th to get his first win of the year.
Cam Gallagher went 4 for 4 on the day. Billy Burns reached base three times and stole a base.
AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (50-41)
Final Score: Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2, Tulsa Drillers 1
For most of this game, their was nothing going on. After a quick RBI groundouts by Samir Duenez in the first inning, the score would remain 1-0 until the 8th inning, when Richard Lovelady would allow Yunior Marte’s run to score.
This game would head into extras tied 1-1. It would end on a walk-off sac fly by Samir Duenez in the 12th inning.
Emilio Ogando finished with a nice start, pitching five scoreless innings. He struck out six, walking one.
Tim Hill threw three scoreless innings of relief, striking out five. This would set up a Jake Newberry scoreless frame, allowing him to get his fourth win of the year.
Nicky Lopez went 3 for 5 with a triple and walk. Donnie Dewees also collected two hits, raising his average to .261.
A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (51-41)
Final Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks, Lynchburg Hillcats 4
Another game, another walk-off for a Royals minor league team. With the bases loaded, two down in the ninth, Brandon Downes would take it a base on balls to drive in the winning run. This came after the Blue Rocks had given up multiple leads of 2-0 and 3-2.
After looking sharp the first four innings, starter Jared Ruxer ended up with a rough start, allowing five hits and four runs in 5.1 innings. Luis Rico backed him up well though, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out four.
Walker Sheller would strikeout the side in the ninth to set him up for his first win of the year.
Chase Vallot and Colton Frabasilio led the way on offense, each going 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Brandon Downes also collected two hits on top of his walk-off.
Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (11-14)
Final Score: Idaho Falls Chukars 7, Helena Brewers 5
On the mound for the Idaho Falls Chukars would be Jansen Lara. He had quite the eventful start, working threw two scoreless innings. Lara would have to deal with five base runners in those two innings of work.
Throwing the ball in long relief for the Chukars would be Geoffrey Bramblett. He gave up five hits, three runs (one earned) in five innings of work.
Cristhian Vazquez, Robby Rinn, and Tyler Straub all collected multiple hits. Rinn and Straub would each double and steal a base.
Josh Mitchell finished the game with a scoreless ninth inning, giving him his first professional save.
Rookie – Burlington Royals (7-14)
Final Score: Burlington Royals 5, Elizabethton Twins 3
The Royals and Twins Rookie League affiliates would take part in a back-and-forth game. The Royals struck first with an RBI ground out by Seuly Matias in the third. Sal Biasi, in his first appearance with Burlington, would give up two in the fourth to give the Twins the 2-1 lead. These would be the only runs Biasi would allow in his five inning start.
KSU alum Jordan Floyd would give up an additional run in the sixth inning.
Yerelmy Garcia and Luis Alcantara would combine for three scoreless innings. Their ERAs are at 3.21 and 1.54 now.
Seuly Matias would hit a double in his second straight game.
Dennicher Carrasco would lead the way on offense, going 2 for 4 with a home run and a triple.
Michael Gigliotti, Jeison Guzman, Jesus Atencio, and Jose Marquez would all add in hits of their own.
AZL – AZL Royals (8-8)
Final Score: AZL Royals 8, AZL Brewers 6
The AZL Royals offense stayed hot yesterday, tallying up eight runs on seventeen hits. This was due to 6 of their 9 starters collecting two or more hits.
Leadoff hitter Cristian Perez went 5 for 5. Batting behind him was Esteury Ruiz, who went 2 for 5 with a double.
Nick Pratto went 2 for 4 with a double and stolen base. MJ Melendez, Isaiah Henry, Angel Medina, and Josh Lovelady all collected multiple hits also.
Daniel Tillo had a bounce back performance, pitching two scoreless frames, striking out three. Charlie Neuweiler followed him with two perfect innings.
Michael Austin notched the one out save for the AZL Royals, getting a strikeout.
DSL – DSL Royals (17-19)
Final Score: DSL Braves 8, DSL Royals 1
It was a pretty quite day for the DSL Royals, as they couldn’t extend their winning streak to three. Things started to get rough in the second innings, when starter Wilmer Jimenez gave up four runs, ending his day on the mound. The second pitcher to enter the game was Brian Abreu. He would give the DSL Braves three more runs in the third inning, making it 7-0.
The DSL Royals would get their only run in the eighth inning on a Yenrrys Mendez ground out.
Ismaldo Rodriguez would go 2 for 3 with a double, raising his average to .272. Maikel Garcia would add in two hits.
Carlos Sanchez, Jeisson Fana, and Kevin De Los Santos would combine for five innings of one run ball in relief.
Photo Credits: Jake Donnelly