It was a good night all-around to be a member of the KC Royals organization. The Royals beat the Cardinals 5-4 and the minor league affiliates went 4-1.
The Omaha Storm Chasers received eight scoreless innings from starter Luis Mendoza and a perfect 9th inning from Jesse Chavez to close out the 4-0 win over the Round Rock Express. Mendoza allowed just three hits. Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homerun in the 6th to give Omaha the 4-0 lead. Johnny Giavotella collected three hits, while David Lough went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the win. Omaha also stole four more bases.
Down 5-1 heading into the bottom of the 4th, the NW Arkansas Naturals offense woke up in a BIG way. They scored seven runs on five hits and two walks. The big hit came off the bat of Christian Colon, a grand slam. He more than made up for his error, plus he had three hits. From then on, the Naturals kept tacking on runs as they won 15-6 over the visiting Springfield Cardinals. Will Smith got the start for the Naturals (he earned the win) and allowed five runs (two earned) on eight hits over 5.2 innings. Every starter except Anthony Seratelli (who was named a starter at second base for the Texas League All-Star game) collected at least one hit. Newly named TL All-Star Jeff Bianchi went 3-for-5 as did fellow TL All-Star Salvador Perez.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks and Winston-Salem Dash began with their suspended game from Thursday night. When the game picked up, the Blue Rocks were up 9-0. They held on to win 10-5. Tyler Sample struggled in relief of Noel Arguelles (4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K). Sample allowed all of the Dash’s five runs on six hits over four innings. Ian Gac of the Dash hit his Carolina League-leading 17th homerun of the season. Nick Francis of the Blue Rocks went 4-for-4 with a homerun (the Blue Rocks hit four homers). Joey Lewis and Alex McClure both collected three hits in the victory.
Then the offense for the Blue Rocks went to sleep in the second game. They collected six hits and scored just one run in their 3-1 loss to the Dash. Jake Odorizzi of the Blue Rocks left in the top of the 6th inning leading 1-0, but left with the bases loaded. Reliever Ryan Dennick allowed two of the runs to score on Jose Martinez’ two-run single (Martinez is an All-Star). So Odorizzi’s line looked like this: 5.1IP, 4H, 2R (0ER), 2BB, 11K. Yem Prades collected two hits in the loss while Gerard Hall made his Blue Rocks debut going 1-for-3.
The Kane County Cougars scored a run in the bottom of the 2nd and made that single run hold up as they defeated the visiting Clinton LumberKings 1-0. Leonel Santiago pitched six innings and allowed five hits while striking out six. Chas Byrne pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts. Clinton starter Taijuan Walker was the hard luck loser as he allowed the lone run on just two hits while striking out 11. Orlando Calixte provided the RBI single in the 2nd inning (one of his two hits).