Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 21, 2017

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (45-52)

Final Score: Omaha Storm Chasers 7, El Paso Chihuahuas 6

It was a pretty good game overall for the Omaha Storm Chasers on Friday. It all started with goos starting pitching from Eric Skoglund. He cruised through the first five innings, not allowing a run. He proceeded to give up five runs in his final two. Nonetheless, still a good start for the southpaw, striking out eight, walking none.

A major positive came out of the Omaha bullpen. Kyle Zimmer threw two perfect innings, striking out one. He collected his first save of the year.

Cheslor Cuthbert went 1 for 4 with a BB. Jorge Solar went 2 for 5 with a run scored.

Ryan O’Hearn had another big day with the stick. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a BB. He has raised his average to .265.

Frank Schwindel went 2 for 5, hitting his seventh home run in AAA.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (51-47)

Final Score: Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2, Tulsa Drillers 1

Another quite day on offense was covered up with stellar pitching from the Naturals staff. Corey Ray was on the hill to start things, tossing one of his better starts of the year. He gave up one run on six hits in six innings.

Richard Lovelady handled things well out of the bullpen. He allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. He struck out three also. He passed things over to Jake Newberry, who remained steady. He pitched a scoreless ninth, getting save 15.

Paulo Orlando went 2 for 4 in his first rehab game.

Donnie Dewees hit his eighth home run of the year. He also walked.

Nicky Lopez, Anderson Miller, Humberto Arteaga, and Carlos Diaz all had hits too.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (53-45)

Final Score: Frederick Keys 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3

The only team that lost on the Royals farm Friday night was the Wilmington Blue Rocks. They got buried by a rough second inning and an overall rough start from Cristian Castillo, as he gave up five runs in 5.2 innings.

Grant Gavin was one of the bright spots on the night. He pitched 2.1 hitless innings of relief. He struck out one.

Wander Franco went 2 for 3, hitting his fourth home run of the year. He also walked.

Nick Heath went 2 for 3 with a double.

Chase Vallot went 1 for 2 with 2 BBs.

A – Lexington Legends (48-47)

Final Score: Lexington Legends 2, Columbia Fireflies 1

The Lexington Legends got terrific pitching yesterday. Anthony Bender was on point, twirling six hitless innings in his start. He struck out seven and walked two.

With a no-no still intact in the seventh inning, Legends reliever Kevin Lenik gave up a home run to end the bid. He still tossed two innings of one run ball out of the bullpen. Vance Tatum closed things out in the ninth.

Angelo Castellano and Emmanuel Rivera each went 2 for 4. Castellano had an RBI.

Meibrys Viloria and Jon Brontsema also had hits. Khalil Lee had an RBI and a BB.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (14-17)

Final Score: Idaho Falls Chukars 13, Helena Brewers 1

The Chukars were firing on all cylinders once again on Friday. Putting 13 runs on the board and good pitching led to an easy victory.

Geoffrey Bramblett was starting for the Chukars. He went five innings, giving up one run.

Garrettson Harris and Danny Hrberk combined to allow no runs cross the plate in the final four innings of play.

Helena had opportunities to score, but went 1 for 13 with RISP, leaving 13 runners on base.

Travis Jones had quite the performance. He went 5 for 6 on the day. He also doubled.

Amalani Fukofuka, Robby Rinn, Darrell Miller, Tyler Straub, and Julio Gonzalez all had multiple hits.

Darrell Miller hit his second home run of the year.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (11-17)

Final Score: Burlington Royals 4, Bristol Pirates 0

Another great pitching performance on the Royals farm came from Burlington Athletic Stadium. Nathan Webb was on the mound for the Royals, possibly turning in his best start of the year. He went six scoreless, allowing four hits, striking out five, walking one.

Jordan Floyd continues to look terrific out of the Burlington bullpen. He went three scoreless, striking out five, walking none. Hie ERA now stands at 1.69.

Michael Gigliotti remained consistent at the plate, going 2 for 5. He also stole a base.

Cal Jones stays hot He went 2 for 4 with a stolen base.

Jeison Guzman went 1 for 3 with a BB and a stolen base.

AZL – AZL Royals (10-11)

Final Score: AZL Royals 6, AZL Indians 4

Malcom Van Buren struggled in his start for the AZL Royals, allowing a pair of runs in 1.2 IP. He walked three.

Good thing the AZL Royals lineup was clicking again. They scored six runs on eight hits, mostly because six of their eight hits went for extra-bases.

Brewer Hicklen led the way on offense. He went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double. He also stole two bases to put his season total at eleven. He’s batting .457 on the year.

Esteury Ruiz had another extra-base hit. Rinse. Wash. Repeat. He went 1 for 4 with a triple.

Jose Carabello added in two hits, while Tyler James and MJ Melendez also had hits of their own.

Ismael Maldonado held his own on the mound, giving up a pair of runs in five innings. He struck out five, while walking only one.

Daniel Garmendia looked good out of the bullpen, throwing 2.1 hitless innings. He struck out one.

DSL – DSL Royals (20-21)

Final Score: DSL Royals 4, DSL Dodgers1 0

Another game, another pitching gem from the DSL Royals staff. It all started with starter Adrian Castillo, who went six scoreless, allowing two hits, striking out three.

The only other pitcher the DSL Royals used was Wilmer Jimenez, who gave up one hit in three innings of relief. He struck out two.

The DSL Royals got all four of their runs late, scoring a pair in the seventh and eighth each. Rubendy Jaquez had another good game, doing 2 for 3, mixing in an RBI double.

Felix Familia went 2 for 3 with two doubles.

Photo Credits: Minda Haas Kuhlmann

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