Diamonds in the Rough 6-22-17

The minor league games ended Thursday with a 3-4 record for the Royals affiliates.

HR Roll Call: Cam Gallagher (4), Chase Vallot (8), Gabe Cancel (6), Marten Gasparini (6), Ricky Aracena (2), Michael Gigliotti 2 (1,2), Dennicher Carrasco (1)

BPKC Hitter of the Day: Gabe Cancel 3-4, 2R, HR, 2-2b, 2 RBI

BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Scott Blewett 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 4-0 GO-FO, 100p/64k

Omaha Storm Chasers 11, Memphis Redbirds 3

The Chasers slugged their way to a win while using five different pitchers.

With 16 hits, the Omaha lineup crossed the plate 11 times on the night with the 2-3-4 hitters of Raul Mondesi, Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn accounting for nine hits and seven RBI. The Chasers connected on six extra base hits including catcher Cam Gallagher’s fourth home run of the year.

The five Chasers pitchers struck out 10 Memphis hitters while spreading 11 hits to limit the Redbirds to three runs.

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Kyle Zimmer 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 44p/28k
Raul Mondesi 3-4, 3R, 2b, 2 RBI, BB
Jorge Soler 3-5, R, 2b, 2 RBI

NW Arkansas Naturals 5, Tulsa Drillers 2

Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, the Naturals offense came through with four runs over the final three innings to take down the Dodgers Double-A franchise for the seventh consecutive time.

Newly acquired Zach Walters singled in Corey Toups in the seventh and Alfredo Escalera in the ninth as part of the four-run comeback.

Reliever Sam Selman continued his outstanding run in ’17, tossing two scoreless with four strikeouts. Those two innings gave Selman a stretch of 24.1 innings with just two earned runs allowed in his past 13 appearances with 32 strikeouts. Overall, Selman has pushed his strikeout total to 53 in 34.1 innings this season.

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Sam Selman 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0-1 GO-FO, 31p/21k
Jake Newberry 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1K, 14p/10k, 10th save
Zach Walters 3-4, 2 RBI, BB

Salem Red Sox 11, Wilmington Blue Rocks 7

After an outstanding start by Scott Blewett, the Rocks usually dependable bullpen gave things up in a big fashion.

The Royals 2014 2nd round pick tied his career high for strikeouts in his last start before the break, so he decided to set a new career high in his first start back. The right-hander worked six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while putting away 12 Salem hitters via strikeout. Earning 20 swinging strikes in the process, the only trouble Blewett would run into was in the third frame when he gave up a pair of runs on all four hits that he allowed in the game.

The Wilmington offense scored six runs betweens the sixth and seventh innings with nine hits, including Chase Vallot’s eighth home run of the season. Unfortunately, the 7-2 lead wasn’t enough as relievers Jacob Bodner and Walker Sheller couldn’t get out of the eighth inning, allowing Salem to score nine runs on seven hits, an error and a pair of walks to take the loss.

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Chris DeVito 3-4, 3R, 2b, BB
Chase Vallot 1-5, HR
Roman Collins 2-5, R, 3b, RBI

Lexington Logo3West Virginia Power 9, Lexington Legends 6

The Legends pitchers got knocked around in the first game of their road series in West Virginia.

Starter Arnaldo Hernandez and reliever Anthony Bender gave up four home runs in six innings with Bender getting touched up for five runs in just one inning of work. The nine runs allowed by the two Legends pitchers were too much for the offense to overcome.

The Legends second baseman, Gabriel Cancel, had a big day at the dish with three hits including a pair of doubles and his sixth home run of the season.

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Khalil Lee 1-4, R, 3b, BB, SB (16)
Angelo Castellano 1-4, R, 2b, RBI, BB
Marten Gasparini 1-4, HR, 2 RBI

Idaho Falls Chukars 13, Grand Junction Rockies 10

The Chukars used a nine-run outburst from the sixth through the eighth innings to build a big enough lead to hang onto a win in Grand Junction.

The big six-run eighth frame featured six singles, an error, and a bases-loaded walk. Catcher Darrell Miller had two hits in the inning as part of the 5-5 night that included two runs scored and two RBI to help pace Idaho Falls during their 15 hit affair.

The Rockies rookie league squad mounted a comeback in the ninth, scoring three runs before the Chukars walked away with a series win.

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Robby Rinn 2-4, 2R, 2b, 2 RBI, BB
Jonathan McCray 3-5, 3R, 2-3b, 2 RBI
Ricky Aracena 1-5, 2R, HR, BB

Kingsport Mets 10, Burlington Royals 5

The Royals first game didn’t go quite as well as they had hoped with a reliever struggling to keep the opponent off the board.

Starter Nathan Webb, the Lee’s Summit North product, allowed three runs (2 ER) in four innings on five hits and a pair of walks. While that line is less than ideal, it was reliever Felix Familia’s five runs in 1.2 innings that did in the Burlington squad.

Those five runs put the Royals down 8-2 after just six innings with the only runs coming via a Michael Gigliotti two-run home run. The deficit would increase to eight with a pair of unearned runs off Tyler Fallwell which would prove plenty of insurance for Kingsport. Royals’ first baseman Dennicher Carrasco hit a two-run home run in the ninth, and Gigliotti would add his second longball to narrow the gap before the Mets would close out the game.

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Seuly Matias 1-3
Dennicher Carrasco 3-5, HR, 2 RBI
Nathan Webb 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 5-2 GO-FO, 84p/52k

DSL Marlins 4, DSL Royals 3

Starter Delvin Capellan increased his earned run scoreless streak to 20 innings with another five innings on Thursday. The 18-year-old right-hander allowed just two hits while on the hill, leaving a scoreless game. Unfortunately, reliever Austin Morales didn’t fair quite as well, allowing three runs while retiring just one hitter.

The two teams would exchange runs before the Royals would get a pair in the ninth to fall a run short.

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Hector Pineda 2-4, R, 2b, RBI
Warling Vicente 1-5, 2b, 2 RBI
Delvin Capellan 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-3 GO-FO

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