The KC Royals made quite a few roster moves in their minor league system on Wednesday. Top catching prospect Salvador Perez, who was just named the Texas League’s Player of the Week, was promoted to Triple-A Omaha. He was joined with reliever Kelvin Herrera in the promotion. Will we see Perez and/or Herrera in the big leagues in September? Catcher Manny Pina and reliever Mario Santiago were demoted from Omaha to Double-A NW Arkansas.
Wilmington Blue Rocks reliever Brendan Lafferty was promoted to NW Arkansas. Allen Caldwell was promoted from Low-A Kane County to take the place of Lafferty in Wilmington. Reliever Alex Rivers was promoted from Short-season Burlington to Wilmington to take the place of injured infielder Joey Lewis (who was placed on the DL).
Now onto the games:
Down 4-3 into the bottom of the 8th inning, the Storm Chasers scored three runs against the Albuquerque Isotopes to take a 6-4 lead. The inning was capped by Clint Robinson’s two-run double. Omaha reliever Jesse Chavez was a little shaky in the top of the 9th inning, but he escaped the two on with just one out jam by striking out the final two batters to end the game. Perez made his Triple-A debut by going 1-for-4, and he picked a runner off first base.
NW Arkansas jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after a five-run second inning. Mario Lisson had a two-run single in the inning. Every Naturals starter but Wil Myers had at least one hit. They also stole five bases in the win. Jake Odorizzi won his third Double-A game, as he allowed three runs on seven hits (and no walks) over six innings while striking out six (he did allow two homeruns). Kevin Chapman earned the save by striking out the side in the 9th inning.
The Wilmington Blue Rocks offense has been in neutral for much of the season, and Wednesday night was no different. They collected seven hits but scored just one run in their 5-1 loss to the visiting Potomac Nationals. From the 3rd inning until the 7th inning, Nationals starter Sammy Solis retired 14 in a row. Rivers made his High-A debut, as he pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Blue Rocks. Carlo Testa went 2-for-4 in the loss.
The Kane County Cougars went just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position as they lost 6-3 to the visiting Cedar Rapids Kernels. Angel Franco and Brian Fletcher each collected two hits in the loss. Antonio Cruz pitched in his second game for the Cougars since his trade from the Detroit Tigers (in the Wilson Betemit deal). Cruz pitched 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out four.