AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (42-50)
Final Score: Nashville 1 – Omaha 15
The Omaha Storm Chasers were firing on all cylinders on Sunday, as a 9 run 8th inning led to Nashville third baseman Melvin Mercedes having to close out the game on the mound.
Raul Mondesi missed yet another game Sunday, and now hasn’t played in a week. Last Sunday he left the game one pitch into his first at bat after he tweaked something getting out of the way of that first pitch. There’s no official word on his status other than that it’s “precautionary.”
Ruben Sosa was the star of the day for Omaha as he went 3-4 with 4 RBI and scored 2 runs.
Potential trade candidate Cam Gallagher continued his recent hot streak, going 2-4 with a BB, 2 RBI, and a run scored.
Logan Moon went 3-4 with a 2B.
Eric Skoglund started on the mound for Omaha and threw an excellent 7 innings allowing only 1 ER, adding 7 K with 0 BB.
AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (50-43)
Final Score: NWA 0 – Springfield 6
NWA apparently donated all of their hits to Omaha for the day, as the Naturals were shut out on merely 3 hits Sunday.
Donnie Dewees Jr., Alfredo Escalera, and Allan de San Miguel were all 1-3 for NWA on Sunday, and that’s all the offense had to offer against Springfield.
The lone bright spot on the day for NWA was reliever Andrew Edwards, who threw 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out one.
High-A – Wilmington Blue Rocks (52-42)
Final Score: Wilmington Blue Rocks 2, Potomac Nationals 1
Starter A.J. Puckett went 6 innings for Wilmington, giving up only 1 ER and striking out 3. His ERA is down to 4.02.
Colin Rodgers, Franco Terrero, and Walker Sheller all contributed to 5 scoreless innings of relief for Wilmington on Sunday, as the Blue Rocks walked off yet again in the 11th inning.
On offense for the Blue Rocks, Chase Vallot continues to find his way on base as he finished the day 1-3 with 2 BB and an RBI. He’s now carrying a .370 OBP on the year at High-A Wilmington, good enough for 9th in the Carolina League.
Low-A – Lexington Legends (47-44)
Final Score of Game 1: Lexington Legends 2, Hagerstown Sun 0
The Lexington Legends played two 7 inning games on Sunday, and won the first game 2-0.
Anthony Bender started the game for Lexington and threw 4 scoreless innings while striking out 3. Travis Eckert picked up the win in the contest throwing 3 scoreless innings in relief while striking out 1.
On offense for the Legends, Khalil Lee was 0-2 with a BB and a K (imagine that).
Marten Gasparini was 1-2 with a 2B and a run scored.
The star of the day for Lexington was Gabriel Cancel who hit his 11th HR of the year and finished 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Cancel is now hitting .283 on the year.
Final Score of Game 2: Hagerstown Sun 13, Lexington Legends 2
Game 2 didn’t go quite as smoothly for the Royals Low-A affiliate. Cody Nesbit had the only scoreless appearance on the mound for Lexington, throwing 1 perfect inning in relief while striking out 1.
John Brontsema was the offensive player of the game for the Legends, going 3-3 with his 3rd HR of the year.
Gabriel Cancel also added an RBI in game 2, finishing 1-3.
Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (12-15)
Final Score: Idaho Falls Chukars 6, Missoula Osprey 0
The Chukars combined to pitch their 3rd shutout of the season on Sunday.
Julio Pinto started the game for Idaho Falls, throwing 7 scoreless innings while striking out a career high 11.
Andrew Beckwith added 2 scoreless innings in relief while striking out 2.
On offense for the Chukars, Amalani Fukofuka hit his first 3B of the year for Idaho Falls and drove in his 19th run.
Jonathan McCray and Tyler Straub both hit solo home runs, and finished the game 2-4. McCray is now hitting .323 on the season.
Rookie – Burlington Royals (8-15)
Final Score: Pulaski Yankees 4, Burlington Royals 2
The Burlington Royals tallied 9 hits on Sunday, but could only plate 2 runners and lost 4-2.
Michael Gigliotti stayed hot, going 1-3 with a BB and a run scored.
Seuly Matias finished 1-4.
Oliver Nunez finished 2-3 with his 5th 2B on the day with a run scored.
Felix Familia threw 2.2 scoreless innings in relief for Burlington, striking out 3.
Rookie – AZL Royals (8-9)
Final Score: AZL Padres 17, AZL Royals 11
The AZL Royals continued to absolutely destroy the baseball on offense again on Sunday, scoring 11 runs on 14 hits.
2nd round pick M.J. Melendez stayed hot early, driving in a run on a 1st inning triple. The triple was Melendez’ 2nd of his professional career. Melendez’ OPS is currently 1.047 after 13 games. Yes, that’s really good.
7th round pick Brewer Hicklen continues to rake for the AZL Royals, as he finished the night 4-4 to raise his average to .419. He had 2 RBI and scored 3 runs Sunday night. He could very likely be looking at a promotion soon.
Isaiah Henry also continues to swing a hot bat, finishing 2-3. He’s now hitting .400 as well.
Angel Medina gets my vote for offensive performer of the game, finishing Sunday’s game 2-3 with 4 RBI, 2 runs scored, hitting his 2nd HR of the year for the AZL Royals.
Photo Credits: Minda Haas Kuhlmann