Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 17, 2017

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (42-51)

Final Score: Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8, Omaha Storm Chasers 4

The Storm Chasers and Sky Sox played a back-and-forth contest last night. It all started with a stellar star from Jake Junis, who threw six scoreless, striking out six, walking none. 

The Storm Chasers got two get performances from some of their top pitching prospects. Miguel Almonte worked a scoreless frame and Kyle Zimmer gave up one run in two innings, striking out four.

In extra innings, Brian a Flynn got shelled, giving up five runs in 1.2 innings, though only one of those was earned. The Storm Chasers ran out of bullpen help, causing Brayan Pena to pitch 0.1 innings of relief. 

Cam Gallagher stayed hot. He went 2 for 5 on the day, hitting his fifth home run of the year. He’s batting .324 in his last ten games.

Frank Schwindel and Logan Moon each homered. 

Cheslor Cuthbert went 0 for 3 in his first rehab game.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (50-44)

Final Score: Springfield Cardinals 4, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 1

For the second straight game, the Naturals were quite on offense. They couldn’t give Foster Griffin any run support, as he was adequate on the mound, dancing around five innings of three run ball. 

Richard Lovelady gave up his first AA run. He threw two innings, striking out two. His ERA jumps up to 0.84.

Jake Newberry worked around some base runners to put up a zero in the 8th inning.

Donnie Dewees went 1 for 3 with a BB. 

Nicky Lopez went 1 for 4 with a double. Also had an RBI, his second in AA.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (53-42)

Final Score: Wilmington Blue a Rocks 6, Potomac Nationals 4

The Blue Rocks were able to build off a four run first inning, willing their way to a 6-4 victory. Andres Machado pitched well, going 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out seven. Matt Tenuta relieved him and was terrific. He threw 2.1 perfect innings, striking out five. Of the 35 pitches he threw, 25 were strikes.

Brandon Downes still is tearing it up. He went 2 for 5 on the day, hitting his fourth triple of the year. 

Nathan Esposito went 3 for 4 on the day.

Chase Vallot, at DH yesterday, went 2 for 4, hitting his 20th double of the year.

Wander Franco had two hits, one of which went over the fence for his third home run on the year.

A – Lexington Legends (47-45)

Final Score: Hagerstown Suns 8, Lexington Legends 6

Another bad day for Legends pitching, as they helped surrender a 4-0 lead. Starter Garrett Davila cruised through the first two innings, but ended up getting shelled in innings 3, 4, and 5. He gave up seven runs on the day. In his last ten games, Davila has an ERA of 7.66.

In his second appearance since moving to the bullpen (first appearance in nine days), Arnaldo Hernandez allowed two hits and one run in 4.1 innings. He threw 60 pitches, 39 strikes.

On offense, the Legends hit four home runs (Joe Dudek, Meibrys Viloria, Yeison Melo, and Angelo Castellano). 

Manny Olloque went 2 for 4 on the day. He’s batting .293 in his last ten games.

Khalil Lee went 1 for 4 with a double and a BB.

Marten Gasparini also went 1 for 4, hitting his 14th double of the year. He’s on fire, batting .342/.375/.605 in his last ten games.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (12-16)

Final Score: Missoula Osprey 7, Idaho Falls Chukars 5

Another back-and-forth game resulted in the Chukars losing their 16th game of the season. Robert Garcia had a rough start, giving up five runs in five innings. His ERA is now at 8.31.

Damon Olds also struggled on the mound, giving up four hits and two runs in 2.2 innings. Josh Mitchell pitched well though, striking out one in 1.1 scoreless innings.

Amalani Fukofuka, Robby Rinn, and Logan Gray all collected multiple hits. 

Nick Hudgins went 1 for 3 with a double and BB.

Darrell Miller, Jake Wakamatsu, and Julio Gonzalez all had hits too.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (9-15)

Final Score: Burlington Royals 10, Pulaski Yankees 6

It was another nice showing on offense for the Burlington Royals lineup. Some notable prospects such as Michael Gigliotti and Seuly Matias had nice days at the plate. Gigliotti went 3 for 4 with a BB and Matias went 2 for 5, driving in four.

Carlos Hernandez got roughed up in his start, allowing six runs on seven hits in five innings. Collin Snider and Jordan Floyd picked him up in relief though, combining for four scoreless innings.

Jesus Atencio had a nice day at the plate, going 3 for 4, raising his average to .333.

Jeison Guzman, Reed Rohlman, Dennicher Carrasco, Cal Jones, and Oliver Nunez also had hits.

AZL – AZL Royals (8-10)

Final Score: AZL Padres 7, AZL Royals 6

Starting for he DSL Royals was Dillon Drabble. He allowed a pair of runs in three innings. He gave up both of his runs in the 1st.

The AZL Royals tied it up in the 4th inning with a Esteury Ruiz double and Angel Medina ground out. They would take the lead in the 5th, scoring four runs to take a 6-3 lead.

Heading into the 9th, the AZL Royals would possess a 6-5 lead, but reliever Mitchell Schulewitz would give up his first two runs of the year, giving the AZL Padres the win.

Esteury Ruiz had another impressive day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double. He is batting .426 on the season now.

Isaiah Smith had two hits of his own, including a double.

Montae Bradshaw, Angel Medina, Mauricio Ramos (on rehab), and Nick Pratto would all add in hits.

Emmanuel Estevez threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, getting his first hold of the year.

DSL – DSL Royals (17-20)

Final Score: DSL Athletics 5, DSL Royals 2

For most the game, it was a pretty quite showing for the DSL Royals. All the DSL Athletics needed was the 1st inning, getting all five of their runs off starter Adam Frias. The bullpen chalked it up though, as Donato Auguste, Austin Morales, and Braulio Nunez combined for seven scoreless, allowing just four hits.

The DSL Royals got both their runs in the 8th inning by way of a Edickson Soto bases loaded walk and Rubendy Jacquez RBI single.

Maikel Garcia went 2 for 4 on the day, raising his average to .259.

Paul Mondesi, Randor Vargas, and Rafael Romero all had hits of their own.

Photo Credits: Mary Lay

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