Daily Royals Minor League Recap: July 27, 2017

                                               Photo Credits: John Sleezer/Kansas City Star

AAA – Omaha Storm Chasers (47-56)

Final Score: Albuquerque Isotopes 9, Omaha Storm Chasers 5

After recently pitching in the big league bullpen, Jake Junis was back on the bump making a start for the Omaha Storm Chasers. This was one of the few times he has struggled in AAA though, allowing five runs in five innings. He struck out five, walking two.

Also recently back from the big league bullpen was Kevin McCarthy. He really had a tough time in his relief outing last night, allowing four runs while only recording two outs.

Sam Selman and Kevin Lenin combined for 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Billy Burns, Dean Anna, and Frank Schwindel all collected multi-hit performances. Schwindel hit his 19th double of the year. 

Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler each went 1 for 4. O’Hearn hit his 25th double of the year.

Nathan Esposito, recently promoted from Wilmington, went 0 for 3 in his Storm Chasers debut.

AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (52-52)

Final Score: Springfield Cardinals 6, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2

Though they lost, there were a couple of nice performances at Arvest Ballpark, starting with Foster Griffin. Pitching into the 7th inning, Griffin allowed eight hits and three runs. He struck out five, walking one.

Donnie Dewees hit home run #9 on the year, an inside-the-parker, which benefited off a misplay from the CF and RF. Dewees went 2 for 5 overall on the day.

Catcher Nick Dini had a perfect day at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a BB. He also doubled.

Nicky Lopez was near perfect at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a BB. His OBP is now .350 in AA.

Tim Hill threw 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three. That gives him 57 Ks in 45.2 IP.

A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks (56-48)

Final Score: Carolina Mudcats 3, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Cristian Castillo went deep into a game again, twirling seven innings of three run ball for the Blue Rocks last night. Matt Tenuta continued to look good in relief, tossing a scoreless eighth inning. He struck out one.

Royals fans had some intrigue early in this one. Chase Vallot left the game early with back spasms, causing a swirl of trade speculation. Vallot walked in his only PA.

DJ Burt went 1 for 4, finding the alley again, hitting double #18.

Brandon Downes continues to rake for Wilimington. He went 2 for 4, hitting a home run (10’on the year) and stole a bag, his first of the season.

Travis Maezes went 1 for 3, hitting a home run. He now has five on the year.

A – Lexington Legends (48-52)

Final Score: Kannapolis Intimidators 2, Lexington Legends 0

Following a terrific, hitless performance in his last start, Anthony Bender did not disappoint on the mound. He went six innings again, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out seven and walked two. His ERA is now at 3.69.

Vance Tatum and Matthew Wynne combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Not much on offense for the Legends. Vance Vizcaino went 1 for 3, stealing his second bag in Lexington. 

Joe Dudek and Manny Olloque had the rest of the hits. Dudek doubled, which gives him 12 on the year.

Rookie – Idaho Falls Chukars (17-20)

Final Score: Orem Owlz 3, Idaho Falls Chukars 0

An unusually quiet day on offense for the Chukars occurred yesterday. Starter Dillon Drabble kept it close, allowing just one run in 4.2 innings.

The only other pitcher to take the mound was Geoffrey Bramblett. He allowed four hits and two runs in 4.1 innings.

The only hits for the Chukars came from Matt Morales, Offerman Collado, Robby Rinn, and Chris Hudgins.

Rookie – Burlington Royals (15-20)

Final Score: Burlington Royals 5, Kingsport Mets 1

The Burlington Royals good a terrific performance in the first game of a doubleheader from Nathan Webb on the mound. The local kid went seven innings (complete game technically), allowing one run. This strongly benefited Burlington’s bullpen.

The Burlington Royals got nine hits on offense, exactly one from each player.

Michael Gigliotti went 1 for 3 with a BB, stealing his 10th bag of the year.

Seuly Matias went 1 for 3 with a BB.

Final Score: Kingsport Mets 8, Burlington Royals 7

It was a whole different story for Burlington in the second game. Michael Messier really struggled in his start, allowing eight runs on eleven hits in 4.1 innings. He put the Royals in an early hole.

Nick Hutchins went 2 for 3 with two doubles. He’s batting .313 through nine games with Burlington now.

Seuly Matias went 2 for 4, hitting his second triple of the year. He’s batting .287/.342/.509 now.

Jose Marquez also went 2 for 4 with a triple. Dennicher Carrasco and Reed Rohlman also had hits.

Felix Familia danced around 1.2 scoreless innings.

AZL – AZL Royals (11-14)

Final Score: AZL Brewers 5, AZL Royals 3

The AZL Royals were handed another good pitching performance from Charlie Neuweiler. Making the start yesterday, he allowed a pair of runs in four innings. He benefited from working low in the zone, generating ten ground balls compared to one flyball.

Bryar Johnson allowed three runs in three innings of relief. Emmanuel Estevez allowed a hit in a scoreless frame.

Nick Pratto had a good day at the plate. He went 2 for 4, hitting his 8th double of the year.

Cristian Perez and Tyler James each had two hits. Perez is batting .305, James is batting .283.

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