Sorry for the lack of Diamonds on Saturday morning. Back in action now, the Royals affiliates had a rough Saturday night, going 0-4 with some rough pitching at three spots.
HR Roll Call Ramon Torres (1), Donnie Dewees (1), Colton Frabasilio (1)
BPKC Hitter of the Day Colton Frabasilio 2-3 HR, RBI, BB
BPKC Pitcher of the Day Gerson Garabito 6 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K 8-3 GO/FO 73p/50k
The Royals High-A affiliate went back and forth with the Washington Nationals affiliate only to drop the game late into extras. The Royals starter Scott Blewett out two days prior to his 21st birthday for his first start at the level, working 77 pitches on the evening. The righty never had a lead as he gave up single tallies in the second, third and fifth innings while working in the low 90s with his fastball. Extra base hits in the second by Brandon Downes and Wander Franco tied the game up in the second while a Colton Frabasilio home run in the third also knotted it up. Following Blewett’s run allowed in the fourth on a pair of singles and a sac fly, the Rocks tied things up one inning later. From there the bullpens took over with Colin Rodgers and Yunior Marte matching the Nationals bullpen for five scoreless frames as the Rocks pair allowed just one hit in that time. Things would stay tied until the 12th when reliever Andres Machado would get tagged for a home run by Edwin Lora that would end up being the deciding run of the game.
Colin Rodgers 2.2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K 27p/17k 1-3 go-fo
Scott Blewett 5 IP 5H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 3 K 1 HR 77k/49k 5-4 go-fo
Brandon Downes 2-6 R, 3b, 4k
Triple-A isn’t always kind to first timers and that was certainly the case for Josh Staumont on Saturday in his debut. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox tuned up the hard throwing righty for seven hits, three walks and seven earned runs in just three and one-third innings. That offense kept up the carnage on the Omaha bullpen, crossing the plate four more times after Staumont left to cruise to an easy win.
Josh Staumont 3.1 IP 7 H 7 ER 3 BB 5 K 92p/50k 3-2 go-fo
Ramon Torres 2-4 HR
Whit Merrifield 1-3 2b, RBI
San Antonio Missions 5 NW Arkansas Naturals 3
The Naturals trailed for much of the night, tying the game on two separate occasions before the bullpen gave up too big of a deficit in the ninth to overcome. Starter Kyle Zimmer was decent in his four innings, working his fastball 91-94 mph while tossing more than a few good curves and change ups to earn six strikeouts while on the mound. The recovery for his next start is always key for the righty, but this looked solid in his 59 pitches. The Naturals would tie the game up in the eighth inning on Donnie Dewees’s first home run as a member of the organization, but that wouldn’t last after a three run inning allowed courtesy of Sam Selman and Ashton Goudeau.
Kyle Zimmer 4 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K 59p/41k
Donnie Dewees 1-3 2R HR, BB
Miguel Almonte 2.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 HR 0 BB 2 K 1-2 go-fo 48p/30k
The Legends bullpen failed to secure a lead for the second night in a row, getting tuned up for a five spot in the seventh drop consecutive games. The runs off relievers Julio Pinto and Vance Tatum ruined a solid start by Gerson Garabito. The Dominican-born righty spun four perfect frames before allowing a run on a pair of singles, a walk and a wild pitch in the fifth. The righty bounced back for a scoreless sixth inning to complete his night on just 73 pitches. The offense had given Lexington a 4-1 lead after Angelo Castellano had doubled in a pair runners in the sixth with a ball off the scoreboard in left. After Lexington had given up the lead they threatened in the eighth inning with a pair of runners in scoring position, but Yankees prospect Anyelo Gomez struckout Khalil Lee to end the threat before putting away the side in the ninth for the save.
Kort Peterson 2-5 RBI
Chris DeVito 2-5 RBI
Angelo Castellano 2-4 2b, 2RBI
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