Royals Minor League Recap: July 15, 2017

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (41-50)

Final Score: Nashville Sounds 11, Omaha Storm Chasers 5

For the second time in three games, the Nashville Sounds lineup ambushed Storm Chasers pitching, laying down 14 hits and 11 runs, mainly on starter Onelki Garcia and reliever Christian Binford. Binford’s struggles continued, giving up seven hits and six runs in two innings, raising his ERA to 8.46.

After Garcia gave up four runs in the first, it was smooth sailing for Sounds pitchers Frankie Montas and Josh Smith, as they allowed one run in seven innings of work. The Storm Chasers made it interesting in the eighth though, getting four runs.

Most of the work on offense came off the bat of a Frank Schwindel, who went 4 for 4 with a double, raising his average to .254.

Garin Cecchini hit his fourth homer run of the year, one of his two hits on the year.

Brayan Pena, Dean Anna, Ruben Sosa, and Billy Burns also got hits.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (50-42)

Final Score: Tulsa Drillers 7, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6

Facing one of the elite prospects in all of baseball, Walker Buehler, wasn’t an issue for the Naturals lineup, getting four quick runs off him, knocking him out of the game in the fourth inning.

Sadly, it was the same story on the other side, with the Tulsa Drillers chasing Glenn Sparkman in the fourth inning also. He allowed three runs in 3.1 innings.

After both starters were out of the game, the Naturals found themselves leading 6-3. But Jake Kalish couldn’t finish the job in long relief, giving up four runs, giving the Drillers the lead for good.

Samir Duenez had a good night at the plate, going 2 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. 

Catcher Nick Dini also had a good night on offense, going 3 for 3, adding in a double, walk, and stolen base.

Pedro Fernandez finished things off on the mound, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out two.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (51-42)

Final Score: Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Wilmington Blue Rocks 4

The Blue Rocks, who had been on fire as of late, ran into the buzzsaw of Indians prospect Triston McKenzie, who was holding a no-hitter through six. He finished the day with seven innings of two run ball, striking out nine.

Cristian Castillo looked to continue a string of good starts, but ultimately couldn’t, allowing all seven Hillcats runs in four innings. The Blue Rocks used Grant Gavin and Jacob Bodner out of the bullpen, who combined for five innings, four hits allowed, no runs, and seven strikeouts.

There wasn’t much of a story on offense, as the Blue Rocks only collected four hits. Those hits came off the bats of Jecksson Flores, Brandon Downes, Chris DeVito, and Roman Collins. Three of their hits were doubles.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (11-15)

Final Score: Missoula Osprey 15, Idaho Falls Chukars 11

Even eleven runs on offense isn’t a sure-fire win for the Idaho Falls Chukars, as their pitching struggled again, allowing 15 runs on 13 hits. Eleven of those runs came against Chukars starter David McKay in five innings. The last four came off Danny Hrbek, who was making his Chukars debut.

Michael Silva looked great in relief, pitching three scoreless frames.

It was a party on offense though, as six Chukars hitters collected multi-hit games. They also mixed in eight walks. 

Amalani Fukofuka stays consistent, going 2 for 5 with a double.

Julio Gonzalez went 0 for 3, but did walk three times. He’s batting .192 in seven games with Idaho a Falls so far. But his OBP is at a nice mark of .344.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (8-14)

Final Score: Burlington Royals 9, Pulaski Yankees 7

The only Royals affiliate to pick up a win yesterday. It was in very entertaining fashion too, with much of the game going back-and-forth.

Starting for Burlington yesterday was Nathan Webb. He didn’t have his best stuff, but Michael Messier did. In four innings of long relief, Messier allowed one run, striking out five.

Seuly Matias went 3 for 5, stealing his first bag of the year. After a rough first few games, Matias is batting .341/.426/.634 in his last ten.

Recent draftee Reed Rohlman also added in three hits of his own. One was a triple, his first of the year. He’s now batting .271/.366/.400 on the year.

Michael Gigliotti also had a nice night at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a walk. His slashline on the year is now at .325/.436/.494.

Oliver Nunez, Cal Jones, Sebastian Rivero, and Jose Marquez all added in hits of their own.

Photo Credits: Caroline Brehman

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