Diamonds in the Rough 6-12-16

The Royals affiliates continue to struggle in the win column going 0 for 4 on Sunday.

HR Roll Call Hunter Dozier (14), Chad Johnson (2), Travis Maezes (7), Samir Duenez (5), Jecksson Flores (2)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Wander Franco 4-5 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Erik Skoglund 6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K 5-5 GO-FO 98p/65k


New Orleans Zephyrs 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 4

The Chasers struggling offense kicked in a little bit on Sunday collecting 11 hits and two walks but left some scoring opportunities on the board before the bullpen gave up the lead and the eventual win. Three different Chasers hitters had three hits on the day while Hunter Dozier knocked out his sixth Triple-A home run but it was good for just four runs with a 2 for 8 team performance with runners in scoring position. Relievers Matt Murray (3 ER) and Malcom Culver (1 ER) gave up four runs between the 6th and 7th innings to give up the lead and the win.

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Hunter Dozier 1-4 HR, BB
Jorge Bonifacio 3-5 R
Jonathan Dziedzic 5 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 2 K 2-6 GO-FO 90p/52k


Arkansas Travelers 2 NW Arkansas Naturals 0

Starter Erik Skoglund pitched well enough to win, giving up just two runs over 6.2 innings but his offense couldn’t back him as the Naturals were blanked on just three hits and a pair of walks. Outfielder Bubba Starling’s struggles have hit a new low after another 0 for 3 that sent his average to just .188. The player that he showed last year just isn’t there, attempting to pull everything while striking out 32% of the time coming into Sunday’s game. In the middle of his second abysmal slump which currently running 0 for his last 17, the second this season that has stretched that long (May 15-19 0 for 18).

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Ryan O’Hearn 1-3
Frank Schwindel 1-3 2b
Kyle Bartsch 1.1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 2 K 0-1 GO-FO 18p/14k 0.64 ERA in 8 App. since rejoining KC


Salem Red Sox 6 Wilmington Blue Rocks 5

The Wilmington Blue Rocks fell behind 5-0 early on Sunday, unable to mount their comeback until Red Sox prospect Trey Ball left the game. The lefty kept Wilmington scoreless for 5.1 innings while scattering five hits and two walks in that time. Wilmington’s starter Matt Tenuta was unable to match the Salem starter, giving up four runs in his 5.2 innings. Trailing 5-0 and 6-1 the Rocks scored four runs in the final two innings to get within striking distance and getting the tying run to 3rd with two down. The former Dominican bonus baby, Elier Hernandez, couldn’t get the job done though, flying out to centerfield to end the game.

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Chad Johnson 2-4 HR
Alfredo Escalera 2-4 2b, BB, RBI, E (3)
Elier Hernandez 2-5 RBI

Hagerstown Nationals 7 Lexington Legends 5

The Legends knocked out three home runs but it was not enough as their South Atlantic League All Star struggled on the mound. Lefty Emilio Ogando gave up seven runs over 4.2 innings on nine hits in that time. The big inning for the Nationals was the 4th when they used two home runs of their own to cross the dish four times and stretch a 1-1 game to 5-1. A pair of runs in the next inning pushed the advantage to six until the Legends offense finally awoke. First baseman got things rolling in the 7th with a solo home run which was followed by a Ben Johnson double that scored Anderson Miller. Designated hitter Travis Maezes closed the gap further with a two run home run. Trailing 7-5 the Legends would put the tying runs on the bases in the 8th but were unable to push them across, dropping the game in the process.

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Anderson Miller 1-3 R, BB
Travis Maezes 1-4 HR, 2 RBI
DJ Burt 1-3 BB

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