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Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 24

Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 24

Omaha Royals

Memphis 8, Omaha 2
LP: Blaine Hardy (2-4)
HR: None

Omaha settled for a 2-2 split, as they lost a matinee to Memphis. Blaine Hardy allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings. Hardy has posted a 4.40 ERA in 30 2/3 innings as a starter. His ERA is 1.80 in 30 relief frames with Omaha. Gil Meche made a rehab appearance, allowing one run on a home run in 1 2/3 innings. Meche threw 30 pitches, 21 for strikes. Omaha was held scoreless until the ninth, though all nine starters did record hits. Omaha and Memphis are tied for second in the division, 2 1/2 games behind Iowa. The O-Royals open a pivotal five-game series against Iowa on Wednesday.

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NW Arkansas Naturals

NW Arkansas 5, Springfield 2
WP: Henry Barrera (3-1)
SV: Patrick Keating (9)
HR: Clint Robinson (#25)

NW Arkansas opened a road series with a win at Springfield. Derrick Robinson gave the Naturals a 2-1 lead with a two-run double in the fourth. NW Arkansas scored two in the fifth and added a final tally on a solo home run by Clint Robinson in the seventh. Robinson leads the circuit with 25 home runs. Starter Eduardo Paulino scattered two runs on five hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings. Henry Barrera (2 1/3 IP, 1 H) and Patrick Keating (2 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO) held the Cardinals scoreless in relief.

Wilmington Blue Rocks

Wilmington 4, Potomac 2
WP: Will Smith (3-1)
HR: Nick Francis (#12), Eddie Prasch (#2)

Will Smith was dominant on the mound, as he helped the Blue Rocks move past Potomac in the second-half race. The lefty, acquired with Sean O'Sullivan from the Angels last month, fanned 12 and limited Potomac to a lone hit and no walks over eight scoreless innings. Smith had a perfect game until Potomac's Nick Moresi singled with two outs in the sixth. He has 37 strikeouts against four walks in 39 2/3 innings with the Blue Rocks. Wilmington scored three in the first, including a pair on a Nick Francis home run. Eddie Prasch added an insurance tally with a solo shot in the fourth.

Burlington Bees

Burlington 11, Beloit 8
WP: Matt Morizio (1-1)
HR: None

Burlington scored 10 runs in their final three turns to win a wild game at home. Starter Dusty Odenbach allowed four runs on six hits and five walks over five innings plus two batters. Eight Burlington players scored runs, while seven had at least one RBI. Catcher Ben Theriot doubled three times and drove in four runs. The Bees host the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) on Wednesday. Two Wisconsin hurlers combined for a no-hitter at Cedar Rapids on Tuesday.

Idaho Falls Chukars

Idaho Falls 3, Missoula 0
WP: Jason Mitchell (1-1)
SV: Alex Rivers (5)
HR: Reggie Taylor (#1)

Three Chukars combined for the Pioneer League's first no-hitter since 2008, and the first by an Idaho Falls squad since 1996. Idaho Falls was affiliated with the Padres at the time and their pitching coach was KC area native Rick Sutcliffe. Brian Peacock retired the first 16 batters he faced. Peacock fanned eight and allowed a walk over seven innings. Jason Mitchell worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Alex Rivers struck out the side in the ninth. The Chukars scored all three runs in the eighth. Reggie Taylor led off the inning with a home run.

Burlington Royals

Burlington 6, Pulaski 4
WP: Jonathan Dooley (4-6)
SV: Robert Penny (3)
HR: None

Burlington scored in each of the first four innings, as they took a series from the division's top team. Jonathan Dooley held Pulaski scoreless on four hits and a walk while recording six strikeouts over five innings. Ryan Stovall went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. He is batting .381 (16-for-42) over his past 10 games.

Surprise Royals

Surprise 4, Arizona Padres 2
WP: Yordano Ventura (4-2)
SV: Chase Boruff (2)
HR: Henry Moreno (#4)

The Royals continue to enjoy their trips down Bell Road. They improved to 6-1 at Peoria Sports Complex, including 3-1 against the Padres. Yordano Ventura pitched five shutout frames, yielding four hits and two walks. Henry Moreno led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and three RBIs. He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Michael Antonio doubled twice and scored two runs.

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